Tips for Moving Homes

Tips to Get the Best Move Possible

No one really likes moving. Sure, its exciting moving into a new home, but packing up the old home is tiring and stressful. Here are few tips to make your move easier and faster.

• Outsource Your Move. You don’t have to be a millionaire to get help moving. Hiring a professional mover will most likely save you money in the long run. This is because they are experienced in the moving process. They will make one trip; they have the right equipment for heavy objects and they know how to load a truck safely. A good moving company has insurance to cover all your belongings in case of accident, which is prone to happen – if you are the one moving yourself. Wrangling a big tv or refrigerator isn’t easy! You can also outsource your bond cleaning, or move out. This will mean that you don’t have to return to your old place and can just get on with unpacking in your new home.

• Pack Better. There are so many “hacks” to moving, but some of the best advice is just to pack safely. Don’t overload your boxes. For heavy items like books, use old suitcases as they are durable, and the wheels make them easy to transport. Instead of boxing up loose clothing, use the clothing to wrap delicate items in and fill out the corner of boxes. Turn your stemware upside down and store in wine boxes. Speaking of boxes, asking at your local bottle shop will often score you very durable and useful boxes for packing.

• Label Every Thing! If you are moving interstate, or you just have a lot of stuff, then make sure to label everything. Write the room the items are for, in big letters on the sides of the boxes. Don’t write on the top as when they are stacked you won’t know what is inside. For an interstate move, number all the boxes. It’s also best if you make a list. Write the room, box number and a little description of what is inside. This will make unpacking a lot easier, but you will also know if something goes missing.

• Be Prepared! Moving is almost never a surprise. So, as your lease ends, or the for-sale sign goes up at the front of the house, start prepping. With the boxes that you got from your bottle shop or local shop, start packing up seasonal items that you aren’t going to need. Books and magazines are also a good place to start. When you are within a week or two of your move, then make sure that you sit down and actively update all your information, such as your license, bank and credit cards. Start to get your mail forwarded now.

• Pack a “Move In” Bag. This bag (or box) will have everything you need for your first night in your new home. It should have a change of clothes, toiletries, chargers for whatever devices you need, and a few rolls of toilet paper. You may also find it handy to pack the coffee maker or kettle for the next morning. If you have a ton of boxes, it may be also wise to include a few linens for your mattress, so you don’t have to go searching at bedtime.

• Photograph Everything. Accidents do happen and you will need photos for insurance purposes. Photograph all your valuable items before they get packed and include a date signature. If you are at the end of a lease, you should also photograph all the doors, windows and fixtures so there is no reason that you shouldn’t get your bond back. If you are renting, it’s good to take pictures of what it looks like upon moving in, so you can’t be held responsible for any damage from a former tenant. Sadly, moving in and out is also a time that thieves will take advantage of. It only takes a few seconds to dart in while you are making a trip down to the truck and grab a few boxes or your TV. If you are moving yourself, the back of the truck is also vulnerable so pictures and your list of boxes can become invaluable to an insurance claim.