No one likes moving. It can be a stressful and messy process if you’re unprepared when the movers show up. While moving is never a fun feat, it can become a stress-free experience if you remain organized, steadfast and proactive.
Our family at Keller Moving loves an organized move, which is why we’re sharing our top five tips on how to best utilize your time before moving day.
#1) Be Realistic and Stay on Schedule
Your perfect moving timeline is going to be two months. This time frame will give you ample time to learn about the phases of moving and to find the best mover for you & your family. We recommend booking your moving company about one month in advance; even earlier if you’re moving during peak season.
Before scheduling a mover, you’ll need to schedule an in-home estimate. All moving estimates, by law, must be free of charge. Most moving companies can have a representative to your home within a week – sometimes two weeks if it’s the busy season.
You want your moving quote to be accurate. Before the moving estimator arrives, review your calendar and be realistic with your expectations. It might be impossible to pack up an entire household with a full-time job while raising three toddlers. Learn about the extra services your mover provides as a backup plan.
Communicate with your realtor about the current real estate market. Sometimes, your buyers or sellers will require a quick settlement, which could leave you in a tight spot and scrambling to finish your organizing.
#2) Start Packing Now
If you’re on a budget, you will dedicate most of your time towards packing. This means you need to start packing immediately. Before you begin packing, sort through your cabinets and donate/dispose of unnecessary items. The best way to utilize your time is to purge while you’re staging your current residence for a quick sale.
The highest quality boxes will be available for purchase through a professional moving company. You’ll want extra strength corrugated boxes for your heavier items such as dishes. For your other knick-knacks, you can find free boxes at grocery stores and liquor stores. As you pack, remember quality over quantity. You don’t want your boxes to be too heavy that they’ll collapse while being handled by a mover. Never use newspaper when packing since the ink could rub off onto your belongings. Specialized unprinted moving paper can be purchased through your mover. These small tips will give you a hassle-free moving experience.
There might be “tricky” or “special” items you’ll want professional movers to pack. Lamps, paintings, glass tops, delicate china and flat screen televisions are all items you should consider having the professionals handle. Make this decision before your in-home estimate so you know the costs involved. Also keep in mind that items packed by a certified mover are also insured.
#3) Find a Checklist
Since you only move a few times in your life, a moving checklist will be a beneficial guide to a successful transition. A multitude of checklists can be found online. Before you begin your online search, consider your moving needs. A moving checklist for a local move won’t be as helpful if you’re moving across the country. To get started, we included some helpful checklists below:
Bed Bath & Beyond
The Best Five Moving Apps for Your Phone
Move Planner by Moving.com
After you choose your list, stick to it. Don’t combine or abandon a checklist because you could end up missing an important step. For general questions, don’t be afraid to call your mover for assistance.
#4) If You Need Help, Ask
Your friends and family can help you with general preparations like packing. To get as many hands as possible, host a packing party. Serve light appetizers (so they don’t get sleepy!), easy entertainment and drinks while your company helps you pack away. Make sure to assign them to less important items & tasks since they’re not professionals. You don’t want your valuables breaking and friendships ruined because of improper packing.
If you haven’t already donated or disposed, offer to give away some items during the party. You could use this as an extra incentive for them to help you. If any of your friends moved recently, ask them for tips and advice. No matter how organized you are, you could learn something new.
Remember, your moving company is here for you. If you find you’re unable to get as much finished as you initially anticipated, call the office for options and pricing. If you’re adding services, your final moving bill will increase, so plan for this as you get closer to moving day.
#5) Consider Your Budget
The relocation business is heavily labor & equipment-oriented. The costs associated with moving are relatively expensive and could be an unpleasant surprise. If you haven’t relocated in a long time, or this is your first-time hiring movers, you’ll want to call a moving company and make sure hiring professional movers is within your means. Tell the office staff your situation and they should provide you with general rates & information. If you find these rates to be within your parameters, always schedule the free in-home estimate.
If you’re on the other side of the scale and have wiggle room, an excellent method to staying proactive is to request a “worst-case scenario” estimate. Moving estimates are non-binding, which means your final moving bill is based on the actual services completed. As we all know, life can easily get in the way of your moving preparations. If anything puts a damper onto your moving plans, you can at least be rest assured that your moving bill will be comparable to the worst-case scenario estimate. In addition, you can use that estimate as a financial goal. If you end up meeting all your pre-move requirements and your final bill turns out to be less, use the extra funds as a housewarming gift to yourself!
We wish you a happy and stress-free moving day! Did these tips help? Do you have tips of your own? Comment below!