Moving is definitely an arduous and exhausting task but these tips can help you make your move much easier.
Planning ahead and preparing a moving to do list is an excellent way to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
As with most big tasks, making a list of steps to take is important. When making a “moving to do list,” you want to consider all aspects of changing your residence, including things you need to do before and during your move. Prioritizing your moving to do list can certainly help moving day go much more smoothly.
Preliminary Moving Tasks
Before moving day, many people take advantage of this time to downsize their belongings. If you have clothing you never wear, consider dropping them off at a nearby charity of your choice. You can also have a garage sale to get rid of furniture, electronics, and housewares you no longer want. The items that do not sell can be donated or given to friends. After you have determined what you want to keep, it’s time to estimate how much packing material and boxes you will need.
You can easily begin packing weeks before your move. For example, you can box up winter clothing if you’re moving in the summertime. You can also pack up rarely used items to shorten your moving to do list.
Once you have a finalized move-in date, visit your nearest post office to have your mail forwarded to your new residence. Update all your banking and financial accounts with your new address. Be sure to give your friends and family your new address as well.
Choose a Professional Moving Company
Decide if you are going to enlist the help of a professional moving company. You’ll likely need to call different companies to obtain pricing information and availability for your move-in date. When deciding on a moving company, you will want to know what is expected of you. Some companies only move heavy items and packed boxes, while others may do all of the work for you. Be sure that unloading a large truck full of your items will not be a problem in your new neighborhood or apartment building.
Enlist Help from Friends and Family
If you choose to enlist the help of friends, make sure you give them ample time to clear their schedules. Before your friends arrive for moving day, save them time by packing your boxes and labeling each box with its contents and for which room it should be stored. It’s also a good idea to provide snacks and beverages for your friends on moving day.
Additional Moving Tips
The following are additional moving tips you may want to consider:
- Pack an overnight bag with essentials like a change of clothing, medication, and toiletries for easy access.
- Take pictures of your home or apartment after you have moved out if you’re a renter. This is especially helpful if you want to be reimbursed for your security deposit.
- Label boxes by which order they should be unpacked. You can assign a numerical value for boxes that contain items you use the most.
- Use laundry baskets and suitcases to hold clothing.
- Place screws and small parts in labeled plastic bags so that you can put your furniture and electronics back together quickly.
Moving is definitely an arduous and exhausting task, but these tips can help you make your move into your new home much easier. Planning ahead and preparing a moving to do list is an excellent way to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
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