If a move is in the cards this summer, be prepared for a tedious experience. Summer is the busiest moving season, and the hot weather often adds to the frustration of transferring belongings from one place to another. However, creating a detailed plan that outlines each step of the move is a great way to lessen stress. Follow these helpful tips.
1. Decide how many helpers are needed. Some people are fortunate enough to complete a move themselves. Single people who do not own their own furniture are often able to pack their belongings into boxes and simply use a truck. However, couples or families with several rooms and multiple pieces of furniture to move certainly face a difficult task. There is a common line that says people never know how much they have until they move. This is very true, so it is important to estimate high. For example, if the job seems like something four people could handle, plan on finding six helpers. It is always better to have too many than not enough. When using moving companies or hired help, be sure to compare quotes from three companies before making a decision. To understand what kind of consumer protection is available, ask an agent for information about individual rights for working with moving companies. Be sure to purchase the moving company’s full-value protection plan.
2. Develop a packing strategy. If there is still plenty of time before the big move, start packing as early as possible. Many people make the mistake of waiting until the last week or even the last few days. The result often includes strained muscles, higher stress levels and family quarrels. To keep peace in the family and maintain mental health, pack boxes early. Decide what will not be needed immediately, pack such items in boxes and write detailed labels on each parcel. This is also a good way to weed out items for the garbage bin, the recycling center or charities.
3. Remember important things. There are two common mistakes people make during big moves. First, they forget how to plug in computers, Internet cables and television cords. There are so many components that must be connected, and there is a particular order. It is easy to forget, so write down connection notes and take photos before unplugging anything. The second mistake people make is packing away small parts that are important. They may fall out of the bottom of a large box or get lost in a jumbled accessory tote. Make sure to set them aside in a special container that cannot be easily misplaced.
4. Plan on doing some intermittent unpacking. Go to the new residence, take several photos of each room and measure the floor dimensions. Take note of the locations of electrical outlets, cable connections and phone jacks. After returning home, make a list of what will go in each room. Take measurements to make sure each item will fit. It is best to move bigger items first. Boxes can be stacked and stashed, but pieces of furniture are awkward and consume more space. By unpacking some things before the big move, the burden is lessened considerably.
5. Avoid planning on help from kids. Moving day is not just stressful for adults. For many kids, it is an emotional time. When they become emotional and irritated, their actions may be counterproductive to the task of moving. Unfortunately, they could also be hurt if they get in the way. It is best to ask a trusted friend, babysitter or daycare to take the kids for the day. This choice provides adults with free time to go out for a relaxing celebratory dinner with friends after the process is over. It is also a good idea to check pets into daycare centers or board them at the vet clinic for a night or two.
By following these simple steps, the move will seem like less of a hassle. Be sure to move the cleaning products to the new house in a separate trip or dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner. Local waste disposal departments are the best places to call for chemical disposal information.