If you’re about to make a move and you’re looking for some tips for a smooth move in and out, you’re in luck! There are lots of simple moving tips that can make a huge difference in how well your move goes. So before you pack up all of your worldly belongings and head off to your new destination, keep in mind these 8 excellent ways to make moving easier and enjoy the smoothest possible move!
1. Be Picky
While you’re still in the planning process and you’re looking for movers as a way to make moving easier, be choosy. There are lots of “moving companies” that pop up on Craigslist and have no experience moving items or will just ask for a down payment and you’ll never hear from them again! If you’re unsure about some movers, check out their address on Google Maps and check out moving.org for tips and assistance on moving.
2. Make a List
Making a list of things to do before you move out is a sure way to make moving easier. Whether you’re moving from an apartment or house, you’re probably going to need to contact the utility, phone and water companies, so make a to-do list to stay on track. You can also use this list to keep track of things you need to do once you get to your new place, since there will probably be lots to do when you arrive!
3. Remove Clutter
A great moving tip that you’re probably going to want to consider before your actual move is to de-clutter. Get rid of anything you haven’t used or worn in a year. You can have a yard sale to help with the costs of moving or donate items to a charity. This will make packing so much easier since you’ll have less stuff to deal with and you’ll feel good your items are going to someone who can use them!
4. Clean up
If you’re moving out of an apartment, this moving tip is to make sure you properly clean out your place before you head out. I’m sure you’re going to want your deposit back, plus you really don’t want any surprise fees to pay once you’ve left! Make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you need before you start and start from the room farthest from the front door. Take out any nails or anything added on to the walls or ceiling, and don’t forget to take pictures of the place before you move so you’re not held responsible for things you didn’t damage!
5. Label Love
A useful tip for a smooth move is to learn to love labels. I’m not talking about your designer bags and luggage, I mean labeling everything! There’s nothing worse than packing away a bunch of stuff and then having to sort through a ton of other boxes before you find it because it wasn’t properly labeled! Don’t be embarrassed to grab a Sharpie and mark up everything. Being organized is sexy and being able to find your necessities when you need them is smart!
6. Forget the Essentials
Forgetting the essentials until the very end is one of the tips for a smooth move that I had to learn the hard way. Sometimes we don’t realize that we need something until it’s packed away and it’s a huge hassle to unpack boxes. So, save any essentials or even things that you might need until the very end to avoid having to repack any items and waste time.
7. Fast Forward
A way to make moving easier and start getting used to your new address is to start forwarding your mail and giving out your new address to friends and family. I know you’re not exactly looking forward to seeing your bills and random sales ads at your new digs, but you can avoid late fees and important letters by planning ahead!
I know, this tip for a smooth move might not sound very helpful but you’ve done a lot of work and deserve a rest! Take some time to relax and enjoy your new place. You’ve probably lost sleep and tired yourself out trying to coordinate everything and get everything done in a certain time frame, so give yourself a break!
There are tons of tips for a smooth move and these 8 tips should help get you on the way to a fairly smooth start! Moving can be very taxing and expensive, but if you plan ahead, you can cut down a lot of the costs and stress. The best thing you can do is to research and do a lot of planning ahead so you’re not stuck doing all the work days before you move! Do you have any great moving tips?
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