Moving away can be equally exciting and nerve-wracking. Believe us, we’d know.
However, with just a little bit of organization and planning, you can make your move completely hassle-free.
And, no, you won’t have to do anything crazy like living out of a suitcase for a month or anything of sorts, we promise. All you’ll have to do are some basic things that will make your life 10 times easier once you start packing up your old place.
And, speaking of ten times… Here are ten tips to simplify your moving operation!
1. Create A Moving Checklist And Timeline
First things first – get your pen and paper out and start writing. Do what we did. Just make sure your list doesn’t contain tips, but real-life tasks you’ll have to complete before, during and after the move.
As for the timeline, try to be as realistic as possible. If you’re working full-time and can’t really dedicate weekdays to packing, then don’t plan on doing it all in two weeks. It’s better to take your time and do it right, than rushing and forgetting half of your stuff and then having to buy all new things.
2. Purge Your Belongings And Have A Garage Sale
Be honest – do you really need that old bike or that ancient washing machine you’re keeping in your garage but you just can’t seem to get to repairing it? No, you really, really don’t. We like to hold onto things ‘just in case, but that just adds up to clutter and things you’ll have to move without actually using them.
So, unless you’re really attached to something, get rid of it. You can either donate it or have a garage sale and make some extra cash for your move. Either way, just get rid of that useless stuff and make room for new, useless stuff you’re about to inevitably hoard over the years.
3. Ask Friends For Help
They’ll hate it just like you’d hate it if they called you, but at the end of the day, what are friends for? Jokes aside, unless you’re moving a tiny house, you’re going to need some extra pairs of hands.
And there’s no shame in admitting it – even the burliest of burly men can’t do everything on their own. So, just ask your friends to come over and help you out. Offer them food and drinks as a token of your appreciation and, who knows, maybe you’ll even have some fun while doing it.
4. Pack Efficiently
Riddle us this, would you have it easier if you were to pack one room at a time or would it be better to just grab everything and put it all in boxes? If you choose the latter, then we’re sorry to say that you’re wrong. But then again, who would do that? Who’d put a toilet brush, microwave and a pillow in the same box? Hopefully no one.
Anyway, packing one room at a time is not only more organized, but it’s also much more efficient. That way, you won’t have to go through a pile of boxes to find your favorite coffee mug – it’ll all be in the kitchen-labelled box, where it belongs. Speaking of labelling…
5. Label Your Boxes
Sharpie is your best friend when it comes to packing for a move. Seriously, get yourself a bunch of them and label every box with its content and the room it belongs in. That way, you won’t have to open each box to figure out where it goes and you’ll save yourself a lot of time unpacking.
6. Arrange For Professional Services
Remember when we said, “if you work weekdays… Blah, blah”? Well, if you do, there’s little to no chance you’ll have enough time to do everything on your own. So, you might as well make things easier for yourself and hire some professional help.
You can either hire a packing company to arrange and pack your boxes or hire a reputable moving company with years of experience like Premiere Van Lines over at https://premierevanlines.com/branches/ab/premiere-van-lines-edmonton.
7. Ship Heavy Items Ahead Of Time
This is kind of an unwritten rule of moving that not many know about, but when you think about it – it really makes sense to do things this way.
See, if you have a lot of heavy items – like a piano or an old armoire (fancy word for wardrobe because you keep fancy clothes in it) – it’ll be much easier to ship them ahead of time and then just have the company deliver them to your new address.
This way, you won’t have to move them yourself and once you move in, all the heavy lifting will be done, and all that would be left to do is decorate the place (sort of).
8. Use Furniture Pads And Protection
We know it’s hard to keep focus when lifting heavy objects and all you can think about is how much your arms hurt, but it’s important that you take care of your furniture. After all, those things aren’t cheap and you don’t want them to get scuffed or dented.
So, make sure to use some form of protection when moving them – whether it be old blankets or specialized furniture pads – and handle them with care.
9. Make Use Of Storage Items
Many will find this tip controversial seeing how wardrobes are already bulky and heavy enough, but if you’re eager to save space and don’t mind pulling some weight, then keeping your clothes in a wardrobe is the way to go.
You see, by using some creative packing methods and storing your clothes in a wardrobe, you can easily avoid wrinkles, wasting boxes, and reorganizing your closet once you move in, all while saving precious van space in the process. Just make sure to not overstuff it as that could damage both the wardrobe and your back.
10. Get Insurance
No matter how experienced the company you hired is, accidents happen. And when something valuable gets damaged or broken, it’s never fun having to pay for it out of your own pocket.
So, before you move, make sure to get insurance for all your valuables – just in case something does happen during the move.
That’s it! Those were our top 10 tips on how to make your house moving process as simple as possible. Just remember to take your time, be organized and hire professional help if needed and your move will be a breeze!