Moving to a new place is not an easy task. Besides finding a new place to live, moving day itself is stressful. There are so many moving parts, and things that need to get done, that it can become overwhelming. Trying to transport your entire life from one location to the next is not an easy task, and it becomes more difficult if you don’t take the right steps to prepare. If you want to make your moving day just a little bit simpler, here are a few things you should try.
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Get Yourself Organized
Organization is key for moving day. You should have a whole list of things that you need to do, and check them off one by one as you accomplish them. Make sure you label all of your boxes for where they are heading, and what’s inside them. In the weeks and days leading up to your move, jot down anything that you think of that needs to get accomplished so that you don’t forget it. When moving day arrives, having a checklist you can work through will make the day run much more smoothly. If you need a little help getting your list started, here is a good checklist to base yours off of.
Find A Good Moving Company
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The right moving company can make your day run efficiently, while the wrong company can turn it into a disaster. When looking for a moving company, be sure to find customer reviews to give you a better idea as to what level of service this company will provide. Also walk through each step of the move with the company to be sure they know what to expect, and that everything is covered. The right moving company will examine everything in your home that needs to go, and be able to give you an estimate on both the costs and the time needed. Don’t settle for the cheapest company you find, as a bad moving company can make the day much worse.
Have Everything Finished The Night Before
When moving day arrives, you don’t want to have a lot to do. Things like packing and taking apart furniture should all be done before the day arrives to save you time and effort. Of course, there will be a few things that have to wait until the morning – like packing up your bed and other personal supplies that you need up until the move – but everything else should be safely packed away, labeled, and stacked neatly. The more you can have done, the faster the process will be when the movers arrive. If you think you’ll need help packing things up, let the movers know this so that they can show up earlier, or even come the day before.
Make Sure Your New Place Is Ready
Nothing is worse than arriving at your new apartment building, with a truck full of your belongings, only to discover you forgot to inform the landlord. Now the elevators are not available, the sidewalk in front of the building is blocked, and your apartment is not ready yet. Before you start loading up the truck with your belongings, make sure they have a place to go. This goes not only for new apartment buildings, but new homes, or storage facilities. Call the day before, or the morning off, and double check that everything is good to go for when you arrive.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Lastly, a move is hectic enough without trying to rush through it. Moving furniture and boxes from one location to another is a time-consuming process, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time when planning it out. If you know you need to be out of your place by a certain time – or into your new one – give yourself an hour or two cushion to meet it. Things happen – there’s traffic, a piece of furniture won’t fit out the door, or you don’t have enough boxes – and your move may end up taking longer than you expected. So give yourself plenty of time, and avoid the stress of having to rush.
Organization is Key
The key to a successful move is being organized. By planning everything out, having a list of things to do, communicating well with both the movers and any potential new landlords, and giving yourself more than enough time, you can make sure that your moving day runs smoothly, not matter what comes up. Moving day is stressful, but with some preparation, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare.