By / OVM TEAM
5 Tips for a Better Moving Experience
If you’ve ever moved to a new home, or know someone who has, then you probably know what a stressful process it can be. This stress comes from a variety of factors; poor organization, inexperienced movers, bad weather, last-minute plan changes, the list goes on. If you plan on moving this winter season and want to learn some tips that will save you time, money, and hassle, then keep reading!
- Decide what should stay and what should go
Before you even begin the moving process, consider purging your home of clutter, and anything you don’t need to bring with you. To make it feel like less of a colossal chore, dedicate a few hours every week to de-cluttering one room at a time. Doing this far in advance will prevent you from getting overwhelmed at the last minute.
- Keep a moving folder
Let’s be honest, even the most organized people can misplace important receipts or paperwork. A way to avoid that error is to keep all your documents in one moving folder or binder. In addition to documents, also include an inventory sheet that you can use as a packing checklist. I’m not insinuating that you might forget to bring something important, like your bed for example, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Cover the logistics
A few weeks in advance, make sure you have the moving supplies you’ll need. Add cardboard boxes, tape, and permanent markers to your shopping list. You should also consider measuring the dimensions of your furniture as well as the rooms in your new home. This will help you get a sense of where things should be placed before moving in. (Hint: That list of measurements can go in your handy-dandy moving folder.) Lastly, look into reliable moving companies, and narrow it down to one that best suits your needs. Give them a call as soon as possible to guarantee their availability.
A week before the moving date, make sure everything is packed by category, and don’t forget to label the boxes! The labels are essential to knowing what items are in each box, and what needs to be unpacked first. Also, be sure to keep a bag of essentials on hand. The last thing you want to do is pack up the necessities you use regularly.
- Take pictures
Never underestimate the value of visual aids. Take pictures of your electronics to help you recall where each wire needs to be plugged in. Additionally, if you’re renting out or selling your old home, take pictures of the empty rooms to show potential buyers.