Moving Guide

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Complete Moving Guide

Moving can be one of the most stressful tasks that you can take on. If you are planning on moving anytime soon there are some tasks that you can take on ahead of time to make sure that the process of moving can be much less stressful. Here are some of the best ways that you can have a much more efficient move that is far less stressful for you in the future.

Any good move is something that you should typically plan over a few months. Usually if you have looked at homes and you have too much as a closing date, it is possible to really reduce the total stress of your move by breaking down everything into:

  • Moving prep
  • Packing
  • Managing your packed inventory
  • Unloading and moving in.

These are the main sections that we will be covering, so feel free to move ahead if you would like to jump to a specific part of the process that you are currently in with your move!

The preparation stage:
Before you even start packing up some of your items to move into a brand-new property there are a number of things that you can do is part of the preparation for your move. Some of the earliest things that you can start thinking about is setting up the process of forwarding for your mail. You can also think about changing over your utilities or picking up some of the packing supplies that you will need to begin the process of packing up some of the earliest items for your home. The preparation process can be much more time-consuming than you might think so it’s important to start as early as possible when you know that you will be moving.

What services should you transfer?
There are many items that you will have to transfer over to a new property and some services you might even have to start up if this is going to be your first home. Contact the utility company in your area as soon as you know that you have a new home. This can help you to make sure that the utility companies will be able to switch on the power, water and gas or at least transfer over the services on the very day that you take possession.

Mail services will be one of the next things that you can take care of. By contacting your local mail provider you can make sure that all of your credit card bills, subscriptions and more will all be transferred over in the time that it takes for you to move into a brand-new house.

Transferring your credit card and bank account address over to your new home is also extremely important as in most cases subscriptions will verify your senders address as the billing address for your credit card and financial statement. Making sure that all of your financial information has been changed over by the time you are in the new home should be a priority.

Where can I get inexpensive packing supplies?
When you have plenty of time to prepare for your move there are many resources that you can draw on in order to get some excellent packing supplies. Spending some time picking up some free boxes or even asking friends or family to donate some plastic totes can really help you to save money on your packing supplies. When you’re in a rush and you have to go out and buy boxes or depend on a company to provide them, this can lead to some extra expenses associated with your move. Just make sure that any of the inexpensive packing supplies that you pick up are still quite useful and structurally sound.

Should I measure my new home?
In the preparation phase or even during the final inspection phase with your new home, you should consider taking along a tape measure or at least asking for floor plan. Having the ability to see your new place and do a quick layout for all of your furniture and items will help to make sure that when you are unloading them on the moving day, you know exactly where they can go. Checking on the measurements of each room will also make sure that if you need to buy new furniture or get rid of some items in order to match the size of the rooms in your new home, that you can take care of this early on.

How do I track what I need to take care of?
Using a check sheet in the process of your move to make sure that nothing is forgotten can be a great way to stay organized. There are many excellent moving check sheets available online and one of the best ones that you can use for tracking what to accomplish early on and what you should consider doing later on in the preparation stage, can be found here.

Getting a mover or hiring a truck?
There are many people that choose to move themselves with the help of a rental truck. The big issue with rental trucks is that they can often come with extensive costs as well as the chance that anyone during your move could potentially become injured. The cost of a rental truck is often just one aspect of the move, any amount of damage that the truck incurs during a move could put you liable throughout the process. With the cost of extra insurance or even some minor damage to the roof on a rental truck, it may have been possible to just hire full-fledged movers.

Be sure to contact help well in advance if you are planning on renting a truck. Working with friends or family and making sure that everyone is available on your moving date can make the process much easier for everyone.

If you are planning on getting a professional mover to help you with the process of your move, you should also consider handling this and some of the earliest phases of your moving process. Movers generally ask for at least a few weeks’ notice when it comes to scheduling your move. If you are moving during a time of peak demand you may also want to consider contacting movers for quotes almost as soon as you know that you have the home. Working with movers can be a great way to ensure that you can prevent injury as well as ensure that you have a very efficient move. Professional movers will also generally lead to far less chance that items being moved into your home could experience any type of damage. It’s also nice to have movers because you don’t have to ask a big favor of friends or family when it comes to moving every new item into your home. Booking early will also ensure that you can get some of the most reasonable rates for professional mover in your area!


The Packing Stage:
During the packing stage it’s time to start boxing up some of your stuff over time so that you can make sure the move does not have to be a stressful and extremely difficult undertaking. Taking on the packing process as early as possible with some items that you don’t use that often, can help you to stay more organized. With any type of packing, you need to make sure that you are keeping a good inventory list as well as labeling packages for the best in efficiency when you are going to be unpacking as well as loading items.

How should I be packing boxes?
Some of the best advice that professional movers can give on the subject of packing is using an order of least importance and packing almost like you’re going to be going on vacation. Start with some of the big stuff that you don’t think that you will need until you move into your new home. Having to constantly pack up and unpack boxes for items that you need can be bothersome and it can make you feel like you are living your life in chaos.

Around a week before you move, you should be down to items that you can fit into a typical suitcase that you would take on vacation. These essentials really just pare down to the idea of a few sets of clothes, maybe a few electronics, some toiletries and your true essentials. This can lead to some uncomfortable living for a few days but it can make sure you are truly ready and packed before your moving day.
Should I pack room by room?

Sometimes it’s a good idea to do a little bit of sorting before you start packing up every single room individually. You could easily pack some of your couch cushions along with the blankets and cushions that you would normally keep on your bed. If you would rather pack up items in a room by room basis for unloading this is also a great way to proceed with the organization of your move.

