You’ve finally found the perfect home. However, if you’re like most people, you dread the thought of moving. After all, the entire process can be quite overwhelming, from packing to cleaning to organizing and then actually transporting all of your belongings to your new home. Here, we’ve pulled together eight tips that should help make your moving day a lot less stressful.
1. Create a moving budget
Moving can be expensive, so it’s important to know in advance what your move is going to cost. That’s why coming up with, and sticking to, a comprehensive and realistic moving budget is key. Toward that end, your moving budget should include moving company charges based on the services you require and your inventory; additional insurance, if needed to cover valuable items; and extra services, such as charges for special items like a piano or pool table, and disassembling and reassembling furniture. When you’ve worked out a sensible estimate, add on 5 percent for any just-in-case expenses.
2. Plan in advance
Look at the calendar and determine how much time you have before your move, and then make a list of daily, weekly and monthly tasks you’ll need to accomplish. Consider everything from packing to a change of address and refilling prescriptions. You’ll also want to be sure and defrost, towel dry and clean your refrigerator 24-48 hours before moving day.
3. Find a moving company
Some questions you’ll want to know when you’re seeking a reliable moving company include:
• Are they properly insured?
• Do they have their own vehicles and equipment?
• Do they have secure warehousing for overnight storage?
• Do they have proper licenses?
• Do they offer proper on-site inspection before quoting estimates?
4. See what can be donated or thrown away
To make your move a little easier and your new home less cluttered, sort through all of your possessions to see what you will be taking with you, what can be donated and what can be tossed altogether. The average mover will charge you by the hour for services rendered, so more stuff means more work. That’s why it actually pays to let go and throw away old and unwanted furniture, appliances and such heavy items before calling in your movers.
5. Pack perfectly
There are a wealth of packing tips and hacks, from folding clothes without removing from their hangers to wrapping drawers in plastic to move with their contents intact. Some other good tips include taking a picture of the cords on electronic devices such as your TV before they are boxed up so you can remember where they go when it’s time to set them up again; putting your real plates in between disposable plates; using wine cases for your glassware; and using egg cartons to easily transport your jewelry, by taping the egg cartons shut so nothing falls out, and also using toilet paper rolls for packing necklaces or loose bracelets (just put one end through the roll and fasten the clasp). Finally, be sure to use only the best packing materials, including high-quality cardboard boxes, heavy-duty tape, padding blankets, and bubble wrap.
6. organize your documents
Be sure to keep all of your important documents in one file. This should include employment papers, rent, bank, credit, contracts, and your family’s medical records. If you’re moving to a new town or relocating out of state, use the same file to hold all of your personal traveling documents, such as tickets, itineraries, and passports.
7. Give your new home a perfect cleaning (and your old one, too!)
It’s good manners to give the property you are leaving a thorough clean (you may want to hire professional cleaners to save you the energy). If you are leaving a rental property, this can help ensure you get your deposit back in full. There are certain cleaning supplies you can’t do without when preparing your home for moving, such as disinfecting and glass cleaners, baking soda, white vinegar, cleaning and dusting cloths, plastic or nylon-bristled soft scrubbers, different kinds of brushes, furniture polish, fabric protectors, a mop, vacuum cleaner, broom and dustpan, bucket, step stool and rubber gloves. Make sure these items don’t get accidentally loaded on the moving truck with the rest of your possessions; you’ll need them when the movers depart from your old home and again before they arrive at your new property.
8. Be prepared on moving day
On the day of the move, you will probably be hungry, so make sure you have some fruits and nuts available for a quick and healthy energy boost, as well as lots of cold water. Make sure you have some lemonade and coffee to offer your movers as well since they’re the ones doing all of the heavy lifting. Be sure to pack an overnight bag with whatever you might need between moving out of your old home and moving into your new one. Don’t forget to include Toiletries (like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and soap); coffeemaker, coffee, sugar, creamer and a cup per person; phones and chargers; two changes of clothes per person; towels and bathrobes; linens; medication and other medical necessities; and pet supplies.