Moving to a new home can be a fresh start. It can be the perfect opportunity to appreciate things you love that had been stored in closets, yet it may also inspire you to downsize your possessions. Whatever the move inspires in you, it's important to carefully prepare and plan for a stress-free, smooth move by taking these essential steps.
Stock Up on Moving Supplies Before You Start Packing
Purchase a variety of helpful moving supplies and tools before you start packing. Doing so can save you the annoyance of having to run to the store when you are ready to do some packing. The right supplies can help protect your precious things, too, so they go safely from your old house to your new room.
Everybody's exact moving needs may differ. But some of the most essential moving supplies you'll need will probably include the following:
- High-quality packing boxes
- Blank labels for boxes
- Markers or pens, including highlighters for color-coding labels or boxes
- Scissors and/or a boxcutter
- Packing materials (packing paper, cushion foam, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, etc.)
- Edge protectors for furniture
- Tubes for packing posters and art prints
Make a list of which packing supplies are must-haves before you go to the store to pick them up.
Start Packing Weeks Before Your Scheduled Moving Day
With all the things to do before a move, time can seem to fly by. Your moving day will probably feel like it comes quickly. If you start packing a few weeks before your moving day, you won’t need to worry about its arrival.
The most effective way to approach early packing is to make a schedule. Customize your schedule based on what works for you. For example, you may find that taking the time to fill one box per day in each room will work well for you. Alternately, you may choose to pack a couple of boxes in a specific room each day. Pack one room at a time or work on them all at once, whichever works best for you.
Create Bins for Items You No Longer Want
When you start cleaning out closets, drawers, and other storage spaces, you will likely discover quite a few things that you no longer want. Who wants to bring a lot of unwanted clutter into a new home? Take the time to sort the things you no longer want and get rid of them before the big move.
Choose three different large bins and label them. The first bin should be exclusively for things that you want to donate to charity or a secondhand store. The second bin should be for things that you want to simply throw out. The third bin should be for things that you want to sell. You may also create additional bins if you have other things you want to do with your old stuff.
Keep Track of All Necessary Paperwork
Moving to a new home likely means that you will have to fill out a lot of new paperwork. You'll need to switch utilities and other services from your old home to your new home, and you will also need to fill out a change of address form with the United State Postal Service. You will also need to change your address with the DMV and other organizations.
Make a list of all the different tasks that you need to do to successfully complete your move. That will help you easily determine what paperwork has already been filed and what paperwork you still need to do.
Make Alternate Arrangements for Pets on Moving Day
When you're in the middle of a move, the last thing you will want to do is chase after your pets or worry that they will escape when you are distracted. Instead of worrying about the additional responsibility of watching your companion animals, make plans for them to be elsewhere.
Finally, contact Superior Economy Moving for a free, no-obligation quote on our moving services today. With over 50 years of experience in the moving business, we are dedicated to simplifying the moving process and helping our customers save money while planning a stress-free, successful move.