It can be exciting to move to a new city or town, but moving day can also be very stressful with all the boxes and logistics you have to think about. That’s why we’re here to help. Here are our Top 5 tips for making moving day a fun and memorable experience.
1.) Hire The Right Movers
Sure, if you’re just moving stuff to a college dorm, you can pile it in the back of your truck and your frat buddies can help. But moving an entire household is best left to the professionals. They are experienced at packing, loading and unloading heavy furniture and fragile items like mirrors and glasses. Get quotes from several companies. Make a list to keep track of bids. Do they charge a flat fee, or do they charge by the hour? How much do they charge for mileage? Do they have boxes available for a fee or for free? Do they offer additional services like packing?
Make an apples-to-apples comparison to make sure you’re getting an affordable bid. Also look at online reviews to ensure the companies are reputable. If you’re going to move items yourself or ask friends to help, have them move dishes and other personal items.
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2.) Set Your Budget
You’ve just made the largest purchase you’ll likely make in your lifetime by buying a new home. It’s important to budget from now on, starting with your move. Make sure you estimate all upfront costs—moving company, boxes, gas for yourself or friends helping out and all other costs. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the costs add up.
You also don’t want to have any gaps in insurance coverage between your old and new homes. Check with your insurance agent about your homeowner’s policy to determine whether items are covered during the actual move, and also check with the moving company to determine their coverage for lost, damaged or stolen contents during the move.
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3.) Set A Schedule
Just as important as setting a budget is setting a schedule. Your job will be a lot easier with a moving timeline.
Determine what you need to accomplish each week leading up to moving day, and start several weeks ahead of time. Begin by setting aside time to purge items you don’t need to move with you. Make piles to donate, sell or throw away. Make sure to include other items on your timeline, such as notifying utility companies, and filling out change of address forms.
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4.) Pack Smart
Pack smart by packing items from the same room together. Be sure to label or even color code boxes with stickers to make it easier to place the right boxes in the right rooms. Sturdily pack items by using bubble wrap and packing paper, especially when it comes to dishes and glass items. For clothes, wardrobe boxes allow you to leave your clothes hanging, which is a huge timesaver. Maximize space by packing clothes in suitcases. Important items like health records, photo albums and passports are best packed in a special box that you take with you in the car.
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5.) Have Your Kids Help
Kids want to be part of the move and want to feel like they have an important job, so assign them a task like packing stuffed animals or checking empty rooms. If you have a long car ride to the new house, make sure you plan frequent stops and bathroom breaks. Also, don’t forget fun car activities like games, coloring books, puzzles or DVDs.
If you are taking a small pet in the car with you, make sure you have room for a kennel or carrier, and plan pet breaks along the road. If you have a larger pet, like a horse, there are shipping services that will move the animal to your new home.
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