Moving can be very stressful. When moving, many people are overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks and things to do. While you can’t completely eliminate moving stress, you can reduce it by planning your move better. An effective moving plan can help prevent last-minute confusion and overcome moving challenges.
To help you get started, we have compiled a list of some tried and tested moving tips from Schultz Bros. Van & Storage, expert long distance movers serving Sonoma County.
Gather the right supplies early on so you have plenty of time to pack your items. Make a to-do list and a list of every item you want to take with you. Get rid of everything else. The fewer items you have, the better. You can donate the items you no longer need (or use) to a local charity. If you want to make extra money, hold a garage sale.
Update your address in your insurance policies, driver’s license, bank account, will, and other important documents. Make sure the local post office updates your mailing address in their records. If you have subscribed to a newsletter or magazine, remember to update your subscription shipping address. If you have kids, complete all necessary paperwork required for school transfer well in advance. Contact your utility service provider to schedule a shut-off date.
Use Proper Supplies
To prevent damage to your belongings, use the right moving supplies such as sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and moving blankets. When you invest in the right moving supplies, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your belongings are safe.
Give Yourself Enough Time
If you plan properly, you should have enough time for every moving task. You do not want to wait till the last minute to complete important tasks. Follow this moving checklist to better plan your move.
Three Months Before Moving Day
- Start getting rid of the items you no longer need or use
- Collect packing supplies
- Set a moving budget
Six Weeks Before Moving Day
- Choose a reputable moving company
- Notify your child’s school about the move
One Month Before Moving Day
- Notify your bank, utility service provider, insurer, and any other parties that should know about your move
- Collect new, sturdy boxes
Three Weeks Before Moving Day
- Start packing your belongings
- Keep your valuables in a safe place
- Properly dispose of any items that cannot be moved
- Keep important documents handy
- Help your mover’s team identify fragile items. After all your items are loaded onto the truck, sign the bill of lading
Make Sure Your Items Are Properly Insured
Stress can come from the thought that fragile and expensive items can break in transit. One way to stop spiraling negative thoughts from taking control is to insure any valuable items such as a piano, antique pieces, and expensive glassware. Many reputable movers offer insurance for products within their care and transport, so be sure to inquire if the company you select offers this service.