Perhaps, moving is one of the most challenging tasks in a human’s life. The idea of changing the place of living seems easy, but it often turns to be a rather time-consuming and tiring process. Making a checklist significantly simplifies the organization of the move, so let’s have a look at the key moving stages:
1. Get rid of the old unnecessary stuff
Check your wardrobe and storage places a few weeks before the X-day. You will definitely find things that can be donated or sold. The same applies to dishes, furniture, and other household items. Also, you can make a list of things that you need to buy in a new home. By getting rid of unnecessary things, you will save space, reduce the cost of your move, and get prepared for a new stage in life.
2. Reserve a rental truck or hire professional movers
Depending on the size of your move, decide if you can make a smaller move by yourself or you will need the help of a moving company. Whether you are moving within the same city or out of state, and you have many large and heavy things, it is better to use professionals’ services. For instance, many people recommend the Gentlemen’s Moving Company located in California. Look at the reviews on the Internet. Consider volumes, distances, and the necessity to lift things upstairs, the cost of moving services will also depend on this.
3. Transfer your bills, return tv and internet equipment.
Take care of the bills in advance so that after six months of living in a new place, you will not find that you have accumulated debt in the old apartment for the services you do not use.
4. Pack your belongings
Do not postpone the packing of stuff until the last days — pack them in advance without fuss and rush:
- If you are moving in the summer, you can pack winter clothes and shoes first. Leave some clothes, books, and dishes that you often use, and pack the rest;
- Decide what furniture you will take with you. Unnecessary bulky items can be sold or thrown away;
- A couple of days before leaving, you can start packing the essentials. Be sure to mark each box so that you know where to start uploading them in a new apartment.
5. Prepare a new apartment
Plan where the moving truck will park, reserve the elevator, loading dock, etc. Protect floor and door slopes before bringing in the furniture: they are often touched when carrying large items. Make sure the sockets are working in the new location, the lights are on, and the water is pouring at the right temperature. Clean the rooms up — it’s always nice to come to a clean house.
By the moving day, you should pack all things except those that are useful. Pack a bag with documents, phone charger, laptop, wallet, and first aid kit. Prepare snacks, water, and other drinks, clothes, and shoes that you and your family members will wear. Leave one empty box to put things used in the morning before leaving: towels, toothbrushes, combs, cosmetics, hygiene products. It is better to make this box stand out from others, and in a new location, you can find and open it first.