10 Moving Tips that will make transitioning to your new place an easy, organized experience and avoid stressful, costly aggravations.
Moving Tips that will save you Time, Money and Sanity
- DIY may cost your more in the long run? While moving yourself will may save you money, there are a few important points to consider. First, the size of your stuff. If this is a big move of multiple rooms are you physically able to handle the heavy objects. Going it alone could cause damage to your belongings and yourself if proper precautions aren't taken. Better to pay a little extra than end up with a smashed flat-screen or even worse, a torn muscle or injury. Also you should seriously add up all the expenses involved. Supplies for packaging, truck rental, gas, extra mileage, trip costs. It all adds up and could very easily not be worth the time you'll lose to pack, travel and unpack.
- Hiring Movers? Hire a professional company with a good reputation, proper documentation and get references. Also be sure to get everything in writing and read carefully.
- Evaluate your valuables. Take a good, hard look at your belongings and decide if it's really worth the cost of moving. Does it have sentimental value, is it an heirloom or something you would consider priceless? Does it have true equitable value, will it appreciate in years to come? If so then it makes sense to take it with you. However, if it's something that you aren't in love with and can just as easily replace, why bother? If you are not so fond of that old, stained sofa then why pay to move it when you could spend a little extra to invest in one you'll love. Sell or donate everything you don't feel emotionally connected to or consider of high, lasting value.
- Boxing it all up. Start collecting boxes before your move. Ask at your local grocery store or go on craigslist and post a request. You can also find inexpensive moving boxes at Lowes and Home Depot. Be sure to label boxes in large marker print on the top and side of each box. Organize boxes by room and assign each room a number so you can keep them together and easily unpack in your new home. Also, consider using a helpful app like Moving Van.
- Keep your everyday essentials separate. Pack up a box or bag with everything you would take if you were going on an extended vacation. Toiletries, clothing, shoes, hairdryer, power cords etc... That way you'll have all of the important things just in case your movables are delayed or you are just too exhausted to start unpacking immediately. You'll save a lot of stress by having your things within reach versus rummaging through tons of boxes.
- Avoid wear and tear on furniture in transport by taking the time to properly prep. Buy a large, industrial roll of stretch wrap, to wrap furniture and keep it from getting scuffed and scratched.
- Change your address at least two weeks before moving. Important if you'll need documentation of your new address (electric bill, bank statements, etc) for changing your drivers license.
- Hire a sitter for your packing and unpacking days to care for children or pets. Arranging for someone else to watch your little ones or furry friends will be one less worry on moving day. Find a reliable, well-referenced caretaker through a service such as Care.com or post on Facebook asking if friends or family in your new area can recommend someone.
- Make a meal plan a few weeks before your move to avoid food waste. Take inventory of your fridge and freezer and put together meals so that they'll be nearly empty and ready to clean come moving week.
- Reward yourself upon arrival. Take a moment to celebrate your new space, in all it's boxed up glory, the unpacking can wait. Pop some champagne or uncork a good bottle of wine, make a toast to hard work and a new start. Order pizza, let the kids set-up a fort, draw and write all over a wall you plan to repaint. Take lots of silly pics and make the first of many, many happy memories in your new home.