Moving Planner – Moving APT
Planning marks the difference in a move – especially a long distance one. We’ve learned by experience that having a moving checklist can be very, very helpful, as it keeps you organized, aware and sane! Otherwise, moving day can easily turn into a disaster. Here are Moving APT’s best tips and tricks for making that moving checklist and planning for the big day, including our ideas for before, during and after the move. Refer back to this moving planner whenever you are ready to make your checklist for moving.
Planning Your Move – Maximize Your Strategy for Ultimate Results
There’s nothing worse than having your move planned out only to find a wrench has been thrown in the whole deal. Whether it was a moving company that let you down or an unexpected blunder, moving can be stressful enough without added complications. Make sure your next move is a smooth one with the help of this moving guide.
Well Ahead of Time
- Sort it all out. Well before your moving date, you can begin to go through everything in your home, garage and storage shed. Get rid of things you don’t want so you will have less to deal with. Many charities will come pick up donations at your doorstep or you can drop them off somewhere or even have a yard sale.
- Keep a binder. No matter who is packing, it’s a good idea to keep a binder going. Place receipts and your check lists in it so you can easily find them when you need them.
- Organize records. You will want to tend to all records such as your child’s school records. To do so, simply go up to your child’s school and make the arrangement so they can be transferred to the new school. Medical records will need to be forwarded too.
About Six Weeks Ahead of the Move
- Arrange for supplies. Order in your boxes and any other supplies you might need like bubble wrap, Sharpie markers, tape and so forth. You may need specialty containers too so take that into consideration.
- Use it up. Begin using things you won’t be taking with you such as foods in your freezer and open containers of cleaning solutions.
- Measure up. Take measurements of things like your furniture and rooms in your new home in order to make things easier on down the line.
Thirty Days Out
- Moving right along. Make a clear decision if you are moving yourself or employing the service of a moving company. Confirm the arrangements if you are using a service.
- You can start packing the items you don’t use much like that griddle you got for a wedding gift and have yet to ever break out. When packing valuable items, declare any that are over $100 per pound if employing a moving service to pack you. In the event that a moving service is packing for you, you can at least begin to set things out in organized piles.
- Change of address. Be sure to put in your change of address with the post office and any other place you do business such as your bank. Some companies do not allow their mail to be forwarded so you’ll need to notify them personally.
Just Days Before
- If you’re taking your refrigerator with you when you move, you will need to defrost and clean it 24 hours or more before the day of your move.
- Check your schedule. Double check all the fine details of your moving schedule such as the time the moving truck will arrive and all stops along the way.
- Make arrangements to pay. Get with your mover to assure they have your credit card number, money order or whatever method of payment you are using to pay them. Don’t forget that tipping is very courteous for a job well done at the end of your move
- Pack separate bags. Decide what you and your family will need along the way and pack those things separately. Don’t forget drinks and snacks.
The Day of Your Move
- Double check. When your moving truck arrives, double check the credentials. Scams do happen and you don’t want a counterfeit company taking you for a ride.
- Take one last inventory of your things. Keep a copy for yourself.
Hiring a Moving Company to Pack Your Belongings
Here are some things to consider when choosing a moving company to do your packing:
- The cost: You will want to find out how the company charges – by the item or by the hour. Is it all inclusive or are certain items, such as fragile things, extra?
- Experience: You don’t want to be a guinea pig. Make sure the moving company has packed people as a service before and how many years they have under their belts in doing so.
- References: You certainly want to check verifiable references. Check for reviews on spots other than just their site. Also take a look at the Better Business Bureau website to see if any complaints come up. Ask your family, friends and online group members if they know anything about the company too.
- Supplies: Ask the company if they provide moving boxes and other supplies you may need such as bubble wrap and tape. Be sure to see if there is an extra charge for those supplies if they do provide them.
- Organize: The more organized you are when the moving company comes to pack you up, the more organized they will be able to be. Ask if there are any specific things you can do before they get there to make the process go smoother and faster.
Packing Your Belongings Yourself
You may want to consider packing your items yourself in order to save time and money. If you do, here are some simple suggestions to help you:
- Pack by room. It just makes good sense to pack (and unpack) according to what room the items came from and what rooms the will go into at your new place.
- Label in detail and by room. Rather than just marking a box “kitchen”, it’s best to list all of the particular items from the kitchen that are in the box.
You Pack – They Pack: The Best of Both Worlds
You may want to pack some things, like your personal effects and your clothing and let the movers pack more complicated, heavy or fragile things such as dishes, China, etc. Find out the specific pricing and details involved from the moving company of your choice and have the things you are packing yourself done before they arrive to do their share.
Moving can be a nightmare. But, it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are hiring a moving company to pack you up or are doing it yourself, this helpful moving guide book will help you do so without a hitch.