How to organize a stress-free local move

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Many people think that moving across the ocean is what is stressful. But, let us tell you something – moving across the street is far from a walk in the park! Just think about it, in order to move, you have to find a new home, sell the current one, pack all of your belongings, organize transport arrangements, deal with all the paperwork, say goodbye to your neighbors, and do who knows what else. The list can go on and on.

Moreover, moving is stressful because it takes a lot of our time, energy, and money! It is hard to relax when you have to think about all things you have to do, the time frames, and the costs. But, do not worry – there is a way to organize a stress-free local move. All you have to do is start following our tips ahead of time. Thus, if this is something that interests you, just keep on reading. 

Find Your New Home Before Moving  

First things first, if you want to have a stress-free local move, it is of key importance for you to find your new home first. Otherwise, you will a small fortune and a huge amount of time on staying in hotels and keeping your items in a storage unit. Just think about it – it is unpractical! So, do yourself a favor, and find your new home before you move out of your current one. Our advice is to hire an expert real estate agent, yes, even if you are moving just around the corner. Only a professional of this kind can help you find the home of your dreams and a home that suits your needs and budget. Your only job would be to create a list of must-haves and can’t-haves, and your agent will act upon them in no time. 

Declutter Before Packing 

Once you have found your new home, it is time for some decluttering. Many people leave this task for after they move, but, once again, that is impractical. If you do that too, you will spend a lot of your time and energy on packing the items you will get rid of anyway, and you will spend a lot of your money on buying unnecessary packing materials and renting a bigger truck. So, declutter before your moving truck arrives. To do that properly, first, decide what items you will be taking with you. Then, create a list of all of your items, that is, make a moving inventory list (this will help you know how much packing supplies you need to buy later on).

After you do that, go around your home and gather all the items that are damaged, broken, unnecessary, or simply not used by you anymore. What is damaged or broken, just throw away. What is unnecessary, recycling. And, what is not used by you anymore, donate to a charity or give to a friend or family member. 

Gather Packing Supplies 

The next thing you should do in order to organize a stress-free local move is gather proper packing supplies. Of course, the best way to do that is by hiring a moving company that will bring their own professional packing supplies and which will properly pack and relocate everything to your new home. If you do decide to go with that option, do some researching first and find the best moving company out there. Interview a few companies and ask them to give feedback, proper feedback- that is the only way to ensure the movers you hired and professional and reliable. 

However, if you decide to move all by yourself, that is, without the help of a moving agency, then, you will have to gather packing supplies all by yourself too. Do not try to cut corners with this one – getting second-hand boxes and bins you found behind supermarkets can do you more harm than good. If you do no the money to buy packing supplies from reliable movers, then, buy them at hardware stores or stationery shops. You will need the following: 

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Plastic bins 
  • Packing paper
  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors 
  • Duct tape 
  • Packing peanuts
  • Permanent marker (for labeling)
  • Dolly 

Know How to Pack 

If you followed all of our steps from above, by now, you should have all of your possessions decluttered and all of your packing supplies ready to be used. All that is left is is to pack up what you have and load it into the moving truck. But, be sure that that too requires some skills. If you do not have them, do some researching on ‘properly packing for a move’. Of course, we are also here to help you out with that!

The first thing you need to do is disassemble larger pieces of furniture. Then, you can start placing items into moving boxes and plastic bins. If you have fragile items, it would be best to first wrap them into packing paper and then into plastic wrap before placing them into boxes. Moreover, once you fill the boxes with your items, go ahead and add packing peanuts inside. These will prevent damages, scratches, spills, etc. Finally, seal the boxes with duct tape (several times), and label each and every box.  

Find Helping Hands 

Just as previously mentioned, if you want to organize a stress-free local move, your best bet is to choose and hire a removals company. They can do all the moving-related tasks while you focus on more important things such as your job or your family. But, if you do not want to do that (for any reason), that is okay too! However, whatever you do, make sure you find some helping hands. That can be anybody – friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, etc. The more hands on deck the better. Do not even try to do all the heavy lifting by yourself – that will only lead to injuries. Ask for help – nobody will say no. And, of course, once you are done with moving, do not forget to say thanks to the people who had helped you by calling them to your new home on some food and drinks. 

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