We understand that there is a lot which goes into moving to a new home. Our goal is to make the transition to your new home as easy as possible. Follow these moving and packing tips to help you through the process.
Tips for Getting Rid of Items before Moving
If you are moving, you probably realize that you should get rid of the items you don’t really need – the “clutter” in your home – instead of taking it with you to the new home. What most people don’t realize is that getting rid of unwanted belongings actually takes much longer than they realize. We recommend that you start the process of sorting through items and getting rid of them as soon as possible. Schedule at least an entire week of time just for sorting items. If you are going to host a garage sale to get rid of items, then plan for another few days for pricing items, advertising it, and holding it. Items which have higher value should be placed for sale online or at specialty shops. Plan on it taking a few weeks for these items to sell, so list them early.
Tips for Getting Moving Supplies
An easy way to save money on your move is by getting your own moving supplies. But don’t put it off to the last minute! It takes a lot more time than you might realize to get enough moving supplies. A family of four will probably need about 8 large boxes, 35 medium boxes, and 20 small boxes. You can’t expect your local supermarket to have all of these boxes handy when you show up! Expect it to take at least 5 or more trips to stores to get enough boxes. You will also probably want to visit furniture stores to get boxes instead of relying on dirty, worn-out supermarket boxes. Don’t forget to get labels for all boxes, including labels for Fragile boxes and color-coded labels.
Tips for Labeling Boxes for Moving
The best tip for moving is to make sure you label each box. You will want to include the Room, whether it is “Fragile” or not, and the contents. It is very helpful to assign each room its own color-coded label. You can get color-coded stickers at office supply stores, and put a colored sticker on each box from the same room. Then, when the movers go to unload the boxes, they can unload them in the room where they belong in your new home. This will save you hours of lugging boxes around your new home, and make unpacking much easier.
Tips for Packing
Packing is the hardest part of any move. Before you try to go at it alone, decide whether you can afford to pay for professional packing services. It isn’t necessary to pay to have your entire home packed. You can do a lot of the packing yourself and then have the packers do the tough items or rooms, such as the kitchen. If you are going to do all of the packing yourself, the best advice we have is to start early. You will want to make packing schedule with which rooms and items to pack first. Start with the items you don’t use often and then work towards the items you use only occasionally or for which you have duplicates. In the days before moving you will want to pack up the items you use frequently, such as kitchen utensils and plates, and clothing.
Tips for Staying Organized
This is a time when you will want to utilize technology to stay organized and make sure you don’t forget anything. There are many moving applications you can download, including many moving checklists. We also recommend downloading a moving app which lets you take inventory of your belongings and create a printable QR code for each box. You will never have to wonder where your items are, and stay on track with all tasks related to the move.
Tips for Choosing a Moving Company
The moving company you choose for your move can make or break the experience. Take your time to choose the right company, starting early on by doing research. You will need to ask for estimates from at least 3 moving companies. Don’t always go with the cheapest moving company. Even if budget is your primary concern, choosing a cheap moving company can end up costing you move – such as when the move takes longer than what they estimated, or when they add on hidden fees or they break your precious belongings. Make sure to read through the moving contract carefully before you sign it; there may be man clauses for hidden fees which you thought were included, such as extra fees for long-haul carries, for stairs, or for furniture wrapping.
Tips for the Moving Estimate
Almost all moving companies are quick to give you estimates over the internet or phone. These estimates are not reliable though. You must have the movers come to your home (or business) to assess the total of you possessions before they can give an accurate estimate. We recommend getting estimates from a minimum of 3 moving companies in Seattle. Make sure you have questions ready for when the moving agent arrives, including detailed questions about each of their services, about extra fees (such as long carry, stairs, and specialty services) and how long the move will take. Make sure the moving company has a phone number where you can reach them directly in case you have any follow-up questions. These issues are important for making sure you choose the moving company best qualified to meet all of your needs!