A Definitive Guide to Planning Your Local & Long Distance Move
Moving is a major endeavor. Getting organized from the get-go will help keep your move on schedule and within your budget. This guide from Veterans Moving Group will help you plan your move so it goes off with minimal hassle and headaches.
How to Get Organized for Your Move
As soon as you know you’re moving, buy a binder or use an app or computer software to keep you organized. You’ll have many dates, phone numbers, points of contact and lists to keep track of, so find a way to keep this information at your fingertips. Gather any important documents related to your move and keep them in a folder for easy access. These might be papers related to a mortgage loan, home sale or purchase or lease agreement. You should also store important paperwork related to your move such as receipts, contracts and sales agreements.
Make a Timeline For Your Move
Having a checklist and timeline will help you stay on track. It may be helpful to break your move into weekly increments: things to do 6 weeks before the move, 4 weeks before, 2 weeks out and so on. This approach will break your move into smaller segments that are easier to manage.
Take Inventory Of Your Items
Assess your belongings and make a list of everything. This is useful for a few reasons. First, you can better estimate how much your move will cost. Second, you can keep up with your household goods so you know that everything arrives safely at your destination. Third, you’ll know if you need to purchase additional insurance on top of what your moving company offers.
Set a Moving Budget
Think about how much money you have available to spend on the move. Knowing this will help you decide what services you’ll buy from your moving company. You should also factor in the purchase of any furniture or repairs for your new home. Keep proof of your moving-related expenses in your folder.
Make Decisions Before-hand
To stay organized and prepared as possible, you’ll need to make some decisions before the move progresses too far.
- Will you hire a moving company or move yourself?
- If you move yourself, will you rent a truck or borrow a friend’s?
- Will you have a moving company pack your goods or pack them yourself?
- Will you ship your vehicles?
- Will you buy insurance?
- Where will you get boxes and moving supplies if you intend to do it yourself?
Purchase Supplies In Advance
If you pack your items yourself, you’ll need to have the proper supplies on hand to make the job easier. Buy the right-sized boxes to fit your specific items. Got a lot of books? Make sure your boxes are sturdy enough to do the job. Got a closet full of clothes? Invest in wardrobe boxes to make moving much easier and keep clothes from wrinkling.
Learn the Tricks
Seasoned movers will tell you some things to make your move easier. For instance, snap a picture of the back of your television before you unplug the components. This will help you when it’s time to reassemble your AV setup. Put your jewelry in plastic cling wrap and use crumpled paper to create a cushion in boxes that will contain fragile items.
Declutter Your Belongings
A move is a great time to donate or throw out items you don’t use, don’t like or no longer work. By paring down your belongings, your move will be easier and possibly less expensive.
Interview Moving Companies
You’ll probably want a moving company to help with some aspects of your move. From full-service packing and unpacking to simply loading a truck and driving your belongings across town, a moving company can be a big help. But all moving companies are not created equal.
Interview several professional movers to ensure you’re comfortable. After all, this is the company that will be responsible for moving all your worldly possessions. Ask for references, if the company is licensed and bonded, about any extra fees, fuel surcharges and the like.
Know the Rules of Professional Moving
Some rules pertain to professional moving companies that you need to know. For example, some things can’t go on the moving truck. Alcohol, firearms, houseplants, perishable foods, gasoline, propane tanks and some chemicals are generally not allowed. Be sure to know your moving company’s policy for what is and what is not permitted on the truck so you can make plans to move these items yourself.
Contact a Mover You Can Trust
When you’re ready to discuss your move with a professional moving company, contact Veterans Moving Group. We have years of experience helping people make local and long-distance moves. Contact us today for a quote and learn about the other services we offer to help make your move stress-free!