June 8, 2020
Summer is the time of year lots of people choose to move for many reasons. School is out, the days are long and a fresh start is in front of you. But no matter when you move, it can be a daunting process. As someone who moved last summer, here are 7 tricks I found that really helped make the whole process of packing up your whole life and unboxing it in a few days much easier.
- Don’t spend tons of money on moving boxes and packing supplies.
You can usually find FREE boxes from local grocery stores or recycling centers. You can also ask for free boxes online in Facebook groups or by asking friends/coworkers. Plus, you can use all those paper and plastic sacks you have saved from the grocery store as packing supplies!
- Use this as a time to purge.
While you are packing up EVERYTHING you own, it’s an excellent time to get rid of stuff you forgot you even had. There are two benefits to this: one, you pack and move less stuff and two, you can donate these items to a worthy cause. Many local charities will even schedule a free pick up for you before you move.
- Choose a mid-week and/or mid-month move date.
Moving companies are more likely to charge you less and have available dates if you move in the middle of the week. This can save you big bucks and give you more time to get your house settled. Moving/packing rates also tend to be lower in the middle of the month because many people move around the 1st of the month when new leases start.
- Make sure the moving truck has a parking spot at BOTH moving locations.
Make sure there is plenty of room for the moving truck (or your own trailer) for loading and unloading. You don’t want your movers (or yourself) to be making exceptionally long walks to and from the parking space. Also, you don’t want to block the whole street (or parking lot) and upset your new neighbors.
- Pack a moving day essentials box.
Make sure you have a box (or bag) that contains all your essential items in case something goes wrong. You don’t want to be without toiletries, baby necessities, pet care items, medicine, etc. if something happens and your movers are delayed. Also, you want to have a box with paper towels, toilet paper, cleaners, tools and trash bags for when you get to your new home.
- Rekey your new house as soon as possible.
This will give you peace of mind from the get-go. You never know who has a key to your house from previous owners; so be sure to rekey your home so that know who has access. This small task doesn’t take more than a few hours but will bring you comfort immediately.
- Have lots of water bottles on-hand when moving.
There is a lot of moving involved in moving! You are constantly on the go unloading boxes, bags, fragile items and more. Even if you’ve hired movers to do the bulk of the heavy lifting, you will want to have plenty of water on hand! You and your movers will be thankful for a nice cold bottle of water for a quick break.
Moving is such an exciting time and there are so many things to consider. I hope these tips will make your next move less stressful for you!