So you’ve found the house of your dreams and it’s time to leave your old abode behind. Packing everything you own into boxes and lugging it across town might seem insurmountable, but it’s only a stepping stone into your new life! Make the process smoother with these tips and you’ll be settled in no time!
It Pays To Prepare!
Whether you have weeks or months, planning is crucial for a painless move. If time is on your side, use a service like Moving.com or Unpakt to research rates and read reviews of companies in your area. If time is of the essence, Thumbtack will send quotes directly to your email. If you’re doing the move yourself, renting the truck as early as possible usually locks in lower rates.
Supplies, supplies, supplies
Convenience and large stores can sometimes supply large boxes for free if you come on delivery day, but these sources are fairly unreliable and usually require speaking to a manager and dealing with beat up or misshapen boxes. Your local Uhaul or Public Storage sell packing supplies reasonably priced and in bulk. Buy more than you think you need! Artwork and collectables will need plenty of bubblewrap to ensure their safe arrival to your new home.
Nothing like organization
Moving comes with a surprising amount of paperwork. You’re going to want quick and easy access to all of it, and a colorful, yet inexpensive binder is all you need to keep things organized amid the moving chaos. This is extra critical if the move is long distance, where pet records, flight plans, mover’s information, realtor info, to-do lists, utility numbers, checkbook, and other vital information might be needed. A few bucks can save you a massive headache!
The day has arrived…
So, everything is packed and the movers (be they professional or a few friends with a truck) are just hours away from transplanting your belongings. The morning of the move is the time to review the checklist and timetable. Double check that labels on boxes are clear as to what room they need to end up in, and visible from at least the top and two sides. Leave the basics, like trash bags and a broom, so that cleanup afterwards is easy. Keep the timeline handy, staying on track will give a sense of accomplishment during the often frustrating task of coordinating.
You made it! Now what?
The general rule is what you packed last is what you should unpack first. These items are usually your essentials. If you can get through an evening and the next morning, then pat yourself on the back! Next, go room by room in order of importance (ex. Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc) and get all the furniture in place. This frees up space for boxes to be sorted and unpacked in their respective places.
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