Moving to a new home, state or even country can be the most joyful event in the life of every person... unless you get more excitement from moving household goods. Organizational issues can confuse even the best of us. Let's look at the basic rules of moving. Indeed, knowledge of this process can help you to avoid the most common mistakes and the rare ones too. Before you go ahead and lock yourself into an idea of how you want the move to go take a moment and relax a while, take in the vast array of options before you and work out how best to use your skill set and equipment, along with your budget, to make sure that your move goes perfectly.
One of the most undervalued things about a move is the quantity of stuff we own in a home. It may not look like it but inside every single wardrobe, cupboard, basement or even under the bed there is simply boxes of things that are going to need checking and accounting, adding to lists, preparing and labeling before you even start packing them to be moved. In fact it is our number one topic that our removals teams always call back to us with when they are out helping someone move. Unfortunately for the movers it comes late and while our experts do their best the sad fact is that last second requirements cost time and money. That is why we always go on about the planning stage of a move. Nothing comes close to the importance of it and you can never be too detailed. Many think that a move is just throwing things in boxes on the day and loading them on a truck but that is a one shot way to a seriously costly move, if it happens at all.
The planning stage typically should start right after the decision to move has been made. Straight away before you even think about hiring movers you need to be on the ball and making decisions. We suggest that a full room by room inventory is taken so that you can both start a list of what to take and what not to but also so you can plan out the amount of storage space you will need and the volume of packing materials. Nothing is worse than not having enough space to put everything the day you are supposed to move out.
The boxing stage is not something you want to do on the day of your move. Even if you are having professional help with it you are going to want to plan it for at least a few days beforehand. The reason for this is so that you can deal with any unforeseen incidents or any calculation errors before they become a bigger problem that is going to cost you. Being on top and in control and ahead of the problems that invariable crop up during a move is the best way to make sure that nothing goes wrong.
If you are not 100% on the best way to go about the planning out of your boxing phase then here are a couple of quick tips: lists, make thorough and complete lists of everything room by room. Keeping everything separate is a good way of keeping on top of it all. Label, label everything, color coded if you can, so know where everything comes from and where it should go at all times. Don't forget that you can keep a list in your hand as well as on the box itself so that no-one is ever confused as to where it goes and its contents.
Next on the to-do list is the big one; how are you going to go about your move. This decision is the important one because it influences a lot of other things. For example, if you plan to do a DIY move do you have the right equipment and do you have the right vehicle? If you don’t then you will need to look into hiring what you need which takes us back to the planning phase of how much volume do you need to transport. If you are looking to get some help with your move then how much help do you need, what kind of services do you require to get the job done. Depending on your circumstances you may need help with large furniture items or specialty items that need certain conditions to move under. No matter what it is the first thing that any moving company will ask you is what you need transported and where to, which takes us right back to having a good idea of what you are taking.
One of the things to look out for when you are seeking a moving company is how their services stack up against your requirements. Having any old company throw your grandmothers antique clock around is always going to end badly. Finding people that specialize in antiques is the only choice to make as they are both skilled in what you need, have the right equipments and should come fully insured for the task at hand. The same goes for any animals you wish to take with you. A good moving company will also let you know if any additional paperwork is needed before you move any animals across state lines.
So as you can see there is move to a move that getting in the car and going and we hope this helps get your move on track for success but before we go here is a quick reminder of some additional rules of moving:
RULE ONE: decide who will do the moving job. Do you plan to do the moving work by yourself or will you pass the laborious job of moving household goods in the caring hands of a household moving company? When you are choosing a household moving company pay attention to the list of services that the company can provide you. Some companies offer transportation only within the one city. The best household moving companies provide a wide range of services to its customers. That may be a business and household, transportation of goods from state to state or from city to city, and more. Most household moving companies have their own websites. Visit them and read reviews from customers and partners. If people like the work of this company, it is likely you will like it too.
RULE TWO: try to save some money. Pay attention to the cost of services and the provision of moving quotes. Moving can be expensive if the household moving company does not offer you a moving quote upfront and paying after they arrive will be costly. Talk to the company or use the special form that all good companies have on their sites to calculate how much money you will need for your trip. Additionally you will need the boxes and other materials for collecting small things. Go to the nearby shops - they certainly have a lot of unnecessary boxes in which the goods were brought and they can be useful for transporting hard to break low value items. Get rid of unnecessary things. You do not have to carry absolutely everything you have to your new place. It's better to leave behind outdated and unused things. Remember - the more things you take with you the more expensive your move is going to be but if the company offers good moving quotes this may not be an issue.
RULE THREE: say "goodbye" to the city. First of all, check if you have any outstanding contracts that must be solved such as utilities and phone companies. Update your contact information at your bank or close your accounts if the bank doesn't have a branch in the place where you are going. Change or renew documents that are about to expire. Return any debts (they asked me to remind you). Think about what you've always wanted to do in the city that you are about to leave but have not done yet. Perhaps it's a walk in the park without worrying about moving. In the end, if you have found a good household moving company and been smart with your moving quote you should have some money left to relax and enjoy. Do not forget to catch up with old friends to talk about days gone by and most importantly - give them your new contacts. Who knows maybe they will come to visit you at your new place soon. Most importantly, remember that moving to another city is a happy event. New prospects and a bright future are waiting for you. So act boldly. Start a new life with a positive attitude!