Moving to a new home is an exciting experience: living in a new community, getting to know a regional culture, meeting new people—it’s an entirely different chapter in your life. Before you turn that page, though, you’re going to need to pack.
Packing is perhaps the most annoying, time-consuming part of the moving process. The difficulty can compound if you live on a higher floor, if you have a lot of heavy belongings or if you don’t have much experience with moving. And it can be expensive; the cost of transport trucks, packing supplies and movers can add up.
If you’re planning a move in the near future, you can make the process a lot simpler by following a few easy steps. This article will introduce 10 moving tips that can save you time and minimize the stress of the event:
1. Create a “First Open Box”
Compile your expensive belongings, valuables and the items that you will need to use immediately after the move. Pack these in the same box, and keep it with you.
2. Contact Moving Assistance at Least One Week Before Your Move
If you are moving by yourself, contact friends and family at least one week before the move-out date. That way, they’re less likely to fabricate excuses about scheduling conflicts. Also, try to contact several people in case someone backs out.
If you are hiring a moving company for assistance, it’s still important to contact them well ahead of time. If you wait, someone else might book their services.
3. Download a Moving App
Moving apps, like My Move, help you organize your belongings by generating checklists and providing helpful advice. This will simplify the process and prevent you from forgetting something.
4. Buy a Parking Permit If You Move to a City
Many cities, like Boston and New York City, require residents to purchase parking permits. If you don’t have one on your move-out date, you might have to park far from your new home, forcing you to walk great distances to move your belongings.
5 Find Free Packing Boxes
The local supermarket or liquor store should have plenty of free boxes. If you choose to buy boxes, it can cost a small fortune.
6. Get the Family Involved
If the move is a family activity, the process could seem a lot less inconvenient. If you have kids, they will learn valuable lessons. You can even make a game out of the event to keep it fun and not so dull.
7. Use Packing Paper to Pack Dishes and Glasses
Pack glasses and dishes individually. Expensive china deserves special attention. The kitchen is the most time-consuming room to pack, so don’t rush.
8. Put Labels on Boxes Containing Fragile Items
During any move, it’s always important to minimize the risk of damaging your belongings. Labelling boxes as “fragile” can help here, especially if you receive assistance from friends or a moving company. Make sure everyone understands which boxes contain breakables.
9. Start the Process Two Weeks Early
Getting a head start on moving can make the event seem less time-consuming. You’ll have less work on move-out day, and that saved time might be necessary in certain unexpected circumstances, such as a truck-tire blowout or inclement weather.
10. Request to Reserve the Elevator
This is especially helpful in apartment buildings. Ask the management to reserve the elevator during move-out day for a minimum of a few hours.
With these 10 tips, your move will be much quicker and simpler. You’ll be relaxing in your living room in no time, with nothing to worry about except the noisy neighbors and foul-smelling cooking three doors down.
Tom Reddon is a forklift specialist and blog manager for National Forklift Exchange. You can connect with Tom via Twitter @TomReddon.