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Key to a successful move: moving inventory

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Packing and unpacking will be a lot easier with a comprehensive moving inventory list

While getting ready for the forthcoming move, the number of tasks and activities may easily become overwhelming. At some point it may occur to you that making a moving inventory was a brilliant idea. 

With a consistent strategy in place and an advance planning, chances of accomplishing your moving goals may become even bigger. You’ve probably heard several times that a good preparation is key to a hassle-free move. While it may seem like a cliché, this statement couldn’t be truer especially if you are about to embark on an interstate move. As daunting as creating various checklists may seem, it will help you stay focused and organized all along and remind you about the pending tasks.

Provided that you’ve done a timely preparation, the dreaded packing and unpacking activities can be much easier. The truth is that putting together a moving inventory requires some time and effort, but we bet you will realize later on that it was worthwhile. You’d be surprised at how easily it’s to forget or overlook certain tasks, even those that seem so obvious. Taking chances is not what you’ll opt for during your household move, so take the time to plan it out thoroughly.

Benefits of having a moving inventory list

When stressed and exhausted by a number of tasks you have to tackle within a limited time-frame chances are you will overlook some tiny, but important aspects of the move. Trying to memorize everything is just pointless, so employing a more efficient solution is a pure necessity. This is what you will achieve by making a detailed moving inventory checklist.

Get a better understanding of what you own

As things tend to pile up over the years at some point you may lose track of how much stuff you possess. Once you have an inventory of all your belongings you may actually discover a hidden storage potential of your home. Cohabiting with so many items you haven’t seen or used for years may make you question your habits. The good news is that moving house is a perfect opportunity for breaking bad habits and starting afresh in a new house. As it involves some radical changes like discarding your duplicate, old, damaged or worn belongings, make sure to get down to work as early as possible.

You will optimize every inch in your new house

Even if you are not downsizing there’s no excuse for packing and moving everything you own. A new home is an opportunity for a clean slate and having a cluttered up place is not a beginning anyone would like. By sorting through your belongings you may figure out what goes to your new home and what stays. Keeping a precise record of your items will help you identify those unnecessary items that would clutter up your new place. Although you are longing for the day when you will finally settle into your new home, a few extra steps will ensure a smoother transition.

You will figure out how much packing supplies you need

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With an inventory list on hand you will be able to get an appropriate amount of packing supplies

Having decided which items will be moved to a new home, it will be easier for you to determine the type and amount of packing supplies you are going to use. It’s an additional cost you have to budget for, but the good news is that there are some places where you can score some free moving boxes.

Provided that you’ve started your preparations early, you can pay a visit to the local grocery stores, restaurants, bookstores and liquor stores and ask if they are willing to give away cardboard boxes. Needless to say, it’s a proven budget-friendly method that will help you keep your moving costs under control.

Get a better picture of moving costs

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Moving costs depend on the amount of items you are moving to a new home

With an accurate moving inventory you’ll be able to estimate the costs of moving. Also, your movers will know how much time they need to get the job done and if you will need some extra services. Simply put, chances are that some of the items require special handling and with an inventory list on hand the movers will be able to meet all your relocation requirements.

Save money and time

As counter-intuitive as it may seem, taking the time to put together a moving inventory list can help you manage activities during the period leading up to moving day. Keeping track of your items in a systematic manner is a good way to avoid further mishaps due to misplaced or lost items.

Determine the type of insurance

You will choose the type of moving insurance based on the value of your belongings. If you are moving a lot of valuable items, a basic, homeowner’s insurance coverage won’t suffice. Consider getting full replacement value protection in order to obtain a higher level of compensation in case anything goes wrong on moving day.

Also, it’s important to fill out a high-value article inventory form so as to ensure an appropriate protection of the items of extraordinary value. Also, having documented all belongings entrusted to your movers, it would be easier for you to file a claim in case you end up with damaged or stolen goods.

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Document your items’ condition before moving day

Unpacking made easier

Once you have your items delivered, you can easily check if something’s missing and this is where having a moving inventory list actually pays off. Whether you are going to start unpacking immediately or postpone the daunting task for a while, you’ll be at ease knowing that your moving boxes have made it to your new home.

It’s also advisable to create visual records of your belongings as a proof of their condition prior to moving day. Take photos of your items and attach them to your moving inventory list. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use them, but one can never be too cautious when moving house. Taking additional safety measures can go a long way toward eliminating troubles and headaches from your household move.