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Moving Tips

The process of moving is a lot more complicated than you may think. There are many factors that come into play when one decides to move, and these can vary from person to person. Whether it be purchasing boxes or hiring movers, there are lots of decisions to make before the physical act of packing everything up and taking off for greener pastures. This list of moving tips will provide you with some helpful information on how best to go about your move in an efficient manner!

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Quick Tips

Before the move

5 weeks before the move

  • Create a Timeline and a Checklist 
  • Schedule in-home estimates with a moving company.
  • Create a budget for moving expenses.
  • Declutter your home
  • Try to make your move during an off-peak time.
  • Confirm your moving company is licensed and insured.
  • Invest in quality moving boxes.
  • Schedule disconnect times for utilities
  • Research your new area
  • Donate any items that are not worth selling.

1 week before the move

  • Prepare your belongings for the move.
  • Gather all your important documents.
  • Pack up any fragile items.
  • Label each box with its contents and where it should be stored in the new home.
  • Finish up your packing
  • Schedule a time with your movers in advance and be sure to provide them with an inventory list.
  • Clean your current home for the next resident.
  • Unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost the night before. 
  • Watch the weather channel and prepare for rain or snow.
  • Put together a moving survival kit.
  • Prepare for your final walkthrough with your landlord. 

During the move

  • Get up early on moving day.
  • Pack any last-minute items.
  • Double-check your home inventory.
  • Do a pre-loading walk-through.
  • Protect floors and carpets during the move.
  • Meet the Movers, be kind and considerate to them.
  • Clean and Secure Your Old Home
  • Tip your movers, they’ve worked hard for you all day.

After the move

  • Post-move checklist of things to do after moving into a new house
  • Inspect your boxes and containers
  • Start unpacking the essentials
  • Get your utilities up and running
  • Locate switches
  • Clean your rooms
  • Install a home security system
  • Update your address
  • Get to know your neighbors!
  • Know about emergency needs

5 weeks before you move

Create a Timeline and a Checklist 

Start by creating a timeline of what needs to be done and when. It helps you keep track of everything, while also keeping yourself on schedule - Starting at least five weeks out will give you enough time to get organized and allow for minor delays that may occur along the way.

Schedule in-home estimates with a moving company.

Once you have a timeline in place, schedule appointments with movers to come out and give you quotes. Many moving companies offer free or low-cost consultations so that they can meet with you at your home and go over all of the details for your move as well as provide an estimate on what it will cost. This will also allow them to see what your moving needs are and how they can best meet them.

Create a budget for moving expenses.

Write down what you think it will cost to move, and then add an extra $500-1000 for good measure. It's always better to overestimate than underestimate when doing your estimates.

Declutter your home

Once you have your timeline and budget in place, it's time to get started with the big stuff. The first thing that you should take care of is decluttering your home. You want to remove as many things from your house as possible before moving day comes around because this will help reduce what needs to be moved into smaller loads which can help speed up the process.

Try to make your move during an off-peak time.

Moving during a peak time will result in higher prices from moving companies. If you schedule your move for off-peak times, such as on the weekends or early mornings, movers may be more inclined to offer special rates and discounts since they have less traffic coming through their offices at that point of the day.

Confirm your moving company is licensed and insured.

Before you hire a mover, double-check that they are both properly licensed and insured. You don't want to move with someone who is not prepared for any unforeseeable circumstances, as this can cause lots of problems down the road. If something does happen during your moves such as damage to property or physical harm caused by an accident on the job, you don't want to be held liable.

Invest in quality moving boxes.

Moving boxes are an important part of the moving equation. They can either make or break your move depending on their quality. If you purchase cheap, flimsy cardboard boxes, they will most likely not be able to handle the strain that is placed upon them during a move and could easily fall apart causing damage to your belongings inside. So instead of going with a cheaper route, opt to purchase sturdy boxes that will be able to stand the test of time.

