Local moves are, of course, much easier than moving across the country or around the world. But even when moving a block or two away, the process can quickly turn into a stressful, hectic nightmare. Following these five local moving tips, especially the first one, will help prevent that from happening.
1. Don’t underestimate the time and effort local moving requires.
Often people assume a local move will be a breeze, with little to no planning needed. Only concerned about the grueling task of packing and unpacking, they don’t think about the logistics of the move in advance. That’s a mistake, one that can lead to a stressful, hectic moving experience. Advanced planning and good organization are necessary for any successful move, even when moving a couple of miles away.
2. Decide between a do-it-yourself move and hiring a local mover.
A do-it-yourself move will be cheaper, but it will take much more of your time and require someone (you) to do a lot more work. You can hire a local moving company to handle some of the more difficult tasks such as moving furniture and appliances, or you could save yourself the all of the time and effort a move requires by hiring a full service moving company. A full service mover will take care of every detail for you, including packing and unpacking as well as planning and move management.
3. Use a local moving checklist for planning and organization.
Once you’ve made the decision to move, your first step should be to create a moving checklist. Building the checklist will help you plan for your move in advance; using the checklist will keep you organized and ensure that each task is taken care of. You can find various moving checklists online, including a printable checklist here, to use as a guide, but you may want to customize the list for your specific move. Reading through the additional moving aids provided at Chipman Relocation & Logistics will also help. If you plan to hire a full service moving company such as Chipman, one that will plan and manage your residential move for you, your checklist can be much shorter.
4. Know where everything will go in advance.
If possible, spend some time in your new home before moving day. Take measurements. Plan where you will place furniture in each room. You could create a simple sketch of the home interior and give each room a number, then number your boxes and furniture so whoever is helping you move will know where to place each one. You could also use an online room planning tool such as the RoomStyler 3D home planner to help you decide how to arrange the furniture and where to place everything, from each piece of living room furniture to your kitchen utensils and children’s books.
5. Become familiar with the area before moving.
If you are moving more than a few miles from your current location, you may need to find a new grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc. When you have time available before the move, find each one. Drive around and become familiar with the area. Doing so will help you feel more comfortable and at home in the new location before moving in. It really makes a difference!
Looking for a professional to help make your move easier? Chipman provides local moving and storage services through locations in California, Washington and Oregon. Contact us for a free move estimate without obligation.