Have you ever met anyone that actually enjoys moving? Sure, moving into a brand new house can be fun, but do you know anyone who likes the process of moving?
Moving is a long and exhausting process. It takes a lot of work, research, planning and time, and most of the moving process really isn’t enjoyable. From the backbreaking work of moving big stuff like appliances and furniture to the tediousness of making sure that you grab every piece of silverware on your way out the door, it’s a long and challenging process.
Packing and Moving Are the Worst
What, you say you haven’t gone through the moving process before? Well, it won’t be the most relaxing thing you’ve ever done, but we’re here to give you some valuable pointers on how you can avoid (or better) the worst parts of moving.
1. You Can’t Do It At The Last Minute
One of the worst things about moving is that you can’t throw it together at the last minute. Moving takes a lot of time and a lot of planning. If you try to move everything at the last minute you are going to find yourself spending several sleepless nights trying to move everything to your new home.
How can you avoid the procrastination? Start planning and packing right now. Start planning your move and packing list far ahead of time so that you don’t have to do it all last minute and in a state of panic.
2. Getting Too Attached
One of the worst parts of moving is getting rid of your old things. There’s a good chance that you’re going to come across some of your old belongings that you haven’t seen in awhile – and you’ll probably rediscover a passionate attachment to all of them.
Sadly, unless it has some serious sentimental value or is something that you’re going to use, you should probably throw it away. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it within the last 12 months, you should get rid of it.
3. Where Do I Get Boxes?
One of the worst parts of moving is finding boxes. Where do you find them anyway? Doesn’t everyone just have cardboard boxes in their attic, storage, or basement? Boxes aren’t the easiest thing to hunt down if you don’t know where to look for them.
One of the easiest ways to get empty boxes is to go to your grocery store and ask them if they have any boxes they’re planning on getting rid of or recycling. You can usually find boxes in home improvement stores also.
4. Getting Rid of Your Unused Stuff
After you’ve gone through all of your stuff to decide what you are moving to your new place and what you are getting rid of, you need to find a way to get rid of all of your old stuff. So, what do you do with all the stuff you don’t want?
One place that you can start is by sorting your things based on what you can sell and what you can donate. Try hosting a yard sale where you can sell some of your things that you don’t use, but are still in good shape. Donate the rest to a good cause or helpful organization.
5. Moving Large Furniture and Appliances
Moving the small stuff in your house takes a lot of time and is a tedious process. Moving the big stuff can be tough and dangerous, so make sure to be careful when moving furniture and appliances.
See what pieces of furniture and items that you can break down and pack more easily. Plan a way to move them before you start moving them around, so that you can find the best exit and method.
6. Weeding Through Moving Companies
Finding the right moving company can be a total pain. You can’t always trust moving companies, so make sure to read the fine print in the contract to make sure that you don’t get caught with a ton of added costs.
Avoid getting caught with the wrong moving company by making sure to do your research ahead of time. Make sure to ask your friends and people you trust about which moving companies they can recommend. Don’t forget to read reviews online to see what companies have the best reputation.
7. Sorting Boxes
Most people face the oncoming disaster of sorting boxes after they have moved. It can seem like a never-ending process of cracking open boxes to find out what is in them, only to move them to a different room.
If you have all of your boxes appropriately labeled and packed, you only have to move them once. Label what the contents of each one of your boxes are, and also what room they are supposed to go in in your new home to make the job easier.
Don’t Let Your Move Get the Best Of You
While it’s true that moving is a stressful time filled with all sorts of not-fun things to do, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Take the stress out of your move by having On the Go Moving handle the hardest part of moving – the lifting and transporting. Contact On the Go Moving to learn more.