Moving is many things. It’s fun, exciting and wonderful. The idea of heading to an entirely place is a great way to make a fresh start. Moving is also hard, scary and a lot of work. Before any move, there are a few things you should do first. This will help make your move a lot less scary and a lot easier.
Allow Enough Time
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for your move is to allow enough time. Time is of the essence when it comes to your moving plans. The second you have all dates down pat, you need to start getting the move in high gear. Allow at least a month to get all aspects of the move done properly.
Get The Right Packing Materials
Packing materials are crucial. You want boxes that can stand up to a long period in transit. Consider other materials as well. For example, put your clothing in plastic trash bags. This way they’re easier to move. They can also fit in other spaces in the moving van and help offer extra protection for your more delicate items when you’re on the go.
Organization is Key
An easy move is an organized move. Start by creating a master list of everything you are moving. Include specific categories such as furniture, clothing, artwork and bedding. You want to know where everything is as you pack it away. Consider using color coded markers to divide up the items in your boxes and on your master list into specific categories. Red markers can be used for furnishings. Blue can be reserved for clothing while green is used for baby items.
Call Movers in Advance
In many parts of the country, moving is typically done during primarily at certain times of the year. For example, movers may be busier during the summer as parents look for houses to buy so they can be in school by the fall. In other areas, it may get busier as people head south to avoid summer’s heat. It’s a good idea to book your movers well in advance, especially if you’re planning a move in early September.
Have all Packing Done Before the Movers Arrive
When your movers arrive, they’re on the clock. You may also be facing deadlines. It’s a good idea to get everything ready for them. You want all to be in place as they arrive. All of your small items should be packed away. You should also know exactly where you everything placed in your new abode. This way, they aren’t setting things down randomly in your new space. Before you start, consider where all of your items go. If you want that couch in the basement and the other one in the living room, you should decide this before you move.
Prepare Your Kids and Your Pets
Moving can be stressful on kids and pets. Small children need extra attention during your move. It’s a good idea to have a special treat for your kids with you as move. Let your child pick out a favorite toy that isn’t packed away. They can bring it to their space and have a comforting reminder of their own home. Pets also need special attention during the move. Get the carriers out before you move. Make sure they are scrubbed clean. You want to put in a litter box and have some food on hand for your pets in your new home. Bring a blanket with smells they like so they can used to their new space more easily.
Know That Route
If you are moving a longer distance, proper directions are highly important. Even if you’ve been there before, you may still not know how to get to your destination should there be any obstacles in your way as you travel there. You want to have printed directions on hand that you can check as you leave. Use this as a backup as you head out in case Google maps aren’t quite accurate. You don’t want to be stuck in traffic for a long time or even get lost.