Moving is never easy!
What to buy, where to look for movers, and on what day of the week it is better to move so that the stress of moving does not kill all the joy of living in a new place, you need to properly organize the process and plan the time.
We are ready to tell where to start if the moving day is less than a week away, share useful tips and personal experiences.
Expenses are always disappointing but using nowadays tools like approximate moving cost calculator or numerous apps will help you to plan and even save your money.
Provide everything for a move
First question: do everything yourself or delegate?
Many moving companies offer services not only for transporting things but also for evaluating their quantity and preparing for shipment.
Yes, you will still have to collect your personal belongings, clothes and books yourself, but at least you will not have to suffer with furniture and large household appliances.
Movers also have delivery services for boxes and other necessary tools — you will not need to spend time and nerves on shopping trips.
The alternative is to connect relatives and friends to the process: so you will have more time and enlist more moral support.
It is better to send children to their relatives so that they can return to their new homes.
The easiest way to choose a moving company is with the help of recommendations from friends and a banal search on the Internet.
Private traders with vans also offer their services — this is a cheaper option, but various risks are higher here.
When ordering a car, pay attention to how it is equipped.
The van should not only correspond to the amount of cargo in terms of capacity, but also be prepared inside: have guides for furniture fasteners and the fasteners themselves (belts), non — slip floor, soft pads on the walls.
Soberly assess the number of things that need to be transported, and contact the selected company: somewhere you need to order a car in advance, somewhere right on the day of moving.
They will also be able to tell you how long loading / unloading can take and how many movers you will need.
If you are worried that you will not meet the time-limited tariff of the transport company, and you are not satisfied with the extra hour surcharge, choose complex tariffs that many carriers have: prices usually depend on the number of rooms in the apartment.
This will also protect you from dishonest employees who can deliberately stall for time, and then persuade you to pay for a new hour cheaper by passing the cash register.
Knowing exactly the scale of the “disaster” is necessary not only for the contract with transport workers: if you are not a minimalist, it is unlikely that you will have enough to collect a couple of evenings after work (when you are already tired) – it is better to take a couple of days off.
Purchase materials for packing
You will need a variety of packaging to get things to their destination in one piece.
Basic set: boxes of different sizes, tape, scissors and bubble wrap.
For packaging furniture and large appliances, you will need corrugated cardboard, stretch film and foam blocks, for small items and breakable items — plastic bags, foamed polyethylene and craft paper, and for clothing and textiles — vacuum bags.
And don’t forget the marker to sign the boxes.
With this list, you can go to a hardware or hardware store.
If this is not your option, then online stores and websites of carrier companies will help.
It is difficult to calculate the number of boxes without experience, so estimate how many of them you will need, and take them with a decent margin.
Collect things for moving
There are two approaches to collecting things: by storage location or by item type (first the entire bedroom or first all the books from all the rooms).
It is better to start with things that are used less often and will definitely not be needed before moving; load more necessary things into the next group of boxes, and leave the last few boxes for the last day — there you will put the most necessary things from this room.
For example, if the child is staying with his grandmother before moving, you can start with the nursery and collect it all.
Often not the most necessary things are stored in the living room and office. This also includes seasonal items: clothing, sports equipment.
The first aid kit and favorite frying pan will go to the last batch.
In addition, moving is the most appropriate time to get rid of excess: the idea that you will not have to pay for the transportation of discarded or given things motivates.
Put aside the unnecessary and arrange something like a garage sale: throw a cry in groups specializing in the transfer of things in social networks-let people come and pick up what they need.