When you know that you need to move to another place, regardless whether it is because you are moving away from your parents, or you are getting married or you’ve just found that great new job at the other end of the country, there are a lot of things you need to do so that your relocation becomes successful. You need to properly plan your entire move so that you don’t leave any step out from the entire process. So here are a few moving tips that should help you do the best job you can.
It is important to be ready for the packing. By this I mean that you need to have proper sturdy and durable boxes that can hold your belongings in place. You can find boxes either for free at the local supermarket or DIY department store, or you can buy some for cheap. If you look through Craigslist in your area, you can easily find people who want to get rid of their boxes. All they might ask you to do is go and pick them up.
Then you need to get proper packing accessories such as labels and tags. These are necessary because you have to label your boxes so when you are about to unload the truck, you know exactly what goes where. You can label them for example by the room, such as ‘kitchen’, ‘bedroom’ or ‘dining room’. Also if you have some fragile eithers, you should clearly label those boxes as such, so the movers know to handle these with utmost care.
When you are packing, you need to start with the small thing that you don’t really use on a regular basis. Anything that is of value should be declared for insurance purposes.
You need to also organize movers. You can go two ways about it. You can either hire a moving company which will do the entire job for you (however this will cost you more due to the extra work and manpower involved), or you can do the move yourself. In this case you need to find some good truck rentals for moving and choose the right one for you. You need to find a truck with the right size for your belongings. This is why you need to take an inventory early on before you rent the truck. Getting a smaller truck than it’s needed will mean that you might have to do two trips and that will cost you much more. So it’s always better to get a truck which is just a bit larger than what you think you might need.
When all is said and done and the moving day comes, don’t rush. Go systematically through everything. Also don’t forget to go back into the house and check that nothing has been left behind. Have an inventory list from before and before the truck is on the way, tick off everything from the list. Have a double copy of that list and give one to the truck driver if you are hiring a truck company.