Your big day is approaching! Moving is chaotic for someone who is not moving that often, and that is almost everyone. That is why we prepared an ultimate list of 12 moving tips that will make you ready for your moving day.
Good plan is half of a good move. Start planning and make a to do lists for every step of your local move. There are a lot of things to think about, first you should set the date, decide whether you want to move by yourself or to hire a mover, do your research for your local movers etc. The list is endless. That is why you need to write down everything and not to rely on your memory. The tricky part is to stick to the plan when everything gets stressful. This is where your local movers can help a lot.
Where to find the best movers? Google of course. Just type local movers in Los Angeles and start reading and calling. Ask as many details as you need to get a real image of what is that your local movers can offer and what is included in the price. Check the moving companies website as well. The best case scenario is if you have friends or relatives that recently moved locally and they can recommend someone to you. Make sure to hire only licenced local movers that have insurance as well, in case something goes wrong.
If this is your first time moving, you probably don’t even know what rates are offered by the moving companies. That is why you should set your budget after you did some research. Also, moving companies might change their rates based on their schedule. Usually moving during the moving season is a bit more expensive. If you already used some local movers and you were happy with the service, they will probably offer you some kind of discount for the returning client.
Once you made a big decision on your budget and even bigger one – what is the best local moving company for you, there is just one step left. You should hire your local movers ahead of time. This is very important if you want to set the perfect date for your move. Locally owned moving companies get booked up pretty fast, so they might not have availability if you call them a few days before your move.
Yes, now comes the most time-consuming task of your local move and that is packing. You have two options for you packing – to hire a local movers and packers to do it for you or to do packing yourself. If you go with the second option, get ready by buying quality packing material and make sure to start packing in time. You can easily get carried away when it comes to packing and you certainly want to avoid your local movers in your home before you are even packed. So take your time, pack little by little and make sure to have someone who can help you. Don’t forget to pack your valuables, documents, jewelers and place them in the box aside, the best option is to move this box by yourself. Very important part is to properly label the boxes and you will make unpacking easier for yourself.
Moving is a great opportunity to get rid of the things that you don’t need or want anymore. You will bump up to things that you haven’t used for years and let’s be honest, you probably won’t. So make a pile of things that you want to move, donate or sell. Once you do, throw a garage sale and make someone else happy with the items you don’t use anymore.
When you start packing, you can easily forget that you will need some items for your moving day and for your first night at your new home. We usually refer to it as an essential box or bag. This is where you should put all the items that you might need, such as washed and fresh sheets for your first night at your new home, few cups or glasses for a moving day etc. Whatever comes to your mind that you might need, should be placed in this box. The best is to move it by yourself.
One thing that you definitely don’t want on your moving day are kids running around movers that are carrying your heavy furniture. Same goes for pets. You don’t want to make moving sites an unsafe territory for anyone who is involved. Make sure to ask one of your friends or family members to take care of your little ones for just one day while you are having your local move smoothly and safely performed.
There are few reasons why you might need your phone on your moving date – what if your movers can’t find your pickup or delivery location on your moving date? They will need you to provide them with the instructions. Maybe you need to coordinate your move with a storage unit or apartment complex you are moving in. It is better to be safe than sorry. So charge your phone the night before and put your charger in your essential box, just in case.
Don’t wait until the last moment for this one. Think where you want to place your furniture before your movers arrive to your new home. Not only will a margine for making any mistake be higher after hours of your local move, but you will probably have movers that charge per hour, so you don’t want to pay extra for the movers to carry your sofa from one corner to the other one.
You don’t want to leave your old home messy and dirty after the local move. Set some cleaning supplies on a side so you can clean it up a bit after your movers leave. Not just for your old apartment, you might need a quick cleaning in your new home as well. Instead of going through a bunch of boxes to find your cleaning supplies, they will be there.
Before you leave your old home for good, do one last walkthrough. And that is not only to say goodbye to your old home, but to check if your movers loaded everything you wanted them into the moving truck. Do one last check up of drawers, cabinets and dressers. And of course, at the end say goodbye to one lovely chapter of your life that will soon become even better!