Metcalf Moving Blog

October 11, 2017

The 4 Best Tips for Ensuring a Calm and Easy Move

On average, an American will move more than 11 times during their lifetime.

Chances are good that you’ve already made a big move at some point. As a result, you know that moving can be challenging without proper planning.

For one, the average move costs approximately $12,230. On top of that, packing and unpacking are often stressful.

However, moving doesn’t have to be as difficult or hectic as many people make it out to be. Here are a few steps you can take to guarantee an easy move!

1. Start Preparing Early

Don’t leave everything to the last minute. To reduce stress during a move, start getting ready at least 2 months before the big day.

Research multiple moving companies to find a good deal and avoid scammers. Make sure they have a good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Furthermore, check Yelp reviews to see what customers have to say.

Beginning your prep early also allows you to avoid wasting money on boxes. You can ask friends and family to stop throwing away boxes and start bringing them over when they can. The earlier you let them know, the more they can contribute.

2. Use a Moving Binder

An easy move is impossible without a good plan. One way to keep your plan organized is to put together a moving binder.

First, make sure to include a checklist in your binder. You can also find inventory lists online and print them out, or design some of your own.

Put a schedule in your binder as well. By creating mini-deadlines for yourself, you can stay on track.

Finally, use the binder to store copies of any loan documents, receipts, and mover paperwork.

3. Take Precautions When Packing

It’s hard to stay calm during a move if anything breaks. But there are ways you can ensure that you won’t have to deal with this issue.

Put heavy items in smaller boxes if they fit. This makes them easier to carry. You can pack more of your lighter items in bigger boxes.

In addition, avoid packing anything too loosely. Try putting towels or clothes in the to fill in any empty spaces in your boxes.

Lastly, after you tape up each box, do two loops around the top and bottom.

4. Label Your Boxes Properly

The process of packing your belongings can be a pain. But unpacking is often worse, as it can be hard to find everything you need once you get situated in the new place.

To makes things easier, use printable stickers to color code your boxes. Markers will work too, as long as they’re waterproof. Just make sure to put either a mark or sticker on each side of the box so it’s visible from every angle.

Alternatively, you can also use a numbering system to label your boxes. For example, you can use #200 for the living room, #300 for the kitchen, and so on.

Final Thoughts on Ensuring an Easy Move

The tips above should help make the moving process smoother. But there are other things to consider as well.

For one, weight can have a significant impact on moving costs, so get rid of any junk in your home before packing. Start early since you may be able to sell your more valuable items online. It’s best to leave old, inexpensive furniture behind.

Also, once you’re settled into your new home, don’t procrastinate with unpacking. Try unpacking at least two hours per day to avoid clutter.

If you need some help with your next big move, feel free to contact us!

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