Are you planning a move? You are most certainly not alone.
Whether you’re dreading the ordeal or excited about the new possibilities that relocation represents, there are a few tips and tricks to make the process easier.
Read on for helpful hints, including things you need to know about compiling a moving packing list.
You have already started collecting boxes and bubble wrap, but for a truly organized move, there are a few more supplies that will come in handy.
A couple of markers to label boxes, packing tape, some zip-top plastic bags, a three-ring binder, and some file folders will stand you in good stead.
That three-ring binder will be “Command Central” for all of your moving-related paperwork. Use it to store the contract with your moving company, as well as your moving packing list and to-do list.
It’s also a smart idea to print out a calendar and stash it in your binder. Write down important dates (like moving day!) and a schedule to help keep you on track as the weeks become more and more hectic.
Your moving company will want an inventory of your belongings, and it’s a good idea to have one for insurance purposes, in general. Enlist the help of a friend (or one of your children) to jot down items as you pack them.
Compile a moving packing list from this inventory, and designate what goes where in the new home. (Color coding can be useful here. Grab a selection of colored markers or labels and use them to label boxes.)
Downsize as much as possible before your move. Use up the items in your pantry, as well as cleaning supplies. You won’t want to take those with you. A few days before you depart, pack up whatever’s left and give it to a neighbor or friend.
Other items to consider leaving behind, especially if you’re making a long-distance move? Leave behind anything that’s inexpensive and easy to replace, like your shower curtain, toilet brush, mop, and broom, etc.
Keep a list of what you’ll need to purchase once you get to your new home.
Some items should go with you, rather than loaded on the moving truck. Have each family member pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes, personal care items, chargers for electronic devices, and prescription or OTC medicines they take regularly.
A household essentials box should contain paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, and garbage bags. Towels and bedding are good to have, too.
Depending on your needs, you may want to pack your coffeemaker and coffee supplies, a few non-perishable food items, bottles of water, and disposable kitchenware.
That way, you’re not dependent on takeout until the truck arrives.
Of course, the single best way to ensure that your move goes off without a hitch is to hire professional movers. They will ensure that you stay stress-free and that your belongings get there safe and sound.
Contact Freedom Moving and Storage for a free quote, or with any questions you may have.
We look forward to helping you get to your new home!