Do you have an upcoming household move on the horizon? Are you wondering how to prepare for a move? We are here to help.

Whether you’re planning a local move or a long-distance relocation, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

Read on for the best tips to get organized and be prepared when the big day arrives.

Research local moving companies

Even if you plan to tackle part of the moving process yourself (or with the help of your generous family and friends), you’ll need to hire professional movers for the heavy lifting.

  • Research recent reviews and ask around for any firsthand experiences an acquaintance of yours may have.
  • Check out a company’s professional certifications, affiliations, and ratings to get a better idea of their track record.
  • Look at or inquire about what services a particular company offers. Are they solely residential movers? Are long-distance moving services an option? What about storage solutions?
  • See how closely their menu of services aligns to your particular needs.
  • Once you’ve narrowed your search, you need to obtain a move quote to set and prepare your budget.

Get organized

  • Once you’ve booked the moving company and set a date, it’s time to start getting organized.
  • Take one room or small area at a time (like a closet or medicine cabinet), and begin narrowing down what you want to take or no longer need.
  • Throw away, sell, or donate whatever you don’t plan to take to your new home.
  • Donating is always a great thing to do, and selling items gives you extra funds to put towards your moving budget.
  • The less stuff you have to move, the less time your move will take. This will save you both time and

Start packing

  • As soon as you’ve pared your belongings down to only what you plan to take on your move, it’s time to start packing and sorting.
  • In addition to labeling the outside of moving boxes and/or clear tote containers with their contents, group or stack boxes according to room or category.
  • Color-coding your boxes, containers, and even pieces of furniture is a great organizational tool when it comes to moving.
  • Having a color-coded system correlating to what room or area of your new home that an item goes in will help you as well as your moving crew on the day of the move.
  • Less stress and time, in addition to less money being spent, are all wonderful benefits that come with being as organized and prepared as you can be ahead of a move.
  • Another time-saving and space-saving tip is to wrap fragile items, like glasses or dishes, in towels or washcloths. Doing so not only adds an extra layer of padding between breakable items—it also saves you from packing towels separately.

Is it time to book your upcoming household move? Let Excel Moving & Storage take care of it all.

Call or visit and get started with a free move estimate.

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