METCALF MOVING BLOG

February 22, 2024

5 Things to Do When Planning a Move

If you plan to relocate soon, now is the time to start preparing. By decluttering your home, interviewing professional movers, making your moving budget, and taking other steps, you can make your upcoming relocation a better experience. Here’s what you can do.

1. Declutter Your Home

Having too much stuff makes moving much harder. Clutter can make packing harder and makes moving more expensive. Getting rid of clutter before your relocation can make moving much more manageable. There are many things you can do to declutter your home. 

  • Make a decluttering plan, giving yourself as much time as possible to go through each room.
  • Remove anything that you haven’t used in two years or more.
  • Plan to give away anything that is still usable but which you no longer need.
  • Take time to go through storage areas first, then move into living areas as you run out of things to do in storage areas.

2. Interview Movers

Finding the right mover is essential. Interview several professional moving companies until you find a mover that inspires confidence. Some questions to ask:

  • Will you provide all the equipment?
  • Are you available on the dates I’m planning to relocate?
  • Do you have references?
  • Are you a mover or a broker?

Have a list of several questions before you meet with each moving company. Check references before hiring the mover that makes you feel most comfortable.

3. Make Your Budget

Moving is a costly undertaking. Making a budget can help you save money while moving. Making a moving budget can be complicated. Know how much money you can spend, then divide it into different expenditure categories, including money to pay movers, pay for moving supplies, spend on take-out food, and so on.

Part of making a budget is considering where you’re moving to and how much you’ll need to make your new home comfortable and livable. For example, you must buy window treatments for your new home. Think through your entire relocation from start to finish, and be sure you have enough money set aside for each step of the relocation.

4. Gather Moving Supplies

You’ll need many moving supplies, from boxes to permanent markers. Some examples of moving supplies you’ll need:

  • Moving boxes of all sizes
  • Permanent markers
  • Multiple rolls of packing tape with dispensers
  • Bubble wrap and packing paper
  • Furniture pads

You may also need equipment like a dolly, primarily if your moving company won’t be supplying that on the moving day. Talk to your moving company to find out.

5. Start a Moving Binder

Create a binder to collect all the information about your upcoming relocation. Label the moving binder clearly so no one from your household will accidentally pack the binder in one of your boxes.

Find the Right Mover Now

Even if you’re still several months from your upcoming relocation, it’s never too early to start looking for a trustworthy moving company. Find the right moving company now. Contact us today for a free quote and discuss your relocation.

 

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