10 best moving tips from the pros
for a successful move
SPOILER ALERT: ANTICIPATE
Moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. In fact, according to a 2020 survey of 1,000 participants, 43% of those surveyed who had made their last move on their own said they would never do it again.
One of the best things you can do to relieve some of the stress is hiring a moving company. But there is also something else you can do: anticipate. Preparing before the movers arrive saves time and thus saves money on the bill.
Here’s why we’ve listed 10 tips to help you prepare like a pro:
1. Label your boxes
Be sure to label all the boxes and write which room they go to. Put the small items and place them in small boxes, which you will then place in larger boxes or containers. This will ensure that your small boxes are easily found after the move.
2. Pack in advance
Pack as far in advance as possible. Start by packing off-season items and items you don’t use often. Ideally books and other occasional articles.
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3. Use the correct box sizes
When packing heavy items such as books and kitchen sets, be sure to put them in small boxes and not large boxes to avoid damaging and breaking what’s inside.
4. Wrapping papers
Be sure to pack all your cooking sets and other fragile items such as plates, glasses, and antique pieces before placing them in the boxes.
If you want to be environmentally-friendly, use tea towels, towels and sheets to wrap up your fragile belongings to save on paper.
5. Wardrobe boxes
Wardrobe boxes are designed for carrying clothes or dressers, try to get them before you move out and store your clothes in them instead of using suitcases. You can rent or buy one from any local store, we can also sell one to you.
6. Sort out your stuff
7. Get mattress bags
Mattress bags are the best thing to protect your mattress before transporting it to the truck, as the floors of the truck are often dirty and can stain the mattress.
8. Take several trips
If you have 2-3 days to move into your new place, try to make as many trips as possible with small items that can fit in your car. It will save you a lot of time on moving day as small things take up time and it’s hard to pack in the truck.
9. New destination
Make sure to free up space in your new location for the furniture and boxes you have packed, so it will be easier and faster to unpack.
The most common mistake people make is not reserving a parking space for the truck. This is a big additional stress factor. Call your building if it’s a private parking or the city to reserve a “Temporary Occupancy of the Public Domain for Moving”, or get the form. Finally, if you are moving in the winter, be sure to clear a path out of the snow to pass your items safely.