I have moved over 20 times in my life. I have moved from city to city, across the country, and just a few blocks. I have moved an entire household of goods, and I have moved what I could fit in my pickup truck. None of those moves were easy. Here are four tips that can help.
- 1. Pack early, as much as you can pack. Get boxes for free of all sizes from your local grocer or you can buy them. Free is better. Go at night when stocking is going on, and call ahead, so you can get boxes that are still intact. You may have to go several times, depending on how much you have to pack. Once you have some boxes, start packing. It never goes as quickly as you think it will, so start early.
- 2. Put like things together in boxes, and make sure to put things that belong in specific rooms together. Make a list of what’s in each box, and tape it to the box. You will thank yourself when unpacking at your new place. I once found a pineapple in a bag months after moving. Every time I went to the garage where all the boxes had been stashed, I saw a cloud of fruit flies. Don’t let that be you.
- 3. Hire professionals, if possible, and then supervise what they are doing. They will do the least amount of work possible, if not reigned with a firm hand, and those hands need to be yours. The last movers I had did not want to move old appliances out of the house I had bought and load them onto a truck for a friend who wanted them. I had to call their supervisor, who told the movers to do what I asked. Moving is not a time to be shy or submissive.
- 4. Secure any pets you have in cages while transporting them. Pets can easily be lost in the move. If you are moving a short distance, move the pets in the night before the rest of your things are moved, and secure them in one room, with the door shut, until the movers are gone.
Moving takes planning and hard work. It is not for the person who is disorganized. If you are not a good planner, hire someone to help you pack and organize. It’s worth your time and heartache. Most movers can help you pack, but it will considerably add to the cost and time for moving.