No matter how good your plan or how many movers you hire, there is no substitute for the effort it takes to get everything from your old home into the right place in your new home.
But whether you are buying or selling, there is going to need to be a move involved. There’s no way around that. So you might as well embrace it and jump in with a handful of great tips and tricks.
Here are 10 tips to help you survive moving:
Pack an Overnight Bag
Even if you are just moving right down the block, loading and unloading the truck is still a long process. By the time you get everything carried into your new house, there is a good chance that you will be running out of daylight.
Not being able to find certain things like a toothbrush and a change of clothes after a long day of moving can be very frustrating. You will definitely want to think ahead and have an overnight bag packed so you won’t be franticly unpacking boxes after midnight.
In order to save on packing supplies like bubble wrap, get creative and use soft clothing and blankets to wrap fragile items like glassware and dishes. Don’t be surprised if you find ways to ship your entire wardrobe as a way to protect other items.
Label Your Boxes
Just writing what is in a box with a black Sharpie is a good start. But you can do even better than that!
Expert movers will also identify what room a box should be placed in at the new home. Some will even go so far as to color code those boxes with fluorescent tape.
Prioritize Your Boxes
In addition to labeling what is in your boxes and what rooms they belong in, you might also want to label them with numbers to help prioritize which boxes should be unpacked first. Doing this will make it easy to just follow the plan in order as you unpack.
Like most people, your computers and electronics probably involve a maze of different wires and cables that even your tech-savvy nephew finds confusing.
In order to help get everything put back together in the right way, make sure that you take a bunch of pictures of how everything is set up before you disassemble it.
Hiring movers can be expensive, but helping with a move is a lot to ask of friends and a frustrating project to take on yourself. Movers bring plenty of experience and are well worth the cost just in the aggravation they will save you.
Feed the Helpers
Whether you choose to hire professional movers or just as friends and family to pitch in, a few large pizzas will go a long way towards keeping up moral. Having a few beers chilling for when the move is complete can also be great motivation.
Sell and Donate
Everything you sell or donate prior to moving is one less thing that you will have to pack, move, and unpack. Go through your entire house with a careful eye and work on getting rid of things you don’t want or need anymore. This can dramatically lighten your load on moving day, and simplify your life in the long run.
Plan Something for the Kids
One of the best time saving tips for families with small children is to plan something to occupy the kids’ time during the move. Moving is aggravating enough. You don’t need to add distractions from the kids to the mix.
Having the kids stay at a relative’s for the weekend is a great way to allow yourself to focus exclusively on the move.
One Room First
Moving is the type of project that is very exciting at first and then slowly grinds on your nerves as the amount of things on your to-do list grow faster than you can cross them off.
In order to make sure that you have somewhere to relax when you feel overwhelmed, many experts recommend working to get one room in your new house completely set up as quickly as possible. This will give you somewhere to retreat to when the boxes pile up everywhere else.
Moving is not easy. And it usually isn’t very fun. It is a long, frustrating process that takes weeks of planning, and then weeks to recover from. However, with a few good tips, you can make your move a bit easier and hopefully cut back on the amount of aggravation just a bit.