If you have ever planned a move, then you have the firsthand knowledge of how complicated, time taking and frustrating the process can be. It does not matter a lot, whether you move to the neighboring location or another country – the problems you may encounter are almost the same. What you should understand is that it is hardly possible to avoid all the hassle of the moving process, but it is still possible to prevent some of the most widespread problems by following simple rules that can help make your move more organized and comfortable.
Listed below are the most important tips that will help you focus on the most crucial aspects of the moving process.
1. Make a To-Do List
When getting ready for the move, don’t forget to have a notebook at hand. This is how you will be able to make and edit the to-do list any time of the day. If possible, subdivide the notebook into several sections, each of which should be dedicated to a particular stage of your moving process. Make the binders and sign them to be able to access the required section without wasting your time and effort. Put down all your plans and make up packing list in advance. Note the reminders, which will help you keep all the steps in mind.
2. Make Moving Calculations in Advance
It goes without saying that a move is not only time-consuming and stressful, but it is also quite expensive. That is why, it is a must to make some calculations in advance so that you could tell, whether you have the required amount of money or need a loan. Whether you plan to hire a moving company to help you with your move or hope to manage everything on your own, you won’t go without making financial estimations. Some of the expenses you may encounter include the following things:
• renting a vehicle to transport your belongings
• hiring professional movers (or a moving company)
• cleaning the former place of residence
• travel expenses
• vehicle maintenance and oil change (in case of a long-distance move)
• home-related bills
• emergency expenses etc.
Apart from that, you should also have a certain sum of money at hand to pay for the things you could not foresee in advance.
3. Notify Your Family and Friends
When planning the move, don’t forget to notify your close people (relatives, friends or acquaintances) and different local organizations about your new address. This is especially important, if you often receive mails and wish to have them redirected to your new home on time. Inform your insurance company, bank, kindergarten or school (if any) about your move and the change of the contact data.
4. Pack Wisely
Packing is one of the most important, responsible and time taking steps of any move. It is impossible to go without it, but it is possible to make packing simpler and more organized by planning everything in advance. Start with getting moving and packing supplies, such as boxes and containers of different shapes and sizes as well as packing paper, Scotch tape and other tools. Then make up the list of things you are going to take along. Do not forget to subdivide them into separate groups and plan the amount of boxes you may need to pack everything properly. Label the boxes, paying special attention to those of them, which will contain fragile items. This is the best way to prevent your things and valuable belongings from spoiling, breaking or the unwanted damage. Apart from that, it will be easier for you to unpack the things from the labeled boxes in your new home. By the way, don’t forget about making the list of moving essentials and pack them in a separate box or a bag. These are the things you may need during the move and right after it. Some of these items may include snacks for each family member and pets (if any), medications (if needed), money, kids’ items (if you have children), documents that should be at hand etc.
5. Hire Professional Movers
Some of the steps mentioned above will be much simpler, if you hire professional movers to take care of them. Moving companies hire specialists, who are trained and experienced in the process and can foresee even those nuances you may overlook.