Even though moving from one home to another seems like a difficult undertaking, there are numerous ways in which you can make it a lot simpler. Yes, that’s right, moving day doesn’t need to be stressful. We’ve actually been in the moving business since 2009 and our house moving service has helped over 2 million people. This includes our actual moving services as well as the advice and guidelines we provide. It doesn’t matter if you’re only moving next door or into an entirely new zip code, be sure to take note of these 10 moving tips that will ensure you get through any move easily.
Once you’re ready to move, you should avoid doing anything last minute. This means that you should have at least one to two months to fully pack and organize everything for the day that you’ll be moving. Be sure to check out our moving home checklist and complete everything on it.
Donate Things You Don’t Want Or Need
When you start to go through your belongings and de-clutter your home in order to pack, you’ll realize that you have a lot more possessions than you actually want or need. You shouldn’t pack up items that you don’t want and take them to your new home since you’ll only create clutter there as well. This is especially true if these items will simply stay in place for months or even years on end. So, be sure to save yourself the space and energy by simply selling, donating or throwing away these items. There are lots of good charities that you can give your items to such as Gone For Good.
Start In Advance
Before you start packing, make sure that you have everything you require in order to pack such as materials like markers, boxes, labels, stickers, bubble wrap etc. Buy 5 wall Gaylord boxes for heavier items. Be sure to check out our guide on packing for more details.
If you don’t have a pal with a large van that is willing to help you move, then you’ll likely need to hire a professional mover. Unfortunately, most people typically underestimate how much stuff they have in their homes. However, when you hire a professional, they will be able to estimate more accurately upon viewing, move heavy items such as furniture as well as provide useful advice on how to efficiently move etc. So, it is possible to hire a mover that will help you with all of the steps involved in packing, moving and unpacking.
Choose The Best Van
In the event that you’re not moving far away then it is possible to use a smaller sized van and simply make multiple trips. With that said, it would be a lot less stressful if you moved all of your belongings in the least number of trips. So, it is certainly wise to select the correctly sized van so that you can easily fit your possessions.
The vast majority of movers will know how big of a van you’ll require or if a couple of vans would be needed. So, if you’re moving on your own, be sure to check out our removal van calculator that will let you know the size of van you’ll need or how many vans.
Create An Essentials Bag
When moving, you should have a personal bag packed that you keep with you during the move and this should have everything you personally need. These items should ensure you’re able to function for the next couple of days without needing to unpack the boxes.
Some of the items that you should include in the bag are fresh clothes, phone, phone charger, toiletries, snacks and food, toilet paper etc. You can use any bag you have available or even a box if that is what you have access to.
Inform Your Contacts Of Your Change In Address
You should create list of important contacts and notify them that you’re moving before you move. You should also create a list of utility companies at your old and new home and then inform them of your moving date. This will allow you to get a timely disconnection and installation date. Be aware that you should do this in advance as much as you can since it can take many months before you can get an appointment. Make sure that your contact list is comprehensive and should include contacts such as your post office, local council etc.
Communicate With Your Movers
Next, you should always keep the lines of communication open between yourself and your movers. This includes informing them of particular items you have in your home such as very heavy and large items that would need special equipment or manpower to move.
So, for example, if you have very heavy items in your home that need to be moved such as a pool table, piano etc, then you need to let them know asap. You should also let them know about any potential problems or restrictions such as a narrow staircase, small elevator etc. This will allow them to plan properly and bring the necessary tools to deal with the job. For example, they may need to bring specialized tools to disassemble particular items.
Entertain The Kids
Lastly, once you have children, moving would certainly be more stressful. We at AnyVan understand how difficult it can be to move with kids and we actually have a cardboard box that changes into a fort. This helps to keep kids entertained and have a good time during moving. This will also ensure that everyone else can more easily focus on the move.