Let’s break the first relocation misconception – moving doesn’t have to be a stressful experience but it truly is up to you to plan accordingly! Numerous times our Team witnesses clients giving us a last-minute call, rushing the packing process and adding last-minute expenses to their relocation budgets. Preparing ahead of time for your move is crucial and starting the process even 3 weeks ahead of the actual move date will give you plenty of time to check-off on the following steps:
Choosing the right moving company
Yes, for a local move, you could pre-pack, load, and unload your belongings with a group of your friends and in theory and save a few dollars by doing so! However, the relocation process is a complicated one even for the most diligent preparers, leading to the high doses of stress and additional unexpected costs. Especially if furniture pieces are not handled with proper care and protection. The lack of experience in not just protecting your bellowed furniture piece, but also packing your fragile glass or china items, or electronics, could lead to potential mishaps and that is why hiring moving professionals is always a way to go!
That being said, various moving companies come into play when choosing the one that perfectly fits your needs and budget. Local movers or long-distance movers can be searched in Google search bar or even on a social media platform named Yelp. Obtaining quotes from at least 3 moving companies will give you a chance to compare their offers. It’s always important to compare ‘apples to apples ‘when it comes to moving industry, including the exact inventory list, special handling fees and so on. Avoiding any unpleasant surprises on the day of the move can be done by doing your due diligence and reviewing companies’ reviews on social media, the transparency provided by Moving Consultant, while not forgetting the tradeoff between the pricing and the service which moving companies do offer.
Initiating the process of obtaining a quote even 3 weeks before the actual move date would enable you to plan your schedule accordingly, allowing moving companies to provide you with budget-friendly rates since you are inquiring ahead of time, avoiding last minute fees. Scheduling the move well ahead of time will assist the organization and packing process on your end, and even help a moving company to prepare the logistics on their end accordingly, leaving for last minute adjustment to be made if needed, setting yourself up for a smooth relocation experience!
Preparation for the Move-Day
For savvy movers and even people who move on a more consistent basis, it is a well-known fact that the packing process itself usually takes longer than expected. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you begin packing as soon as the details of your move are finalized and the right moving company has saved a slot for you on their schedule. In the perfect world, sorting and packing of your belongings should be performed within the course of a month or two, depending on the size of your home. Avoid leaving everything until the last minute. Unless you must pack and leave your current home in a hurry, chances are you have between 20 and 40 days to plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Your sanity and even movers on the day of the move will be thanking you, which is why a calendar, and a daily to-do list could always come handy for self-packing options.
Packing all your possessions into boxes, bags or bins can be overwhelming. A few weeks before you start packing, grab a few boxes each time you visit the grocery store. This way you can save money. In addition, use laundry bins, suitcases, and large bags to transport items. Also, feel free to label all boxes according to what room they go in to expedite the process for your moving company. Labelling each side in marker will help you later to find what you need in the stack. Try to put heavier items on the bottoms and do not leave empty spaces in the boxes (fill in gaps with clothing, towels).
Eliminating the ‘Dead-weight’
Just like in a game of life, as you are getting closer to Moving Day, it is always a great idea to get rid of things you don’t need 🙂 Donating belongings while taking notes on what needs to be replaced is suggested, while it is also more budget friendly to move less items with movers! Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. Keeping the layout and size of your new place in mind is an imperative, as this could mean more or less space for your belongings.
Preparing a First Day box
In this box you should include everything you need for the first 24/48 hours in your new home. All the essentials: toiletry bag, a change of clothes, chargers for phones and laptops, cosmetics, toothbrush and toothpaste, some snacks. You will thank yourself when the time comes.
Delaying deliveries and bulk shopping
If you made a purchase, you should schedule delivery after moving the day directly to your new house. Also, a month or two before your moving day, you should avoid bulk shopping. Try using all the food and household items that you already have, so you don’t need to pack groceries and to transport them as well. Wherever you decide to move, we are sure there is a supermarket nearby. This way you will save time and energy. Also, you will get to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood as soon as you move.
Communicate with you movers
When you get to big heavy stuff, it is important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all the requirements and expectations prior to booking. Your mover should be aware of all details to estimate total move time and cost. Overweight items, items of high intrinsic and sentimental value, the cut off times for elevators, or special handling of furniture should be mentioned and discussed prior agreement with a moving company. Be ready and packed before the crew arrives unless you hire packers also. Scrambling for a box will make unnecessary delays which may increase your cost.
Some other things that you should have on your mind prior moving: connecting TV and internet, transfer utilities, update your address.
Scheduling elevator times and obtaining COI (Certificate of Insurance)
For elevator buildings, especially during summer times, it is imperative to schedule the elevator for move-ins and move-outs, and obtain all the necessary information about the Certificate of Insurance (COI), which can be generated with Teddy Moving and Storage at no additional charge! If you can secure the parking spot in front of your building or house that will be great for the moving crew and your move will be even more efficient.
Final updates to the inventory list with moving company
If you have followed all the steps in regard to the preparation for the move, you gave yourself a bit of ‘cushion’ knowing that you might have few more or few less items, than what was originally estimated with movers. Letting your Moving Company know ahead of time of those changes would additionally prepare the Operations Team for your move and it will make your move an enjoyable experience!
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