Preparing For a Move.. Who, What, When, Where, How?
There are a lot of uncertainties when preparing for your first large-scale move. Depending on the size of your house and how long you have lived there, the thought of loading everything into a bunch of trucks can be pretty intimidating. Well, that’s where we come in. At Always Moving, we understand the stress associated with moving, and we want to alleviate that stress. When we show up your job is over, we’ll take it from there. But, what about how to prepare for a move before the moving crew shows up? That can be a tough question for those who have never done it before. That’s why we have put together a little guide to help you navigate these waters.
Well, this part is easy. US! Hopefully, you’ve already made it this far and have hired us to help you take on your next move. But other than the day we stop by to deliver your free quote, we won’t be around until move-out day. So what about in the meantime? Well, that leads to our next point.
An important question you should ask yourself when moving is what, if anything, you could live without at your new home. Look, you’re making a big step moving into a new place, so sometimes it’s okay to leave old things behind. Sometimes people hold onto different things that they don’t actually want but are just used to having. This can apply to things like old beat down ladders, bags of old clothes, broken bicycles, nonfunctioning dressers, and so on. Come move-out day, whatever you want to go to your new home we will have no problem moving, but sometimes these items can cause clutter for you in the future. To make the entire process of moving the most efficient, use the time you are going through and packing all of your things to also get rid of some stuff that is just taking up space. You’ll thank us for this tip later!
When should you start preparing for a move? This should be done 2-3 weeks prior to move-out day. If you end up preparing for your move a few days ahead of time you will be completely overwhelmed with the load and usually won’t be completely ready in time. Given a few weeks, you can strategically move through each part of your home, packing in a specific way and making the move-in process 10 times easier than the move-out process. This leads to our next point.
When moving, where do you begin? This is what we meant by “strategically move through each part of your home.” When you are packing in preparation for a move, we recommend you attack room by room, beginning with those rooms you spend the least amount of time in. Given 2-3 weeks of preparation, you can start this process in the rooms such as guest bedrooms, attics, basements, and offices, garages, sheds and so on. Then, as you become a week or so out from your move, begin to pack up your more used rooms such as your personal bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and dining room. This process will allow you to live as normally as possible leading up to your move and will give you a blueprint to follow when packing.
This leads us to our last tip. When tackling each room, how do you pack the contents? First, try to get your hands on some big boxes. Luckily, here at Always Moving we offer the option of purchasing boxes for your move. Once you have these, you want to pack things in such as way that unpacking will be easy. This translates to putting like things in boxes together. For example, section your kitchen off into different zones and pack accordingly. As for labeling, we have seen this done in many different ways. We recommend you purchase color stickers, these can usually be bought in the school or crafts section of your local WalMart for a couple bucks. Label yellow for kitchen, red for living room, green for garage, blue for bedroom 1, orange for bedroom 2, and so on. This will make pairing boxes together when packing them onto the truck and then loading them into your new house much, much easier. Lastly, leave big stuff to us! Do not worry about rolling up heavy carpets or dissembling bed frames, this is in our job description. Anything that you aren’t sure you can handle before we get there, do not attempt to handle. Upon arrival, we will make sure that all of your needs are met, guaranteed.
Well, hopefully this has shed some light on the process of preparing for a move. Now it’s your turn! If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Facebook or contact Tommy Burdett at (410).726.8074, we are here to help!
Have a great day and keep moving!