Moving is one of the biggest household tasks there is and it can be extremely overwhelming. But if you can get a head start and stay organized, you should make it through this mammoth process unscathed and ready to enjoy your new abode. Apex Moving and Storage. has tips to help you avoid moving day chaos.
Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you must pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you usually have 30-60 days to plan and ensure that your move runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.
How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you'll either need to assemble some very nice friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big family to move or you'll be moving a long distance, you'll want to price out moving companies.
Keep one box aside of “essentials” that you'll need on moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.
Boxes are one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy stuff, it's important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all the requirements and expectations prior to booking. Your mover needs to be aware of all those minor details to estimate your total move time and cost, and have proper equipment available. That includes letting them know about any overweight items (like a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, walk-up only, narrow driveway) and whether you'll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.
Moving is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a yard sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to Goodwill, put furniture up for sale on a site like Craigslist, recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred unnecessary documents.
If more than one person is packing, stay organized by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.
Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. For items you'll be storing once you've moved in, opt for the reusable plastic. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you're ready to deal with the contents. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables.
You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit. A few weeks before you start packing, grab a few each time you visit the grocery store. Keep in mind that smaller boxes are easier to carry when facing stairs and narrow pathways.
This is especially necessary if you're hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write that number on each side (maybe with the appropriate room listed, as well).
Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.
You need to take your luggage with you. Why not use it as a box? The same goes for dresser drawers. You may need to remove them for transport, but if you don't have too far to go, they can be helpful for light items.
Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that's valuable or breakable if you're using a moving company. And if you're moving a computer, do a quick backup of important files just in case something happens in transit.
Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from the previous owner. Also, arrange to have your phone line, cable, and Internet working if necessary.