Moving to a new place can be really exciting as it embarks the new journey of life. This excitement can soon turn into stress if you plan to pack and move all by yourself. However, there are some people who seek assistance from movers and packers to reduce this stress and save time but in both the cases you need to take care of lots of do’s and don’ts to ensure smooth packing and moving.
Do’s of Packing and Moving
- While packing focus on one room per day, throw away all the unwanted stuff that you don’t want to carry or are no more in use. Not only it will help you to do stress-free packing but will also help you to DE-clutter all the unnecessary items.
- If you are planning to hire state to state movers and packers for this move, ensure that they have an insurance facility. Paying the extra price for insurance safeguards your belongings and also prevent you from taking unnecessary stress till the time your mover reaches the new place with all your stuff.
- Before taking your furniture to your new home, make sure to measure it properly. There is no point of carrying a huge sofa set to a place where there is no space for the same. Plan all these things well in advance to ensure that you save both time and money.
- Prefer to pack all those things by yourself that is not fragile. There is no point of paying the extra price to the moving company to pack items like books, documents, pillows, and clothes.
- Make sure to mark all the boxes very carefully especially those with fragile items. It will help you to segregate the boxes and to keep those boxes at the top while placing it in a moving vehicle.
- Even if you are hiring long distance movers and packers, be prepared to take care of plants all by yourself. Moving companies do not take care of such things.
Don’ts of Packing and Moving
- If you are planning to hire a mover, don’t do it blindly. Fix a meeting with the representative preferably at your home so that he can have an idea of what all stuff has to transport. Also, try to take a quotation from at least two to three vendors.
- Never hire a company that doesn’t provide insurance. Distractions while moving can often cause slips, injuries, or damages, hence it is really important to seek an insurance facility.
- Never keep any flammable item with any of the other stuff while moving. Make sure to drain all the fuel while packing.
- Keep all the valuable items like jewelry, cash, and documents with yourself. Never transport these items in a moving truck.
- Price is obviously an important factor to choose a cross country moving company, however, it does not solely rely on the same. It is very important to choose the one that provides quality services ensuring minimal damages.
So if you are also planning to make a move in recent times, we are sure that these do’s and don’ts will help you a lot in keeping your excitement alive and stress away.
Additional 40 DOS and DON’TS House Moving
Apart from the above dos and don’ts of packing and moving, below are general tips of moving house from one point to another:
20 DOS during a House Move
The task list during a move is a bit comprehensive – usually, there are many things to do when you are moving; hence, you can find the task of organizing a successful household move overwhelming.
Below are the leading 20 dos of household moving that will help you perform a stress-free move:
1. DO BEGIN the move preparation as early as possible to have an adequate head-start and a better opportunity to early completion.
2. DO STICK to a moving checklist to plan your time in the best possible method. Assign priorities to tasks on your moving timeline.
3. DO SOLVE the moving option problem: Hire a moving company or DIY move. Consider the move distance, and your old moving experience to make a better decision.
4. DO REQUEST for on-site moving cost estimates from many highly-rated moving companies. Find out the moving price before your move and plan your moving budget accordingly.
5. DO CHOOSE a good moving company by making a comparison of the quotes you received, confirming their licensing information, and reading customers’ reviews about their services.
6. DO BOOK your move as early as you have picked out your choice. Don’t forget that reliable, affordable, and experienced moving companies get booked fast.
7. DO TAKE INVENTORY of your household to determine the type and amount of all the belongings you have for moving.
8. DO DECLUTTER your household and dispose of any belongings you won’t ever use again. Sell, donate or give away all items you don’t want.
9. DO ORGANIZE a yard/garage sale to make some profit from all the belongings you don’t want in the new home.
10. DO SAVE money by getting cardboard boxes at no cost. Check with friends or local retail stores for free boxes.
11. DO PACK a few necessities boxes that contain highly-important items to help you and your household members live comfortably until all your shipment arrives.
12. DO GET the perfect type and number of packing supplies ready before the moving day so that the packing process run smoothly.
13. DO LABEL your moving boxes to make post-move identification easier. Mark each of their content the room they belong to, and instructions on special handling, if any.
