If you’re getting ready to pack things up and move to a new home, you might be feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed. To help you out, we have put together a list of 10 of the best tips to prepare for your move.
Ideally, you should start planning about a month or two before your moving date. Make a timeline of things that need to get done before your move and when they should be done. Also, have a checklist of items you need to purchase, any deadlines you need to meet, tasks you need to get done at your current and new home and everything you need to do during the move itself like renting a truck, asking for help, cleaning, etc. The more specific you are the more your checklist and timeline will help you get organized. Plus, there is just something about checking off an item that helps to ease stresses.
Moving can get expensive very quickly, especially if don’t plan ahead. Shop around and compare prices for everything from moving supplies to moving truck rental and utility services. Doing so can help you have a better idea of how much you might spend on your move and set a budget. Leave a bit of wiggle room for unexpected or emergency expenses.
Boxes can be pricey, but the good news is you don’t always have to pay for them. Ask friends and family for boxes they may have either from moving or from items they have purchases. You can also go on sites like craigslist or offer up and either do a search or make an “in need of” post. Grocery stores, big box stores and offices can be good places to get boxes also just make sure they are clean and dry. Another good idea is to check if there any neighbors that may have just moved in and ask if they could save some boxes for you.
You don’t want to be lugging around unnecessary items during a move. Before you start packing, go room by room and declutter your home. Make piles for items that should be sold or donated and a pile for those items you want to keep. Doing this in advance will ensure you have time to put items up for sale and to drop off your donation items. Decluttering will also save you money as you will probably need less boxes, packing supplies and space in the moving truck.
Pack a container or bag with items you will need to get you through moving day like snacks, water, drinks, cash for any quick purchases and tips, cell phone chargers, change of clothes and a first aid kit just in case. The night before, make sure you get good sleep and eat and hydrate properly throughout the moving process to help avoid fatigue and burnout.
It’s also a good idea to have a box ready for items you will need immediately at your new home like cleaning supplies, coffee maker and toiletry items and towels.
Don’t put kitchenware with bedroom linens or toiletries with toys. Instead, pack by room. Make a list of what items are in each box and tape it securely to the box. This will make it much easier to unpack and get organized at your new place.
Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom items should be loaded into the truck last, so they can be the first ones unloaded and unpacked at your new home. If you have pets or small children, any of their necessary items should be kept handy as well.
To get settled in as quickly as possible in your new home, first unpack enough kitchen items to make a few meals, bathroom essentials so you can have a relaxing shower, and bed linens so you can sleep comfortably.
Undoubtedly, you’ll have odd items “leftover” after you’ve finished loading the moving truck. Setting aside a box or two will ensure you can take these items with you without having to figure out where to squeeze them in.
Items like social security and insurance cards, birth certificates, passports, tax and financial documents and medical and school records should not be packed away. Instead, place these items in a water proof document bag or folder and keep them with you at all times.
Before you even purchase or rent your new home, contact your insurance agent to discuss if and how your insurance policy may be affected. Make sure you have appropriate policies in place to cover both your existing and new home and ask if your policy covers any aspects of your move or if you need to purchase additional coverage for certain things.
We may not be able to help you pack and move but we can ensure you and your loved ones are safe with the best homeowners’ insurance policy to fit your needs. Get in touch with one of our licensed insurance professionals to find out more.