Schedule disconnect times for utilities

Be sure to schedule times for utilities, such as gas and electricity, to be disconnected at least two days before you plan on moving. This will prevent any accidents from happening due to living wires or leaks in the home that could cause damage once your belongings are removed later down the road.

Research your new area

If you know what to expect in terms of weather, crime rates, and public transportation options - this can make for a much more pleasant relocation experience. Knowing where the best grocery stores are located or which restaurants serve up some of the most delicious meals will save you time and money while also allowing you to become more familiar with your new city.

Donate any items that are not worth selling.

You don't want to haul around boxes and bins of items that you know you will never use again. Instead, find a few charities in your areas such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army, and schedule times for them to come to pick up these items so they can be reused by someone else who may need them more than you do.

1 week before the move

Prepare your belongings for the move.

If you have a big move coming up, it is best to prepare your belongings for the move at least one week before. This gives you ample time to pack everything and organize what will be going into boxes of what won't need extra special care during transit.

Gather all your important documents.

Before you move, gather all your important documents including things like bank statements and bills that have been sent to you over the last year. If there is anything wrong with what has been set up previously, it would be best to find out now rather than later! Pack these items into a safe place so they don't get lost during the move.

Pack up any fragile items.

If you have any particularly delicate items that will need special care during the moving process, it is best to pack them up a week before the move. This allows for enough time to wrap and box these items safely without having too much stress about what needs to be done beforehand.

Label each box with its contents and where it should be stored in the new home.

Labeling boxes is a great way to organize your belongings ahead of time. If you are hiring movers, it helps them know where each box should go once they arrive at the new home so there isn't any confusion about what goes where! It also ensures that nothing gets lost in the shuffle when unpacking everything later on.

Finish up your packing

You should be done packing your belongings one week before the move, and if you haven't already started this process then it's best to get a head start now! It might seem like there is still plenty of time until moving day, but remember that every hour counts when making sure everything gets packed up properly.

Schedule a time with your movers in advance and be sure to provide them with an inventory list.

Hiring movers is a great way to ensure that your belongings get from one place to another safely and efficiently. When you schedule the move with them, be sure to provide them with an inventory list so they know exactly what will need to be moved where! This cuts down on confusion between both parties and ensures there won't be any misunderstandings about what needs to get done.

Clean your current home for the next resident.

Once you've moved out of your current home, it is important to leave the place in good shape for whoever will be moving in next. Cleaning up after yourself shows that you respect your new neighbors and leaves them with a great impression when they move into their new place!

Unplug your fridge and freezer to defrost the night before. 

This is an important step that many people forget about and it can be very dangerous if this isn't done properly. Unplugging your fridge and freezer the night before ensures they defrost overnight so there won't be any accidents when moving day arrives!

Watch the weather channel and prepare for rain or snow.

You want to make sure you are watching the weather channel one or two days before your move. This way, you can prepare for inclement weather and ensure that everything goes smoothly when the moving day arrives!

Put together a moving survival kit.

On moving day, you should put together a survival kit that includes things like snacks and drinks for the movers. This ensures they aren't hungry or thirsty while working hard on your behalf! Having this simple kit ready in advance is a great way to make sure everyone stays happy throughout the move.

Prepare for your final walkthrough with your landlord. 

If you have a final walkthrough with your landlord, be sure to bring all the keys and documents that they may need including any remaining rent or damage deposits. This will ensure that everything goes smoothly for both of you during this last stop!

DURING THE MOVE

Get up early on moving day.

If you are lucky, your moving company will schedule the move for a time when most of the family is out. If not, begin packing early in the day and try to get things done before everyone else wakes up. This provides an opportunity to prevent little ones from getting into everything they can reach because it's too time-consuming or exhausting to put them in their rooms.

Pack any last-minute items.

Don't forget to pack any special items that need taking care of. If you have a lot of fragile things, it might be worth getting additional help for this day (friends, family members). Anything unusual like antiques should take extra time and consideration as well. Do not leave anything behind!

