Moving doesn't always have to be stressful. Whether it's across town or across the country - Use these tips to help things go a little smoother, and you'll be relaxing in your new home in no time.
- Downsize - Before you pack a single box, do a purge of unused or unnecessary items. If those roller skates in the back of your closet are just collecting dust and have no sentimental value, consider donating them. You’ll have less to pack, less to move, and less to unpack.
- Make a moving folder - Keeping a paper copy of all your moving documents may help you out more than you think. If any questions come up during the planning process or the move itself, you’ll have the answer (and records of agreements, payments, and more) on hand. If everything is a digital copy, consider keeping your cell phone or lap top charger close by, in case the batteries decide to die during the move.
- Stock up on moving supplies - Invest in the right size boxes. Put the heavier items in smaller boxes. Ask your local grocery store if they have any freight boxes they no longer need that you could take off their hands. Also, consider the purchase of a box cutter, bubble wrap for fragile items, permanent maker and box tape, lots of box tape.
- Label everything- Labeling your boxes by room can help you and the movers a lot. Movers will know right where to put the boxes (master bedroom, kitchen, downstairs bathroom, ect.) and knowing what is in each box will benefit you while unpacking
- Book early - Are you hiring movers or renting a moving truck? Consider booking as far in advance as possible (especially if you are moving in the peak season) Waiting till the last minute can cost you more. Ask about any discounts they may offer for booking far in advance.
- Contact utility providers - Contact your utility providers a couple days in advance and confirm the date you need utilities switched over. Don't forget to arrange the date to have your name taken out of the home your moving from too.
- Keep daily essentials with you - If your move is a ways away consider bringing a change of clothes, toiletries, and all medications you may need. If children are moving with you, pack snacks, coloring pages and other activities to help keep them occupied while traveling.