Helpful Moving Tips
Let’s face it, moving can be pretty stressful no matter how much time or help you have. Here at Be Junk Free in Visalia, we’ve helped a lot of people with moving over the years. During that time, we’ve seen some pretty big messes – along with a lot of great ideas for planning ahead and cutting down on the stress. Today, we’ve gathered up five of the best moving tips we’ve seen put into action that you can use, too.
#1 GET A HEAD START
At least a month or two before your moving date, create an official “Moving Binder.” Use it to keep track of everything—moving company information, estimates, handymen, junk removal company contact information, receipts, addresses, paperwork, etc. Start making lists to keep things organized as the moving date gets near. Create shopping lists for supplies such as boxes and bubble wrap. Make a list of things to get rid of before you move out and things you need to buy for your new home. Keep these lists handy in your organizer so that when inspiration hits you’ll have a place to record and keep your thoughts all together.
#2 SORT AND PURGE
One to two months before moving day, dedicate some time to “sorting and purging.” Go through every room and decide what stays with you and what needs to be thrown away or given away. For larger, hard-to-move items, or to help you get the whole batch taken away at once, enlist the services of a junk removal service like ours at Be Junk Free Visalia.
Here’s an example of the most common items we’re called on to remove for families who are preparing to relocate:
- Yard Waste Removal
- Spa / Hot Tub Removal
- Mattress Disposal
- Television Disposal & Recycling
- Total Garage or Storage Shed Cleanouts
#3 GATHER IMPORTANT RECORDS
If you are moving to a new city, you’ll need to gather important records from local service providers to take with you. This can take time, so be sure to start right away in requesting records from schools, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacies, etc. Keep copies of this information in your moving binder for easy access once you settle into your new home.
#4 CREATE VIP BOXES
Designate one “VIP” box for each member of your family, including pets. If you have children, let them each pack a box of things they will want immediately in their new home such as favorite books, blankets, or toys. The same goes for pets. Moving is stressful for pets, too, so skip buying new toys and beds, and instead pack all their regular things so they have the comfort of familiar toys, food and water bowls, and beds in their new surroundings.
#5 PACK BACKUP-PLAN SUITCASES
For each member of the family, it’s a great idea for each person to pack a suitcase as if you are traveling for a few days. You never know what can happen during a move. Trucks can break down, accidents happen. This way everyone will have clothes, toiletries and everything they need to get through any unforeseen circumstances until they’re settled in.
We hope you found these moving tips helpful. If you’re moving, or just ready to finally clear out your space and get rid of unwanted items that are taking over, please feel free to call us with questions or to get a free quote at (559) 786-0937. (Email is good, too!)