When moving day comes knocking on your door, you may as well greet it politely and ask it to step inside your home with a smile on your face.
Every smooth and trouble-free relocation is all about being well prepared for what’s coming. And what’s coming is usually a stressful and somewhat unpredictable event which can be successfully harnessed to work to your benefit by employing professional moving expertise.
Here is a practical set of hand-picked expert moving tips for easy and thrifty relocation experience:
Expert Moving Tip #1
In order to cut your moving expenses, you may organize a garage sale at least a week before moving day. Sift carefully through your household belongings and think about what you’re going to keep and what you’re leaving behind. It is definitely not worth moving items which you won’t need in the future. Out of the stuff you have decided not to keep, there may be some goods more suitable to be given away to family members, friends, neighbors or coworkers. Also, if you are willing to do something good for your community, then don’t hesitate to donate some of your personal belongings to charitable organizations.
Expert Moving Tip #2
Finding out that your bulky pieces of furniture won’t fit through the doors of your new home could be a bit frustrating. If possible, simply take out your measuring tape and do your homework. However, if you do encounter this problem, here’s a clever little trick used by professional movers: temporarily removing the doors from their hinges may give you the extra space you need so that large furniture and heavy kitchen appliances can be squeezed through the doorframes.
Expert Moving Tip #3
Devising a clever labeling system when sorting out your packed boxes is essential for saving plenty of time and avoiding unnecessary confusion. A master list which details the content and final destination of each box is a practical organization trick for significantly speeding up the packing process. Felt-tip pens are ideal for marking each box with valuable information such as its content and destination room, FRAGILE or THIS SIDE UP. Also, the usage of colored labels is encouraged – different colors can be assigned for different rooms.
Expert Moving Tip #4
Preparing an “open first” box is a must because it can provide basic meals, produce an extra set of clothes for each family member, present some entertainment options, or even deal with minor emergencies in case it has become too late to unpack or your mover has not arrived yet when you reach your new home. Also, such a survival box should contain all your valuable items (jewelry, debit or credit cards, cash, expensive electronic equipment, objects of great sentimental value, etc.) and important documents (passports, driver licenses, product warranties, insurance policies, receipts, etc.).
Expert Moving Tip #5
Parking in big cities is usually a challenging task. Make sure you get a parking permit if you’re moving by yourself or ask your moving company to take care of this issue. If the latter is the case, your mover will add the charges from any parking tickets to your final bill.
Expert Moving Tip #6
There are many ways to notify your friends and relatives about the change of address – personal phone calls, text messages, email messages, posts on your social networks and so on. You will also have to contact your bank, your post office, your local police station and your utility companies (electricity, gas, water, etc.). Furthermore, ordering address labels will come in handy when you need to indicate that your address has been changed.
Expert Moving Tip #7
Any relocation (and storage) process would be unthinkable without the presence of moving boxes. The availability of boxes of assorted sizes with sturdy covers is the necessary prerequisite for a successful moving experience. Be sure to get clean boxes in good condition for free from the nearby supermarket (or liquor store), or from friends who have moved recently. However, if your hunt for free boxes fails, you can always purchase them from your chosen moving company.
Expert Moving Tip #8
Asking the building management to reserve the elevator (preferably a freight elevator, if available) is a great idea for fast and efficient relocation. The elevator needs to be protected with moving blankets against accidental damage.
Expert Moving Tip #9
These covers protect your valuable mattresses from dirt, tears, moisture and any other damage while in transit. You can purchase such mattress protectors from your moving company or you can improvise by wrapping thick plastic or old blankets around the mattresses.
Expert Moving Tip #10
Make sure you have read and understood all the paperwork that your moving company has given you before you sign any documents. Your mover is obliged to supply you in advance with the booklet “Your Rights And Responsibilities When You Move” (prepared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) where you can receive more information about how to interpret the terms and conditions of the moving contract (Bill of Lading) and what to do if there are problems. Ask your moving company if you don’t understand any clauses in the documents.
Important: You should never sign incomplete or blank documents.
Expert Moving Tip #11
Wardrobe boxes are ideal for packing clothes for relocation but if you don’t have such boxes, you can pack your clothes straight out of the wardrobe with the help of clean garbage bags. It’s a super easy and convenient packing trick that is becoming more and more popular.
Expert Moving Tip #12
Hand trucks (dollies) are professional movers’ best helpers when it comes to hauling heavy and awkward-shaped pieces of furniture and/or kitchen appliances. And they should be your pal too, if you’re relocating by yourself. Remember to go down (or up) the stairs extremely slowly and cautiously when the dolly is loaded. Such moving equipment can be rented from any moving company near you.
Expert Moving Tip #13
Sometimes you need just a bit extra space on the moving truck for a few remaining items but there isn’t any room left inside the trailer for them. What to do? Well, the ramp on the back of the truck may come to the rescue in such cases. Just remember: any item to be transported there must be secured extremely well for safety reasons.
Expert Moving Tip #14
Friends don’t let friends move by themselves.
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Posted on May 13, 2014; Last updated: Jul 9, 2014