The Ultimate Moving Checklist: How to Prepare for a Move
There’s nothing quite like a fresh start! Packing up your life and starting fresh in a new place can be exciting. But before you can get to the fun part of picking out new furniture and decor, you’ve got to actually get to your new home. And that means preparing for a move.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, the process can be overwhelming. Doing a little bit of planning can go a long way. Here is a simple moving checklist created by our reliable movers at Déménagement Total to help you get started:
We’re sure you’ve heard the expression, “the early bird, gets the worm.” Well, the same thing goes for moving. The earlier you start packing, the less stressful the process will be. Begin by making a comprehensive list of all the things you need to pack. Include small knick-knacks to large items like pianos or pool tables. If you want to take your hot tub, and household appliances, write that down too.
By having a moving checklist, you will now be able to check things off as you pack them up or disassemble them to get them ready for the move. Not only will you feel organized and on top of things just by having this list written out, you will be ahead of the game because you know what you need to do going forward. Not feeling rushed can cut your stress level in half so making yourself a moving checklist is the first step in getting ready for your move.
People like to organize their house moving checklist in a way that makes the most sense to them. There isn’t just one way to do this, but our reliable movers with years of experience recommend that you write down all the rooms in your home, and then under each room you list the items that need to be moved from that space.
Obviously you don’t need to write down every single item as that would become tedious. So instead of writing “my favorite red sweater”, you’d just write “clothes.” Keep it simple.
If you’re not naturally an organized person, you better figure it out quickly because being unorganized during a move is like oil and water: they just don’t mix. It is a necessity to be on top of things, thus the moving checklist you just created.
So, if you’ve followed our moving checklist so far, you will have already taken on the huge task of listing all the things you need to move. The next thing you need to do is go room by room finding the items you no longer want or need. Things like books, clothing, furniture for instance, can be sold or donated.
Use this move as an opportunity to clean the house and get rid of that old, dusty couch in the basement that no one likes to sit on because it smells funny, or those ripped sweatshirts from your college days that your wife is always threatening to throw away. Now is the time. There’s no sense in bringing unused things with you to your new place. You can hire a moving company to take your items to the dump or recycle depot.
Once the donating and discarding is done, it’s time to get packing. To do this in a constructive way, you need to tackle each room, one by one. This is the best strategy to stay organized. Trying to pack up too many rooms at once can end in chaos and maybe even a few tears. Trust our reliable movers when they advise you to start with your least used room first. This will cause the least disruption to your life while preparing for your move.
Once that room is complete, move on to the next, and so on and so on. Make sure to check off each item on your house moving checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything. This will also give you a sense of accomplishment to see these items getting checked off your list. Moving can be all encompassing and it can sometimes feel like you’ve barely put a dent in things, but seeing your moving checklist get smaller and smaller can feel darn good.
Packing is more than just throwing things in a box and calling it a day. There is a careful process that should be followed to effectively pack up your valuables. Our reliable movers are trained in the skills of packing and can offer you some smart packing tips.
First of all, make sure you have the right materials to get the job done right. Purchase the best boxes and packing tape you can afford. Sure, you can go to the dollar store and grab two rolls of tape for $1.00 but we all know how well that stuff sticks. Your boxes won’t stay closed, and the last thing you want to deal with is all your personal effects spilled on the front sidewalk because your box ripped apart. Do it right the first time. Quality materials make all the difference.
When it comes to actually packing the boxes, try to keep the boxes about 50 lbs maximum in weight. Anything heavier than this threatens to break through even the strongest box. Mix heavier items with lighter ones. Always put the heaviest things in the box first, followed by lighter things.
Use paper or bubble wrap to wrap fragile and breakable items. If you have a lot of stuffed toys, don’t just throw them all in one box, use them strategically to put some padding in each box so things won’t move around during transport.
Labeling your boxes is another one of our smart packing tips. If you don’t already have a set of colourful markers, go out and buy a set. Use a different coloured marker for each room. Label each box according to the room it belongs to and number them as well. So, you will have boxes labeled, “Kitchen 1, Kitchen 2, Kitchen 3…etc.” Then write down on your house moving checklist that Kitchen has a total of 15 boxes. This is one of the best packing tips to help you stay in control of your move.
When all else fails, hire a moving company to help with your move. In fact, this is probably the number one way to alleviate stress when moving. Reliable movers, like the movers at Déménagement Total, have years of experience and are experts at the moving process.
They can take over jobs on your moving checklist like packing, furniture disassembly and reassembly, loading and unloading the truck, and even doing the reverse in your new home to have everything ready to go for you to start your new life in your new place. Sounds pretty amazing, right? What’s the catch? There is no catch.
We always recommend customers get price quotes from 3 different moving companies to find the best rate and best services offered. You will likely be surprised how affordable it can be and how fast you can check off all the items on your moving checklist just by hiring reliable movers to help with your move.
Enjoy the Process
This last step on our moving checklist may seem challenging…even impossible but hear us out. Moving can be a very emotional experience. Going through old things can bring up a lot of great memories.
It’s a fun time to laugh with your loved ones and reminisce about the good old days. Try to not let the stress of moving get the better of you. Enjoy purging old things you no longer need, getting yourself organized and allow yourself to be excited about the next chapter of your life. Moving is a really exciting time in your life, and our reliable movers at Déménagement Total want to help you with the process.
For helping you in getting a personalized moving checklist, feel free to call us or to get an online quote.