Moving can be a pain. But there are ways you can make moving easy. If you’re moving to Chattanooga from out of town – or even just from one neighborhood to another – it helps to have a plan. The easier you make your move, the more you’ll enjoy your new home, and the sooner you’ll get to relax.
Here are 8 tips what will help make moving easy:
1. Find free moving boxes
For the really big boxes, check out furniture stores at least a week in advance. You can get smaller boxes (books are heavy!) outside most liquor stores, and many small stores have empty medium-sized boxes.
You’re doing the store a favor by taking them, so they’ll be happy to give you as many as you want. Why pay when you can get boxes for free?
2. Label your boxes
It’s easy to label with colored stickers and a permanent marker. It helps if you keep a corresponding text file on your phone or tablet telling you what’s in each box.
Each room gets a color. Each box for that room gets a colored sticker and a number. Start at 1 and go on until you run out of stuff.
For instance, green boxes might go in the living room, and Green 3 holds all your throw blankets and pillows. The text file on your phone will let you know where to look for those particular objects.
3. Use tape and stretch wrap
You can seal boxes with tape – and also use it to protect your things. Cross tape on mirrors to keep them from slipping and breaking. Seal liquid containers with tape, and tape bedframes together. You can even tape together things that are similar, like cleaning supplies.
Stretch wrap is useful to help you make fewer trips without risking drops and tipped loads. You can also use it to to wrap blankets around your furniture. You’ll protect it from scratches and won’t have to stop to re-adjust the blankets.
4. Take pictures of your cords
Which of these cords goes with what appliance? Is this one for the cable box or the gaming console? We’ve all been there, confused and frustrated.
Take a picture of each item with its cord attached before you pack it. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble when you unpack.
5. Pack clothes with a trash bag
Cut a hole in the bottom of a large trash bag and put it over your hanging clothes – hangers and all. It’ll keep them clean and organized in transit. And your new closet will take just seconds to put in order.
If you’re not moving yourself, you’ll need a big box to hold your bagged clothes. Moving companies don’t like taking loose bags.
6. Get a box ready for your first night
Take it with you separately, if possible. That way you’ll have access to it as soon as you need it. It’s no fun digging for toiletries and first aid stuff in a pile of boxes. If you’re like us, your coffeemaker will be in this box. Essentials only.
7. Compare moving costs
Option A: Get a van, collect your friends, and buy some pizza.
Option B: Hire movers, pack up, and meet your stuff at the new home. Pizza optional.
Consider factors like insurance (what if someone drops your antique desk?), massages (you just may need a few), time spent, and available resources. If you’re relocating for work, feel free to ask for moving expenses.
If you do hire movers, look for a local company. National moving companies generally cost more. Recommendations go a long way – keep an eye out for “bad experience” stories so you know which movers to avoid.
8. Do the messy stuff right away
Before you unpack your stuff, place your furniture, and settle in, roll up your sleeves. Want to paint? Now’s the time. Need to seal windows? Much easier without curtains. Have paintings to hang? Choose your spot and drill without fear of getting dust on your sofa.
If you plan to hire a cleaning company, you’re best off doing it after your repairs are done.
Moving can be stressful. But these tips will help make moving easy. Follow them, add your own twist, do order pizza, and crack open a cold one at the end of the day. You’ll be enjoying your new home in no time.
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