7 Tips for a Chill Summer Move
Summer is, hands-down, the busiest time for moving. Barring moving at Christmas, it’s also one of the most frustrating times. Add in a little heat and a little humidity, summer moves can make even the most accomplished cringe. Use these seven suggestions to make your moving day a little smoother!
Make sure that you schedule any rentals and supplies you need ahead of time. Trying to schedule a truck, rent a dolly, or reserve a moving crew the day before is not only stressful, it is nearly– if not completely– impossible.
Rely on Your Network
Your moving dates might be the perfect opportunity for the kids to spend some time with Grandma and Grandpa! If you have young children or pets, think seriously about having them cared for by friends or family during your move. Not only can children and pets inadvertently make the process slower, they can be a hazard to themselves and to others.
Know Where the Remote Is
Small odds and ends– like the television remote– can easily get packed away haphazardly. And finding them again can be frustrating! Use plastic bags to secure small items and duct tape to tape them to the inside of the box so they can’t disappear. For tiny items– like furniture screws and other miscellanea– use a tackle box. Use a label maker or blank address labels to mark what each compartment contains.
Invest in Your Stuff
It’s easy to cut corners by not renting or buying moving blankets, skimping on furniture pads, or not getting tie downs. Save your furniture and valuables by having enough of these items on hand to ensure that they’ll get to your next home in one piece. Replacing and repairing furniture is more expensive, frustrating, and– depending on the importance of the pieces– heartbreaking than taking proper precautions the first time.
Take Your Valuables with You
Pack your car with your most important and valuable items first so you are guaranteed that they will not be damaged, lost, or forgotten, during the move. This might include your financial and personal records, wedding photos, jewelry cases, small heirlooms or antiques, or other items of note.
Become a Photographer
Make sure that you take pictures of all of your furniture as photographic evidence in case it is broken, scratched, or dented in moving, especially if you are utilizing a moving company. If you have electronics, turn them on to the news or another station or website that has the date prominently displayed and take a picture or video of them working properly. These pictures will help should you need proof to make claims on your insurance or with the moving company.
Tame the Wires
Using zip ties, labels, and a plastic bin or box, neatly bundle your electronics cords individually. When you label them, sure that you note to which device each cord belongs– it might even help to also record to which room the cord belongs (ie. Master Bedroom TV, HDMI).
What advice have you learned from experience? What do you do that makes your move more efficient and less maddening? I’d love to hear what works for you!