Gearing up for an upcoming move, or maybe starting in the planning process for one in the future? When preparing for a move, it can be easy to become disorganized or lose track of what you have and haven’t done. We all know that preparedness and attention to detail are key aspects of having a successful move, however, so you can see why having the right plan in place well before your relocation begins is so important.
Moving is a very hectic time for anyone, no matter if they’re moving around the block or around the world. If you’re not an experienced mover, things can easily seem like they just get jumbled up and lost amidst the chaos and seemingly endless stack of tasks that need to be done before your moving day.
So how do you stay proactively and prepare properly so that your moving day is smooth and straightforward? Better yet, what’s the most efficient way to pack so that you’re not left rushing around with days (or hours!) to go before your movers come? Don’t worry – we’ve got all of your moving prep questions answered so you can move like the pros when your time to relocate comes.
What to Do Before Moving
Whether looking for tips having to do with local, long-distance, or international moving, certain go-to tips apply regardless of the size or distance of your move. The difficulty or the attention to detail needed to make these tips pay off, however, depends on your type of move. To make moving day go as smoothly as possible, however, here are some of our go-to moving tips to set you up for success:
- Book the Right Moving Company
- Start Packing as Soon as Possible
- Make a Moving Inventory
Before you even begin your move’s planning process, you should always first work on locking down the right moving company for you and your household. Having the right movers on your side can really make or break your move (or budget!), so doing your research and shopping around is going to make all of the difference. Remember, there are a lot of unprofessional movers or ones that don’t have your best interests at heart out there – thoroughly vet your potential company before working with them to ensure that they’re reputable.
The best way to make sure you’re working with moving specialists that have your best interests at heart is by using Excel Moving & Storage for all of your moving needs. With the best full-service moving options to get your items where they need to go quickly and efficiently while providing you with the most customized, affordable moving services in the area, Excel will give you the best move possible from start to finish. Plus, working with Excel means that you’ll be receiving the best possible customer service – and that can’t be replaced!
Another one of the most important things you can do to ensure your move’s success is by starting to pack as early as possible.
Create a schedule to space out your packing duties so that you avoid getting overwhelmed or rushing at the last minute. First, pack up your nonessential or decor items that won’t be needed between now and your moving day. From there, take things room by room and gradually pack away more and more until you’re left in the final days with just essentials or items you’ll be taking with you separately. Additionally, always make sure to label your boxes so you can keep track of what you’ve done and what needs to be done.
A big part of packing also has to do with the decluttering process before the packing itself. Go through your things and eliminate anything you don’t want, need, or use, and sell, give away, donate, or get rid of anything that will hold you back.
Creating a detailed list of everything you’ve packed, as well as the condition and placement of these items. This might seem like overkill, but having this level of organization and detail on your side will help you in the long run. Not only does this let you know exactly where everything you’ve packed is, but also gives you a record of your items in case you have to file a claim with your movers (which we obviously hope you don’t!). Labeling your boxes and taking things one room at a time is a great help in this, and can keep you on track.
Outside of these three key tips, the best thing you can do for your move is to stay organized and proactive. After all, if you’re running around at the last minute and throwing random items into boxes, it’s not just going to be hard on you now, but will make unpacking even worse.
Looking for the right movers for your relocation? See what Excel Moving & Storage can do for you and your household today!