Moving can be tough. It requires a lot of work and at some point, it can get exhausting and stressful. If you need help, ask for it. And if you need a break, go do something else. Once you’re ready to get back at it again, write a checklist. Preparing for a move will be easier if you’ll try to keep things organized. List down what you need to do and when you need them done. Here are more tips so you can properly prepare for a move.
1. Prepare a moving folder. Be it digital or hard copy, it helps a lot to keep everything you need for your move in one place. This can include your contracts, receipts, checklist, and a copy of your personal documents. When you need them, you no longer have to keep looking for them. You know here to find them.
2. Write a comprehensive checklist. A moving checklist takes time to develop. You’ll find yourself remembering other important things to include it in while running errands or taking a shower. So keep your checklist easily accessible for when you need to update it. Group your things-to-do according to date to avoid feeling overwhelmed. This will also allow you to relax and avoid letting matters float in your mind.
3. Set a budget. Moving comes with an expense. Whether you decide to do everything on your own or hire a professional moving company, you will need to spend money for it, one way or another. As you prepare a budget, make sure to account for everything, including post-move expenses, such as repairs or renovations. From there, see which will be more practical for you. Hiring a mover can cost more but it can also mean a more efficient and time-saving moving process.
4. Create an inventory. List down everything you’ll take with you during your move. Go through every corner of your existing home as you don’t want to find out later on that you still have more to transfer. Creating a detailed inventory will also help you avoid buying things you don’t need. It’ll also allow you to see which items you can make a profit from. You might not be able to bring those furniture, appliances, or clothes with you but you can always sell them if they’re still in good condition.
5. Think about your packing supplies. Boxes and tapes may seem cheap but if you need a lot, the price can easily add up. Consider looking for free items as you pack. Talk to the grocery store or furniture shop that you frequent or perhaps you have friends that recently moved. Using your inventory, determine how much containers, boxes, or tapes that you need. Know when to scrimp. Investing in high-quality tapes can save you from stress and unnecessary expenses.
6. Consider fragile belongings. If you have fragile belongings, be sure to list them down and pack them properly. Use plastic wraps and don’t forget to label your boxes. You might want to attach a photo of the contents outside the box. This will help you as you unpack and also guide your mover as they transport your belongings. They’ll know how to load and arrange the boxes accordingly into the truck. Your moving company can also assist you in packing delicate items in case you prefer professionals to do it for you.
7. Update your information. Update your details so all important mails will be sent to your new address after your move. Plan updates to your cards or financial records ahead of time to avoid inconveniences. You don’t want confidential or important correspondences to land in the wrong address. Take this opportunity to decide whether you’ll push through with your subscriptions.
8. Contact friends for help. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. If you’re planning a meet-up with friends, consider inviting them over for catch-up and a packing project. Rather than going out, prepare meals for everyone while they help you clean up. Your friends or family members may also keep you company on the day of your move. Ask if they’re available!
9. Choose a reliable mover. Working with a reliable mover will make moving a lot easier for you. You can receive tips straight from industry experts and no longer have to do the packing on your own. Delicate or fragile items will be moved with the utmost care and are sure to arrive in one piece to your new address. But in case anything happens, chances are a professional mover also has a comprehensive insurance to cover for everything.
Preparing for a move will help you save time and money. Don’t be shy to get help when you need it and don’t forget to care for yourself in the process. Rest is crucial as you want your mind ready when you need to make important decisions.