Moving to a new city can be an exciting time until it dawns on you that you have to pack your entire life and move them across the country. You can only fit so much in one moving van, and you will have to leave a few things behind. Do you really need all your books? How about the dozens of mugs gathering dust in some kitchen cabinets? Preparing for a move will require a lot of sacrifices and compromises.
Moving isn’t a random process, and before you pack the first box, it’s important to create a system first. There are a few questions that need answering. For instance, if you’re thinking of renting a moving van, who’s going to rent your car? You might want to look at an open transport car service. With some planning and elbow grease, you can complete your to-do list and still have time for some relaxation before the long drive. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Create a system
The secret to a smooth move is to have an organized system in place. Start by making a to-do list of everything you need to do, including buying supplies and renting a moving van. You’re going to make multiple lists, so it’s smart to have a binder to keep everything accessible and organized.
The next thing you need to do is to create a list of everything that needs to be packed. Arrange your list by room to minimize confusion and make sure to make extra copies for your helpers. You also might want to hire a cleaning crew to clean your home before you leave. If you have pets with special needs, consider hiring a pet relocation service.
There probably isn’t enough room in one van to fit all your belongings, so take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted items. By only bringing the essentials, you get to minimize expenses and start fresh in your new location.
Before you start packing, go into each room and get rid of the stuff you no longer need, including clothes and furniture. Items in poor condition should be thrown away. Meanwhile, you may want to donate, sell, or give away belongings that can be reused or repurposed. You’ll feel much lighter once you’ve downsized your move.
3. Do your research
Make sure to do your research if you’re thinking of hiring a moving company. Not all companies are the same, so you need to check their track record and history first. You may scour the internet for reviews or ask their former customers. You can also create a comparison list by calling up different companies in the area and asking about their rates and policies.
A full move can cost a small fortune, so ask if they do partial packing. At the very least, the moving company should be covered by insurance. Clarify if they charge by distance, by time, or by volume, as this could affect the final bill.
4. Get the right supplies
First things first, you’re going to need a lot of packing tape. If you think you have enough, go out and buy a couple more roles. And don’t get the cheap stuff. If you’re moving from coast to coast, you’re looking at four to six days of driving, and you want your belongings to get from point A to point B in one piece. You’re also going to need cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, package filler, and Sharpies.
A final word
These four tips will help ensure a flawless and stress-free move. Ask help from friends to pack your belongings, especially if you live alone. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, allow yourself a day of rest before unpacking.