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Circumstances will always force us to make changes in our lives. It could be that you got your mortgage approved and are ready to move into your new home or the company has transferred you to a different branch. Luckily, we have a list that will make your moving process much easier and less stressful. They include the following.
A common mistake is assuming that there’s still time to pack. Unfortunately, time flies so fast and before they realize it, moving day is tomorrow. In a state of panic, they put everything in boxes without thinking. Things break in the process, and they go to bed late and tired. Don’t be this person. If you are planning to move, start the preparations early. Call the utility companies in advance and let them know you’ll be moving to a new address. Pick a date to begin packing. It should be weeks in advance so you have enough time to arrange the boxes.
There are some things that you’ll have to leave behind as you move to your new apartment or house. Sort your stuff according to four categories: keep, sell, donate, and storage. Keep items you can’t do without. Sell the ones you don’t use often but are still in good condition and hold the most value. You can use the extra money you earn to pay part of the moving expenses. Donate the ones that are in good condition but you no longer use them and don’t want to sell. The best items to donate are your old clothes, while appliances, antiques, furniture, and utensils are better off selling. Then, there are those things you no longer use but still have an emotional attachment towards. You can rent extra storage space for such items.
Find a Good Mover
Moving companies charge you according to how much you’re moving. Proper planning can help lower those costs. Since there are all kinds of movers, you may struggle to find the right one. Here are a few tips:
- Choose a moving company with a high star rating
- Select movers featured on trusted websites like Better Homes & Gardens
- Read the reviews and ask around
- Read the contract and refund policies
- Find out if there are any hidden costs or rules
Before you pay the moving company, ask them if they can move you up on the list. If you’re the first person they move, they’ll be more energized and less likely to damage things. Alternatively, you can move before the month ends to improve your chances of being the only one they serve. That’s because moving companies have a lot of clients at the end of the month when most leases expire.
Packing is the most important part of moving. If you have a dresser, don’t remove everything from the drawers. Wrap the dresser in plastic so the drawers don’t fall off. Let your clothes remain on the hangers and pack them the way they are; it will save you a lot of time. Put packing boxes in each room and label them. Start by putting all fragile items together in the boxes. Use towels to wrap the breakable furniture and protect them from damage while in transit. Fold the remaining clothes so that you have more space in the box. Pack your toothbrushes and some clothes in a separate bag since you’ll need them first when you arrive at your new home.
Moving can be a pain, especially if you’re not prepared. Use the above tips to make things easier.