How to Prepare for a Move
So it’s time to make a move to your next dream home but maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed and are unsure what the best course of action is to get everything moved fast and efficiently. It’s important to approach your move with a plan, so keep reading for surefire tips on how to make your move the smoothest transition it can be!
Create a checklist: A move can get complicated when it isn’t properly organized, so the first step to getting your move started is to create a moving checklist. By creating a list you can have a visual representation of the tasks that need to be tackled to refer to, while also keeping your timeline on schedule.
Budget for Your Move: The cost of moving can add up, so it’s a good idea to allocate a budget for the move and do your best to stick to it. Calculate all the costs that will go into a move, things like movers and renting a moving truck, insurance, gas, storage costs, packing supply costs, new furniture, closing costs, etc. There’s plenty to take into consideration when moving, so be sure you’re financially prepared to jump into a move comfortably.
Get Rid of Clutter: It’s easy for clutter to pile up and follow you to your new home. The easiest way to start fresh is to get rid of the items that are sitting around and no longer bringing you any joy. Do this before you start packing to save yourself time down the line. Purge your closet and take inventory of what you haven’t worn for a while, consider making donations or selling any belongings or old furniture you intend to replace. You can also consider getting a storage unit for those items you aren’t ready to part with just yet, but don’t want to carry over to your new home either.
Consider Hiring Movers: Hiring a professional mover is an excellent way to alleviate stress during a move. While this may be another expense to add to your budget, the right moving company will take a load of hassle and labor of your plate, while ensuring your precious belongs arrive at your new home safely. Do your due diligence and research moving companies, get multiple quotes, read reviews, ask questions, and ask friends for referrals. The help of a good professional might be well worth the cost.
Notify the Proper Companies & Contacts: Make a list of companies and contacts that need to be notified of your move and be sure to settle all your affairs early so you won’t have to worry about this at the height of your move. Trust me, the last thing you want is to settle into your new home only to realize your utilities aren’t in order.
Schedule Time to Pack: Life can get busy around moving time so to stay proactive, schedule time you’ll commit to actually packing. This way you’ll avoid procrastinating and the fluster of trying to get everything done all at once. Start with an hour of packing a day and focus on one room at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Colour Code: A great way to keep things organized is by using multi-coloured packing labels and assign a colour to each room. Use your labels to colour code your moving boxes, that way you and the movers will know exactly which boxes are for what room.
Protect your Breakables: Pack your fragile items together, securely with plenty of padding and packing paper. You can also kill two birds with one stone and pack your towels and linens with your breakables while using them for extra cushioning. Be sure to label the box as ‘FRAGILE’ items so the movers know to handle the box with extra care.
Use Household Items to Pack: There’s plenty of items around the house you can use to pack. Items such as clothes hampers and baskets, bins, gym bag and duffels, and even large pots can all be used to help store items for packing.
Packing your Clothing: Folding and packing away clothing can take up time and space. To save yourself some of that valuable packing room, try rolling your clothing instead of folding them, this also prevents wrinkling. You don’t even have to remove your clothing from dresser drawers if you don’t want to. Instead, leave your items already packed in your drawers and use saran wrap to secure the load, or use garbage bags to cover any hung-up items.
Take Photos of Your Precious Items and Furniture: If you need to take items apart to pack them, make labels and take photos of exactly how everything is built so you’ll have no problem reassembling them when the time comes to reassemble. You should also take photos of your larger furniture pieces to ensure you have a record of how everything looks before the move. That way you can be sure to crosscheck for any damage that might’ve occurred during transport.
Make Arrangements for Sitters: The last thing you want to worry about on moving day is who’s going to be watching the kids and pets while you’re trying to get everything done. Make arrangements ahead of time for sitters to watch the little ones so you can focus on the task at hand come moving day.
Pack and Essential Bag & Cooler: Lastly, there’s going to be plenty to do on moving day so stock a cooler with plenty of snacks and drinks you’ll need to keep yourself energized. It’s also smart to pack all your daily essentials and a few changes of clothing in a tote bag or suitcase you can easily access after the move. It’s unlikely you’ll have the motivation to start unpacking as soon as you’ve settled, so an overnight tote with all your essentials is going to come in handy!
A smooth move relies on plenty of organization and pre-planning to make things simpler for yourself. By following this list you now know exactly how to tackle your move and make it an easy one. For more help on how to prepare for your big move, I’m here to help!