The Smyle Team is here to make your move as stress-free as possible. We offer these helpful tips to assist in moving preparation:
By far the top advice offered. Packing takes longer and is more difficult than most think. By starting to pack early, perhaps doing a room a day, there will not be the frantic rush at the end. You will also be more organized.
Go through your belongings and decide what you really need and want to keep. Get rid of anything that you haven’t used in a year or so, unless it has sentimental value.
Don’t just label each box with the room in which it belongs. Write down the contents. You will be glad you did when you try finding the hair dryer or a specific kitchen utensil. Bonus hint: Don’t overuse the “miscellaneous” label. Otherwise you’ll get to your new home and have a dozen boxes of miscellaneous and almost no idea what’s in them.
One at a time.
Stay organized and pack one room fully and then move on to the next. If you don’t, you’ll end up with boxes full of miscellaneous items from several rooms.
Box small items.
Put smaller items in small boxes and put small boxes into a bigger box. Small boxes are more easily lost or damaged.
Take it with you.
Any personal financial information and important papers should be taken with you or shipped to you by family or a friend after your move-in. Identity theft is one reason, but so is the difficulty in replacing important documents, recreating bank statements or losing passports.
Most moving companies would rather you not ship your highly valuable items, such as jewelry, artwork and collections. Many times expanded moving insurance through the carrier or a third party will be needed.
Always have a box for essentials that you will want or need when everything is delivered to your new home. Remember: Last on, first off. So make sure the well-marked essentials box is the last one loaded onto the truck. Some recommendations: Towels, soap, toilet paper, sheets, coffee maker, drinking cups, eating utensils, pens and notepad.
Make a list of every item/box that goes on the moving van and take it with you. Have a family member mark the boxes and items as they come off the truck. This is especially important if your belongings will be transferred from the truck to storage before being delivered. If a box is missing, lost or left behind it could be months before it’s realized. The mover must do the inventory for an interstate move. Note any damage at the time of delivery.
Think outside the box.
For items you think will be stored in the attic, garage or closet at your next home, consider getting inexpensive plastic storage bins. The home improvement and general merchandise stores usually carry them. This will save you on buying extra boxes and unpacking them when you get to your new home. Also, for stuffed animals, towels and other soft items, consider using large trash bags, they are much cheaper than moving boxes.
The Smyle Team is here to make your next move smooth and efficient. Contact us for our list of preferred vendors and moving company recommendations to assist with your relocation.