If relocation is
in your future, taking the time to organize
your move can save you a lot of stress. Moving is always a major
undertaking, but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one. If carefully planned out, you can have a smooth move.
My husband and I moved 16 times in 24 years. We've moved across town, interstate, from coast to coast, and internationally. As you can see, I've had more than my share of practice moving.
In my experience, two factors play a key role in the success and smoothness of a move. Those factors are knowledge and planning.
The first step to organize your move is to gather information. As part of your quest for knowledge, you should strive to make an informed decision about how best to conduct your move. There are three main options available for moving. These include:
Each of these options offers advantages and disadvantages. The more you can learn about the options available, the easier it will be to make the best decision for your move.
Once you decide on a method for your move, you will need to choose a company to work with and sign a contract.
If you decide to hire a full service moving company, you will need to obtain written in-home estimates from all the companies you are considering. Do not accept a final estimate over the phone or internet.
In order to provide you with an accurate estimate, your mover will need to see your stuff. This includes everything that will go with you to your new location. Show the person preparing the estimate every area of your home to include the garage, shop, attic, basement, outdoor sheds, and so forth. Also be sure the person providing the estimate makes a note of any over-sized, oddly shaped, or extremely delicate items which may add significantly to the weight of your shipment or require special packaging.
Once you have chosen a moving company, you should receive information regarding your rights and responsibilities and the company’s arbitration policy. This is true, to some extent, whether you are using a portable storage container, renting a moving truck or hiring a full-service moving company.
Where applicable, you should also receive instructions as to what you need to do prior to moving day to prepare for the move.
Read over this information carefully as you organize your move. It is critical to the success of your moving experience.
Your knowledge gathering duties do not end with the arrival of your move date.
Ask questions about anything you don’t understand or are concerned about. Some movers are excellent at keeping you informed as to the progress of your move, but others are much less so.
Make sure you know what your movers are doing and why. They are about to take everything you own and drive off with it. You have a right to know.
What better way to organize your move than to make a plan?
Start by making a list of things you need to do to prepare for the move as well as after you get settled in your new location.
As part of your move planning process you should purge your belongings. This means sorting through everything you own and deciding what goes with you and what gets left behind.
If you are using a moving company, there will be some items which they will not transport (and which I generally do not recommend you move yourself). It’s best to separate these items from your shipment before the movers arrive rather than be faced with a kitchen counter covered in black listed items on move day and no idea what to do with them.
Generally speaking, anything flammable, combustible, explosive, bad-smelling, prone to spoiling or likely to leak is forbidden.
As you organize your move, make a plan for how best to use up the items listed above so that you have as little as possible to get rid of before you go.
In addition to those items which moving companies forbid, plan on leaving the following items behind simply because they do not move well:
To organize your move, you will also need to set aside certain items to transport with you which are of high intrinsic or sentimental value.
Below is an extensive list of items to hand carry with you on a move. It is not all inclusive. Many of the items on the list may not apply to you and your family. On the other hand, some items of significance to you may be missing from the list. Use it as a guide to get you thinking.
Items to bring with you include:
Lastly, I highly
recommend preparing a household inventory to help you organize your move. You can move with greater confidence knowing
that you have an accurate record of your belongings which can be referenced in
the case of loss or damage.
As you prepare your inventory, take the time to measure your furniture and jot down the dimensions. This is a great task to assign to older kids. Keep your list of furniture dimensions with you as you travel to your new home. You can use this information to decide which items will go where. In addition, knowing the size of each piece will help you determine how best to arrange the furniture within each room and whether or not a particular piece will be too large for a particular space.
As you can see, information is really at the center of a successful move. It gives you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and it’s central to the planning process. Make the most of the information available to you as you organize your move.
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