Moving is a big deal. It’s not only about emptying out your old place and loading up the truck, it’s also about preparing for your new life in a new space. We’ve put together twelve steps to help you prepare for your move:
- Choose a moving company that will work with what type of budget you have.
- Pack all of your clothes and toiletries into boxes.
- Organize all important documents electronically.
- Clean out fridge before movers come: get rid of any food that has spoiled during the move; at least double checking expiration dates (after packing), throw away old condiments/spices etc.; clean inside walls and shelves.
- Get rid of any furniture or belongings that no longer serves its purpose.
- Gather up paperwork necessary to change utilities (electricity, gas, water) once you’ve found an apartment in your new city–don’t rely on landlords for this step! You might need to provide copies of checks if they ask-if not just make photocopies as needed at home using a scanner/printer combo unit set up near where you’ll be working so you’re not running back-and-forth too much.
- Gather up any records you need for work that you’ll want to bring with you, and print out copies of anything on your computer/laptop hard drive so it doesn’t get lost in the move and all your data isn’t gone forever.
- Store as many valuables at a friend’s or family member’s house such as jewelry, artwork, heirlooms–anything sentimental or big ticket items like furniture should be moved with professional movers but if they can’t help then use a storage facility (you may end up paying an extra month rent upfront). Don’t forget about other things like bookshelves and plants! You don’t want those coming with you.
- Get copies of the lease and any other necessary information for your new landlord or rental agent to make it easier on signing day when they’ll need as much paperwork from you as possible, so don’t leave this step–or anything else!–to chance! Having everything in order will reduce stress down the line.
- Pack all clothes and toiletries into boxes-if not packed already–and store them with a friend’s or family member’s house until after the moving process is over.
- Get rid of any furniture or belongings that no longer serves its purpose: a great time to purge unwanted items like old clothes, furniture, and knick-knacks; donate them if you can’t get rid of them!
How to facilitate the process of moving?
The process of moving can be facilitated by making sure you have a checklist and organizing what items must be done.
How to choose a moving company?
When looking for a moving company, it is important to find a company that is licensed and insured.
Value is also important when choosing a moving company; make sure you don’t go for the cheapest option. The cheaper option can lead to more issues and cost you money in the long run due to damages.
The length of time they have been in business is another factor in choosing a moving company. Moving companies that have been in business the longest are usually more skilled and experienced, which makes them more desired.
Many reputable movers will provide you with an estimate of your move before hand so there are no surprises later on.
Take these factors into consideration when looking for the best possible mover for your needs.