5 Moving Tips That Might Totally Change Your Life
Ok. Full disclosure: these moving tips are not necessarily going to change your life. But they will help simplify your move. They may not be life-changing, but they are convenient and well thought out. Ok, where to start?
Document, Document, Document!
This is one of the easiest things you can do to simplify your move. Before you start packing up your belongings, create an inventory or list of all the things you’re going to be moving. You can even assign numbers to boxes to help keep track of everything for later. Making this your first step will also help you estimate what sort of supplies you’ll need (specialty boxes, bubble wrap, etc.). An accurate inventory is also important to professional moving companies like CMM: it’ll help get you the most accurate estimate on long a job will take.
Make Sure You Have Enough Boxes
You probably don’t have as many boxes as you’ll end up wanting, especially if you’ve been living somewhere for more than a couple years. Whether it’s shelves of books or DVDs, or those stemware sets your in-laws keep sending you, stuff accumulates. If you’re worried about the eventual mountain of cardboard when you unpack, consider renting our Muscle Boxes. They’re made out of a dense and durable plastic, and they stack very neatly. Plus, they’re reusable, minimizing your carbon footprint.
Use The Right Boxes
You have a lot of different options when it comes to moving boxes. They’re specialized: typically, larger boxes are used for lightweight objects with lots of surface area and volume (like blankets or pillows), while smaller boxes work better for heavy items (books or vinyl). You’ll want to make sure you don’t overfill any of the large boxes, or the weight could rip right through the cardboard. It’s tempting just to get everything jammed into one box, but it could cause trouble later.
Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute
Chances are good you’ll be visiting your new home a couple times before you move in and settle down. Consider bringing along some of the lighter items with you when you go. Even a single backpack can save you a trip on moving day. You don’t need to move every single one of your possessions in a single day. The more you can move before the last day in your old home, the easier your move will go. Things that are already in storage, unused treadmills, etc— getting this stuff done early will save you time later! Even if you’re just taking one lone lampshade at a time, it’s still progress.
The Necessities Box
Especially if you’re doing a long-distance move, you’ll want to make sure you keep some things close at hand. Phone chargers, toothbrushes, extension cords, paper towels. Things you’ll want to use right away when you get to your destination. A lot of people also like to make sure they keep all of their important documents close by: government identification, health insurance papers, that sort of thing. Keeping your necessities close by could save you a future headache.
Hopefully some of these tips will come in handy on your next move. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us! We’re here to help.