Tips or a Better Moving Experience
Most people may say that they hate moving — it is listed, with divorce and job loss — as one of the most stressful things you can experience — but people still do a lot of it every year. By some estimates, about 33% of people who rent, will move each year. About50% of all moves take place in the summer. These moves take place between the months of May and September. Each year, more than 43 million people in the United States face at least one relocation.
Professional movers recommend the following tips to make the experience better:
- Take your time. If you know you will be working with movers in a few months, start packing early. When done over a short period of time, any move can seem overwhelming. If you stat earlier, you may get it all done and cause yourself less stress than if you just do it all at once. Whether you are using moving professionals or going solo, moving is always a daunting task. Start by making a calendar and a list of what you need to do and when you plan to do it. This will make the process go much smoother.
- Use color coded stickers or markers.This will help you a lot when you are unpacking your stuff. You can put a list of what is in each box, that is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You can also use colored dots to indicate what kind of stuff is in each box. For example, blue dots can mean bathroom items, red can mean kitchen items and green can go for everything in your bedroom.
- Pack you “must use now” items in their own box. You know what you cannot live without. You will want to access your toiletries, some sets of clothing and other things such as your coffee maker, coffee and mugs right away. By keeping these items in an easy to identify and easy to reach place, you get start living in your new residential space right away. Few things can be more frustrating than not being able to find your favorite appliances and bathroom items when you get to your new home.
- Do not over pack your boxes. If you have heavier items, put them in smaller boxes. You quits, comforters and pillows can go in larger boxes which will make those boxes easier to carry. Even if you are hiring professional movers, you do not want to make their job harder by overloading big boxes. This will also make your boxes easier to unpack when you get to that point.
- Use suitcases for books. Put your clothes in boxes and books in suitcases. Sound like a backwards order? When you are moving, it can be a really easy way to get books from one location to another. It may seem a bit counterintuitive but wheeling in your books in suitcases will make getting them into your new home a whole lot easier for everyone.
- Wrap your breakables in your sheets and towels. You do not have to buy a bunch of expensive moving supplies when you use your towels and sheets to wrap your breakable items such as glasses, dishes and artwork. You have these items already and they can really do the job when you are moving things that you do not want to break during a move.
- Get more boxes than you think you will need. Most people underestimate how many boxes they will actually need when they move. If you are using a moving company, ask them if you can get your boxes and tape from them. Most will let you return any that you do not use (they will not charge you for any that you never use.) It is always good to have enough boxes and take for all of your stuff and is much better to have something and not need is rather than need it and not have it.
No matter what, moving is stressful. There are many things than can go wrong. There are some problems with movers that you can avoid and others that you cannot. If you decide you can deal with any problems that arise you will have a better experience.