Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure if you are prepared. Here are some pointers that can help you throughout your journey of relocation.
Start Planning Well Ahead
There are many reasons you might be moving. Maybe you got a new job or perhaps you built a new home. As soon as possible, start making plans. The further ahead you have everything determined, you can focus on the logistics of the move.
Make a Checklist
Your moving checklist just might be the most important step. Be as specific as possible. Include contact information and a detailed timeline. At least once during your relocation process, you may become overwhelmed and your brain might feel like jelly. If you have everything written down and accessible to others, they can step in and help you stay on track with your plans.
Use Proper Moving Equipment
Having the right tools and equipment can save your back. Use your head to prevent injury to yourself or others. For instance, if you are moving a piano, make sure to use a dolly made with heavy duty casters. Rent a moving truck that has a ramp or a lift to make loading and unloading easier. Have a hand truck to move large boxes.
While packing, be very specific as you label your boxes. List the room where it will go in your new place. List some items inside. You may not have time to unload all the boxes right away, and having them labeled will make finding what you need so much easier.
You may have friends or family that offer to help with your move. Accept their offer and give them an assignment. Let a neighbor help with meals after you have packed your dishes. Ask your brother to assist in packing your truck — especially if he is an engineer and is super organized. He will be able to fit more items into the truck space than someone else might. Let your Mom babysit your children at her house. Delegate what you can to those volunteers. If needed, hire a moving company to be your helpers.
Unpack in Phases
Don’t wear yourself out by trying to get settled all at once. Make your beds and put away some kitchen basics, then stop and take a rest. Remember that you are not in a race, pace yourself and enjoy the process.
Good luck with your move. Make that checklist and get started on your sorting and packing.