We hate moving. That is the bitter truth. It creates a lot of mess, it creates a lot of havoc, and it creates a lot of resentment between friends and family who refused to help on the big day – it seems like the pizza wasn’t that much of an incentive!
But you don’t have to detest moving. You just need to be better prepared. And, indeed, that’s easier said than done.
So, what can you do to ensure the big day isn’t as bad it usually is? Listen to the movers!
Here are five industry tips to make moving easier:
1. Start Packing in Advance
Let’s be honest: there is a little procrastinator inside all of us, especially when it comes to moving.
We all know that moving is a strenuous, stressful, and soul-crushing experience. Perhaps this is why we drag our feet, take our time, and wait until the very last minute to prepare for the big day.
Movers have seen and done it all – they’ve even seen people pack the day of the move. But you shouldn’t be this way; you need to prepare far in advance.
You should certainly start packing in advance. As soon as you know that you will be moving to a different location in the coming weeks, you need to begin to pack, only leaving out your essentials.
2. Only Hire Professional Movers
One of the headaches behind moving is to pay for professional movers. Yes, we can always rent a U-Haul truck, but this can sometimes be just as expensive. So, hiring a moving crew is the way to go.
That said, it is imperative that you only hire professional movers. This can be difficult to ascertain, but with a little bit of research, requesting referrals from friends and family, and reading various reviews, you can determine if a particular moving business is the right one for you and your household.
3. This is Your Chance to Declutter
Over the years, you have collected a lot of junk, much of which you don’t even use anymore.
Since you are packing all of your items and transferring your stuff from one part of the city to another, this is your opportunity to declutter, something that we should routinely do anyway.
So, as you start organizing for the big day, find out what you want to keep and what you don’t want to keep. After that, donate the stuff you don’t want to possess anymore, or chuck it in the trash.
4. Be Honest with the Moving Company
Do you want the moving process to go as smooth as possible? Then here is something you should do: be honest with the moving company.
Unfortunately, it’s happened way too many times that customers will be clandestine as to the extent of the move. For instance, they’ll say they have a couple of furniture pieces, a couple of flights of stairs, and a couple of elevators, but the reality is that they have a lot of furniture pieces, several flights of stairs, and only one moving elevator that can’t be reserved.
When you book an appointment, you must be honest with what you have, what type of premise you are moving from and to, and where you are going. That isn’t so hard, is it?
5. Label Your Boxes & Packages Correctly
Oftentimes, once the move is complete, trying to find certain items is like attempting to locate a needle in a haystack. It’s hard, and no one will ever dispute that.
The elementary solution is this: label your boxes and packages. Everything from what is inside to where the totes should be placed in the new home. This makes life so much easier for all the parties involved.
So, are you ready to move now? Probably not, but you can start to get prepared by following what the industry experts recommend. From beginning your move early to remaining honest at all times, there is so much you can do to ensure the big day isn’t that much of a hassle as it typically is.