Moving homes is a challenging task. Not only are you moving to new areas, but you are also changing the place you call home. And believe it or not, it can be frustrating, stressful, and extremely time-consuming. With proper planning and preparation, moving can feel manageable and smooth.
That’s why Home Alliance is here to assist you in creating the ultimate checklist for packing and making your move seamless. Just remember to follow a few steps in moving, and before you know it, you’re done and ready to move into your new home!
Notify Your Landlord And Neighbors
If you’re renting or on a lease, consider giving your landlord heads-up months in advance, depending on both parties' contracts. After notifying your landlord, you might want to warn your neighbors to let them move their cars if trucks or cars block a shared driveway weeks before moving.
Hire The Right Moving Company
If you’re moving to long-distance areas or simply own too much heavy furniture, consider hiring a moving company to help pack, load, unload, and place your belongings in your new home. Although this might be a more expensive option, having a professional mover help you during your move lets you relax, knowing that your belongings are in good hands.
Get Packing Supplies
Before you start decluttering your belongings, it's best to prepare packing materials. Start by asking your local grocery store for moving boxes, getting more than you think you need, then buying packing supplies. It’s better to have excess packing supplies than to run out of them and stress the day of.
After getting and preparing the necessary supplies for packing, you can start by decluttering your belongings and letting go of furniture or items you know you won’t be using in your new home. Bringing items that you won’t need will only make your move more difficult, in addition to the possibility of lack of space in your new home.
If you have a new sofa or any heavy furniture in your new home, consider donating your old ones to people that need it or charities. You can also sell your bulky furniture for more funds for your move or to buy a new one for your home.
Properly Segregate Belongings
To keep, to throw away, and to donate are the common things that are written when moving. Along with that, it’s best to properly segregate your belongings according to where they will be placed, like bedroom, bathroom, and more, or just plainly what they are. This will make it much easier to remember where certain items are when it's time to unload them.
Pack Essential Bags
Whether you live alone or with your family, it’s best to pack essential bags where your toiletries, some clothes, chargers, medications, and other essentials you may need for your first few days in your new home reside. You might also want to have a separate bag for your important documents.
Remember Where Everything Is
Whether taking a picture or having a checklist on which box contains which, it’s best to remember where everything is. This will make it easier for you and the movers to unload your belongings and shorten the time to relocate them.
Finish Packing At Least A Day Before
Lastly, although packing at the very last minute sounds tempting, this will likely cause you more stress and frustration. Allow your focus solely on the move by finishing packing at least a day or two before the big day.