If you’re getting ready to move and this is your first major move, it will involve a lot of detail. However, careful planning can make it as smooth as one can imagine. Here are five tips everyone needs to know about moving.
Get Rid of the Nonessentials
To make packing easier, and more importantly, unpacking, get rid of the non-essentials. You know the items – clothing you haven’t worn in years, dishes you’ve not entertained with, the crockpot you never use, and other household goods. You can start off selling these items and whatever is left, donate them. You can sell your items at a garage sell, on EBay or Craigslist, or take them to a consignment store. Large items can be picked up via your local Goodwill.
Hire a Professional Moving Company
If this is your first move involving lots of furniture, here is the best tip you can ever receive: hire a professional moving company. Talk to your friends and they will surely tell you that without them, it’s a horror movie waiting to happen. From broken antiques, to multiple trips burning gas, to being stuck in traffic for hours, it’s always best to get a few quotes from reputable professionals who are experienced in moving. Here are a few questions to be sure to ask them before making your final decision:
- What and how much does your insurance cover?
- Is this an accurate estimate or state what the cost should not exceed?
- Are there additional expenses for stairs or material use?
- Are the crew member’s employees, temporary employees, or laborers? Is there a background check performed?
Get Used Boxes
Think about it. When you move, items get tossed around and jumbled. There is nothing more to do with your boxes than throw them away (unless you are giving them to someone else who could use them). So there is no reason to go out and purchase new boxes. Go to the free section of Craigslist and see if someone is leaving any boxes out on the curb. Also, ask friends and co-workers for old boxes. You never know how many people are getting delivery items and throwing those boxes away.
Pack and Take the Important Items with You
While moving, even the most reputable company can have a few hiccups. You want to take extremely valuable items with you such as:
- Social security cards
- Insurance paperwork
- Other financial documents
This ensures you know exactly where these items are, and there is no one to be suspicious of.
Create Your Own Move-Out Checklist
If you’re renting and moving out, don’t just depend on your landlord’s move-out checklist. Do a complete inspection of the property before you move out. Take pictures of each room, and if possible, a video showing the premises and you locking up.
These five tips will ensure your move-out and move-in process are as smooth as can be. The time you take to prepare for it will be well worth it.