METCALF MOVING BLOG

March 28, 2022

6 Tips for Making a Last-Minute Move In a Hurry

As you prep for your last-minute relocation, you probably feel overwhelmed by all the stress and details that come with it.

You can do various things to help manage the residential moving process. So keep reading for some essential suggestions on how to help manage a quick last-minute relocation.

1. Arrange for Moving Assistance

Relocations are always a challenge, but one made on short notice is even trickier. First, decide if you can complete this move on your own or if you need some help. If your move is coming up quickly, you may not have much time to secure support, so make that a priority. On the other hand, since you need to relocate in a hurry, your best option might be to hire reliable moving professionals. 

2. De-Clutter 

An essential component of any relocation is reducing your extra stuff to manage your load.

Grab three boxes and label them “keep,” “donate,” and “toss.”  Next, work from room to room, reviewing your belongings to determine which ones you can live without. Since you don’t have much time, you need to declutter quickly and not spend a lot of time being sentimental or nostalgic about your stuff. You will find that some items are no longer useful, and you will have a smoother transition if your load is a little lighter.

Discard the items in the “toss” pile. Next, drop off donations at appropriate charitable organizations. If you have large items like furniture, contact the charities in your area to see if any will send a truck to pick up your donations.

3. Arrange for Your Packing Supplies

Make sure you have plenty of packing supplies because you won’t have time to keep restocking since time is of the essence.

  • Boxes (small, medium, large, and appropriate specialty sizes)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packing paper
  • Thick markers
  • Labels
  • Box tape dispenser
  • Extra box tape refills

4. Determine Your Essential Items

Before packing, make a list of the essential items you will need the first few days right after moving. Since you might not be able to access all of your belongings immediately, you want to have some essentials handy. Include things like:

  • Medications
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Change of clothes
  • Electronics chargers
  • Snacks
  • Paper plates and utensils

Then, when you start the packing process, make sure you set these items aside in an essentials box. Label that box accordingly and make sure that it stays with you in your car during the move. 

You should also consider setting aside your valuable items like jewelry, birth certificates, social security cards, and other sentimental items so that you don’t pack them with your other things. Box and label these accordingly as well. Instead of on the moving truck, these should also be set aside and loaded into your car.

5. Label Everything

It’s imperative to label your boxes so that you know where the boxes should go once they arrive at your new home. Label every side of the box with a thick marker. Indicate which room the box belongs in at your new home.

6. Secure Your Storage Needs

Since you’re moving in a hurry, you might not have a new home secured yet, or perhaps you are moving into a temporary housing situation. Therefore, you might need to store your belongings temporarily until you are ready for them. Check with your moving company as they might offer storage options for you.

Hurried Move? We Can Help!

Relocating in a hurry can be overwhelming. Experienced professional movers can make your situation a little less challenging. Contact us for a free quote. In addition, we can help with the packing and transportation to make your move seamless.

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