METCALF MOVING BLOG
10 Tips for Quick and Easy Moving Techniques
With proper preparation, moving can be a manageable ordeal. Consider these suggestions to ensure your relocation goes off without a hitch.
1. Purge Your Belongings
Purge things you haven’t used in a while and all the clothes that no longer fit. You can donate to charity, hold a garage sale, or give items to friends. The less you have to move, the easier and less expensive your move will be.
2. Make a Packing and Moving Checklist
A moving checklist is essential when you’re relocating. Your moving checklist is a list of everything you need to do and when you need to do it, in order of importance. This way, you can clear your mind and stay on track. Download a moving checklist and adapt it to your needs. Go through the list and mark things off as you finish them. Make a separate list to ensure you do not leave anything behind. Always keep it rigid but realistic; this is the secret to success.
3. Get Estimates from Reliable Movers
A good rule of thumb is to gather estimates from three reputable movers before contracting with one. Ask friends and family for recommendations. Check reviews on the Internet.
If you are moving to a different state, the mover should be registered with the Department of Transportation. You can check registration and complaints on the DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
4. Plan Meals Around Your Move to Use Perishables
Every year, Americans throw away 103 pounds of spoiled food from their refrigerators, according to a survey conducted for Bosch appliances. Wasting food affects your budget, and it also affects the environment.
5. Take Measurements
Carefully measure the rooms in your new home. Then, plan the layout of each room online before your moving day. You’ll help the movers know where to put your furniture on arrival, and you won’t pay to move furniture that doesn’t fit.
6. Have a First Night Box
Include all the items you’ll need the first night, including sheets, pajamas, toiletries, a change of clothes, and supplies for a simple meal. Also, pack a first-night box for your children, including a few favorite toys and snacks.
7. Arrange Child Care for the Children
Your move will go more smoothly if someone cares for your children on your moving day. You’ll want to be available to answer movers’ questions. Also, you want to keep your child out of the movers’ path.
Pro Tip: Make sure you make arrangements for your pets too. It is dangerous for them and the movers if they are present without a plan for their care.
8. Care for Documents
Make copies of the documents you need, including moving contract, lease, or mortgage papers, driver’s license, passport, car registration, and professional licenses. Keep one copy in a small box or manila envelope with you. Keep another in a safe place.
9. Unpack Child’s Room First
When you arrive at your new home, unpack your child’s room first. Children become anxious during the move, and familiar furnishings and toys around them will ease their anxiety.
10. Rely on The Experts
Expert movers know all the tips and tricks to make your move easier. Contact us today for a free quote.