Congratulations! Your house is sold and you are temporarily homeless. Not on the terms of not physically having a home, but on the idea that you now have to pack up your entire home and start trekking to your new one. If you watch Planet Earth you’ll know what any species has a hard time relocating to any new territory. But don’t worry, you have us! For you, we have created a guide on pre-moving tips and advice on what comes next.
1. Create a Moving Notebook
To best way to manage yourself is to set aside a notebook and make an agenda and to-do list to stick to. You can even be creative with it and put sticky notes and highlighter marks to properly prioritize different aspects of your notebook. Not to mention, you can mark down moving company phone numbers as well as reminders or these tips to help you move easier and quicker.
2. Calculate Your Moving Costs
Money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s important to maintain a budget, know exactly what everything costs, and when you need to pay up. Luckily, the majority of moving companies can give you a free quote but setting up your utilities at your new home may cost a pretty penny that might temporarily need adjusting in your budget. Don’t forget to keep any and all receipts from purchases you make so you can record them in your moving costs.
Your 101 On Moving Costs:
-Hiring a moving company
-Moving boxes as well as supplies to properly package and mark the boxes
-Cleaning supplies to leave your old home in nearly perfect condition
-Costs of moving to your new home (gas, hotels, plane/bus tickets, etc.)
-Overdue or future bills in your old or new home
3. Find Packing Supplies
Who can say no to free things? Especially if you have a budget to stick to, one of the best ways to stay on track is by opting in for free packing and moving supplies. Since these materials tend to add up quicker than you’d think, take a trip down to your local grocery store and see if they have free boxes out back that would be great for packing up your belongings. After all, free is free.
Moving provides the perfect opportunity to sort through all of your belongings and decide what you really need to keep and what you would be better off giving away. You can donate unneeded items or try to sell them. There are tons of online marketplaces where you can list your belongings like Craigslist or Freecycle or you can donate them at your local GoodWill. This is a great way to decrease clutter in your new home, cut down on moving costs, and start fresh in your new home.
5. Hire A Moving Company
Employing the services of a professional moving company can help save you a lot of time and energy when the big day arrives. Depending on how much stuff needs to be moved and the distance of the move, this may be the best decision for you. It is a good idea to contact a few different moving companies so you can determine where you can get the best quote. You should also look online to read reviews from people who have used their services in the past. Do not forget to review the company’s insurance policy to ensure they will have enough coverage for your needs.
6. Plan Your New Home Layout Before Packing
If you do not already have it, ask for the dimensions or a floorplan of your new home. Before you even begin to pack, decide what furniture and belongings will go in each room and how you will arrange them. Doing so will help you come up with a better packing plan. It can also give you an idea of which items you will not be coming to your new place.
7. Prepare Your New Home Before Moving In
It is always a good idea to take care of any home fixes before you move in. Take a walk through your new home while it is still empty and decide if there is anything that needs to be done. This can include painting, doing repairs, or just cleaning. This will be much easier than unpacking everything, setting it up, and then moving it again to make room to repair something. Doing this will make your home move in ready and alleviate a lot of future stress.
8. Label Your Boxes
Once you begin packing up your boxes, staying organized is key. Try to label all of your boxes with the room they are destined to go in or you can use the color coding method. This will help you and the movers to save energy and keep your new home organized. This will make it easy for you put the boxes in their designated room and prioritize which boxes get unpacked first.
9. Pack Your Moving Day Bag
This is a bag of the essentials that you should keep with you on moving day. Packing up this kit will help you save time and prevent you from searching through box after box to find your deodorant. Think about all the things you regularly use during a day. In this bag, you will want to pack toiletries, a change of clothes, any medications, ID and other important documents, snacks, water, phone charger, and any tools you will need to open boxes and assemble furniture.
10. Eat All Your Food
Packing most of your belongings is easy, but what do you do with the food in your fridge? It seems wasteful to just throw it out, but transporting food can be difficult and messy. This is especially true in long, cross country moves. The best thing you can do is try to eating down your food supply before you move. Focus mainly on eating perishables, as these would be more difficult to transport than boxes and cans. Also, try finishing up packages of food that are almost empty. This will save on packing space as well.