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What to do Before Your Move

Many of us will move at least once in our lifetime. If you’ve moved before, you may already know that it is not always the most pleasant experience, but it can be! At Gardner Moving, we’ve put together some moving tips on what to do before your move to make the entire process go more smoothly.

Get Rid of Your Excess Clutter

Packing up your whole life to prepare to move to a new location can be a daunting task. To make this process easier, go through your possessions and cut back on as much of the excess and clutter as you can. Get rid of items that you haven’t used in a while or don’t really need in your new home. This will give you less stuff to pack and move and will allow you to move into your new home with less clutter.

Pack as far in advance as possible

Best case scenario, you will be aware of your move weeks or months in advance. To get a head start on packing, you can start packing items that are offseason as well as items you don’t need every day. With this method, many of your items will be ready to go by the time you start finishing your packing. This will allow you to let go of the stress of packing in the final weeks rather than rushing to get the packing completed.

Stay Organized with a Moving Folder

As you gather things like new addresses and begin to receive your paperwork like rental and purchase papers, moving contracts, and more, place them all in one folder. By having hard copies available, you don’t have to rely on your phone or computer while moving to view contracts, payment records, etc. This will help you with any questions you may have while planning your move or during your move.

Book Everything Early

We all know the saying, “the early bird gets the worm.” When it comes to renting moving services and supplies, this definitely rings true. If you plan to enlist the help of professional movers, need to rent moving supplies, or need painters or cleaners to work on the house, it is best to book as early as possible. If you wait too long to book, you may end up paying a higher cost or not being able to get the services you need, especially if you are moving during peak moving season.

Get Your Utilities Scheduled for Your New Place

After you’ve finalized your moving dates, get in touch with your utility providers to make sure your services are scheduled for your new home. The last thing you want to do when moving is to arrive at a home where the water, electricity or heat are off. After scheduling ahead of time, be sure to keep a record of it in your moving folder. While scheduling your new services, be sure to call to schedule to stop your services at your old residence.

Make an Essentials Bag

The night before your move is scheduled, be sure to have a bag of essentials. This bag should contain a toothbrush, toys for the kids, a change of clothes, medications, and important paperwork. This bag can be kept in your car, moving truck, or on the plane to ensure you have some of the essentials in case the moving truck is lost or delayed.

Invest in Good Equipment and Supplies

A week or so before your moving day, make sure you stock up on supplies. While loading and unloading boxes, a trip to the store for a forgotten item will be frustrating; avoid this by purchasing items such as band-aids, box cutters, packing tape, permanent markers, garbage bags, and paper towels.

For items such as furniture dollies, furniture pads or covers, and tie-down straps and rope, consider renting these and other moving equipment from a moving company if you plan to do your move yourself. If you move frequently, you may want to consider purchasing this type of equipment to have on hand.

Rent a Truck with a Loading Ramp

If you plan to complete your move without a moving company, you will need to make sure you rent a truck with a ramp. This will make moving boxes and furniture off of the truck much safer and easier.

Hire a Professional Mover for an Easier Move

With a professional moving company, all you need to do is pack up your items, and then sit back and relax while the trained team at Gardner Moving handles the heavy lifting. When searching for a “moving company near me,” be sure to choose the expert team at Gardner Moving for all of your moving needs!

May 29, 2020

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