9 Moving Hacks for a Faster, Easier, and Less Stressful Move
Raise your hand if you love moving…(crickets). For the majority of us, moving is a hectic process. Trying to organize, protect, and pack your belongings is a tough process, mentally and physically. You have to decide whether everything is absolutely necessary, and you have to decide what system you’re going to use to get everything from point A to B. You spend days getting everything neatly packed away and ready for the moving company or your buddies to arrive. Then you watch as they pick up box after box and just shove it into the truck, completely ignoring the meticulously planned order you had for each of your boxes. Ugh. Moving is hectic.
But it doesn’t have to be! We’ve collected some good tips for you to use the next time you have to relocate. It won’t make this process painless, but it can help you reduce some of that stress. Check out these 9 moving hacks for a faster, easier, and less stressful move.
1. Call your utility companies to end and start new service
What’s worse than paying for utilities at your old place that you no longer live in? Showing up to your new place and having to wait days for your new utilities to be connected!
Water, electricity, Wi-Fi, and cable. Those are the big 4 utility providers that you should call well before your actual move date. Have your utilities turned on the day you arrive at your new place. You can wait until the next day for services like Wi-Fi and cable if you need a day to get all of your electronics unpacked.
2. Schedule a time and date for a moving company to show up
Call a moving company well ahead of time to schedule your pickup. If you’re moving during the peak season, moving companies could have appointments scheduled weeks or even months in advance. The sooner you call, the sooner you get a confirmed appointment.
3. Pickup Packing Supplies (Boxes, Tape, etc.)
You need moving tools like cardboard boxes, packing tape, markers for labels, to make your move easier. You can head down to your local moving company such as U-Haul or a home improvement store such as Lowe’s or Home Depot to pick up all of these items.
4. Figure Out What Needs to Go in Boxes
Not everything needs to go into a box. Here’s a little tip to make some of your packing and unpacking easier. You don’t have to take all of your clothes out of your dresser. You can leave them inside and just tape over the drawers, so they don’t open when you move that furniture. That’ll save you the effort of having to unpack it and then re-pack it.
5. Use Sheets and Towels to Protect Fragile Items
You can skip the bubble wrap and furniture pads if you have enough blankets, sheets, and towels to wrap your fragile items. This saves you time and money so figure out how many of things need to be wrapped and match it with your linens on hand.
6. Label and Color Code Boxes
Get a marker and label all your boxes so you know what’s inside. Nobody likes playing the guessing game when moving and opening boxes.
7. Number Your Boxes
One additional tip is numbering your boxes in the order that you need to unpack them. For example, if you have 4 boxes that need to go in the living room, you could label them “Living Room 1-4” so that you know what order to unload and set them up in.
8. Take A Picture of What’s Inside
Take a picture of what’s inside your boxes. In all the hustle and bustle of moving you may forget what you put in each box and where that one item you desperately need is hiding. If you take pictures on your phone, you should be able to easily recall where each item is located.
9. Take A Picture of What’s Outside
The same principle applies on certain items that have external fittings that need to be re-attached. If your TV has several inputs (HDMI cables, optical cables, etc.) it would be helpful to know which cord goes to which connection.
We hope these tips make your move just a little bit easier. For more tips and info, visit us at Military Apartment Locator. Good luck and enjoy your new home!