It’s safe to say that nobody’s favorite thing to do is move to a new house. You might be excited about the new home and the opportunities that go along with that, but the actual moving process is a whole other story entirely. Moving can be stressful, time-consuming, and costly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even if you’ve done it plenty of times in the past, something can always go wrong or slip through the cracks.
The key to a successful move is proper planning and staging. Break up the moving process into stages you can follow so you never get too overwhelmed. This guide will show you everything you need to do leading up to your move to help you prepare for that all-important day.
Months Before Moving
These are things you need to do far in advance of the actual move-in day. The earlier you can get these done, the less stressed out you’ll be as the day of the move gets closer.
Create Your Moving Budget
If you don’t have a budget planned out for your move, you’ll probably start racking up more costs than you expected, eventually leading to a lot of money going right out the window. You must decide a few things, such as:
- Will you hire a moving company?
- Are you going to buy new appliances once you move in?
- Do you need to rent a truck to move your stuff?
- Have you factored in the utility costs for your new place?
Budgets may not always be the most fun things to make, but when push comes to shove, you’ll be glad you did. Just remember to be realistic with your budget. Try to be as spartan as you can when it comes to moving costs so you can use that money on your new place once you’ve moved in.
Request Time Off Work
Even if you decide to move on weekend, it may be beneficial to ask for a day or two off around the time of your move. You’ll be glad you have the extra time to finish things up as the move-in day draws closer. Moving is tiring and stressful. If you can manage to not have to go into work the day after your move, you’ll avoid a very unpleasant next day as you recover from the stress.
Get Moving Company Estimates
If you do decide to use a moving company to help you out during the move, you don’t want to simply choose the first one you find. Moving companies can vary wildly in their prices based on the size of your home and the number of items you’re moving. Most moving companies will gladly come over to your house, look around the place, and give you an estimate on how much it would cost to move everything. Consider at least three of these estimates before you make your final choice.
Weeks Before Moving
As your move-in day gets closer, the timeline starts to speed up. Don’t panic and you’ll be able to handle it. Keep in mind that you don’t want to pack everything too early unless you want to live without normal comforts for a while.
Gather and Label Your Boxes
You’re going to need a lot of boxes depending on the size of your old place and how many people you live with. You can find free boxes in many places, such as restaurants, if you ask nicely. So don’t be afraid to ask if they have extras in the back they’re planning on throwing out anyway. Also, remember to label your boxes so you have an easier time unpacking.
Take Inventory of Everything
It’s extremely important to take an inventory of everything you’re bringing, especially if you’re going to use a moving company. Divide and categorize your possessions room by room and make sure you know what you’re bringing in case anything gets lost or goes missing.
Measure Your New Place
Before you get too deep and start trying to move all your furniture into the new place, take measurements of the doorways, entrances, and exits so you’ll know for sure if your furniture will fit through them. Nothing is worse than dragging a couch from the truck to the front door and realizing there’s no way to get it through.
Start Packing a Little Each Day
Packing can take a long time and it’s not always the most fun part of the move. To reduce the strain of trying to pack everything in a single day, pack a little bit more of your house each day leading up to the move. Start with non-essentials first and gradually ramp up to more important items so you can still enjoy living in your current home for the last few weeks.
Days Before Moving
This is where things really start to get serious. The move-in day is just around the corner and you need to be ready to go before then.
Get Rid of Everything You Don’t Need
Now’s the time to really pare down on everything you’re taking with you. Old clothing, unwanted furniture, useless knickknacks, and lots of other things don’t need to come with you. Consider donating what you don’t want before simply trashing it. For example, here at GreenDrop we accept clothing donations in Springfield all year round.
Deep Clean Your Old Place
It may sound annoying, but you do need to clean up your old place before you fully move out of it. Make sure every room is as clean as you can make it for the next tenant. It’s simply the polite thing to do, but there also could be consequences if you leave your old place a mess for the next person to clean up.
You now know everything you need to do leading up to your move! Like we said before, moving is a hassle for everyone, but you can get it done efficiently with planning and perseverance. GreenDrop is here to help make that process efficient by providing you with a place to drop off the items you no longer need. Your donations go on to do good work around the globe so you can feel good about giving them up.