With children in school and guaranteed warmer weather, summer is the most popular time for most people to move. Following a careful plan, moving can be a fairly easy transition, whether going to an established house or a new custom home, like the ones offered by Palmer Company.
Here are 10 tips to help:
- Move Yourself or Go Pro. Consider your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to determine whether the move is one you can make yourself or have a professional company handle. Either way, be sure to get written quotes from truck rental companies or from licensed moving companies. An online packing calculator makes it easier to determine the number of boxes and packing materials you’ll need.
- Plan Your Unpacking Strategy. Tour your new home while it’s still empty and take photos of each room to determine furniture and appliance placement. Note which major items should go where and list major pieces that need assembly. Keep the list with you on moving day and cross off each item on your list as it’s placed. Once you start packing boxes, mark them with the room name and a number. Keep a separate list of the box numbers and all of the contents of each so that it’s easy to find stuff you need in your new home even before all the boxes are unpacked.
- Start Early. As soon as you know that you’re moving, begin to pare down clutter, donate items, and hold a yard sale. This is a great time to recycle, give away or trash all the piles in your basement, garage and attic! Also, take the time to complete USPS change of address forms and notify the utility and cable companies.
- Care for Children. Plan ahead for childcare on moving day, or if that’s not possible, set up safe places for kids to play in their new home that’s safely away from the movers.
- Protect Your Pets. Moving is stressful for our four-legged friends so consider a one-day stay at a pet daycare or ask a friend to take them for a long walk while the movers are around.
- Keep Track of the Little Things. If certain pieces of furniture or appliances need to be taken apart, keep all the screws and small parts in separate, clearly marked mini zip-top bags for easy identification at your new home. Don’t try to tape anything to the furniture or it may get lost.
- Know Your Electronics. Before unplugging TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers, take photos of the connections, print them out and write instructions on them. Keep all loose wires in clearly marked mini zip-top bags or boxes and personally carry them on moving day.
- Keep Your Cleaning Products Safe. Detergents, pesticides and paint are heavy, so if you plan to move them, consider double-boxing them for extra protection and mark them as hazardous. If you choose to dispose of them, be eco-friendly by contacting your city’s waste disposal department for assistance on the appropriate course of action.
- Protect Your Valuables. Plan to spend a little extra to get full value insurance protection for your peace of mind. This means that if you have lost, stolen or damaged articles, you’ll be compensated at current market value, regardless of its age.
- Know Your Rights. If you choose to use a professional mover, research your rights ahead of time to know what rights you have in case of loss, accidents, withheld property or other legal situations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) handles interstate moves, while the corresponding state agency oversees moves within the same state. If you get into a difficult situation, contact the local law enforcement or Better Business Bureau (BBB) if a moving company threatens to hold your belongings.
With a little planning, moving day stress can be reduced so you and your family can concentrate on the excitement of your new home!