Moving to a new place is an exciting experience, but without the proper planning, your new adventure can quickly turn into an overwhelming nightmare. Roughly 35.5 million Americans move to a new house or apartment every year, and not every move is smooth sailing.
What can you do to plan for a seamless move ahead of time to keep yourself from becoming another victim of a stressful relocation? Regardless of where how far you’re moving from your current home, here are some tips you can use to keep your move from going horribly wrong.
Get all the supplies you need ahead of time
One of the most time-consuming parts of moving is packing boxes. After all, want to be sure everything is carefully secured so nothing breaks or gets scratched on the way to your new place.
Fortunately, you can make packing that much easier by having all the supplies you need ahead of time.
Don’t go through your garage hunting for boxes that are just the right size and using your grandma’s old dish towels as packing peanuts. Purchase boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper to keep your belongings safe while in transit to your new place.
Use your larger boxes to lighter items such as blankets, towels, and bedsheets. Save your smaller, sturdier boxes are heavy or breakable items like glasses and dishes.
Make an organizational game plan
It may be tempting to start packing everything at once, but this method can quickly turn your house into chaos. Start by creating a plan that will help you begin packing in more manageable areas.
For instance, consider making a list of rooms that will be packed from first to last. From there, break down the rooms by what they contain. You may not know everything that’s in your broom closet, but based on what you do know is in there you can make a game plan based on where to start.
Leave your bathroom and kitchen for last when it comes to packing. This is because you’ll need plates and utensils to eat with and you’ll still need to shower and use the bathroom before you move.
Take a week or two off from work
It’s possible to pack up your home and move to a new house or apartment while still working 40 hours a week, but it’s also a good way to make yourself more stressed out.
By taking time off from work to move, you’re making time to organize and plan your move while also giving yourself time to adapt to your new place. It would be challenging to get ready for work the day after you move when you don’t have everything unpacked yet.
Choose to move on a day when the weather’s nice
You may have a general idea of when you’ll be moving but have yet to set a specific date for when to move to your new place. Rather than choosing a date that works best in terms of time such as a weekend, do your research on the weather for the week you’re thinking of.
Pick a moving date where the weather is nice not only on that day but also the day before. This will help you keep from moving in the rain, carrying furniture through puddles, or navigating icy sidewalks if you’re moving in winter.
By moving on a day when the weather’s nice, you’re more likely to keep your belongings dry and your friends, family, and movers safe.
Decide whether or not to hire professional movers
It may seem like a cheaper option to use your friends and family to help you move. After all, you’ll most likely be paying them only in pizza and beer. But when your friends and family help you move, you’ll have to navigate your moving schedule around their schedules too to make sure you have someone helping you out.
A professional moving service, on the other hand, can help you move on a specific date and you won’t have to worry about anyone being called into work at the last minute. What’s more, professional movers can get the job done a lot faster and can even help you pack up the last of (or even all of) your things.
Have water and snacks on hand
Once moving day comes, you’ll be working up a sweat and odds are you won’t want to drive anywhere to spend a lot of money on food.
To keep you right where the moving happens and to keep spending too much on food at your local fast-food joint, buy water and snacks ahead of time.
This will make sure that everyone stays hydrated and happy even when moving heavy furniture for a few hours. Be sure to have kid-friendly snacks on hand, too, in case you’re moving with your kids.
Every year, families just like yours move to a new home or apartment. By following the tips above, you can make sure your next move goes as smoothly as possible.