By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving can be a chaotic and stressful experience. It can be hard to hold onto your sanity when your life has become a world of boxes and rotating clutter. Don't worry, moving doesn't have to be as insane as it seems. By taking the right steps, you can help yourself to stay sane and move safely. In fact, you can streamline your move and find everything you need on arrival if you know how to prepare during your move-out countdown.
Make a Checklist for Everything
Moving is hectic, and there is so much to take care of that it's easy to drop a ball or two. So, make lists and check them twice. Make a checklist for packing each room, and another for preparing your house to be sold or end the lease. Make a checklist for booking the moving company and another checklist for preparing your travel plans. You can top it off with a master checklist of lists you've completed.
If you've immediately thought of a better way to organize your move, run with it. All you need is a visual and interactive plan so you can make sure you don't miss any steps, boxes, or critical details.
Label Boxes & Create a Master Inventory
Speaking of missing a box: Label everything. It's better to label too much than too little. It can really help to sort and label boxes by room and even use color-coded tape for quick identification.
As you pack, create a master inventory of what's in the boxes so that you know how many boxes you have per room and what they contain. This involves taking just a few notes as you go, but it can be a lifesaver when you're looking for something while unpacking at the new house. If you are working with a professional mover, they will inventory your items for you.
Pack Your Overnight Bags
When you pack the bedrooms and bathrooms, pack the overnight bags. You will need a few day's clothing, toiletries, medications, and personal items for each person in the household - and a small pack for each pet. You may also want to pack a bed roll and some camping gear; that first night in the house is often before the truck arrives.
Having all your stuff ready to go will really make a difference for a worry-free travel phase of your move.
Work Everything Out with Your Movers
Don't be shy about calling or emailing to work out every little detail with your moving company. Work out when the truck will arrive to be loaded and when it will most likely arrive at the new house. Determine how you will keep in touch with your driver and with your move coordinator. If you need more packing materials, furniture disassembly services, or storage at either end of the trip, work it out with your professional movers so there are no surprises throughout the process.
Have the New House Ready
Make sure the new house is ready for your arrival. Have the utilities switched on and get the refrigerator running so you can order groceries on the first night in. Make sure you have the key or that someone with the key will be waiting for you. Any worry you have about the house being ready, simply take care of the matter ahead of time.
Make Your Travel Plans Ahead
Finally, get your travel plans ready. Know where you will stop for meals and book your hotel nights ahead. If you are flying, make all the arrangements you'll need for luggage and rides. If you are taking a road trip, know your route and how far you will safely make it from hotel to hotel each day. The more that is ready and waiting when you embark, the smoother your travel experience will be.
Moving doesn't have to be a risk to your sanity or safety. By planning all the details in advance, you can remove any risk or worry with clear, easy to follow steps. When you're prepared, even a long-distance move
is nothing to worry about.
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