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 15 steps, you can have a stress-free move that goes smoothly.
The perfect move requires 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 Tip #1: Don’t Procrastinate
Once you know you are moving, don’t wait to start planning. Get out a calendar and set goals for what needs to get done. Knowing what needs to get done is the first step towards having a smooth moving experience.
Moving Tip #2: Plan Your Move
Moving preparation doesn’t start with packing up your things; it starts way before that with planning! So, take a few minutes to plan and organize the details of your move. This simple step 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 Tip #3: Set a Date For Your Move (60 to 90 days in advance)
Once the date is set, mark it on your calendar. The move date dictates the timeline in which you need to get everything done. Working backward from the move date towards today will help you set your goal dates. 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 time when planning your move.
Moving Tip #4: Change Your Address Before You Move
When you move to a new location be sure your mail know’s where to find you. By filling out this online change of address form, your address will be updated, and you will have access to over $750 in exclusive mover’s coupons! Making all of your address changes online is convenient for you and good for the environment.
Moving Tip #5: Set Up Home Services At Your New Location
There is more that needs to be done before moving into a new house than just updating your address and moving your items. Remember to activate your home services before you arrive. These include electricity, cable, internet, water, and phone services. It is important to at minimum, for your final walkthrough, to have your water and electricity activated so that you can check that all of your systems are working before the closing.
Moving Tip #6: 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 #7: 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 Tip # 8: Get Packing Supplies In Advance
Collegian Movers has been moving Connecticut residences since 1989. As a guideline, we always ask our clients, “How long have you lived in your home?” We know that the number of boxes you need to move increases with the number of years you have lived in your home. If you have lived in your home for over 10 years, on average you will need 12-15 boxes per room, versus the 10 to 12 per average move for those who have lived in their homes for less than 10 years. Most people underestimate the number of boxes they need when planning a move. For more help on the number of boxes needed for your upcoming move, check out our moving box calculator.
Moving Tip #9: Take Inventory As You Pack
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. A moving packing list by room is also 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 Tip # 10: Pack Room By Room
Packing one room at a time helps to save you time and keep you organized. This becomes increasingly important when unpacking. Having all your items from one room delivered to a similar room in the new home or business makes finding your needed items efficient. We suggest you start packing as soon as possible and to start in the rooms you use the least because generally, you use the items in these rooms the least too.
Moving Tip #11: Use Packing Labels
Packing Labels provide a clear place to indicate locations for the boxes and as a result, allow the movers to better plan and simplify their moving process because they know exactly where the boxes belong at the new location. The box labels for moving help both you and your movers. It may also increase the speed of your move and as a result reduce the expense of your move. It also makes it easier on you when unpacking. Having your boxes labeled helps you to find things easily and eliminates the need for you to open every box after you move to find items.
Moving Tip #12: 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 Tip #13: 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 Tip #14: Keep Your Valuables With You
We strongly recommend that you carry items of extraordinary value* with you. Items considered to be of extraordinary value are any articles that are irreplaceable, sentimentally valuable to you, or expensive. These articles include jewelry, money, photographs, antiques and stamp collections. Additionally, we recommend that you pack all the important documents yourself and not move them with the rest of your household goods.
Moving Tip #15: Collect 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 you, 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
- Identification Cards
- Medical Information
- Insurance Cards
- School Records (both new school and old school)
- Address Books
- Items you Consider Valuable