Moving can be one of the most exciting events of your life, but also one of the most stressful events in your life. The game changer in whether your move is going to be wonderful or a nightmare has a lot to do with the level of preparedness that you are at going into the move.
If you already have a place locked down in the next city or state that you are moving to, there are some standard preparatory tasks that you can be doing right now to make sure that moving goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
5 Things To Do Before Moving
Not sure where to get started? Don’t fret, because we have a list of 5 important things that you can do before moving to make the whole process exponentially easier.
1. Clear Out the Fridge and Cabinets
One of the most important things that most people don’t think about in the hectic process of moving is what they’re supposed to do with all of the leftover food in their house. It isn’t uncommon for the average family to end up throwing away pounds of food and gallons of beverages in their home just because they didn’t get the chance to use them. Storing or traveling with food that can expire can also be extremely convenient.
So, what should you do if you have a lot of food left in your house in the final weeks before moving?
That’s easy: make sure that you eat it or give it to others who will. Plan your meals around what you have left stocked up at the house. Throw a moving party to get your friends to come over to help you. Donate any canned goods or nonperishable items to a local food pantry for a good cause.
2. Make A Packing List
By far, one of the most important parts of moving is making packing lists. Whether you have packing lists for different groups of objects and furniture, or just one master list, it is crucial to keep all of your items and thoughts organized.
As soon as you think of something that needs to come with you to your new home, don’t waste time – write it down immediately. If you wait, you might forget what it was that you needed to bring with you. Make a list of all of the following:
Check off things as you get them packed up. Double check all of your boxes and the truck before you go, and match up your packing list with what you take to your house so that you can triple check that you have everything.
3. Label Everything
Labeling everything that you have is another great way to stay organized. Whether you decide to use tape, markers, sticky notes, or a label gun, make sure that you label everything that is going with you and everything that is staying. To eliminate confusion, you may even want to label who’s stuff belongs to who. Label what room everything goes in, so when you get into your new home everything has a place. Instead of having one massive pile of unlabeled mystery boxes in the garage or living room, everything has a place before you even get to your new home.
4. Shop Moving Companies and Get Estimates
Like any service based job, you shouldn’t just go with the first company that you look at. Moving services and equipment vary from company to company, and you want to be sure that you don’t end up with one of the bad ones. Make sure to get recommendations from your friends and family on what companies they have used in the past and what their experience was like with them. Dig deeper and do some online research on Google and Yelp to see what previous customers are saying about the companies that you are researching.
Lastly, carefully look over any of the company’s contracts and everything that they want you to sign to make sure that they aren’t ripping you off. Make sure that you are absolutely clear on how the company is charging you and what they are charging you for before you sign or agree to anything.
5. Sell or Donate What You Aren’t Taking
Before a move is a great time to clear out anything that is cluttering up your space. Two great options for getting rid of unwanted items are hosting a garage sale to sell off some of your unwanted items, furniture, appliances, etc., or donating what you aren’t using to a good cause. One person’s trash is another’s treasure, and there is no point in throwing away something of yours that another person may find value in.
Make Your Move Easier
If you’re in need of a reliable moving company for your move, contact On the Go Moving for more information on how we can make your move stress-free and easy. We provide moving, packing, and storage for both commercial and residential residents.