So, you landed that dream job, and you need to relocate – or you simply need a change of environment. On average, an American is expected to move about 11 times in their entire lifetime. Moving to a new home is an exciting moment; the joy of being in a new environment provides a sense of joy. However, moving can be quite challenging. Moving everything from your home is not an easy task and can lead to a lot of items getting left behind or damaged in transit if not done properly. Below are a few ways to make your moving experience a pleasant one.
1. Plan Your Move
The first thing to do before making your move is to plan – early and thoroughly. Make a list of everything in your home and decide on which things you are taking along and those you will give out or discard. This will save you the trouble of deciding on what to pack in your boxes to move and will also give you a clearer picture of the storage space you will need to move your things. Also, decide on the day and time of your move. You most likely will need a full day to move, so set aside a convenient day and work towards ensuring you are ready by that day. This will save you the hassle associated with last-minute packing.
2. Label Every Box
This is a very important thing to do to avoid searching through all your boxes to find a particular item. Group similar items and label the boxes in which you place them. Also, tape a list of all the items in each box to the side of the box to make it easy to locate the box each item is in. You can go a step further and add the particular room you will place those items in your new home. Use clear and concise labels to prevent any confusion when unpacking. Make sure you also indicate on the label boxes containing fragile items.
3. Find a Moving Company
If you have a lot of things to move, you might consider hiring movers to move most of your things. Hiring professionals will relieve you of the stress involved in loading and unloading boxes and furniture from the vehicle. Professional movers have a lot of expertise in moving heavy and fragile items and will be better at handling your heavy items. Professional moving services also provide storage and in most cases, transportation to move your luggage and furniture. When choosing a moving company, it will be a plus if they have moving containers for storage as well. Take time to also read reviews and ratings of professional moving services and select the best. Also, consider your budget when going in for these services.
4. Move Sensitive Items Yourself
If you decide to hire professional movers, make sure you decide which items they will or will not have access to. You should move sensitive items, including documents and jewelry, yourself. Make sure such items are safely locked up in a room during the period the movers are loading your luggage. This will prevent them from having access to them or accidentally loading them along with all other items.
5. Unbox One Step at a Time
So, you have successfully moved to your new home. You have boxes full of your things, and you have to unbox and place every item in an appropriate location. To avoid being overwhelmed, unbox your items one step at a time. This is where your labels during boxing will be an advantage. Unbox essential items first, and work your way to the least essential items. If you labeled boxes with their respective rooms, you could unbox items from room to room. This will save you a lot of time trying to search for essential items and deciding which items to unbox first.
6. Meet New People
Moving to a new neighborhood or city usually means leaving your friends behind. If you are fortunate to have friends and relatives in your new environment, be sure to reach out to them for assistance in settling in. They will have a lot of advice to give you to prepare you for life in the new environment. If you have no friends in the new environment, you will have to make new ones. Reach out to your neighbors and introduce yourself as a good start to get to know people. Also, consider going out to events to get the opportunity to socialize.
There are several reasons which could make you seek a new home. Moving to your new home should not be a hectic one. No matter how near or far your new home is, your experience could be a great one with these tips.