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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.