If you do find that you have a lot of soft items or items of a specific type, sometimes it can be beneficial to pack them together because they’ll be much more organized in one box and easy to pack up in this way. As long as you keep a good list of what is in every box, it won’t be too confusing when you have to unpack. Sorting is also a great way that you can save on packing supplies and make sure that you can optimize the space and safety of items during a move.

The general rule of thumb when packing up any type of box is having each box be somewhat specific. This means keeping a box that is all related to blankets, or a box that is all related to office supplies. Keeping boxes that are very specific to each room will help to make sure that the movers can easily place these boxes into the new rooms of your home so that they can be unpacked immediately. The problem with boxes that are organized without a room specific label or purpose, is that they all end up in the middle of the living room in your new home and they may even take you days to get unpacked. Having all of the items in the room that they are intended to go in can really speed the process of unpacking.

Managing your moving inventory:
As you are packing up it also remains extremely important that you are keeping an active inventory list through the process of packing each box. Forgetting about what you pack into a box before you moved could mean that a box gets mishandled or it gets moved to the wrong place in your new home. Making a moving inventory and then managing all the boxes with your move is a stress-free practice that can lead to some of the best in moving results.

How can I stay organized?
Make sure that you have some labels available for each box that can make it through the entire move. Something as simple as color coding every box with a different colored marker on several sides could even be enough to help you determine where every box should go. Most boxes should also be labeled with the contents inside so that you will know how to handle them as you are unpacking them and to make sure that movers can also be careful not to stack items incorrectly leading to breakages.

Many people moving today are beginning to use mobile inventory tracking through a label printer as an additional safeguard with their moving items. Moving van for example is an application that can help you to pull up a box in item list for every single box that you packed. You can even add photos of every box after its packed and print off labels with itemized lists that can stick to the sides of boxes as you pack them up.

How can I keep items safe?
If you have fragile items in boxes or items that need to be moved a certain way to stay protected, make sure that this is included within your labels. Something like a fragile sticker or even just an arrow on your box will help to make sure that one end can stay up and that the box will not face any type of rough handling.
Putting a sticker on the side or a label that says that a box is particularly heavy can also help the movers. A heavy box can sometimes be dropped if someone is unprepared for it. As it can be tough to know just how much a box ways I looking at it or by the label on the side, it is important to think about labeling items for their weight just as well as labeling them for being fragile. If you can, try to cut down on the weight of boxes by packing items like books into a limited size box that can support their weight and not lead to injury throughout the process of your move.

Moving in:
Even after you have taken an extensive amount of time to prepare with your packing, with moving over all of your utilities and with the process of unpacking a moving truck, you will still have a lot of work ahead of you before you can feel settled in your new home. Luckily, there is a process that you can use to make setup much less stressful:

Start assembling some furniture:
You should have some of your furniture items set up so that you can at least enjoy a comfortable sleep in your new home. One of the first places that you should start is by making your bed up or ensuring that you can have your couch all set up for relaxing. It’s likely that you’re going to need a place to sit or relax in the first night in your home. With the bed assembled you can be ready to enjoy a good night sleep and then get back to work unpacking more of the house the next day.

Set up the kitchen:
Feeling comfortable and having the ability to cook a few meals in your new home is important. Setting up things like the coffee maker or just having a few plates, pots and pans out will help you feel much more comfortable as you start the unpacking process.

Get cleaning before you get too far:
While there are still a number of items packed up in boxes, it’s usually good idea to consider cleaning or doing any of the basic painting/decor items that you might want to do without all of the other items in the way. You can dust most of the house early when there is less furniture and items in the way within a room. Unpacking some of your cleaning supplies so that you can quickly clean up in every room and clean up after you have all your boxes unpacked is very important.

Have a plan for garbage and recycling:
Before you spend too much time unpacking boxes and getting settled, make sure that you have a plan for all of your garbage and recycling. Organizing all of your packing supplies in a garage or in a basement area can help to make sure that you could give them back to family members if they lent you totes or if you have to give them back to a moving company. You could also consider getting rid of some of the boxes that you of unpacked on a service like craigslist.

All of the paper and packing materials that you have used through the move will also have to find their way into the garbage or get recycled. Making sure that you have plenty of recycling bags or the directions the closest garbage or recycling depot, will help to make sure that your home isn’t cluttered up with extra packing supplies for an extended amount of time after your move.

Clear some of the clutter:
It can be tough to look at all of this stuff across your home and feel intimidated with the need to unpack it all immediately. Work through some of your necessities early on and if you need some extra space in each room you should consider using some of the closets and storage areas temporarily for items that you are not going to need right away. While all of your items are neatly packed away in boxes you can start eliminating certain items from high traffic areas. A great example of this might be your holiday decorations which can go immediately into storage as they may not be needed for a few months! Clearing away some of the clutter so that you have more room to breathe can be a great way to feel less stressed with the future of your unpacking.

Don’t take on too much at once:
It takes time to get settled in a new home and it will also take time before you will be completely happy with all of the décor and the arrangement of items in each room. Many people get into a new home and absolutely exhaust themselves trying to unpack within just a day or a weekend. Unpack boxes over time and work by order of importance. After a week or even two weeks you may find yourself living in a much more established home without the stress of having to spend every waking hour unpacking and organizing.

We at Geaux movers have the goal of making every move a stress-free move for our customers. We hope that this guide helps some of our clients in the process of planning and settling in their new home.
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