Relocating can be a daunting process. No matter how long you’ve lived in your current home, you’ve probably collected more clothes, furniture and household items than you realize. Following these five basic rules can make your move less stressful.
- Hire a Good Moving Company
Talk to the owners or representatives of a moving company to make sure that you are satisfied with the services it offers. Get quotes in writing. Ask about the company’s policy for traveling across states and its hourly rates. Check to see if the company is licensed and insured. Reading a company’s website carefully can offer details about the work it does. If you can, talk to someone who has hired the company before or check customer reviews to determine the best local movers in your area.
- Give Yourself Enough Time
Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing. Begin by clearing out items that you have held on to for too long. If you haven’t worn or used something in ages, this may be the perfect opportunity to make a donation to a charitable organization. Do this before you even begin boxing up your belongings to avoid paying for the transport of items that you won’t need. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, then give yourself a week to box up your belongings.
- Pack a Suitcase
There are some things that you will want to use as soon as you get to your new home. Clean bed linens, a change of clothes, toiletries or a coffee maker may be needed before you really start unpacking. Do not leave these essentials buried in boxes! Keeping them together and clearly labeled for easy access will make your move much smoother. Remember that your valuables and jewelry should stay with you.
- Label Every Box
Gather the storage containers and materials that you will need. Specialized packaging like wardrobe boxes can make life easier when you are emptying and refilling closets. Many moving companies offer packing and unpacking services, so add that to your contract if you know you won’t have time to handle it yourself.
- Unpack One Room at a Time
Once you’ve arrived and your things are all unloaded and in the proper room, take your time. You can focus on the most important rooms first. You’ll need to set up your kitchen, unpack your bathroom supplies, ready the clothes that you’ll need in the next few days and make the bed. Take your time with the rest and set up your new home in the way that works for you.
Despite the work, moving can be exciting. Keep yourself organized, take one step at a time, and enjoy the adventure!