Moving can be a stressful experience. To be successful, you need good advice and even better organizational skills. Here are 10 tips to help you move.
Plan everything in advance
Start your countdown several weeks, or even months, ahead by creating a list of all the tasks you will need to complete as part of your move. It is important to know the date of your move, to book your mover, and to estimate the time it will take to sort, store and pack your items. Remember that you will also need to inform businesses of your change of address.
Request multiple quotes
Are you thinking of using the services of a mover? Get multiple quotes and, if possible, get them at least two months in advance. When deciding on a business, rely on referrals and word of mouth. There are nothing but good prior experiences to make you feel secure in your choice. Do not hesitate to ask your real estate broker for advice, who can also refer you to reputable companies. You can also click here , to find serious and professional moving assistance.
Appeal to family and friends
Even if you've decided to use a mover, let your family and friends know early. You will definitely need a helping hand sorting, washing, or transporting certain things. And if you don't hire a mover, that help will be all the more valuable.
Sort and throw
Take this opportunity to sort your stuff and throw things away if necessary. If there are some items that can still be used, why not donate them to people you know or sell them. Remember, not everything should be thrown in a garbage bag. Try to be green when you get rid of your stuff.
With or without movers, you will need cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, blankets, duct tape, labels, markers, etc. To be fully prepared, make a list and assess what you will need for your move.
Reserve a truck
If you are moving yourself, be sure to reserve a truck well in advance so that it is available on your moving day. Make sure your truck is long enough to fit all the furniture and boxes you are going to be moving.
Pack items with care
Before packing precious or fragile items, take photos for insurance purposes. When wrapping dishes, use newspaper, bubble wrap, or clothing to protect them. The blankets can be used to wrap fragile furniture or appliances. For the clothes, consider putting them in clean garbage bags so that you don't have to wash them all when you get to your new home.
Once the boxes have been sealed with tape, use a color code to easily identify them when unpacking. This will be useful for movers and save you time. Also, consider placing small screws and similar items in bags, indicating the item to which they belong.
Access your new home
Before moving, check the entrance to your future home. See if there are any stairs or elevators. If possible, try to book an elevator. Clear passageways and entrances to the building or house and remove the door if necessary. Also, plan a place to park your car.
The small things
Are you moving soon? Be courteous and let your future neighbors know that there may be inconveniences that day. Whether you use movers or call on your friends, create a plan and use color codes for all the rooms. And finally, a successful move also means showing your appreciation by offering snacks and cold drinks.