Regardless of where you are in life, moving to a new home can be a daunting task. There are several details to consider regarding not only getting the task done, but doing it well.
Before getting started, there are some moving tips you’ll want to keep in mind to make this process as seamless and enjoyable as possible.
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What to Keep in Mind While Moving
When the big day arrives, there are some best practices you’ll want to keep in mind to make the process as enjoyable as possible.
- Pack heavy items first. Moving can be an all-day, or even a multi-day process. You’ll be glad you moved the heaviest items first so that the brunt of the work is done by the time the day is over.
- Check traffic (if your new home is within driving distance). Even if you’re moving before or after rush hour, it’s a good idea to make sure that no accidents or road work are present that could make the moving process more difficult.
- Keep important items close. It’s a good idea to have a backpack with electronics, snacks, checklists, and important documents within arm’s reach, as these could easily get mixed up with the rest of the item’s you’re moving.
What to Prioritize Before Moving
The planning phase is arguably the most important part of the moving process. It’s the time to get organized, to pack and label effectively, and to make a game plan for transportation. Here are some tips to keep in mind while preparing for the big move:
- Label and categorize. Grouping and labeling items strategically is a great way to make the unpacking process easier. It’s much easier to fill a box entirely with kitchen supplies rather than a mix of kitchen and bedroom items.
- Protect fragile items. The last thing you want is to find your fragile items broken once you arrive at your new home and begin unpacking. Be sure to use tissue paper and keep items in each box condensed so that your items aren’t harmed in transit.
- Ask for help ahead of time. It’s not a bad idea to contact family members, friends, or even co-workers if they have the time to help you move. This will expedite the process significantly. It’s also important to keep your boss in the loop as you transition to a new location.
Money-Saving Moving Tips
Moving can be expensive. After checking your approximate cost of moving, consider the following tips to keep the moving process as inexpensive as possible.
- Sell unused items. Host a garage sale or advertise on Craigslist to get rid of the items you no longer need. This will both lighten your load and potentially earn you some extra cash.
- Shop for a moving company. Explore your options ahead of time and choose the company that’s able to get your items where they need to go for the cheapest price.
- Record your expenses. If you’re moving for work, you may be able to get a tax break or even a reimbursement from your workplace.
Tips for Moving With Kids
If you have kids (or even pets), there are some additional considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.
- Be prepared with distractions and snacks. You’ll have a lot on your mind when moving. Keeping your kids entertained and comfortable is essential to be able to cater to the pressing logistics of the moving process.
- Communicate the move as a positive adventure. Moving to a new home can be a stressful and confusing experience for kids. It’s important to stay positive and unified as a family throughout the process.
- Contact notification interactive checklist
- Printable packing labels
- Printable home inventory cheat sheet
Ultimately, moving is rarely easy. It takes loads of planning, strategizing, and heavy lifting. Thankfully, HomeAdvisor can help by connecting you with local professionals to make this process as smooth as possible.
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