Do you have a move coming up? If so, you’re probably stressing out a little. There is a lot that you need to do, and it can all seem overwhelming. With that in mind, here are the things you need to do to get your home ready for a move. We hope that this list will help organize your chaos a little bit and make moving a little less stressful.
Create a Checklist
The first thing you should do is create a checklist. Take some time to sit down and think of all the things you need to do. Jot them all down, no matter how big or small the item is. As you’re preparing to move, you’ll probably think of more things that you need to do. Just jot them down at the bottom of the list. Once you finish an item, cross it off. Having a moving checklist like this will help to ensure that you don’t forget everything and will make it so you don’t have to keep everything to do in your head.
Find a Mover
A good mover is key to a less stressful move. They will handle the majority of the work, and free you up to do other things. Take some time to search through local movers in your area and compare them against one another. Look at their online reviews, their insurance coverage, and their rates. This should give you a good idea as to which mover to hire and make your moving day much easier.
Get Rid of the Junk
One of the biggest things you’ll have to do before you move is get rid of any junk. Chances are you’ve accumulated some things over the years that you just don’t need any longer. By getting rid of them before you move, it will help you to pack light, and make your moving day a little easier.
Go from room to room and figure out what you no longer need. Then you’ll have to decide what you’re going to do with the items. You could try to sell them online or through a garage sale, donate them to charity (for things like old clothes), or simply throw them away. Consider how much time you have and how much effort you want to put into this. If you’re moving in a week, you likely don’t have time to throw a garage sale or post everything online, so just donate it or throw it away and be done with it.
Gather Enough Packing Supplies
With the junk out of the way you should now have a better idea as to which stuff is going with you. From this you should be able to figure out how much packing supplies you need. You’ll need plenty of boxes to hold all of your things, along with tape to hold them shut. You’ll also need some bubble wrap for your more expensive items, or maybe even some tissue paper.
When getting packing supplies, consider buying in bulk. Chances are you’ll need more than you think, so it’s better to have too much stuff than not enough. You can also go to places like your local grocery store and see if they have any freemoving boxes that you can take.
Pack the Right Way
Now that you have packing supplies, it’s time to start packing up. Don’t just throw anything you find into a box however. You should be more methodical to make the moving process run more smoothly. For instance, group similar items together inside boxes, but don’t overload them. You might have twenty books that you want to bring with you but putting them all into one large box will be almost impossible to move.
When packing you should also label each box with what’s in it and what room it’s going to. This will make it easier for the movers when they are unloading and make your job easier as you’re trying to unpack it all.
Finally, once all of your stuff is packed up, give your home a good cleaning. You don’t want to leave it a mess for the next owners, so take some time to sweep, dust, and clean the windows. It won’t take you that long, and the new owners will appreciate it. Don’t go crazy though, as you’ll likely track in some dirt when you’re moving and the home will just become dirty again anyway.
Organization is Key
When moving, the key is to stay organized. Take things one step at a time and the whole process won’t seem so overwhelming. If it helps, print out this guide so that you can remember what you need to do, when you need to do it. Just remember that eventually moving day will be over, and you’ll be all settled into your new home, ready to relax.
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