Moving Tips

When you utilize these moving tips, you’ll be surprised at how prepared you feel about your upcoming move.

Do you want to know the tips for planning a perfect move? Read these moving how-to ideas.

Most people just go through the motions when moving.

But, if you go through these 10 steps, you can have a stress-free move that goes smoothly.

The perfect move does require a bit of advanced planning and effort on your part.

When you utilize these moving tips, you’ll be surprised at how prepared you feel about your upcoming move.

Moving Tips #1:  Plan for your move

The first step to planning anything is to actually have a PLAN. Taking a few extra minutes to plan and organize the details of your move will help you make the best use of your time BEFORE the move. Here are some basic guidelines on How to Plan a Move.

Moving Tips #2:  Set a date for your move (60 to 90 days in advance)

Once the date is set, create a timeline in which you need to get everything done. Working backward from the move date to set your goals is often helpful. If you are buying a new home you should take into account that your closing date may change as the closing gets closer, so it makes sense to allow some overlap in timing when planning your move.

Moving Tips #3:  Remove clutter and simplify your home

Everything you move will take extra time and money to move. The less you have to move, the more efficient your move will be and the more you will reduce the cost of your move. Consider donating items, having a tag sale, or selling items online.

Moving Tips #4:  Take inventory or call us. We can help

Taking inventory of the items you will be moving will help you know exactly what you are moving. An inventory item list is necessary to provide to the moving estimator to get an accurate moving quote and will prove helpful in confirming that all of your items arrive and fit into your new location. Then, you’ll know in advance if you have too much furniture to fit into your new home. And, you can plan accordingly to donate, give away or store your extra items.

Moving Tips #5:  Pack early

Packing always takes more time than you think it will. So, start packing early! You need to have quality packing materials. The moving boxes and moving materials need to be strong enough to hold your items safely and sturdy enough to be loaded onto a truck and to be stacked upon one another.

Moving Tips #6:  Clean your new home before you move into it

Your home may be new to you, but that doesn’t mean the previous owners left it clean for you. Whether you are moving into new construction or a place where someone lived previously, there may still be some dust or clutter that you want to take care of before you are set to move in. Some moving companies, like Collegian Movers, provide free cleaning products for the delivery of your household goods. This moving perk is to assure you have a clean fresh start in your new location, making it feel more like home.

Moving Tips #7:  Create a floor plan and furniture layout

Plan and create a furniture map to show where you would like your furniture to be placed upon arrival into the new home. This is a great communication tool to help the movers know in advance where your furniture belongs. A floor plan saves you time and money by allowing the movers to work efficiently and frees up more of your time, to focus on other details, and improve your chances for a perfect move.

Moving Tips #8:  Collect all your important documents / jewelry / medications

Knowing that your important documents, jewelry, and medications are safe during a move will assure they do not get lost. This peace of mind reduces your stress during the move. It is best to pre-pack small items, valuables, sentimental items, and important documents and to clearly label the box, so you can easily identify and find it when you need it. Important documents should be packed by your, kept with you, moved by you, and not moved with the rest of your household goods.

Here is a list of important documents to take when moving:

  • Bank Statements
  • Passports
  • Identification Cards
  • Medical Information
  • Insurance Cards
  • School Records (both new school and old school)
  • Address Books
  • Items you Consider Valuable