November 30, 2012 by storageandmovers
Moving into a new home or apartment can be an overwhelming task, especially when you have not created a plan well in advance of moving day. Moving involves planning, organizing, moving expenses, the actual move, and cleaning which can be quite time consuming. To make your move easier, below is a guide on what you need to do before you move.
Create A Moving Plan
The first step in the moving process is to create a moving plan. This will include establishing a time-line. It is wise to begin about two to four months before moving day. The time-line will depend on the size of the move. A whole house move should be planned quite far in advance. This will ensure you are not running around trying to complete all of the tasks at the last minute. As well, it is wise to create a moving budget so you will know how much you will be spending and it will help you stick to your budget.
Book A Moving Company
Whether it is a big or medium size move, hiring a moving company can really reduce a lot of stress and make the move much easier. It is helpful to contact a few moving companies to get price quotes and find out about such details as size of the truck, their services, insurance, claims/damage costs, professional packing services, and any extra services such as preparing large items such as piano, appliances, etc. Before you hire a moving company, ask all the questions you need to ensure that you are getting the right moving service for your particular move.
Create A Belongings List
Create a list of all of your belongings, including a checklist of essential items that you will need for the first few days after the move. Organize your list according to room. You can then set the essential items aside. When sorting through your belongings, weed out everything you do not need. You can then get rid of these items such as recycling, donating, giving away, and discarding. If you have a lot of items, but do not want to move them to the new home all at once, look into a storage unit facility or storage container rental service. De-cluttering helps you finally get rid of the junk that has been accumulating over the years.
Acquire Moving Supplies
You will need specific moving supplies. Such moving supplies to acquire include: boxes, packing tape, markers/pens., labels for the boxes, packing material such as bubble wrap, plastic bags, etc. Remember, small pieces such as furniture legs should be kept in a sealed bag and the bag should be labeled to avoid losing them during the move.
Arrange Address And Utilities Change
File a change of address so that your mail will be forwarded to you new home. Also, arrange to have your current utilities and telephone disconnected and the new services connected in your new residence.Make sure the services will be disconnected after your move date.
Packing Your Belongings
Start to pack well in advance of the moving day. Label contents of boxes with the items in the box and the room they belong in. It will make it easier when the time comes to unpack. Assign a space or room where you will keep the packed boxes. Don’t pack the items too heavy and keep the heavy boxes on the bottom and the lighter boxes on top of the heavy boxes. If you’re moving during the winter, pack all your summer clothes and summer related items first, and vice versa.Defrost your freezer and refrigerator. Clean and allow it to dry for at least a day.
Once you have packed all of your items, review your packing checklist to make sure you have completed all of your tasks. In addition, keep all documents related to your move in one place and within easy reach. The night before you move, make sure you get enough sleep. Moving does not have to be an expensive and time consuming project. When you have a step-by-step plan that has been created well in advance of the moving date, it will make the moving process much easier and much less stressful.