In general, it’s not a good idea to make plans for life because you never know what will happen tomorrow. When it comes to moving though working out a plan will be the best decision you have ever made.
Getting ready to move means you need to have a moving plan and a moving checklist to guide you. Moving to a new home or office can be exciting, but it may get overwhelming and chaotic. Thus, plan and organize the moving in advance.
Are you Getting Ready to Move?
You will have to answer a few questions to start getting ready to move out. Are you moving everything you own or part of it? Do you want to pack and move everything yourself? Do you have people to help you pack and move? Or will you need to hire a moving company? How much can you afford to spend on your moving out process? You can make the moving less painful when you answer these questions and start getting ready to move.
Getting ready to move checklist
- Check your home and decide what you are taking and what you are dumping (or selling/donating). An essential part of your preparation when you are getting ready to move out is to get rid of all unnecessary stuff. This way you’ll lower the total weight of your household items and thus will decrease the overall moving costs. Organize a garage sale for what you think it’s worth trying to sell, donate the rest.
- Gather the whole family to involved in the checking and deciding as this will speed things up. Involving your family and friends will help you get your things organized and packed faster. This will also save on moving costs because the moving company won’t have to pack your stuff or sell you packing materials. Notify people that you are moving, and ask for help if moving on your own.
- Clean and repair the house you are leaving, if you are selling you will have to make it shine. If you are renting your old apartment, make sure you make the necessary repairs, so you can get your security deposit back.
- Notify utilities companies that you are moving and see if you can transfer services. Contact banks, the local registry of motor vehicles that you are changing address. Call the post office with your new address so you can start getting your mail.
- Collect all important documents and precious jewelry and out them some place safe. It is always a good idea to have a box, filled with all important documents and valuables that will travel with you.
- Contact multiple movers and compare moving companies. Get moving estimates from professional relocation companies. Now it is even easier to get a free moving cost estimate online.
- Research your moving companies. It is essential to research the contacted movers online before booking as a part of your getting ready to move process. Read mover reviews and ratings, check their DOT license registration and make a list with the preferred relocation companies.
- Prepare house electronics and call the movers to confirm dates and addresses. Keep in mind that if you want to book the moving company, you will be required to make a moving deposit to reserve your moving date.
Getting Ready to Move Out of State?
If you are getting ready to move out of state, there are a couple of things you need to know in advance. If you decide to move in with a professional state to state moving company, make sure you understand your moving estimate. All out of state moves are calculated by the weight. When you receive your moving estimate, the moving company estimates your weight by the items you declare you are about to move. This is why providing an accurate item list of household items is essential, so you can estimate your out of state moving budget more accurately.
Keep in mind that packing materials are often not included in the moving cost estimate. Ask your moving company to provide you with a full list of packing costs of the materials and the packing job itself. The packing can be a significant part of the moving process and the overall moving costs. You should be getting ready to move out of state at least 2-3 weeks before the moving day. Even if you don’t plan your packing in advance, the professional movers can provide you with packing materials on the moving day.
Getting Ready to Move Tips
Whether you are moving across the street or across the country, some general moving tips will help you move more efficiently. If you have done it before, then you are probably sweating now, just thinking of the hours you need to spend packing and taping your belongings. You can of course avoid all this if you hire a professional moving company. Yet most people always do part of the move themselves. By splitting the work between your family and the movers, you will save on moving cost.
Move Into a New House
Getting ready to move into a new house often requires you to do part of the moving, but whether you are doing it or not, staying on top of the process is necessary. You need to gather packing materials, consider your new home floor plan and if all your furniture will fit. Consider if you are taking kitchen and other electronics, or it’s time for new once. If you are moving with pets, see how you will organize that based on the distance you are moving. If you have plants and are moving with all the plants, read instructions on how to preserve them better. For both plants and pets, if you are moving abroad read the new country policies on importing them. If you have hired a moving company, make sure you have researched the mover and checked their license, insurance and overall reliability. Make sure you have picked up any stray items and returned anything you own.
So, there is a lot to consider before and during getting ready to move, so don’t waste time and start planning in advance. A good moving company will help you plan and organize a relocation professionally, which will reduce the stress usually associated with moving. There are many options when it comes to moving, yet the best is to hire a full service mover to do the backbreaking job. Good luck!
Posted on Feb 20, 2012; Last updated: Apr 5, 2012