We at MoverTechnlogies.com know that moving to a new home, apartment or condo is a huge task that can easily lead to anxiety and stress. To help reduce the worrying you do about moving your possessions and family, we've compiled this relocation guide of 10 moving tips to help you get from your old home to the new one efficiently.
1. Hire a Moving Company
Okay, maybe we're biased - but, hiring a moving company greatly reduces the amount of work and stress involved in moving. If you're feeling confident that you can pack and move most of the boxes yourself, at least consider hiring a truck to drive everything for you, or lift the heaviest furniture for you. Don't damage your valuables by risking loading them incorrectly - get someone experienced to ensure everything stays in one place.
2. Label Your Boxes with the Right Details
Just writing one word descriptions on a box with a permanent marker doesn't really cut it. Boxes should not only be labelled with their contents, but also with the intended room they should go in. If you are moving a large home, consider investing in a label printer to effectively label each box with a summary of its contents, destination, and your name. This simple step greatly helps out any hired movers, and can also further direct tired family members, or even yourself, come moving day.
3. Take Advantage of Plastic Wrap
Not only does plastic wrap help store food in the fridge, it's also a working solution to securing and protecting items like plates, glass toiletry items, jewelry displays, and even keeping dresser drawers intact. Don't get stingy with the stuff, either.
4. The Same Applies for Furniture Wrap
You know all that expensive leather furniture you paid so handsomely for? In the course of moving from one home to another, it's easy to scratch or tear the luxurious leather fabric. Furniture wrap, which is, essentially, just a larger form of plastic wrap, really performs miracles when it comes to protecting furniture from dents and scratches. A large roll of it is also relatively inexpensive, and should be used liberally.
5. Take the Time to Pack Fragile Items Correctly
Besides using plastic wrap and furniture wrap, know some key packing tips. Place dishes wrapped in paper vertically inside a box - some boxes are also pre-segmented specifically for dishes and make a good investment. Pre-segmented boxes for glassware also helps prevent breakage.
6. Color Code and Label Your Electronics Cords
Unless you're a certified IT technician or AV installer, color coding and labeling the cords to all your electronics and digital gizmos helps you remember exactly how you had that surround sound system installed upon entering your new home. Don't forget to take the time to dispose or sell any old electronics you no longer use or have plans to use in the future. I'm looking at you VCR players (and, to a lesser extent, DVD players).
7. Change Your Address Online
Utilize the United States Postal Service's change of address tool to forward your mail to your new address. You can do this just days beforehand if you like to procrastinate.
8. Don't Forget to Thank Your Helpers
If friends or family are helping you move, at least offer them a frosty beverage, slice of pizza, or another gift to thank them for their valued time. It's also not a terrible idea to offer them any items you had planned on selling or throwing away if they're of some value. Also, have a furniture dolly on hand if at all possible - avoid asking friends to lift bulky items without one.
9. Take Pictures of Rental Homes/Apartments When Done
Save yourself the trouble of legal disputes regarding the condition of a rental home or apartment after you've left it by taking pictures or video of it. While homes are rarely in the same condition or better after a renter leaves, some shady landlords might exaggerate their condition to keep the bulk or entirety of your deposit for themselves. If you have damaged the home or apartment in any noticeable way, document it thoroughly.
10. Keep an Overnight Bag and Home Essentials Ready
Nobody wants to unpack as soon as they move into a new home. Still, you'll want to keep things like a toothbrush, a change of clothes, and kitchen utensils and plates ready at hand for the new house. Pack these items in a clear plastic storage container or in a suitcase to best ensure their accessibility.