14. DO CHANGE your mailing address with the USPS to continue receiving your mail. DO it in person, online, by mail, or by phone
15. DO TRANSFER or change your utilities such as gas, power, cable TV, water, and so on. Schedule for their reconnection at the new residence.
16. DO TAKE your furry friends to the vet for a medical inspection before the move and talk about medications needed for anti-anxiety.
17. DO SCHEDULE a responsible adult to watch your kids and or pets. Save your loved ones from getting harmed on the day of your move.
18. DO PUT ON THE RIGHT CLOTHES and fitting shoes that will provide you the comfort and safety you need on a moving day.
19. DO CREATE time to say goodbye to your neighbors and friends. DO CONSIDER bringing your loved ones to a goodbye party before you relocate.
20. DO PERFORM a final inspection around the old home to ensure all windows and doors are locked and that no items are left behind.
20 DON’TS during a House Move
Now that you know much of the important do’s during a residential move, let’s discuss what you should not do during a move. Remember that do’s and don’ts are important to the success of your household move.
1. DON’T LOSE important time by handling tasks with no clearly defined plan. Plan a perfect move by sticking to a perfect moving timeline.
2. DON’T MOVE by yourself when moving long-distance. The farther moving distance will increase the cost of your move and the risk involved.
3. DON’T ACCEPT moving cost estimates from moving companies over the phone or by e-mail. The best way to obtain accurate quotes is after in-home inspections but you should get ideas from online moving quotes before in-house survey.
4. DON’T TAKE a quote that is ridiculously lower than the rest since it may end up being a fraud estimate from rogue movers.
5. DON’T POSTPONE your booking until the last minute because there won’t be many good options of reliable moving companies and affordable prices left.
6. DON’T PAY for expensive moving supplies. Instead, reduce your packing costs by gathering no-cost packing materials.
7. DON’T BEGIN to pack with no packing timeline to monitor your progress. Packing for a move is very tough of a task.
8. DON’T WAIT till the last minute to pack as this can get you into the moving day.
9. DON’T PACK and move everything you own without properly sorting them out. The weight of your goods will dictate the amount you finally pay.
10. DON’T SKIMP on protective materials such as padding, bubble wrap, packing paper, and so on during packing of items of fragile nature like glasses, porcelain figurines, dishes, and so on.
11. DON’T PACK prohibited items. Movers won’t load or move hazardous belongings that are explosive, perishable, flammable, or corrosive.
12. DON’T HIRE pro packers unless there are specialty items in your shipment or time just doesn’t permit you. Self-packing by yourself can save you money.
13. DON’T SIGN any document you don’t clearly and completely understand but request for clarification from your movers, and make sure you DON’T SIGN any empty paperwork as well
14. DON’T LEAVE any valuable belongings to your movers, regardless of how reliable they seem. Move with all your valuables yourself.
15. DON’T MOVE your large and heavy belongings unless it holds sentimental value or is antique. Usually, buying new furniture will be cheaper.
16. DON’T FORGET about safety during the most stressful day of your move. Do everything you can to ensure the safety of your moving day.
17. DON’T LIFT and carry heavy belongings without the use of adequate moving equipment. Help yourself by renting or purchasing a moving dolly first.
18. DON’T MOVE costly or valuable belongings without buying additional moving insurance. Discuss with your mover about the insurance available.
19. DON’T ASSUME your friends will be willing and happy to pack and move your items. Contact them as early as you can to know your chances.
20. DON’T MOVE out without getting the medical records from your family medical practitioners, including the paperwork for registering with a new healthcare provider.
Additional Moving Day Tips:
- You can only be in one place at a time so ensure you have a responsible adult to monitor the moving process in your old or new home.
- Print each direction to your new home and give it to everyone assisting with the move. Make sure you add contact phone numbers so that you can be easily reached by anyone who gets lost or requires assistance
- Don’t allow your moving truck to leave your former home without inspecting each room to ensure the large size belongings are packed
- After completing your move, carefully inspect the moving truck to ensure no item was left onboard
- Please don’t forget to tip your movers, especially if you feel like they did a wonderful moving job. They performed a lot of physical work for you, saving you a huge amount of time, possible injury, and stress during an already daunting process.