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7 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier
Moving can be a hugely monumental life event for both those who don’t experience this life change often, and for those who find themselves moving from rental to rental yearly. A lot of times, moving can be unfortunately very stressful, especially if the correct planning hasn’t been put into the process.
However, whether you’re throwing things in boxes last minute or have been planning extensively, moving stress is a necessary thing to get through to get to a nicer home or living situation that better suits you and your family. Especially if you’re embarking on a long-distance move to go after a job opportunity or some kind of career change, not taking advantage of this situation can leave you with regret. If you’ve been avoiding packing for your move due to stress or being scared of change, know that the earlier you start, the better! Take advantage of your new life changes and use this time to properly prepare with the best moving tips from a trusted professional moving company.
Tips for Moving
Having the right planning for your move makes all the difference in having a successful relocation that runs smoothly and efficiently come moving day. So how do you have the most successful move? The following are some great moving & packing tips so that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible.
- Choose the Right Moving Company
Having the right professional movers on your side is important in having the best moving process – especially if you’re moving long-distance or have a lot of items to transport. However, having movers for your relocation is also just as important for having a successful local moving experience.
When looking for a professional moving company, you’ll always want to look for a company that provides you with not only the best prices but the best quality of service as well. Remember, all because a mover might give you the lowest price, doesn’t mean you’ll receive a good experience (or any service at all, for that matter).
When looking for a professional moving company, check out the services Bekin Van Lines provides. Our experienced staff of seasoned professionals will be there every step of the way to aid you in your process and ensure that you have the exact right services to fit your needs.
Additionally, our expert moving crews will always ensure that your items are moved correctly, safely, and efficiently. With our company’s over 100 years of experience in the relocation industry, we know we’ve got what it takes to make your move a success.
Regardless of what moving company you use for your relocation, however, you should always make sure to book them well in advance and do the proper research involved to make sure you avoid moving scams. This is especially important during peak moving season when companies are more in demand and book up much faster.
2. Plan Your Move
Once you’ve locked in your moving date and your moving company for your relocation, it’s time to actually start the planning process of your relocation. Before you start packing, you’re going to want to think of the timeline of your move, and what you’d like to get done when. Additionally, if you’re moving with your entire family or roommates, consider how you’d like to divide responsibilities and how to best prepare for your relocation.
Make sure you begin the planning process for your move well before you start packing, and of course well before your moving date.
Make a list of things that must be done before your relocation, and what things you’ll need to get to best prepare for your move. Also, have a timeline of what you’ll need to get done by when to best keep yourself on track. Having a moving countdown or a calendar with a specific goal as to what to get done on which day will keep you organized and fully on track for a successful moving day.
3. Declutter Your Home
One of the easiest ways to make your move a lot simpler, cheaper, and easier overall is to declutter the things you don’t need, use, or want. Moving is truly the perfect opportunity to also start fresh and get rid of things that don’t suit you anymore in favor of getting ones that do, or in at least bringing in items that are more your style.
When decluttering your items, if they’re in good condition you might even be able to make your money back on them by selling them on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or secondhand sites.
If they’re in good condition but you don’t have the time or flexibility (or just want) to sell them, you can always donate them to a great local organization. If you’re looking to donate furniture or larger, bulky items, you can also see if an organization will even pick them up from you and bring them to the donation center for free! Many organizations like Habitat for Humanity will take furniture in good condition off your hands straight from your home. This is a win-win for you, the organization, and the people in need you’re able to help in the process.
4. Have the Right Packing Supplies
Though you might think you can pack and move using pretty much whatever, or maybe just materials you grab last minute, you’d be surprised what a difference having the right supplies ahead of time can make for your move.
When looking for packing tips for moving, you’re probably not even considering the difference having the right boxes and materials can make for having a successful moving day.
From getting the right, high-quality or fortified boxes, or just knowing what the best size of boxes to get to best leverage your packing strategy and the different items you’re bringing with you, to knowing what to pack where having the right packing materials make a huge difference in creating the best overall moving experience.
To get low-cost packing supplies, look for free boxes from those who have recently moved on Facebook Marketplace, or from local businesses or family and friends who might have extra boxes available for you to use.
Make sure to always secure your boxes with the right packing tape as well – remember, safe is better than sorry! Invest in good shipping or packing tape to keep your items safe and avoid a moving mishap.
5. Label Your Items
Labeling your things will keep you organized on the day of your relocation, and when loading and unloading your moving truck. It’ll also ensure that you have the best system in place when loading and organizing your things.
Having all of your boxes labeled appropriately will make your entire process go more smoothly, and will also allow you to keep fragile items safe and shielded from any damage or being stacked improperly.
Once you’ve got everything into your new home, having everything labeled and ready to go will also allow you to be able to immediately section off what goes to which room, which will speed up unpacking and allow you to relax much faster and with ease, instead of being disorganized and having to reorganize all of your items.
6. Make a Moving Inventory
Though working with a trusted and experienced moving company will save you from having to be worried about your items going missing or arriving in poor condition, you should always make a list of the items you’ve packed as you pack them. This will let the process less arduous in comparison to doing it later, and will also allow you to be able to account for your things and the condition they’re in in the event of a mishap or accident.
7. Pack Essentials Separately
To round out our moving tips, make sure to prioritize keeping your essentials or valuables with you during your move.
While you wait for your things to be delivered to you and your new home, having clothes, toiletries, pet supplies, and important items with you will let you be comfortable and function regularly until the rest of your things arrive.
On moving days, it can be easy to lose track of your things or what you’ll immediately need with you for the first week. Set aside your things and pack them separately so that you do not have to worry about them and have them ready for daily use.
Now that you’ve got the best moving and packing tips to set you up for success in your relocation, it’s time to get started in your process! Remember, moving might be a stressful time, but with the right preparation and the right moving company on your side, you can have a smooth and straightforward process that will let you enjoy your new home without suffering from residual moving stress.