Invaluable Relocation Tips When Moving Locally
Begin moving preparations ASAP
It’s vital that you start the necessary preparations as soon as your local move has become imminent. Check out this week-by-week moving timeline and devise your own checklist of the things you need to do before you can finally settle down in your new home. As you cross out each completed task, you will see how your personalized moving timeline will greatly help you to stay on the right organizational track.
Prepare packing supplies
If you have decided to pack by yourself, logic dictates that the first thing you need to do is to get yourself plenty of packing materials.
Pack in stages
Prepare an inventory of your entire house so that you know in advance whether you’ll be taking all of your household items to your new place or you’ll end up leaving some of them behind. Begin the packing process from the rooms you use the least, like guest rooms, basements and attics, and work your way to the ones you use every day. Also, take a moment to prioritize the entire packing experience – think about how the larger items will be packed for moving (furniture, kitchen appliances, etc.) before you start boxing the smaller stuff.
It’s time to declutter
The good news is that there are several right paths you follow here. Out of all the items you have carefully sifted through and labeled as unneeded, some can be gifted to family members, friends, coworkers or neighbors, others can be donated to charitable organizations or sold at a garage sale or online. And should you encounter any worthless stuff, like broken items which cannot be repaired or old ones which nobody will ever appreciate, then it’s best to just throw them away for recycling.
Safer for children and pets
Periods of intensified moving preparation are definitely not the best times for toddlers crying to be fed or comforted, or preschoolers or pets running uncontrollably around the house.
TIPS FOR EXECUTING A LOW STRESS LOCAL MOVE
BEFORE YOU START PACKING
The best time to begin your moving preparations is as soon as you know you’ll be moving. Of course, some services such as electricity, cable and internet service may not require early planning, as most utilities only need a short time between when they turn off services at your old home and reconnect them in another. But scheduling a day to call all of the utility companies by marking it on your calendar will keep it fresh in your mind.
Some of the above services, such as internet, may require a little bit more attention. Moving is a great time to reassess your monthly costs, and even if you’re moving within your city, you may not be able to get service with the same internet provider that you have been. And so comparison shopping to see if you can get a better deal on your service is something you can definitely do before you even start packing.
DO SOME RECON
Another thing you can do while online and before you move is to research things you will need once your move is complete, such as physicians and auto repair shops. While this may not seem important when nothing has occurred, it could mean time and money saved in the event you encounter engine or a health emergency soon after you’ve settled.
Changing your address with government and state authorities is another important aspect of your move that you can schedule weeks before packing begins. While you can change your address with the post office, be aware that this may only notify them to send your mail to your new address for a temporary period, and that you will likely have to contact those you receive mail from directly to successfully change your address.
To ensure that you can put out any potential fires while you’re in transit, have a file folder you can carry with you that contains all of the information related to your move. You may need to produce certain documents to confirm the rental of the moving truck and the cost to move you. If you have a cell phone, ensure you have all the phone numbers you think you will need, including that of the moving company and friends or family that may be helping you.
Tips And Tricks To Keep Costs Low
There’s no doubt a local move can be more manageable than one that takes you across the U.S. or to another country entirely. When you stay in the same town or move to the next one over, it’s easy to make several back and forth trips. Whether you need to personally carry non-allowables to your new home or want to take measurements to make sure an exceptionally large piece of furniture will fit inside your new front door, you can make the most of being so close to you new home.
Despite the close distance, however, the cost of a local move can still add up. Use this advice to keep the price tag low and build up some savings, whether you want to sock it away in your bank account or use it to spruce up your new home.
Lightening the load before your local move
Part of the cost of a move relates to the distance traveled, which means you have that aspect well covered. However, the number of items moved, as well as their weight, also play an important role. To avoid unnecessary spending, lighten your load. Sell, donate, give away and otherwise recycle things you don’t need.
A yard sale is a great place to start. You can swap belongings for cash easily and use that money for your moving fund or something else entirely. If you then move on to donations, you can still reap a reward – a tax write-off that will come in handy. Use this guidance from the IRS for more information on making sure you can count your donations as part of your tax return.
Tips on How to Prepare for a Local Move
- Start Early
The first thing you need to remember when making a local move is that you should start as early as possible. Even if you’re moving down the street from your current place, moving is a lot of effort. Time flies by when you’re preparing for a move when you have work and family responsibilities.
By getting started as early as possible, even months before the move, you’ll have a less stressful time when the official moving date rolls around.
- Outline Your Plan
The next thing you’ll want to do to prepare for your move is to outline your plan. Be as detailed and specific as possible. Your plan should consist of everything you need to get your belongings from Point A to Point B.
We recommend using a checklist to monitor your progress when packing. Keep in mind that it’s best to go in phases. Break down the entire moving process into many small steps to make it easier.
Creating a budget that includes all of your moving costs is also essential. Make sure you save enough money to pay movers and make the move when the time comes.
- Prepare Your New Home
While you may be eager to focus on all of the things in your current home that you need to move, don’t forget to think about your new home as well. Prepare your new home for your arrival.
Part of this will include making sure you activate your utilities before the move, but you’ll also want to change your address early on in the process so you’ll start getting mail there immediately.
- Get Your Supplies Together
Before it comes time to start packing, gather your moving supplies together. Make sure that you have plenty of boxes available that you can pack your stuff in as soon as you’re ready.
Your boxes should be sturdy enough to handle heavier items, so make sure to get some strong ones.
If you have a lot of breakables to transport, get some packing paper or bubble wrap as well to make sure your stuff stays well protected during transport.
- Find Help
When planning your move, you also need to decide who, if anybody, will be helping. You may want to ask your family, friends, or coworkers to help with the move. Doing it all on your own can take time and a lot of effort, so you’ll want to get some more people involved if possible.
It’s also a great idea to hire professional movers to help. The experience of professional movers would make your moving experience much more manageable.
Secure your help early so that you are guaranteed the assistance you need for your important moving day.
How to Pack for a Local Move
Get your supplies
The most important part of packing is having the appropriate supplies. To properly wrap and protect your belongings, you’ll require sturdy, durable materials.
High-quality moving boxes. You can either purchase professional moving boxes for a moving supplies retailer, or hunt for freebies on your own. Just beware–free boxes will not have the same strength and integrity as new ones. If you do opt to go the free route, check out your local grocery, liquor or book store–these establishments have the strongest boxes and are usually willing to let you take your pick.
Packing paper. Professional packing paper or unprinted newsprint is used to wrap your belongings and protect them from damage or scratches.
Bubble wrap. For your most fragile items, the protective air pockets in bubble wrap will keep your breakables enveloped in cushioning.
Packing tape. Strong packing tape is important to keep your boxes securely closed and prevents collapse or lost items.
Markers. You will need dark, clearly readable markers to label your boxes by room and indicate which ones contain fragile items.
Even though local movers don’t charge you by the volume of your goods, you’ll still end up paying more if it takes longer to load and unload the truck. Before a move, it’s always cost-effective to get rid of old junk and unwanted items to decrease your moving bill. Have a garage sale, sell items online, donate to charity or simply pass them on to friends and family. Not only will you save some money on your move, but you will have less useless junk cluttering up your new home.