If you’re among the thousands of people who have picked up and moved their home or business, you are familiar with the frustrations of moving. Here are the top seven tips to help you organize a stress-free move.
BEGIN THE PROCESS EARLY
Start looking for movers in advance and inquire with storage facilities about free truck move offers
Downsize and pack your rarely used items one to two months before the move
Early preparation is most important in summer, when movers are busiest
TAKE PHOTOS BEFORE PACKING
Photograph the wires at the back of your television or any other electronic sets ups. This is a great way to keep track of what’s what, especially if you are notoriously scatterbrained when it comes to technology.
Take photos of your decor and room designs
Use these images to recreate layouts and displays in your new home
PACK WITH A PLAN
Pack one room at a time to maximize organization
Use high-quality packing supplies to protect your belongings these may be sold at your local storage facility
Separate important documents that need to be shredded ask the storage facility about secure on-site shredding services
VISIT YOUR NEW AREA
Don’t be a stranger. You have chosen this place for your new home – Use any free weekends you have in the run up to the move to get acquainted with your new area.
It is wise to clearly label the boxes so you know what’s inside them.
The consensus is to write on the box what items are inside and which room they have come from or are going into.
If you don’t want to write a short novella on the boxes you could consider using colored stickers/labels to help categorize rooms.
KEEP ALL YOUR ESSENTIALS
Be prepared for the first day or two in your new home
Keep easy access to essentials by packing an overnight bag
Include a change of clothes, toiletries, medications, your cell phone, and your laptop
PACK IMPORTANT ITEMS SEPARATELY
After arriving in your new home, you’ll need to track down certain items before you can unpack everything
Pack these important items in a clearly marked box or bin
Include chargers, snacks, bottled water, box cutters, toilet paper, tools, and pet supplies