If you're moving from one home to another in the next few months or weeks, there's a lot of planning to do. The two main goals are likely keeping the move on a budget and making the entire transition a smooth one. Even if you decide to hire a moving company to assist you with some of your move, you'll still have to keep track of what gets packed and where it's located for easy access. Here a few tips and tools from making the move a success.
Keeping track of everything that you pack is very important as you transition through your move. Start off with making a list of items that should be packed and then grouped together. For example:
- Bathroom items
- Kitchen utensils
- Personal care supplies
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Home Decor
- Cleaning supplies
Some items such as cleaning supplies, cooking utensils and essential toiletries will be a priority when you first arrive at your new home. These are boxes that you'll want to gain access to right away. Some of these boxes should be with you during the moving process or easily accessible from the moving truck. Think ahead as to what items you'll need to use specifically within the first 24 hours of moving into your new home.
If you're moving some or all of your household items yourself, you may want to consider what type of loading and towing equipment you may need to make the process easier. A moving dolly or hand truck can help load up heavy items into the truck, including refrigerators or bulky entertainment centers. If you need to transport your vehicle behind your moving truck, you'll need to decide if you need a car dolly or a car carrier. A car dolly basically tows the car or vehicle behind your truck and provides a safe way to transport your car without having to drive it a long distance. A car carrier holds the entire vehicle. The car generally has to be less than 4,000 pounds, but each manufacturer is different with its weight requirements.
Hiring A Moving Company
If you have a large amount of items to move, you may want to consider hiring a moving company. Their services range from assisting with packing items to loading heavy items and transporting them to your destination. Many people utilize movers to assist with loading and unloading larger items to help cut down on labor costs and the physical demands of moving.
There may be some items that need to be stored temporarily until you can find out what to do with them. Utilizing self storage services can simplify the process. Storage units range from just a few cubic feet to garage-size units that are heated on a secured premises. If you're moving from the country to the city, you may need to store large outdoor items including:
- RVs or recreational equipment
- Boats and watercraft
- Lawn mowers and related outdoor equipment
Storage facilities offer monthly or bi-annual rental rates to make your experience affordable.
Moving and storing items often go hand in hand. Set up a plan ahead of time and utilize as many services as possible to achieve the best outcome for your next move. For more information, contact Able Moving & Storage Inc. or a similar company.