Moving can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the preparations that need to happen and forget about what you are trying to accomplish – moving into your new home. The following article will outline some helpful tips for stress-free moving that should help make this transition easier on both yourself and those helping you with your move.
Moving tips for stress free moving
Moving is a big job, but there are many ways to make the process easier.
- Plan out your move ahead of time: It will pay off greatly if you take some time and prepare what you can before loading up the moving truck. This will keep you organized and reduce the stress during the day of the move.
- Find a trusted moving company: Take care in finding movers who will not only do a great job with your move but also treat it like their own.
- Develop a moving checklist: This can be helpful to have in hand when packing up the house and for the movers on moving day so that everything will go smoother. Include all necessary details, including where valuables should go (to avoid the risk of theft) and when you want to have the movers come.
- Gather up moving supplies: This should include boxes, packing paper or newspaper for stuffing, and plastic wrap so that your valuables are safe from water damage while in the truck.
Find a trusted moving company
Entering the moving industry can be difficult when looking for a reputable company. When you find one, it might not be in your area- so that is why it’s important to do some research before settling on any given company.
First off, search through reviews and testimonials about different companies to see what others have said about them and if they are reliable or trustworthy. Second, call around to various companies (local movers) until you find one with the best price as well as great customer service reviews!
In finding a good local mover, here are some things to consider: Ask whether they do moves out of state? Do they offer packing services? What kind of insurance coverage will you get during the move? Will they provide a list of what is not covered by the insurance? How long have they been in business?
All of these questions and more are important to ask to make sure that you’re going with the best company possible.
Remember: when looking for local movers, it’s always good to get at least three estimates from local moving companies. Be aware that the company who charges the least might also be someone who has had all their licenses suspended or revoked. This could mean disaster for your move and it could be delayed. So, do your research ahead of time and save yourself from getting taken advantage of.
Develop a moving checklist
The first step to a stress-free move is creating an actionable checklist. It’s best to create this list before the moving company arrives so that you can have everything in order and ready for them when they get there! You should include items like:
- Checking your inventory before packing/moving it out of storage facilities
- Boxes (boxes with easy lids are always better)
- Packing supplies – tape, paper, bubble wrap etc.
- Labels or markers for labeling boxes as you pack them up; labels on furniture pieces indicating where each piece belongs in your new home
- Furniture dollies or hand trucks if needed for larger objects
- Anything else specifically suited just for your needs.
The checklist should be used as a guide to assure that you are prepared for the move beforehand. This means no surprises while packing or moving and can help alleviate any stress on your part! An emergency kit can come in really handy with items like:
- Flashlight in case there’s a power outage during the move
- Extra batteries for your flashlight
- If you have a pet, pack up some food and water supplies or arrange to board them in case of an emergency
- Extra clothes (if there’s not enough room in your car)
- Some cash – just in case some last minute needs pop up
- Time and date of the move
- Address where you are moving
- Notification from your post office or carrier about the change in address so that they know when to deliver packages, notices, etc.
- If there’s anything else specifically suited just for your needs, such as favorite CDs or DVDs, then make a note on the checklist!
Gather up moving supplies
It’s time to start gathering up all the supplies you’ll need for your move. Moving is exciting but also a stressful event – make sure you’re prepared! First and foremost, it’s important to have some basic moving boxes on hand and packing tape and plenty of bubble wrap.
If you have a lot of heavy furniture like sofas and dressers with glass tops, then it’s important that they be wrapped securely beforehand. You can use packing blankets for those items – make sure the blanket doesn’t get punctured by any sharp edges!
Ensure that you have enough boxes for your belongings as well. Be aware of how many people are in the household and calculate accordingly – if it’s an apartment, for example, then one box per room should suffice, while a smaller house may require two or three. You’ll also need to keep track of what goes where so don’t forget to write the room number on each box!
If you’re moving a long distance, it’s best to start packing several weeks before moving. This will give you time to pack up your belongings and properly store them in boxes, so they don’t get damaged during transit. If possible, try not to touch any of these items until your day of departure.
Packing tips for moving
Decide what’s most important to pack first. This will be your “must-haves” and should include things you need for work, any medication or necessities that can’t just wait until you get settled in. You’ll also want some clothing items so that you’re not stuck wearing the same clothes during your whole move!
The first step in packing is to identify what you will need and then pack those items. Don’t forget to put the room name for which the items will be placed on each box! These boxes can be stacked neatly against a wall or packed with other like-sized items so that they take up as little space as possible.
When you’ve finished packing, start labeling your boxes. You’ll want to label the outside of each box with a room number so that you know which box goes in what room when it’s time for unpacking.
The next step is using packing tape or duct tape to seal up any boxes that have items inside (this will prevent them from spilling). Once again, be sure to label the outside of those boxes with a room number.
Lastly, you’ll want to make sure that everything is in its place. Sort out books and other large items, so they’re not taking up space unnecessarily on shelves or tables during your move. Also, take any food items from the pantry into cooler bags or containers for safekeeping before packing.
Moving furniture and other heavy items
Moving furniture can be a messy job. But don’t worry! We have some tips for you to make it as easy and stress-free as possible:
Bring blankets, boxes, or packing materials with you when moving so that they won’t get damaged or scratched. If the item is big enough (like a couch, TV stand or desk), you can use two people to lift it. One person will hold the top and bottom while another grabs one side.
If an item is not fitting through a door, try turning it on its end to get it out instead of taking off doors or walls – this could be expensive and time-consuming.
If you need to move a refrigerator, make sure the door is always shut and stays level.
You can also use furniture pads or old sheets on top of your couches and other heavy items, so they don’t get scratched.
Heavy items like beds, desks and dressers should be moved as carefully as possible; if it’s difficult to move them, you could get help from a friend.
If you’re worried about moving your items without damaging them, use packing blankets made to protect furniture.
When it comes time to pack the car or van (or whatever vehicle you’ll be using), take extra care not to stack things too high, so they don’t fall and get damaged.
Pack heavy items in the front or middle of the car, so they don’t bring down other things when you’re driving.
Moving with animals
Moving with pets should be a fun experience, but it can also turn into quite the ordeal. In order to avoid stress and anxiety, make sure you plan ahead of time by getting some help from your friends or family members that live in the new area so they can offer assistance when moving day arrives.
Why choose us
We are the premier San Carlos area company for moving and relocation services. We specialize in apartment moves, office relocations, long-distance moves, commercial moves and more. Our team of expert movers will work with your schedule to provide you with an estimate on how much our services will cost – so that there is never any surprises when it comes time for payment.
We also offer an array of professional packing and unpacking services – so that you can enjoy your new surroundings as soon as possible. Our primary goal is to make a move go smoothly and stress-free!