Nowadays you can travel just about anywhere in the world. This has begun a new culture, in the young and old, of adventure and the exploration of new places. Jobs aren’t limited to what’s available in your town or county, people can chase their dream professions to any area of the planet. With this new culture of adventure-seeking, the need to move home and settle in a new area is high. Everybody and anybody will move home at some point in their lives, these are seven easy guidelines to help make the ordeal less taxing and more organized.
When packing your precious possessions away into boxes, checklists can be invaluable. In a hectic and stressful move, they can help create order out of the chaos. Of course, there is such a thing as having too many checklists, which could create more problems than they solve. The best way to have a smooth and trouble-free move is to only create checklists that are the most essential.
A practical way of applying this is to make a checklist for every room, e.g. one for the living room, kitchen, bathroom etc. The next step would be to tick off the items as they are wrapped and put in boxes and then label the boxes afterward. This creates less confusion and stress when the boxes need to be unpacked again. Also, as an extra measure, when packing fragile items, it’s best to put these in the same box and label the box as fragile so that extra care is taken with these items.
One of the most beneficial things available in these current times is the existence of moving companies. These companies are specially designed to help you pack and move your items from one place to another in the most efficient, injury and hassle-free way possible. Many hands do indeed make light work, especially when they are someone else’s hands.
If the start and end points are a long distance apart, however, then the same people that pack and load the items can’t be expected to unload them. This calls for the use of the second team of people at the receiving end to help unload at your destination. As when dealing with any company, a good piece of advice would be to arrange payment rates beforehand with written contracts. This means there will be a lot less confusion when it comes to issuing payments.
In stores that specialize in packing equipment, you will find a good collection of strong and sturdy boxes and cartons made especially for carrying heavy loads. These boxes and cartons are usually to a standardized size, shape, and quality. These shapes and sizes are specifically made to fit nicely into trucks and dollies, which makes stacking and storing much more simple. Using old, mismatched boxes tends to create problems with moving because they may not fit with the measurements and dimensions of the moving trucks and dollies as well as the standardized boxes. This is why buying a good number of standardized boxes and cartons before packing makes moving simpler and more efficient.
Notifying Change of Address
Notifying change of address is something that is often pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list when moving, but this is in fact quite an important part of the moving process that can have stressful ramifications. To help with this, it is a good idea to create a list of all the companies, friends and family, doctors, schools, or anyone else who may have your address. The next step would be to make phone calls, send letters, email or contact them in any other way that will best reach them. It is also a good idea to give, in writing, your change of address to the local post office if any post needs to be forwarded on to your new address. This also applies to service providers, such as gas, electricity, water, Wi-Fi, and T.V, especially if you want to continue with their services. In some cases, you may need to cancel your service and switch providers to a company that provides services in your new location.
Cash at Hand
A problem that can occur when you least need it, is the expectation for you to pay someone in cash and for there to be a complete lack of cash points near at hand. To prevent this disaster, it is best to carry around a good amount of cash with you so that money transactions may be completed without a hitch. Of course, many companies these days, including Big City Moving Company, accept all major credit cards, as well as PayPal, check, or money order. The bottom line is, you should ask your moving company if cash is going to be required.
A good suggestion for those families moving home is to arrange the transferring of children to a school closer to the new address, unless you’re only moving a few streets away. It creates far more problems later when there is a long commute, making school runs far more stressful than they need be.
Shawn Wood is the content writer at Costa Mesa Moving Company and has been highlighting the requirements of modern homes and offices for the past four years. He has particularly been efficient in highlighting the needs of a modern family home.