5 Simple Moving Tips to Make Relocating a Breeze
The vast majority of moves occur during the peak season which runs from mid-May to the end of August. Whether you’re hiring a company to help you relocate of bribing your friends with pizza and beer, a few simple tricks and a little advanced planning will make sure everyone helping you is willing to do it again. If you’re one of the millions of people switching addresses, cities, or states this summer, ensure your transition is an easy one with our below tips for an organized and stress-free moving day.
When packing boxes and bins, use a marker to label each with not just the contents, but the room they belong in. Labeling just the top will put you in an annoying situation if you find yourself with stacks of boxes and no way of identifying where they belong unless you take the stacks apart. Another option? Use rental bins from Rent a Green Box for an environmentally-friendly alternative to cardboard, and use masking tape and a marker to label contents and rooms.
Not only do you want to position your furniture and items so that everything is secure and well protected, but you also should consider the order in which you load pieces into your truck. Start with the largest furniture pieces like chests, armoires, dining tables, and sofas. Next, fill the gaps with small accent furniture and boxes. Then you should load in your boxes and bins containing kitchen items (more on that later) and mattresses (so they can pad the pieces behind them). The last thing that should go on and therefore the first to come off, are your area rugs and rug pads. Get those off the truck first and lay them down in your empty rooms just the way you want them. This way you’re not shifting boxes and furniture to place them later and your sofa or bed is brought in, it can stay put. Just be sure you and/or your movers are wearing protective disposable booties for the rest of the day to prevent soiling.
Before you even pack up your old place, take measurements and decide how you will arrange your furniture in your new home. Once that’s set, draw up some floor plans and make signs to hang on the doors of each room. You can’t be in multiple places at once and giving your friends or movers an idea of which room is the nursery and which is the guest room and which wall you want the master dresser placed on and where your office desk should go, will enable you to stand at the front door and point them in the right direction rather than running around like crazy trying to reposition pieces and answering tons of, “Where does this go?”
While you’re standing at the door directing movers, ask another family member or friend to be in charge of unpacking and organizing the kitchen. Like you did with your floor plans, think ahead to where you would like to store dishes, pots, dishtowels, and so on and label each cabinet door or drawer front with a sticky note. Since your kitchen items will be one of the first things off the truck (if you followed our advice) your helpful organizer can get started right away with the time consuming task of unwrapping fragile dishware and glasses so by the end of your move-in day, your space will be in good shape and your wine glasses unpacked for a well-deserved nightcap.
Put together a few changes of clothes, your daily toiletries, and any other necessities you would need for a weekend away. Keep this suitcase separate so you’re not unpacking boxes at midnight looking for your contact lens solution on your first time in your new home.
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