– Moving schedule
You should start making moving plans at least a month or two in advance. It might seem unnecessary for you to note down every activity that needs to be accomplished, but by doing so you will avoid last-minute moving rush.
A week-by-week moving checklist could be very helpful as a reminder of your daily tasks. It’s hard to memorize every single one, so stick to the schedule and once the task is completed, remove it or check it off.
– Declutter your house
Before you even consider packing, get rid of all unused or unnecessary items by donating them to charity, organizing garage sale or recycling them. Throwing away unwanted goods may seem most appealing option, but think twice and choose an eco-friendly way if possible. There are probably a lot of items that haven’t been used recently, so is there any chance that you will use them in your new home? Let’s just be realistic and give away all items we don’t need any more.
– Start searching moving companies
If you want to save your time and energy, hire professional moving company. Since this can be a tricky affair, make sure to research moving companies in advance in order to pick one that suits you best. One of the most important factors that could affect your decision is the rate. Request an moving cost estimate in writing from several moving companies and compare their offers. An extremely affordable estimate and more than convenient conditions may be a sign that you are actually dealing with a rogue moving company. In order to avoid such risky situations check out with FMCSA every company you are interested in. Use all online resources to find out as many details as you can about your movers. A quality moving companies will stand out, and so will the bad ones. People usually share online both positive and negative experiences and this can be one of the most important guidelines for making the correct decision.
– Before you start packing, get all packing supplies – moving boxes of different sizes, markers, tapes. Mark and color your boxes so that movers know exactly where to place each box. In order to make their job easier and the move done as soon as possible, draw a floor plan of your new home as well.
– If you cannot handle the packing on your own, bare in mind that your movers provide that service as well and they charge extra for it. However, your movers can give you all the relevant information and instructions you need about packing, unpacking, handling fragile items,… At the end of the day, movers’ efficiency depends on how you have completed your part of the job.
– Be informed about the items movers are not allowed to transport – plants, flammable, corrosive, explosive items and organize the transport on your own.
– If you don’t want full moving service provided by the moving company, gather friends, relatives or neighbors that are willing to help. Do that in advance, so that everyone can arrange.
– Before the moving day confirm once again their arrival and make sure to provide correct details. Furthermore, on moving day you should be in direct communications with your movers in case of any delays.
– Prepare all your appliances for the move by unplugging them. In case you can’t handle the packing of some items place them in the middle of the room so that movers can have an easy access to them.
– Make sure that all your wardrobes, drawers, nightstands are empty and prepared for the relocation.
– In order to reduce the amount of waste use the supplies you already own like suitcases, plastic boxes etc, and towels, sheet or blankets for protecting all fragile items.
– Prepare an overnight bag with personal documents, money, snacks, toiletries.
– Clean your new house before the moving day. It’s easier to do that while the house is still empty.
– Change your address prior to the moving day and notify every interested party – employer, school, post office, delivery services,…
– Discontinue internet, cable and phone and subscribe for this services at your new home.
– Your children and pets shouldn’t be home when the movers arrive, so ask a friend/neighbor to look after them. Their safety is a priority.