Moving is a big deal! Many steps are involved, from packing to logistics! Use these moving hacks to make your move easier from the old place to new place!
Few activities are more stressful than moving from one home to another. You have so much to remember and do. It seems impossible at times. If only there were a way to make your move easier.
That’s exactly why we’ve gathered these moving hacks for you.
Keep reading, and we’ll show you what to do before moving, during your move, and after the move.
Before You Make Your Move
There are a few things to be done before you even pack your first box. These hacks can help you save a lot of time and headaches later on.
First, let’s go over making arrangements.
As soon as you know you’re going to be moving, call your utility company. Youll need to tell them your move out date to have your utilities shut off. If your moving in the same service area, be sure to give them your new address so they can have it set up and ready for move-in day.
If you have small children or pets, it may also be useful to make arrangements for them on moving day. Having children or pets underfoot while trying to move can greatly slow down the process. Making arrangements ahead of time can help make sure plans go accordingly.
Moving into a new home is the perfect opportunity to get rid of things you don’t need or don’t use. Start with your closets, sort things into donation piles, and sell piles. Then slowly move on to rooms one at a time.
Being honest with yourself is very important. Are you going to use that old hot dog roller? Didn’t think so, go ahead and donate it.
The more you declutter the stuff you don’t want or need anymore, the less stuff you have to worry about packing. Many places like goodwill and salvation army can even pick up items if you have a lot. Be sure to set up pick up times with them before your move date.
Clean Out the Fridge
Moving food can be a huge hassle. Make your last grocery trip in your old house about two weeks before you move out. Then plan to use as much of that food as possible.
You can also donate your unused food using Move for Hunger. They take what would be food waste and get it to people in need.
Find a Moving Company
If you plan on using a moving company, be sure to find one ahead of the move. Finding one ahead of time can help you get better rates and ensures you have the help you need on moving day.
Having movers to help you can take off a lot of the stress related to moving. Not to mention help with the heavy lifting.
Have your stuff packed and ready to go on moving day. The more you have ready to go on moving day, the more time you’ll save.
Be sure to have your boxes labeled. You can use a marker to write it or use a color for each room. Be sure to take pictures of your boxes as you pack for quick reference so you can find your stuff easier.
You’ll also want to have each household member to pack an overnight bag. In your bag, you’ll want a couple of changes of clothes, toiletries, chargers, and anything else you might need for the first day or two.
You also might want to keep out the important documents you might need like, birth certificates, social security cards, passports, etc.
During Your Move
You’ve got your utilities changed over, your all packed, and the movers have arrived. It’s now time to get all the boxes in the truck and get on the road.
Before you leave, let’s make sure you’ve got a few things done that’ll make life even easier.
If you’re living in a rental property, be sure to take pictures of the space before leaving. This can help you get your deposit back if there are any questions about what the property looked like after you left.
You may even want to take pictures of where you packed things in the moving truck. That way if you need something when you arrive you can easily find it.
The morning of your move, pack a cooler with water and easy to grab snacks. Through the day you’ll need to keep your energy up, having stuff to grab quickly will keep you focused. Don’t forget to offer your movers a snack and water too.
If you’re traveling long-distance, you can pack this in your car too. This will help reduce the stops you make on your trip. Not to mention it will save you money on expensive fast food and gas station snacks.
After Your Move
You’re almost done! Now just to unpack your stuff and set everything up. Don’t panic; we’ve got more moving hacks for this step too.
This may feel like an overwhelming situation. But taking it one step at a time will help tremendously.
Unload Your Stuff
Now that you’ve arrived, it’s time to unload. This is where the labeling or color-coding your boxes comes in handy. Instead of piling everything in the living room and sorting from there, move the boxes in their respective rooms.
Setting up Your Space
The majority of the work is now done. Now getting everything set up should be a breeze.
Start unpacking in the kitchen first. This is usually the most time-consuming room. After finishing that, it will seem like less work.
As you unpack, be sure to breakdown your boxes. This can give you more space to work in and make you feel more accomplished.
After the kitchen work on setting up your bedrooms, everyone is more than likely tired and looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Don’t forget to take the time to relax and unwind during the entire moving process. This will help reduce your stress levels while you’re making your transition from home to home.
If your moving into a rental, don’t forget to take pictures before moving your stuff in. That way, you have documentation of any damage that was already there.
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