Relocating can be a wonderful experience when you are starting on a new path in your life, a new job, or even a new marriage. The last thing you need is the stress of the move itself to lessen your enjoyment and excitement. Here are a few tips for things you should do before you call the movers:
- Purge — Whether you are moving across town or across the country (or world!), the less that needs to be moved, the lower the cost and amount of time that will be needed. To reduce these, take the time to purge. Depending on the time you have, there are different ways to go about purging. If you are in a rush, donate items or take them to a consignment store. There is probably a fair amount you can even just toss out. If you will be using movers that charge by weight, get rid of anything heavy that you can live without or repurchase for less than the cost to move it.
- Plan — Make lists of everything that needs to get done and set a schedule so that nothing is left out. This includes things like calling utility companies on both ends of the move, researching movers, arranging for help if you need it, and making arrangements for your pets.
- Gather boxes — There are plenty of ways to get enough boxes for your move that are far cheaper than buying all new boxes. You can often find used boxes online or even at moving truck rental facilities where past movers have turned them in. Get the word out to your friends to save boxes for you.
- Pack — It is best not to leave it all to the last minute. Start with things you won’t need. Itemize on an inside flap or on the outside of the box what is in it to aid in unpacking. You should pack your most valuable items in boxes you will transport yourself. You’ll also want one box for those things you need right away, such as toiletries, some clothing, and perhaps some food and cookware.
If you need help with your upcoming move, give us a call at Barringer Moving & Storage. We look forward to hearing from you!