We all just LOVE to pack up our entire house and move it to a new location, right? Wrong! Moving is probably one of the hardest and time consuming tasks we come across in today’s world. My husband and I have moved 5 times since we have been married, the last time with a child and me being very pregnant. So we have run the gamut, and here are my 4 tips to making your next move as easy as possible.
1. Don’t Rush
This is much easier said than done. What I am talking about is making a plan before you even box up your first box for the move. What you don’t want to do is wait until the day before you have your moving truck coming and start a majority of your boxing – my neighbors did that, and boy were they dissapointed! So make a plan in the beginning following my next four suggestions, and put deadlines on your calendar/phone so you know what needs to be accomplished by what day so you are on track to move in a timely, not rushed manner.
2. Reserve moving vans/storage units right away
When you find out you are needing to move, you should have a pretty good idea of when you need to be out of your current house. Go ahead and reserve your moving truck and/or storage units immediately when you think you will need them. At worst, it is a lot easier to move the date than wait until the last second to reserve them at all. Then you run the risk of them not being available and you will waste lots of time and energy trying to find an alternative. Once you reserve your dates, this will also give you a solid date when you need to have everything finished by, which always helps me. On a side note, our last move we used a local company’s portable storage units to store our belongings because we had not found another house by the time we sold ours, and this was by far the best moving decision we had ever made. Every day as I boxed up items, I set them right into the storage unit sitting outside of our home and never had boxes stacking up in our house. Ah-maz-ing!
3. Box Efficiently
As soon as you get your moving date set, you can start boxing up your house. I always start with the attic and the closets first, as these are the things you do not readily need all the time. Then you can move to everything else in the house as you go, and I always leave my kitchen and clothes last as these are the things I use every day. BE SURE and label every single box very well so if for any reason you need something before you move, you will know exactly where to find it.
4. Make a list of monthly bills and utilities
This is a multi-purpose task, and quite possibly the most important one. Nothing is worse than moving and forgetting about a bill you needed to pay and incurring late fees on your bills. I pay all of my bills online through my bank, so I simply made a list on my phone and texted it to my husband (just in case one of lost our phone) of all of my payees and the date I usually paid them. I then had a list of all the people I needed to call to change our address, and as they came in the mail, I would call them immediately and make that change and any other changes that are necessary with each company. For example, our home security system needed to have a time set up at our new residence to get everything set up there immediately after we moved in. If I wouldn’t have made that list, I could have easily forgotten to call them and we would have been paying our home security when we were not even using it! Because I called ahead of time, they were able to set up a time convenient for me the day after we moved into our new home, and it made that transition easy as pie.
Moving your house can be very difficult if you do not take the time to plan your move as efficiently as possible. Thank you so much for reading, and please comment below with any additional tips you might have that have made your moves easier in the past.
Author bio: Brittany Samples is a writer for Smith Monitoring. She is also a work from home mom of two busy boys who works hard to always be more healthy, safe, fun, and frugal!