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The Top 5 Things People Forget When Moving

November, 7th, 2019 at 1:25 pm

If you’re like most homeowners, moving can be overwhelming. All of the logistics involved from boxing up your belongings, hiring a moving company or managing the move yourself, missing key steps is easy and can cost you time and even money. How do you avoid these issues? Most homeowners miss these five key elements to a smooth and stress-free move.

1) Care for Pets 

Having pets can make a house a home. However, when it comes time to moving, pets can add an extra layer of stress to your move and can cause issues. Pets can get in the way of your moving crew or even get loose in your neighborhood. Cats and some skittish dogs are not a big fan of change. The key to avoiding issues during your move is to bring in moving boxes well before your moving day. This way, they’re accustomed to the presence of moving boxes and change is less drastic for them. On moving day, keep your pets in a room that’s quiet and away from the commotion. Moving your pets to a quiet room will guarantee they do not make a quick getaway. If there are no rooms available in your house during the move, dog or cat daycare is always a safe option during your move. At the end of the day, keep the routine as normal as possible to reduce stress on your pet.

2) Secure Parking for Moving Vehicles

Parking for the moving truck is often overlooked by most movers. Moving trucks are big and can take up multiple parking spaces. Most moves can take up to an entire day and the last thing you want is to make your brand new neighbors upset about where you’ve chosen to park your moving truck. Be sure to measure the truck’s length before moving day to make sure the truck can fit in your new driveway or on the street. Another thing to think about is that some cities require a permit for moving and parking your truck on the street.

3) Label boxes

Labeling boxes is one of the most important factors for a smooth move. Are you not sure where to start? Begin by packing your boxes by room. All kitchen items are to be placed in boxes labeled “Kitchen”, “Bedroom”, “Bathroom”, etc. On moving day, since you’ve labeled all of your boxes by room, you’re able to unpack box by box and the task seems less overwhelming.

4) Use a Short Term Storage Unit 

Why should you use a short term storage unit during your move? Storage units offer a secure way to temporarily store your belongings during your move. Life is busy and especially if you have little children in your home. Storage units help reduce the clutter and number of boxes that need to be unpacked. Leveraging a storage unit also helps to space out your move in phases so that you can use your essentials first and unpack slowly rather than all at once.

5) Invest in sturdy packing materials

Choosing sturdy packing materials is surprisingly often overlooked by movers. Having one of your boxes fail due to inadequate and weak packing materials can lead to broken items during the move. The last thing you want to happen is a  broken item that may be irreplaceable. Be sure to do your research and purchase sturdy packing items for your move.

What is the key to a smooth, successful move?

The key to a smooth and successful move comes down to preparation. The more prepared you are, the better off you’ll become moving day. Implementing the strategies above will help you be more prepared and avoid any issues that may add stress during the transition.