A Six-Step Guide for Moving into Your New Place
Congratulations! You found a new place to call home and you're just weeks away from your move. After making sure the new place is adequately insured with home or renters insurance, it's time to start thinking about how to get all your stuff into the new place.
We've compiled six easy steps for you to follow that will help you move with ease.
- Start packing early: It's never too soon to start packing. There are probably things you won't use between now and the time you move, like out of season equipment and clothing. Pack these items first to get them out of the way. Continue to pack a little each day in the weeks leading up to your move so you're not doing it all at once.
- Decide what is and isn't going: This is a great time to cut down on useless clutter. Hold a yard sale or donate items to charity that you no longer need. It's hard to part with personal items, so give yourself two times to go through everything. The first time, eliminate all the obviously disposable items like old paperwork and broken gadgets. The second time, weed out the things you were initially more hesitant to let go of, like that shirt you haven't worn in the last year.
- Understand your arrangement with movers: Start doing your homework early so you have plenty of time to book a moving company. Researching different companies before committing to a mover can help guarantee you the best deal. Ask if they charge extra for any services you might need, like moving to an apartment on a high floor. Make sure it's clear if the quote they give you is an estimate or if it's binding so you know what you'll have to pay them. Also, remember that every company is different. Some might not give you a bill until after your things are delivered to your new address.
- Label boxes: Your move will be much easier if you know where everything should go when you get to your new place. Try not to mix items from different areas of the house in one box. You don't want to unpack books, toiletries and silverware from a single box. Categorize and label the boxes to help your movers know where things go. Make sure to label the sides of the boxes so you can still read them when they're stacked on top of each other.
- Protect your furniture: To keep fragile furniture like wooden chairs or coffee tables safe from scratches and dents during the move, buy furniture padding from your local hardware store. Some moving companies will rent out furniture padding, so ask your movers before investing in them. It might be tempting to save money by using your own blankets or table clothes, but those coverings don't offer enough protection and in the long run, you'll be saving money by protecting your furniture.
- Don't over-pack boxes: If your boxes are too heavy, not only will they be hard to lift, but you also could risk breaking the box. For easy lifting, and to prevent boxes from splitting, only fill each box about half way. It may not look like you're filling them enough, but in the end, it's better to have more boxes that are easy to move than fewer boxes that are impossible to lift.
Your move will be much easier if you know where everything should go when you get to your new place. Try not to mix items from different areas of the house in one box.
Follow these steps for a seamless transition to your new place.