7 Little Ways to Make Your Move a Lot Easier
Moving is something most Americans have to do at least once — and probably several times — in their lives. Census Bureau data shows that, since 1980, about 43 million Americans have moved every year. That’s about 16.8% of the population. The figure is even higher for renters, about a third of whom move each year. And if you’ve found yourself among the ranks of movers before, you know that moving can be a real pain.
Of course, the biggest decision you can make in order to lessen the burden of moving is to hire a professional moving company. Hiring movers will allow you to leave everything set up at your old house for longer and get your new house set up faster, minimizing the amount of time you’re living in chaos. Full-service moving companies will even help with the packing process. Still, there are plenty of smaller things you can do to make the moving process go as smoothly as possible, both for you and your moving company. Here are seven easy moving tips that can make a huge difference:
- Embrace the Spreadsheet
When it comes to keeping organized over the course of packing, moving and unpacking, spreadsheets are the best weapon in your arsenal. Keep inventories that can be sorted by category, room and box number so that you know precisely where everything is at all times. As long as you enter the information bit by bit, it won’t seem like a huge task.
- Keep Track of Little Items
As you’re packing, make sure you keep track of all the little items that go with bigger ones — picture hanging brackets, screws, remotes, cords, etc. Put these small items in plastic baggies and tape them to the back of their corresponding appliances or furniture pieces so that they’ll be handy as you start putting everything back together in your new home.
- Buy Some Colored Packing Tape
Numbering boxes is still important, but you can also visually distinguish boxes for various rooms by using colored packing tape. When you’re staring at a sea of cardboard boxes, being able to sort them into rooms based on tape color alone will be a huge help.
- Scope Out Your New Space
Be sure to know any limitations with your new space. That includes taking measurements of doorways, hallways, stairwells and elevators. You don’t want to find out on moving day that your king-sized bed won’t fit through the door of your master bedroom.
- Keep Communicating With the Movers
Keep your moving company in the loop regarding any plans or restrictions. Especially if you’re moving someplace with strict move-in rules (like many condos), they’ll need to know whatever you do to keep things on track.
- Pack Some Overnight Bags
Have each family member pack a suitcase that could get them through a night or two without opening any of the packed boxes. The less tired you are when unpacking everything, the less likely things are to get chaotic.
- Delay Big Deliveries
If you’re scheduling some big deliveries (such as a new couch or appliances), aim for a few days to a week after you first move. It’s better to sit on the floor for a while than be stacking up boxes trying to make space for more stuff.
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