So you have made the big decision to move. Once you have decided where you're moving, it is time to figure out the how. It's probably something you don't want to think about - how are you going to get from where you are now, where you are settled in and comfortable, to your new place?
Before moving to a new place, you want to keep a few things in mind. The following are some tips that will help your move to a new city be one that is a smooth and simple as humanly possible. If you need help with this process, get in contact with us here.
When packing, you definitely want to have a game plan before you get started. If you are feeling the temptation to just throw everything you own in a box or two and get rid of the rest, resist that temptation.
Preparation & Organization
One of the key ingredients to a smooth move is preparing to pack. Take an inventory of what you have. Sort everything into piles according to its function and where it will reside in your new home.
This first step is one of the most important steps because it determines how easily you will be able to unpack and find everything you need once you reach your new house.
Organizing your house by room and then by how fragile or durable it is will help prevent anything from breaking during transport. There is nothing worse than getting to your new place only to find that your favorite dishware is completely ruined and in pieces because it was packed with something sharp or because it wasn't labeled as fragile. It will also help you stay organized once you arrive in your new home.
Getting The Right Supplies
Be sure to use a variety of box sizes as well as professional grade insulation, such as bubble wrap or newspapers if the former is unavailable. Carefully pack your breakable items and clearly label the boxes they are in.
Transporting is the next big step in the process. You want to be sure that your most prized and important possessions make it from your old house to your new home, so this is a good time to decide whether you will be doing it on your own or with help.
Do You Need a Moving Truck?
There are a number of factors in this literal part of the move that will determine how smoothly things go (and whether they stay in tact). First, you want to ensure that if you need a moving truck you get one. Cramming everything you have into your own car at once can be dangerous for the driver as well as for the items being transported.
You also want to ensure that the vehicle in which you transport your things is climate controlled. You don't want delicate items such as records to be damaged by a cabin that is too hot, for example.
Be sure to pack up your vehicle well. You don't want boxes sliding around when the truck makes a tight turn, after all. You also don't want anything breaking! Being sure to pack things tightly and intentionally will make all the difference in the world.
Asking Friends for Help With The Move
If you realize that you will not be able to accomplish this move on your own, there is no shame in reaching out to others. If you decide to ask a friend for help, there are a few things you will want to be mindful of beforehand.
Communication Is Key
Remember that moving is one of the most stressful times in a person's life. In general, the farther you are moving, the more stressed a person tends to be. This is completely normal. But it is something you want to keep in mind because you might find that you are more easily frustrated than normal - it is crucial that you do not allow that stress to affect your friendship with the people you have asked to help you move.
Having a conversation with them beforehand and laying out what you need them to do and how you need them to do it can save your friendship a lot of unnecessary and unwanted strain. If that sounds like an awkward conversation that you would rather not have, calling in a professional to help will cost a little more than a friend, but it will also ensure that no friendships dissolve as a result of your relocation.
Calling in Professionals
Calling in a professional mover is an expense, but it might be one that is worth the convenience it provides. Professional movers often do more than just move your belongings from your old house to your new home. Many also even pack up your old home and unload your belongings in your new home once you get there.
Make Sure Your Movers are Licensed and Insured
They are licensed and insured, so you know that they are skilled at their job and will keep your items as well as your home from getting damaged in the process of the move. Furthermore, professional movers are a good investment if you don't want to be a burden to your friends or if you are making a move that is further than just a neighborhood or two down the road.
Get Multiple Quotes
Professional moving companies will often give you a quote that takes all of your needs into consideration, so you will not have any surprise fees when it is all said in done. In general, if you are looking to make your move as easy and painless as possible, it is often a good idea to just ask for help from the very beginning.
In the end, when it's time to move, there just isn't any denying the stress that creeps in. Beat back that fear by being prepared and knowing what to expect. Now is a great time in the real estate market to sell with ease and buy just the same.
If you've made the decision to call a new city home, make the move the easiest part by following the aforementioned tips. You and your family will be glad you did!