So you’ve moved past the exciting part of home searching and have finally found your new apartment or house. While most people may enjoy the search of looking for a new home and many people enjoy decorating it, almost everyone dreads the moving part of shifting homes. To ensure the most seamless and desirable move into your new place we have compiled a list of seven of the most important things to do when moving.
1. Get rid of the things that you no longer need
Sometimes one of the easiest ways to make moving simple seems like the hardest. While we all like to hold on to everything that we’ve accumulated over the years when it comes down to it many of these things you no longer need. As hard as it seems, moving is also an opportunity to leave things behind and start new. So, one of the best things you can do is to get rid of the stuff you’d rather leave behind. This could mean selling that old piece of furniture that won’t look as good in your new house and setting aside clothes you no longer need for a donation pickup. In the end, the things that mean the most to you will ultimately move with you.
2. Pack boxes the right way
We’ve all been there before, staring down into that messy, brown cardboard box that’s filled with a million things that all seemingly have nothing to do with one another. And then deciding in which rooms they belong. By labeling all of your boxes and putting stickers on them that indicate what is inside each box and which room the contents should go, you will save yourself from being overwhelmed with the logistics of figuring out what items go where. Also, keep in mind that smaller boxes should be used for heavy items such as books and that dishes should always be packed vertically, like records, because they will be less likely to break.
3. Pack an overnight suitcase with all your essentials
The worst feeling of all is moving into your new apartment and not knowing where you packed your toothbrush. To make your first night in your new apartment as hassle-free as possible, it’s always best to pack an overnight bag or suitcase with all your basic essentials such as toiletries and electronics that won’t get mixed up with your vinyl collection.
4. Research professional moving companies
Depending on how much you are willing to move by yourself, or with the help of others, moving companies have come a long way since the days when you had to have four guys carry a grand piano up seven flights of stairs. There are moving companies such as Shyft.com that will analyze your moving needs via video conferencing, hire the moving company and transfer the moving specifics to them and help you relocate even in your hometown. With moving, two or three, or even ten people are always better than one.
5. Pack early
The only thing worse than not knowing where your essentials are after moving into your new home is not packing ahead. Attempting to throw everything into a few boxes at the last minute is not going to be good for your valuable items, or your stress level. Like most things in life, getting started early usually pays off in the long run and moving is no exception.
6. Stop buying groceries a week before you move
Leaving behind old groceries in the refrigerator is probably the number one thing everyone forgets and then realizes just before they're about to walk out the door. So save yourself the last minute hassle. Not only clean but defrost your refrigerator at least two days before you plan to move.
7. Take pictures of your new home before you move in
By taking pictures of your new home and even understanding the specific measurements of each space you'll have a much better idea of how you'd like to fashion the interior of your new home. This way you'll know to put that leather sofa and shaggy rug in the living room instead of the upstairs bedroom. Having photos of your new home that you can refer to while you're still in your current one is the best way to envision the way your new home will look and feel.