Reducing the Hassles of Moving
Moving is never an easy job. Making certain that your move goes as smoothly as possible starts with a plan. You'll also need to remember that, when you implement your plan, you're probably going to have to change it in the process of the move as you cannot predict the many variables that are likely to influence how everything goes.
The most important thing you need to do to make certain that your move goes well is to plan it. Planning your move means making an assessment of all the items that you have to pack, writing them down and making a numbering system for your boxes. When you are done, you'll have a list of all of the items in your home and the numbers that correspond to the boxes that you put them in.
Packing not only requires a plan, it also requires room. Make a designated area in your home where you do all of the packing and where you keep all the supplies. Sometimes, you'll simply want to take things off the shelves and put them in boxes, but this quickly leads to disorganization and can make packing much more difficult.
Buy Good Supplies
Don't go around to supermarkets and other locations looking for free boxes. Go ahead and spend the money to buy real packing boxes. They help you avoid disasters such as the boxes falling apart and they can be reused or recycled. You will need a lot of packing material to pack up the average house. Remember to buy additional items such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, tape, markers and all the other accessories that go along with packing. You can get an idea of what supplies you'll need by looking at what they sell at truck rental stores or shipping outlets.
The most labor-intensive part of moving is going to be packing. The better you pack, the easier it will be to haul all of your items into your new home and unpack. It's best to take care of the packing right away. When you're ready to move, make sure you have everything packed a few days in advance and plan on living out of a suitcase for a while.
If you have dogs, cats or other pets, make sure you set aside a bag or a special box for the items that they'll need. You may need to access these items on the way to your new home, so be sure to put them in a place where you can get them without any hassles.
If you don't have a safe, moving might be a good occasion to purchase one. You'll want to make certain that you keep items such as tax records, financial statements, school records, firearms, collectibles, jewelry, precious metals and anything else that you wouldn't want to lose to a less than honest mover in a safe. If you don't have a safe, you may want to put these items somewhere where only you have access to them.