Is there anything more punishing than moving? Most people would rather deal with outdated and dilapidated spaces than to consider having to pack up their stuff and move locations. The problem with moving is that it is not only time consuming, but it is also often very expensive. The rule is that the longer you have been in a dwelling, the more you have accumulated. So, after ten years of living somewhere, you likely have way more than you need, or need to take with you. Before you dread the boxing and packing tape, take heart. There are five ways that you can make your move less painful.
1 Don’t wait until the last minute
Waiting for the last minute will only ensure that it will be very stressful, and it will increase the likelihood that you are going to take way more than you need to. Taking the time to plan ahead, and considering potentially packing up the things you don’t need like basement boxes, will give you the time to consider if you should get rid of it, or take it with you. Decluttering will make sure that you aren’t just carrying more “stuff” that you don’t need to your new house. It will also cut back on the amount of money and time that you need to move boxes. Fewer boxes always equal an easier move. It’s important to have a place to put all of your items during the move, so looking for a company that can provide moving boxes Winnipeg, will greatly improve your planning time. The more time you give yourself to be discriminate, the easier your moving day will be financially and physically.
2 Line up your movers ahead of time
It is important that you find and hire your movers ahead of time. If you wait until the last minute, your choices are going to be limited, and you may not have budgeted for either the appropriate amount of time or the cost of moving. There are many moving companies to choose from; that is why planning ahead, instead of waiting, will help you to find the most professional and inexpensive movers before someone reserves your date and you are out of luck.
3 Create a packing system
If you want your move to be less painful, make sure to set up an assembly both on the way out and on the way in, to correctly label things. There is nothing worse than running from room to room finding what you need, or getting the boxes to your next destination and having no idea where to put them. If you hire movers, you are going to get the most out of them if you clearly label what goes where. That way, they aren’t going to stuff them into one room, and then you have to go to work distributing them.
Even if the movers say that they will handle with care, making sure that you have the right packing materials are essential for getting things there safely. By using the right padding materials and packing in a way to protect your things, you will have more control. It is also imperative to mark things that are fragile or important with a color coding system. Red marker should alarm the movers, and you, that some things should be handled with extra care, and not be placed at the bottom of the pile.
4 Sure everything up a week before
Even if you are ahead of the game and got everything done when necessary, that does not ensure that the movers won’t drop the ball. Before you assume that you have the date reserved, and the movers will show up as planned, make the appropriate calls to “check in” both a week ahead and the day before. Everyone makes mistakes, just make sure that you aren’t the mistake that the moving company makes by being proactive.
5 Schedule time for the little things
Not only do you have to worry about cleaning up at the house you are leaving, but you also have to worry about the condition of the one you are moving into. The best way to make things less punishing is to have a cleaning crew in place to help in both locations. It may cost a bit more, but you will find that it is well worth it. Moving your things into a cleaned place is much easier than trying to clean around boxes and get everything ready. Plan ahead to let someone else take care of the cleaning.
Moving is a necessary evil, but if you approach it with a plan and a good schedule, it can be a lot less difficult than you anticipate.