Overwhelming, stressful, expensive, difficult… are just a handful of adjectives normally used to describe the moving process – whether from home to home or from one business premises to the next.
But the thing is, it doesn’t have to be like this. Knowledge is power, which means that you only need the right information coming at the right time to simplify the moving process for your family and business.
We have summarised the following 10 tips to make your move easy. Hopefully they will change everything for you, including your perspective on the moving process in general. So, let’s get started:
Follow a moving checklist – above all other things, you need to organise your time properly. This is the very first thing you need to do if you want to have an easy move. You need to come up with a moving checklist before your move even starts, and you need to stick to it until the very end. Doing this will ensure that you will have a smooth experience all through.
Inventory your home – after creating your checklist, you need to take a full inventory of all your belongings, especially if you are hiring moving services. With this record, you will be able to decide on the items to take and the ones to leave behind. What’s more, with a detailed inventory list, you will be able to trace every item, to determine the ones that have been lost or misplaced during the move.
Declutter your home – you will need to get rid of the useless, old, unwanted, or broken things in your house so as to make packing and moving easy and in turn, reduce the transportation costs. And if there are items that you don’t use, then it might be time to discard them. If it’s the stuff that you can sell, well and good, you will need that money elsewhere. Maybe you can sell stuff online or just organise a garage sale, whichever you choose, just do it. Moving requires a lot of money, and so, the amount you will get will help a lot.
Start packing early – in any moving process, packing forms the biggest part of the task, and it is very crucial and it does take a majority of your time, which is why you need to start doing as soon as you can. And when you pack, ensure that you do it in logical stages – in that you break the packing into mini-tasks so as to speed up the packing process. For the safety of your heavy yet valuable items, pack them in smaller boxes, which will also make them easier to transport.
Invest in the right boxes – and while the regular, rectangular can carry many things, there are those items that require special care, and therefore requires special kind of boxes. There are boxes specially designed for carrying TVs, lamps, and clothes, not to mention the extremely fragile items. Remember, the safer your belonging are, the easier the move will be. After all, you can’t consider a move where you are constantly worrying about the safety of your fragile items easier, right?
Label your boxes with the contents and rooms – you consider packing to be tough, right? Well, guess what? So is unpacking. Bearing this in mind, you need to label each box clearly based on the contents and the room each goes. This ensures that you will have an easy time when unpacking. Otherwise, you will end up with a ‘confused house’ where everything is the wrong rooms.
Disassemble the furniture – of course you know that moving furniture tends to be the most difficult part of the moving process. So, to make your move a little bit easier, you can choose to disassemble the large furniture and carry them in their basic structural elements. This way, the structural pieces will be protected better as you will be able to pack them.
Find a reliable moving company – this is the other critical step if you are looking to simplify your moving process. You need to find a removal company that you can rely on to transport everything to your destination safely without major inconveniences. Do your research well before hiring. Remember that you want a company that will make the process as smooth as possible, so you might as well research for reviews on Google or Yelp to see what other clients have said about that particular company. Check their trustworthiness, reliability, and of course the prices. You want a company that you can trust and one that is affordable.
With a full-service mover, they will actually be able to help in everything; cost estimation to packing and custom crating, and whenever necessary, the disassembly and reassembly of furniture, as well as loading and unloading your items. If you hire right, be sure that moving will no longer be overwhelming for you, ever!