5 Do’s and Don’t’s of Moving

It’s widely accepted that moving is among the most stressful experiences. But with some planning and preparation you can reduce the stress and set yourself up for a great move. Follow our do’s and don’t’s below to get started.

Do

1. Do an audit of all of your furniture/items

Here is where you will want to get a list of everything that you have and
everything that you need. It could be a simple checklist or an organized
outline.

2. Develop a plan

Once you have a list of everything that you have and everything that you are in need of, you will want to have a plan on how you will get from Point A to Point B. Things to take into consideration include: weather, if you will hire professionals or do it yourself, how you plan to pack your items, and when the move will occur.

3. Give yourself plenty of time

This is very important in having a successful move. These things take time so make sure when planning a move you are giving yourself plenty of time to find movers and to pack all of your belongings.

4. Outsource, if you can

If you are fortunate enough to be able to hire a moving, packing, or cleaning service for the move do so, as it will help ease the stress of the overall move. So consider getting some help, but make sure to book them well ahead of schedule.

5. Label items by room

This is something that you are going to want to do during the packing stage of the move. It will be very beneficial to you to label furniture items by room so when unloading the furniture it is easy to determine where it needs to go. Labeling items can also help when packing boxes to help you remember what is all packed inside.

 

Don’t

1. Wait until the last minute

We cannot stress this one enough! Waiting until the last minute to put together a move is the absolute worst thing you could do when moving. Develop a plan or follow a checklist to avoid falling behind.

2. Lie about inventory

If you are hiring a moving company, they will likely want a list of your furniture items to put together an estimate. It is beneficial to you and the moving company that you make sure to mention everything. That way you will have a more accurate estimate and will not be surprised on the day of the move.

3. Don’t hire someone you don’t trust

When moving you might want to hire someone to do it for. Whether or not it is a professional moving company, friend, family, or neighbor. Do you due diligence and research various moving companies, and think long and hard on who you want moving your belongings.

4. Waste time looking for boxes

There are many ways to acquire boxes for your upcoming move. First would be to look around to see what you have laying around. This could be old, used boxes, garbage bags, and suitcases or any other bags. Other options would include, purchasing or renting boxes from a moving company or going to find cheap boxes at stores such as Home Depot or Menards.

5. Forget to check all areas of the house

This is very important in the beginning of the moving process when you are making a checklist of all your items, to ensure you are not forgetting anything. You also might want to do one last sweep of the house before leaving to make sure nothing is getting left behind.

 

Follow these guidelines and we’re sure that your future move will go as smooth as it possibly can. It’s really about being proactive. Getting a head start and staying organized makes all the difference.