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4 Steps to Planning a Local Move
While a local move is one of the easier types to plan, it’s still not simple! Taking the proper steps early can make your relocation more manageable and organized. Working with a moving company with local relocation experience is also helpful. In this article, we’ll outline the steps to planning a local move so you can start your upcoming relocation today.
1. Research Moving Companies
Finding the right moving company is vitally important. A good moving company should offer
- Good customer service
Companies that provide good customer service, answer their phone promptly, are polite in all interactions, and provide timely answers to your questions.
- Reliable transportation of your property
A moving company’s main job is to move your stuff from one location to another without breaking or losing items. A good moving company will offer timely service without surprises.
- Transparent billing practices
Good moving companies don’t charge hidden fees. The cost of your move should be the cost you’re expecting, based on documentation supplied to you by your moving company.
Sometimes it’s hard to find a good moving company with all the above qualities. Ask for referrals if you have friends or family who have recently moved and had a good experience. Meet with multiple moving companies before choosing a company. And, when signing a contract with a moving company, get everything in writing.
Decluttering is an essential part of any relocation. Decluttering can help you save money on moving expenses and reduce the time you have to spend packing and unpacking. Start decluttering your house as soon as you choose to move — even if you aren’t relocating for several months. The more time you have to declutter, the better! Some tips
- Declutter room by room
- Sell or give away what you can – throw away only as a last resort
- Make a rule: if you haven’t used it in two years or more, get rid of it
3. Start Packing
Once you finish decluttering, it’s time to start packing. You’ll need to gather lots of packing materials to get through this process, including boxes, packing materials, packing tape, and markers.
Pack safely. Get help lifting heavy items. When stacking boxes, place the heaviest boxes on the bottom and the lightest boxes on top. Control the weight of your boxes by packing small, heavy items into small boxes.
4. Plan for Your New Home
As your move date approaches, start making plans for your new home. For example, buy curtains and blinds if you know the measurements of your windows. Also, turn on utilities close to your move date. If you’re moving from an apartment into a house, you may need to make purchases specifically for living in a home.
For example, if your new home has a yard, you may need to purchase a lawn mower. Watch for sales on lawn equipment and buy what you’ll need when it’s the right price.
Get Started With Your Hunt for a Moving Company
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