Double-check your home inventory.

Take a good look around your home and carefully note anything you think might be left behind or missed. You can use the list to double-check with movers, too!

Do a pre-loading walk-through.

Once everything is packed, take one last walk through your home to double-check that you've remembered anything. You want the movers to know exactly what's going and where it should be placed when they arrive at your new place.

Protect floors and carpets during the move.

Even if you own or rent a moving truck, it's never safe to drive on wet floors (use an old towel), avoid skidding furniture across the floor and protect your rugs.

Meet the Movers, be kind and considerate to them.

The movers should arrive at your house on time and be ready to work. They might not have any idea of what you're like but it's best if they get a good impression from the start, so try to come across as kind and understanding (if that is who you are) while also getting straight into business.

Clean and Secure Your Old Home

After the movers have left, you'll want to take some final precautions before leaving your old home too. Don't forget to clean and secure your old home! Give it a good sweep through before you go so that nobody has any reason to come back or break-in.

Tip your movers, they’ve worked hard for you all day.

When all the moving is done, don't forget to tip your movers for all of their hard work. You can leave this up to each person or give everyone the same amount

AFTER THE MOVE

Post-move checklist of things to do after moving into a new house

Moving into a new house is an extremely exciting and nerve-wracking time. There are so many things to do before you actually move in, but once the moving truck drops off all of your boxes and furniture it can be easy to lose track of what needs to get done next! After the move, it is important to take a look at the checklist of things to do.

Inspect your boxes and containers

Before you start unpacking all your boxes, it is important to take a look at them. Make sure that the tape on the box has not been tampered with and check for any damage or leakage in case something was broken during transit. If there are items inside the container, make sure they are still intact before you unpack everything else!

Start unpacking the essentials

As soon as you can, start unpacking the essentials. These include kitchen items such as plates and utensils, toiletries for your bathroom, clothes to hang in your closet or set aside if they need dry cleaning immediately, bedding, and towels. Now is also a good time to put up curtains on any windows that may be left bare.

Get your utilities up and running

After you have unpacked the essentials, it's time to get your utilities up and running. Open a new account with your gas company or call them if they have already sent out an agent by this point in time. The same thing applies to electricity companies as well! Get internet service installed at home - some providers might be able to do so right at your doorstep!

Locate switches

When it comes to electronics, make sure you know where all the switches are for your lights. Have trouble trying to locate them? Look out for junction boxes or PowerPoint switchboards in your home - these will be located right next to light switches!

Clean your rooms

Make sure you sweep and mop the floors to get rid of any dust lying around. Keep all dirty linens off the floor in a hamper and vacuum if necessary before putting away clothes in closets or dressers. Also, make sure you take care of window sills by wiping them down with water and dish soap.

Install a home security system

After the move, it is important to take a look at your new house and make sure that you have taken proper safety precautions. Installing a home security system like ADT or Vivint can help alert authorities in case of emergencies while keeping burglars out!

Update your address

After you have moved into your new home, make sure that you update all of your information with the relevant authorities including banks, credit cards companies, medical offices/insurance providers...you name it!

Get to know your neighbors!

If you are new to your neighborhood, it is important to get acquainted with the people living around you. Your neighbors will come in handy if there's ever an emergency or any other kind of problem that might arise.

Know about emergency needs

Lastly, remember to take care of any emergency needs. Keep your meds stored in a safe place and make sure that you have fresh water on hand just in case the mainline is damaged or disrupted during moving!

Now you know how to make the move as easy and stress-free as possible. You can feel confident that your new home is prepared with all of the essentials, your utilities are set up for an instant transition, and you're ready to be one step closer to settling into a more relaxed lifestyle. If there's anything else we missed or if you have any questions about moving services, don't hesitate to give us a call at (202) 843-9181 and request a free moving estimate!

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