Moving is always a hectic time. There are countless details to plan for and all that packing to do. It’s a stressful experience right up to the time when the final box is unloaded and carried into your new home. Preparation is key, and you can’t begin too soon. As soon as it’s clear you’ll be moving, you should get the ball rolling. There’s so much that can go wrong with a move. Getting an early start is the best way to avoid forgetting an important detail like making sure the electricity is turned on in the new house on moving day. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to-do checklists, preparing for a move is the perfect time to give it a try.
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind while you’re pulling it all together.
If there’s one way to practically ensure a moving-day mishap, it’s this one. People who don’t have a lot of experience with moving a household may wait too long to get started, assuming that the only real work involved is stuffing belongings into boxes and suitcases and hoping for the best. Something’s sure to get lost, forgotten, or broken that way. Like it or not, there is some strategy involved. As you pack, think about where everything’s going once you arrive at your destination. Assign a color for each room and place a colored sticker on each box to identify what goes where. An even better idea is to inventory each box, assigning a number to each and recording what items are in each one to make it easier to locate if something gets misplaced.
“Where’s My Toothbrush?”
That’s a question you should never hear if you’re truly organized. To that end, set aside a box or some container for all your essentials, the stuff that’s needed your first night and for a couple of days thereafter. The idea is to avoid having to scramble around or make multiple runs to a nearby convenience store while you’re busy unpacking. Take this one seriously — no one wants to be digging through boxes looking for the coffee maker the morning after your move.
It’s a bad feeling to open a moving box and pull out a cracked lamp shade or broken family heirloom. Nobody likes packing, but it’s the prep work and your willingness to do it properly that will prevent such a mishap. Make sure there are plenty of boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and packing paper on hand to protect all your valuables. All of the boxes you’re using should be sturdy enough to hold up under the weight and strain of moving. Also, take the time to do it right and all will be well on moving day.
Failing to Check the Weather
Keep a close eye on the weather forecast beginning a couple days ahead of your move. If it’s looking like heavy rains or snowy weather is on the horizon, make your preparations accordingly. That means setting aside appropriate dress and footwear and protecting tables and furniture with plastic covering. Make sure all boxes have been securely taped shut and that everything inside has been well-wrapped.
Hiring Irresponsible Movers
Do your research when selecting a professional moving company. Check customer feedback online and call the Better Business Bureau to get an idea of what you’ll be getting. Make sure they offer all the services you need and expect and that they’re insured. And don’t forget to schedule a move based on when most movers are available. When it comes down to it, the highest moving volume occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day in the United States. According to simple laws of supply and demand, moving rates cost more during this time.
Be sure to start prepping three months ahead of your move so there’s plenty of time to get it right. Don’t rush things; err on the side of caution when packing high-value and fragile items. And make sure your movers can be relied upon to treat your belongings with the utmost care.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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