Tips for planning a move

Planning and making a move can be traumatic with necessary decisions on everything from protecting your valuables to renting your truck. The following tips will help relieve stress and help your movement go smoothly.

  1. Consider the time you have before you move in and the amount of time the move will take, as organizing and planning your move can help you save time and money.
  2. Consider using a local van rental service for local, intercity, or interstate moves, but if you’re moving overseas, there may be biosecurity and customs issues and storage considerations to take into account.
  3. Evaluate your moving budget and find out if the cost is covered by your employer. Do you need to save money for expenses? Perform a quick-time cost analysis. Taking a few days off work can cost more in lost wages than hiring a moving professional.
  4. Make sure your rental or sales contracts overlap so you have extra time to move and have full access to your new home before you have to vacate your old residence. But too much overlap can cost you to pay double rents.
  5. Moving is a great time to get rid of things you no longer want or need, and selling surplus items can help you with moving costs. The cost of moving some things like old items may not be worth it, it may be better to sell them and buy new ones.
  6. It’s time to use up all the food in the pantry fridge and freezer before you move, as you don’t want to take too many perishable items with you.
  7. Plan if you will need help with the move and who you can trust when moving day arrives and in the days leading up to your move. Think about babysitters and pet sitters, as well as how you will eat if the kitchen stuff is already packed.
  8. Plan the things you will need when you first arrive at your new home. Things like clean bedding and clothes. The needs of children, pets and what you need to work if time is short.
  9. Consider the items you have that will be challenging to move. Do you have antiques that require special handling, paintings, fish aquariums from a grand piano? Can you move them yourself or is it better to have them done by a professional? Do you need insurance for the move?
  10. Consider the people and organizations that you will need to contact regarding your move, such as those with whom you do business and have your mail forwarded to you.
  11. Do you need to have cleaners or repairmen to work in the new place or the place you are leaving? It is often more profitable to do so when places are empty.
  12. Contact your local van or truck rental company to reserve your vehicle as soon as possible, as you don’t want to have to wait until one is available.
  13. Find out ahead of time where to get supplies, such as packing boxes, paper, and bags, as well as packing tape and markers.
  14. Make a basic packing plan with your infrequently used items packed first and a floor plan of your new home so you can mark each box and then place it in the correct area.
  15. Have a comfort pack with the most essential items like medicine, glasses, ids battery chargers and a set of spare clothes.

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