Relocating to a new home is a major life event, and it’s essential to approach it with a well-thought-out plan. At Out of State Movers, we’ve helped countless individuals and families successfully move across states, and we’ve learned a thing or two about what works best. This blog post aims to provide you with the dos and don’ts of moving, so you can avoid common pitfalls and enjoy a hassle-free transition.
Dos Before Moving
Planning Your Move
Before you start packing, it’s crucial to create a detailed moving plan. Decide on your moving date, book a reliable moving company, and schedule any required time off from work.
Researching Moving Companies
Take the time to research and find a reputable moving company that suits your needs. Read reviews, compare quotes, and ensure they have the necessary licenses and insurance.
Organizing Your Belongings
Begin the packing process by decluttering and organizing your belongings. Donate or sell items you no longer need, reducing the number of things you have to move.
Labeling Boxes Effectively
As you pack, label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to. This will make unpacking much more manageable and save you time and frustration.
Creating a Moving Day Essentials Box
Pack a separate box with essential items you’ll need on moving day and the first few days in your new home. Include toiletries, clothes, important documents, and some basic kitchen supplies.
Don’ts Before Moving
Procrastinating on Planning
Avoid leaving everything until the last minute. Procrastinating on planning can lead to unnecessary stress and overlooked details.
Overlooking Moving Insurance
While we take every precaution to ensure your belongings arrive safely, accidents can happen. Don’t overlook moving insurance to protect your valuable possessions.
Ignoring Important Documents
Ensure you have all necessary documents, such as rental agreements, contracts, and identification, in a secure folder during the move.
Packing Hazardous Materials
For safety reasons, refrain from packing hazardous materials such as flammable items, chemicals, and perishables.
Forgetting to Notify Important Parties of Your Move
Inform relevant parties, such as utility companies, banks, and the postal service, about your upcoming move to avoid disruptions in services.
Dos During the Move
Keeping Important Items with You
During the move, keep valuable and sentimental items with you, like jewelry, important documents, and family heirlooms.
Taking Care of Your Pets during the Move
Moving can be stressful for pets, so ensure they are safely transported and have familiar items to comfort them during the journey.
Staying Hydrated and Taking Breaks
Moving can be physically demanding, so remember to stay hydrated and take regular breaks to prevent exhaustion.
Communicating with Your Movers
Maintain open communication with the movers to ensure everything goes smoothly and to address any concerns.
Double-Checking Your New Address
Before leaving your old home, double-check that you have the correct address of your new residence, including any special directions.
Don’ts During the Move
Micromanaging the Movers
While it’s essential to stay informed, try not to micromanage the movers. Trust their expertise in handling your belongings.
Leaving Mess Behind
Clean up your old home before leaving. Don’t leave a mess for the new residents or your former landlord.
Ignoring Weather Conditions
Stay informed about the weather conditions on your moving day, and plan accordingly to avoid weather-related challenges.
Rushing Unpacking Process
Take your time with unpacking, prioritizing the essentials first and avoiding a rushed and disorganized unpacking process.
Not Saying Goodbye to Your Old Neighbors
Take a moment to say goodbye to your old neighbors and leave on a friendly note.
Dos After the Move
Unpacking and Organizing Your New Home
Start unpacking and organizing your new home systematically, one room at a time.
Checking for Damages
Inspect your belongings for any damages that may have occurred during the move. Notify your moving company promptly if there are any issues.
Updating Your Address
Update your address with the postal service, banks, government agencies, and other relevant parties.
Registering Your Vehicle in the New State
If you’ve moved to a new state, be sure to register your vehicle within the required timeframe.
Exploring Your New Neighborhood
Take the time to explore your new neighborhood, find local amenities, and introduce yourself to the community.
Don’ts After the Move
Unpacking Non-Essentials First
Avoid unpacking non-essential items first, as it can create unnecessary clutter and make the unpacking process overwhelming.
Avoiding Unpacking Altogether
While it’s tempting to procrastinate on unpacking, avoid leaving boxes untouched for too long. Set a reasonable timeframe for completing the unpacking process.
Not Exploring Your New Surroundings
Embrace the opportunity to discover your new city or town. Don’t stay cooped up in your new home; go out and explore!
Neglecting to Change Locks and Security Codes
For your safety, change the locks and security codes of your new home to ensure previous keys or codes no longer work.
Being Unprepared for Unexpected Challenges
While we aim to provide a seamless moving experience, unexpected challenges can arise. Stay flexible and be prepared to adapt as needed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best time to plan a move?
The best time to plan a move is typically during the spring and fall seasons when the weather is mild, and moving costs are often lower.
How much does it cost to hire a moving company?
The cost of hiring a moving company can vary depending on factors like the distance of the move, the size of your belongings, and any additional services required. It’s best to request quotes from different companies to compare prices.
Is it better to move during weekdays or weekends?
Weekdays are generally less busy for moving companies, which means you may have more flexibility in choosing your preferred moving date and potentially lower costs.
Should I tip the movers, and how much?
Tipping is not mandatory but is a kind gesture to show appreciation for a job well done. A typical tip is around 10% to 15% of the total moving cost, divided among the crew members.
How long in advance should I book my moving date?
It’s recommended to book your moving date at least 4 to 8 weeks in advance, especially during peak moving seasons.
With this comprehensive guide, we at Out of State Movers hope to make your moving process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Remember to plan ahead, stay organized, and take care of yourself and your belongings during the journey. If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced moving company to assist you with your upcoming move, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Out of State Movers or call us directly at 480-485-5259.