Foolproof Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

Many people relish the idea of moving into a new home with more room and better features, but they absolutely dread the idea of having to move there. Let’s face it—moving can be a pain! Even if you didn’t think you had that much “stuff,” having to pack it all up will just remind you of how much you do have as everything has to be pulled out of the attics, the closets, and the junk room to move it into your new home. But who says it has to be that way? Moving doesn’t have to be that hard. Here are some foolproof ways to make sure that your next move goes as smoothly as possible.

Stock Up On Supplies — The first rule of packing for a move is starting early. We are not just talking days or even a week before the move; but instead, we mean weeks early. Start gathering boxes and packing supplies early and be sure to get professional boxes designed for moving. Don’t just grab boxes from the local liquor store or supermarket because these may be convenient and free, but they are also more likely to break during the moving process.

Clean House — Once you have a good supply of boxes and supplies, start cleaning up the house. This may seem counterintuitive, but it actually makes the best sense. Go room by room with two bags: one for trash and one for donated items. Clean out as much as possible, tossing the things that you don’t want or need anymore and donating things that you can’t use or wear. Whatever is left over is what you need to pack. Now you can move room-to-room packing up your belongings. Be sure to put similar things together, such as dishes or clothes and don’t pack essential things that you are going to need or use up to the day of the move. Also, save certain items like jewelry and computers to move yourself so that you don’t have to worry about losing them.

Set Up the New Space — Before you start taking boxes over or having your moving company deliver them, you need to set up the new space in your new home or apartment. It will be easier to get the space cleaned if there are no pieces of furniture or boxes in the way. So take your time painting, patching up and repairing anything, and putting in window treatments and other similar items. This is also a good time to do a good cleaning by sweeping, mopping, dusting, and vacuuming before everything is delivered. Also, buy essential items that you will need the day of the move. These would include cleaning supplies like paper towels and trashcans and bags as well as soap, shampoo, and detergent. That way, you won’t have to worry about trying to find these necessary items in their moving boxes. Finally, plan out where everything is going to go. This way, when the movers begin to bring in items, you won’t have to stop to think about where you want your couch or television set up.

With careful planning, moving does not have to be a painful or nerve-wracking experience. You just have to work through the process in steps and everything will go much more smoothly. This way, you can enjoy your new home quicker by getting through the move easier.