So it’s time to move, whether out of an old property or into your new one! The moving process can be stressful and a hassle—but with the following tips and techniques, you can streamline the process and make it more productive for everyone involved.
- During the packing process, focus on one room per day so you don’t feel overwhelmed or make slower progress by shifting from one area of the house to the other without ever completing any of them.
- Start the change of address process ASAP! Make sure your mail is forwarded to the new address, print new mailing labels, and update any official forms, since all of these can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete.
- Since moving often requires trips to the bank, government offices, or calls to utility companies, we suggest moving on a weekday when most of these organizations are open.
- Once you pack and seal a box, mark the top (and at least one side) with its contents and designated room in the new property. This will make it far easier for you and any movers to deliver the box to the right spot in the new location, saving you the hassle of shifting boxes around after the fact.
- Have pets? See if friends or family can babysit them during the moving process. Animals can often get underfoot of the movers, and can also get stressed out by all the activity going on around them.
- Consider packing some items in clear plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes. This will make the contents far easier to identify without having to cut open the box.
- Take photos of your possessions before the move, so you have a visual record of how they’re setup and also their physical condition to refer to if anything gets broken or misplaced.
- Have everything packed and ready to go before the movers arrive. It will save everyone a lot of time!
- If you’re hiring movers, be sure to read the full contract and fine print. Some of them have odd rules or extra fees hidden in there that could cost you in the end. Be sure to research them online to see how others have reviewed them, or what kind of reputation they’ve established in the area.
- Once you’re all moved out, take photos of the cleaned, old property for a visual record of its state…and the same for your new property before you move in.