Summer is almost here! Which also means, a large majority of Americans are packing up their belongings and moving to a new home. Whether it’s because school’s out, the weather is somewhat consistent or it’s the end of a lease, millions of Americans are looking to make a move in the upcoming months. So we thought we’d put together a few moving tips that may come in handy while utilizing your old Tetris skills to pack everything efficiently.
1. Create A To-Do List
Not only is moving a lot of physical labor, but it can become mentally straining to try and keep track of every detail. Putting everything down on a master to-do list will help alleviate some of that stress and provide peace of mind that everything is on paper (or in an app or digital notepad). No task or reminder should be left off this list, from the location of your bed frame screws to scheduling a cleaning team to come through once you have everything out. It’s essential to jot them down, so you don’t risk anything slipping through the cracks. Your future self will thank you later.
2. Pick the Best Moving Day
One thing that can get overlooked when moving is picking the right day to actually move from point A to point B. There are quite a few variables to consider, such as when you have to be out of your current house and when you can get into your new home. You essentially become a project manager who has to coordinate with your team of volunteer helpers, rent a moving truck and research what days offer the best rates with professional movers. Often times people move over the weekend due to work schedules and availability, but if you’re working with professional movers this is often their busiest time of the week. If you’re able to swing it, you can save a good amount of money by scheduling your moving day for the middle of the week as opposed to a Saturday.
3. Pack Smarter, Not Harder
Perhaps one of the best tips to packing is to start as early as possible. Being able to take your time and think about how you’re packing will save you a lot of time and headache in the grand scheme of things. Start by packing your non-essentials such as your off-season clothes, art or decoration pieces and things you won’t need to utilize until you’re in your new home. Make sure you’re packing smart with the items you already have. Fill your empty suitcase with books so you can roll your heavy items instead of lifting them. When it’s time to pack your essentials, pack them in clear containers so you can easily find them when you’re unpacking.
4. Sell What You Don’t Need
Moving is the perfect time to purge some of your old items and put together a nice inventory for a garage sale. Or utilize online marketplaces such as craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo or other similar services to sell your old stuff quickly. If you’re To-Do list is already 3 pages long, try finding a local second-hand store where you can drop off your old items and get paid on the spot. Moving can be expensive but it’s also a great time to realize some profit off of old clothes you had buried in the back of your closet or that gaming console you haven’t turned on in 7 months. You’ll be reducing the clutter in your new home and offsetting some of the cost of moving.
5. Be Cost Effective
One of the most important tips we can give you is to be cost effective when you’re moving. This tip has a wide range but will have the most impact on your wallet (in a good way). Everyone knows that you need to make sure that your utilities are hooked up and active at your new place, but sometimes we forget to deactivate them at our old place. Be sure to make the switch completely when you are transitioning services between homes. That way you’re not having to pay for utilities on two homes. Another seemingly tiny cost is moving boxes, but these can add up quickly so always be on the lookout for the right sized boxes. You can always ask your local liquor store if they have any extra boxes that they’re planning on recycling. These boxes are a great size and built with moving in mind. Lastly, make sure you always know where your cleaning supplies are so you’re not having to run to the store to purchase more. While this may seem like a no brainer, you’d be surprised how often this step gets overlooked.
We hope that these tips help you plan for an easier moving experience. Remember that moving may be a pain but setting up a new home can be exciting and full of possibility. Here at Zebit we want to partner with you in reaching the full potential of your new home, from moving tips to paying over time on new furniture we’re here for you.
Let us know some of your favorite life hacks when it comes to moving in the comment section!