A Simple Guide to Moving to a New Home

If you talk to some people, they might tell you that moving to a new home is a nightmare. Psychiatrists often say that moving is just as stressful as death, and in some ways, it mimics much of the change one goes through when a death occurs. But, if you know what you are doing, and if you have some knowledgeable help on your side, moving doesn’t have to be the mountain that you envision in your mind. In fact, relocation to a new place can be an enjoyable event, as long as you approach the process from the right direction.

The experts at Moving Angels know just how difficult moving can be if you don’t have the right guidance, which is why we’ve put together this simple and quick overview on how to make moving a simple task to complete.

Planning For Your Move

The very first step in any process involves planning and the moving process is no different. Pre-planning for this major, life-changing event is vital to the overall success of it. Therefore, once you’ve found out that you need to move, take a moment to plan out the days that are coming.

  • Sit down with your family and discuss the move. Share any information that you might have with both the older members of the family, as well as the younger ones. Be sure that you address any questions family members might have at this point. If you don’t have the answers now, write the questions down and save them for later.
  • Begin a preliminary budget overview. Moving is an expensive affair, so you’ll need to find out where your finances stand and how much you’ll have to hire the moving services you will need.
  • Start getting things in order for packing and further preparations for moving day. Look into affordable moving boxes via Craigslist, the local paper, local retail stores, or online moving box suppliers.
  • Research the area you’re moving to and get an idea of rental prices, home prices, utility companies and laws. Look into pet related laws especially if you have pets.

Finding the Right Movers

Once you have things in order, you can start looking into moving companies who will be able to transport everything you own to your new home. This is a massive undertaking, but it will be required. There are lots of choices out there when it comes to hiring a mover, so make sure that you give yourself time to locate the one that is right for you.

  • Look online and see what companies have a good following and great reputation via¬† City-Data or one of the many mover review websites out there. Consider asking for referrals from friends, family, or neighbors who have recently moved.
  • Get basic moving quotes from at least three, but more if possible, movers who interest you.
  • Compare these quotes, as well as the services that these companies offer. Narrow your list of movers down to two or three.
  • Request a binding moving quote from those companies. A representative will come to your home to give you a legally binding quote that will cap the amount you will be charged for your move.
  • Choose which of the movers you will hire after another round of comparisons and research into who will be able to offer the best deal on the days you need the move accomplished.

Packing Up

With the movers hired, it’s time to start thinking about packing up your home. This can be a monumental task, which makes organization and preparation even more important. Return to step one and retrieve your list of affordable moving boxes. Take that a step further and actually obtain those boxes through one of those methods. Set up a staging area where you will keep all of your packing materials and then you can begin the process of packing.

  • Start with items that you won’t be using between now and when you settle into your new home.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavier items like books. Larger boxes can be used for lighter items or fragile items that need to be wrapped well in packing paper and bubble wrap.
  • Purchase cell kits and special boxes for items like pictures, mirrors, glasses, and even clothes.
  • Make sure to label all of your boxes with the room they belong in and a brief idea of what’s inside.
  • Mark all fragile boxes in big, bold letters that say FRAGILE.
  • Be sure to tape all boxes securely so nothing falls apart when they are being moved.
  • Always use all of the space in a box to prevent things from shifting. If you can’t fill it, add some packing paper near the top.

Moving Day

So, moving day has arrived. It’s almost time to celebrate! Even though this day will be chaotic and rough, having made it this far with your sanity intact is a testament to your organization and willpower. Now all you have to do is make it through this day and you’ll be well on your way to settling into your new home.

  • Be sure to lock any animals up in empty rooms or carriers so that the movers don’t accidentally let them out while they are moving things.
  • Providing drinks and small snacks to your movers will go a long way towards an amicable mover-consumer relationship.
  • Don’t forget a tip! Tipping your movers is an important part of the process. Most of the men who do the hard work don’t get paid as much as you think. Let them know they did a great job and give them an individual tip.
  • If you’re worried about dirt or damage to the carpets, break down a few boxes and lay them along the most traveled routes throughout the house.
  • Remember to go behind the movers to ensure each room is totally empty before they drive off with the truck. It will be up to you to move anything that is left behind.

Ultimately, moving can be a difficult task because there are so many steps involved. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. Following these steps can help you turn what might have been a nightmare into a situation you can definitely handle. Don’t let the big picture worry you; take things one step at a time and plan ahead to make things simple for you and your entire family.