Moving to a new home can be a pretty big undertaking. Yes, you can find moving tips around every corner, but sometimes even the sheer volume of tips starts to feel overwhelming! Should you feel the need to simplify and curate the moving advice you're following, you've come to the right place. The most important moving tips can be condensed to one, simple acronym: MOVE.
M: Make plans early.
As soon as you know you're going to be moving, start making plans. Call moving companies, and get estimates. Choose a moving company, and book them. This way, you will get your choice of moving companies rather than having to settle for whoever happens to be available on your chosen moving dates. Other important planning tasks include calling utility companies, starting to pack your non-essentials, and making sure your new landlord is able to get you keys on time.
O: Only bring what you need.
The more things you have to move, the harder (and more expensive) it is to move. As much as possible, try downsizing your stuff before you move. Sell or donate furniture that won't fit in your new space. Get rid of "doubles" and items you have not used in months or years. It's a lot better to pare down your collection now than it is to get rid of these things after you've been through the hassle of packing and unpacking them.
V: Valuables go with you.
Most moving companies will not transport cash or valuables, such as precious jewelry. You'll need to transport these items personally. And actually, that's probably the best way to be absolutely certain they end up where they need to be rather than misplaced at the bottom of a moving box. If you have any valuables that will be tough for you to transport personally, start making plans for this early.
E: Everything needs a label.
There are a hundred different ways to label your moving boxes. You can color-code them by room. You can write exactly what's in each box, or you can write a general overview, only. It's fine to pick whatever labeling scheme you believe will suit you best — but do make sure you create labels. It will keep you from having to dig through 5 boxes just to find a pair of socks or your favorite pan!
If the moving advice starts to get overwhelming, just remember: you can always narrow it down to the basics of MOVE.
For more information, contact a moving company near you.
Few things are more difficult than packing up your belongings, moving to a new place, and trying to make new friends. Unfortunately, we found ourselves in this position a few years ago after the business that I worked for started to fail. We knew that if we wanted to get out ahead of the game, we needed to quit the job, apply for new positions, and move our family to a more affordable part of the country. This blog is all about choosing to move when you know that you need to, using storage units to help you during your transition, and making the best of a bad situation.