We know how overwhelming a move can be. It’s physically and emotionally exhausting. And no matter how you prepare, there always seem to be last minute to do’s, but with our expert moving guide, you’ll master the moving ins and outs in no time.
For starters, you need the right tools like a permanent marker for labeling, extra duty packing tape, a screw driver for disassembling furniture and bubble wrap.
It’s easy to lose your screws during a big move. Instead of losing them, try taping screws, bolts, and washers to the bottom of the furniture they belong with. That way, you’re furniture and your sanity will arrive intact. Another great way to eliminate the stress of a big move is to pack similar items in well-labeled boxes. It will save you time and embarrassment when you’re ready to unpack. And for those really dense items, it’s always helpful to have a dolly to help load them into the truck.
Start by placing the biggest, heaviest items into corners and against the back wall of the moving truck. You can maximize your space by storing boxes above and beneath tables and by placing delicate, flat items in between mattresses. Do your best to balance out the weight of the truck evenly. Once you’re ready to head out to your new home, make sure the door and ramp of the moving truck are locked and secured. You wouldn’t want your mother-in-law’s doilies accidentally flying off the truck and into a garbage can, would you?
Strapping down each layer as you pack prevents things from shifting around during transportation. You probably heard the old saying, “If that truck’s a-rocking, your stuff’s broken.” Now that everything’s all packed and organized, just take a moment to breathe. Maybe get some pizza with the kids.
Now is a good time to decide if you need a storage unit for stuff that didn’t fit on the truck. Check out your local storage facilities. They offer clean and secure storage units. You can even have climate controlled storage units for your most delicate items. So, that’s it. We’re all done, right? Wrong. It’s only half time. Let’s bring home the victory.
By now, you’ve made it to your new place, and you want it to feel like home as soon as possible. But before you tear through your carefully packed boxes like your rich neighbor’s kids on Christmas morning… Plan your new living space. Where will the furniture go? Where should people stack boxes? Answering these questions will help you stay organized and avoid confusion. So, help me, help you, help him. Take your well-labeled boxes from earlier and put them immediately into the corresponding room. Make sure the path to and from the moving truck is clear. Last thing you need is a friend or a mover tripping over a ficus and a TV judge deciding who’s to blame.
As the furniture gets moved in, you’ll see rooms come together, feel your heart rate return to normal, and your new house will start to feel more like home. Try not to worry so much if a throw pillow is on the wrong couch or a coffee table book isn’t on the coffee table. Think big picture here. Get everything into the right room before you start playing interior decorator because that guide is for another day.