Let’s all face it: Unless you are a minimalist, moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be extremely overwhelming. But if you can get a head start and stay organized, you should make it through this process unscathed and ready to enjoy your new abode.
Here are tips to help you avoid moving day chaos.
1| Get organized
Avoid leaving until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create countdown lists and itemize everything you need to accomplish every single week.
2| Figure out your move strategy
How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you will either need to assemble some very nice friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big family to move or you will be moving a long distance, you’ll want to price out moving companies.
3| Keep your movers in the loop
Boxes are one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy stuff, it is important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all the requirements and expectations prior to your booking. Your mover has to be aware of all those minors’ details in order to estimate your total move time and cost and have the proper equipment available – that also includes informing the company about any overweight items such as fridge, access restrictions and whether you will need help with disassembly or assembly the furniture.
4| Pick the right transportation
If you are moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with making more than one trip. But if you do not have that luxury, you will need to make sure you have the right size of truck to cart your belongings in one go. Choosing the right size is particularly important when moving farther away as making several trips could be a problem.
5| Take inventory
This is necessary if you are hiring a moving company, having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write the number on each side.
Label all the sides of the box. Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.