How to Prepare to Move

Moving can be difficult. Not only does it cost a lot of money, but it can be tedious with the amount of details that need to be addressed. From packing up all of your stuff safely to throwing away all of your garbage, it can be so time consuming that any kind of help is welcome. Even though you may make a great to do list there is always something that comes up in the end. In order to make your move as smooth as possible, here are a few things to keep in mind as you are going from one place to the next.

Create a Solid Timeline

Movers are going to be late. It’s just the nature of the business. There’s traffic, there are delays, and things take longer to load than you think. Work that into your timeline. Put a buffer in your day that will work towards your advantage. This way, if the movers are late or you are late getting to your second location, you will not be stressed out by the delays. Also, check with your secondary location and ensure that you will be able to access the property when you arrive. If you are moving into a new home then this may not be an issue, but apartment buildings and storage units may be another story.

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Hire Good Movers

Researching movers will tell you to visit this website or that website, but ask your friends, ask your family, ask your co-workers and find a reputable moving company that you know you can trust. The biggest stress of moving is that your things are going to be broken or not taken care of properly. When you do the research and find the company that can get the job done the way you need it to get done, your move will go smoothly and you can get to where you want to be on time and fast. 

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Start Packing Early

If you have this luxury, start packing as soon as you can. You will find so many things that need to be thrown away and organized before you can start boxing things up. The sooner you get that done the better because the day before when it’s crunch time, you need to get yourself together and together fast, and you don’t want to have the added stress of organizing, finding tape, finding bubble wrap, and getting things into their proper boxes and containers. 

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Be Prepared to Pay More

It will happen, you will forget to put something on the inventory list, you will need an extra box, or there will be an unforeseen toll or gas charge. Set aside a little bit of money in case of an emergency. If you don’t need to use this fund after all, you can put it back into your savings or checking account and then use it to get something nice for your apartment. It won’t be easy moving, but if you can, set yourself up for success.

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