Moving to a new home means relocating to a new neighbourhood and this entails a lot of hard work. It can also result in a lot of expenses, especially if you don’t plan your move properly. If you want a smooth, hassle-free, and frugal moving day experience, you need to have (and follow) these four things in your checklist.
Find a good, reliable, and affordable moving company.
Yes, it is possible to find an affordable moving company that offers high-quality and reliable services. There are actually a lot of them; you just have to know how to locate them. This is why you should do your best to do a comprehensive research online. Find two or three moving companies that offer similar services and then compare their rates, professional background, policies, and client feedback. At the end of your research, you are expected choose one that answers to your criteria. I’ve done just this. I searched Google and hired one of the moving companies near me in Seattle.
Inform family members, friends, and your credit card and utility companies about your move.
This should be done at least a month before your scheduled move. Let everyone who matters to you know that you are moving to a new home. If you already have the date and address, give it to them. Likewise, you should share the same information with your credit card and utility providers. If you do this properly, you won’t have anything to worry about once you move to your new home: your electricity will be ready by then, as well as your telephone, the Internet, and cable services.
Start packing as soon as your move is finalized.
As soon as your decision to move is final, start packing your things. This is the most tedious part of the moving process, so this should be done as early as possible. If you do this properly, you won’t have to cram and worry about forgetting to pack this and that. You’ll be able to label all the boxes correctly, and everything will be packed efficiently. If you want to take off some of the burden from you, ask the moving company to help you out. You’ll have to pay an extra fee for this, but it’s all for your convenience so that the extra expense will be worth it.
Moving day has come, and you and your hired moving company are about to enter your new home. Before letting the movers in, however, you should double check if your new home is safe from all the possible scratches and scrapes it might get from all the moving that will happen. You need to make sure that it is well-protected, especially the walls and the floor.
Use door jams.
Door jams look really simple, but they are extremely useful. Since the movers will be busy bringing in your boxes, they will be going in and out of the house a lot. You won’t be there at all times to open or close the door for them as you will be busy, too. Use a door jam to keep the floor steady and open the whole time. This way, you don’t have to run around and worry about the door every time the movers need to get in or out. Sometimes, the sudden movement of the door can hurt your floor.
Use slides for your furniture.
This should be done before moving day. Purchase several pieces of furniture slides. These are the ones that you place on furniture corners and legs so that you won’t have to worry about moving the items from one area to another in your new home. Since the edges and legs are covered, they won’t scrape or scratch the floor or walls .
Find something to protect your floor and carpet.
This is another task that should be done before you move into your new home. Purchase a wood or carpet protector. There is one that is self-adhesive, so all that you need to do is place in on the floor or carpet before anyone else gets inside the house. Buy several of this so that you can apply some on the most exposed areas of your new home. With this protector, your floor and carpeting won’t get any stains, marks, scratches, or smudges when the movers bring in your stuff.
Follow these tips if you want a smooth and efficient moving day experience. Better yet, write these three items on your moving day checklist so that you won’t forget them.
You’re done with all the packing, and your hired moving company has just transported all your things to your new home. They have also started unloading all your stuff and will be ready to help you unpack everything. It’s time for you to think about what you should first do in your new home. If you haven’t decided on a plan yet, here is a suggestion of which three things you should first do now that you have moved into your new abode.
The first thing you should do is check the list of your things.
It is expected of you to have an inventory of all the things you packed, and the company transported. This is the first thing you should be holding in your hand the minute you get to your new place. Check your list and make an inventory of all your things. Make sure that everything, including the small stuff, is accounted for. To make the task easier, you can ask the moving company to help you unpack. This will mean additional expenses, but it is necessary if you want the task done properly and efficiently. Be sure to check each item to find out if there are cracks or if anything was broken during the transport. You can also provide the moving company with a list of boxes to put (and later on unpack) in each room.
The next thing you should do is ensure that you unpack the essential items first.
Do not attempt to unpack everything in one sitting or in an hour or two. Choose the boxes where you packed your basic items first. If you labelled the boxes legibly, you wouldn’t have a difficult time identifying which ones contain the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen essentials (the most important ones). You should also make sure to bring essentials like bottled water and some beverages, some snacks, and other items that you can store in the refrigerator.
Lastly, make sure that your new home is clean.
It doesn’t have to be shiny and sparkling, just clean enough so that you can enjoy a comfortable first night there. The floor should be clean. The toilet and bath should be usable. The bedrooms should be safe to sleep in already. Days or weeks before you moved in, the pest control company should have already gone through the entire house.