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7 Ways to Improve Your Residential Move
Having the most positive residential moving experience will make all of the difference in keeping you from experiencing undue amounts of stress, or from being more worried about your moving process than you are focused on settling into your new home.
Whether moving down the block or across the country, packing and moving all of your items doesn’t have to be full of hardships or an overwhelming process if you follow the right steps and have the right tips on hand to properly plan your relocation. Learning how to properly pack and how to take steps to improve your residential moving experience will make a world of difference in the success of your move and how enjoyable the process is from start to finish.
Don’t get us wrong, moving isn’t always an enjoyable experience, even if you’ve taken the right steps to prepare as much as possible. Moving is sometimes just something you have to get through, but starting ahead of time and using the right tools for your move will make your process that much easier – and make it end sooner!
How to Find the Right Residential Moving Company
Before we get into the packing and moving tips that will help you make your residential moving experience a success, let’s discuss how to find the right residential moving services for you and your family. When researching moving options before your transition, you’ve probably been faced with the decision of whether to hire professional movers or have been considering whether self-relocating is worth it.
Though moving by yourself can be a smooth process for small moves that are just down the block or a neighborhood over, taking on a residential move with longer distances, or when you have a full household of items can be a real hardship. On top of all of this, moving by yourself or with a DIY rental truck entails you handling all of the packing, labor, and physical transportation of your items to your new place – which can quickly make things not worth it, even if you’re not going over a long distance.
It’s for this reason that a lot of people utilize full-service movers for their short or long-distance residential moves. For an international household move, there’s also no doubt as to whether or not it’s worth it to use a professional moving company.
Moving an entire household across the country or the world requires professional expertise and experience in handling your furniture and household items safely and responsibly, and relieving yourself of the labor and effort involved in moving and transporting your household over these long distances will save you a lot of strain and potential strife.
So how do you find the right full-service movers for you? Researching professional movers can be a complicated process, especially if you’ve never worked with a moving company before. When looking for residential movers, you should always look at their licenses, accreditations, affiliations, and most of all, their customer reviews. Don’t just look at their reviews that are posted on their own site, either – look at places like Yelp, Google Reviews, or the Better Business Bureau to get a feel for their overall customer experience and how they operate.
How to Improve Your Residential Move
After finding your moving company and locking in your moving date, it’s time to begin the packing process and determine how to make your process as smooth as possible leading up to when your movers will arrive.
- Plan Ahead
Since you’re reading this article, it means you’re already taking the right steps to prepare yourself for moving and to get your process started on the right foot. Following a moving checklist or creating a moving schedule well ahead of time will provide you with a definitive timeline for your move, and will let you space out your decluttering and packing processes.
2. Declutter Your Home
It might sound a little extreme to just say to get rid of everything, but it will make your packing and moving process infinitely easier to get rid of items that you don’t especially need, want, or use. If you’re not sure where to start in your decluttering process, take things room by room and determine what you don’t actually use, or what is just taking up unneeded space. From there, you can sort things into ‘give away’, ‘sell/donate’, and ‘throw away’ piles or categories to make your entire process much easier.
3. Get Moving Supplies
There’s nothing worse than being in a packing groove, or being towards the end of your packing process (or in a time crunch), and realizing that you’ve run out of boxes or have to go to the store last-minute to get more tape, bubble wrap, or packing paper. Instead of finding yourself in a time crunch like this,
4. Take Things Room by Room
Once you’ve decluttered your home, it’s time to start the packing process itself. Follow your moving schedule or checklist, and try to pack a little bit at a time as far in advance as possible to save yourself the stress and to make the process as gradual as possible. This will let you get a lot done without unneeded stress or rushing during the last week or a few days before your moving date.
5. Prepare for Your New Home
Take care of things leading up to your move like preparing children or pets for the relocation, scheduling utilities for your new place, and even preparing your new home for move-in if you’re able to have access to it ahead of time. Pack a separate moving bag of essentials (plus especially valuable items or important documents) to keep with you during your journey and to have while you’re waiting for your items to get delivered to your new place.
6. Get Ready for Moving Day!
After packing away your household items and preparing essentials to bring with you, it’s time to prepare for your movers to arrive and get ready for your journey! If you’re planning a long-distance move and are driving to your new place or taking a plane, prepare yourself for your own travels and make sure you’ve picked out a route or have made the necessary travel preparations.
7. Settle into Your New Home!
You’ve done it – you’ve successfully gotten through your moving day and get to enjoy the new home you’ve picked out for yourself and your family. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to try to settle into too quickly or to try and unpack way too fast. Give yourself time to breathe and get a feel for your new home, and see how you can really make it your own. Enjoy!
When preparing for a residential move, it can seem like there’s too much to do at once, or the entire process can seem a little overwhelming (even for people who have moved many times before in the past). To alleviate this kind of moving stress, take over residential moving tips and make the proper preparations to keep yourself in a good spot and well prepared for your move.
Our team of experienced, professional movers will take on your move with ease, and will provide you with the best service and most professional approach possible. After all, it’ll alleviate a good amount of your moving stress just to know that you have a great team of professional movers on your side who will ensure that your items are packed, loaded, and transported safely throughout your entire moving process.
Our team will give you the level of customer service you deserve from a residential moving company and will give you the smoothest moving process possible. From our cost-effective moving packages to our next-level approach to the customer experience, we’ll provide you with everything you need to take on any move smoothly and positively. See what Bekin Van Lines can do for you today!