Moving home can be a big challenge for anyone. There is so much involved that you can easily become stressed, and no one can blame you. There’s so much to think about, and countless things you have to remember. Even the smallest details being forgotten can result in a disaster, so it’s vital you make sure you are organised and take into account everything you need to do. There are a lot of things to go through and you need to make sure you check them all off, so we’re here to tell you all of things you must organise before moving. Here are our top moving and storage efficiency tips.
At the very beginning of your moving process, you should seriously consider hiring a moving company; this is probably the smart thing to do considering you’ll most likely be travelling a large distance. You need to make sure you choose a trustworthy removals company (with lots of legit and positive reviews) that’ll give you good value for money. You should always take into consideration the amount of goods you are transporting first and foremost. However, factors such as the distance being travelled, the size of the crew you hire and the speed of packing will also play a role in the final cost. Make sure you find moving companies who will offer you high quality labour for a good price; the best companies will have glowing reviews online and won’t make you break the bank for a process they know is tough on you. Some companies may also offer you discounts if you provide packing materials yourself, or if you help with the packing, so make sure you give a helping hand wherever you can to lower the cost. The majority of people will vouch for the fact that things are made much easier after hiring a moving company, as they will be seasoned professionals and know exactly what to do to help you with your move.
If hiring a moving company, a smart idea is to send them a brief of the job you’ll need done. Briefing a moving company before hiring them will also allow you to get the best possible deal. You should inform them of any items that need special packing, such as family heirlooms or expensive ornaments. Difficult-to-move items, such as musical instruments and large pieces of furniture, should be included in the brief to allow for extra space and hands on the job. Let them know if you’ll be taking any items by yourself, and provide them with a floor plan of your new property so that they know which order to load and unload items in. Providing companies with this information will give you a clearer idea of whether or not they are up to the task, and whether or not they will be good value for money. It’ll also give you the best possible chance of being able to make your move to a new state stress free.
If you are moving home and are using a moving company, you could also look into whether it could tow your own personal vehicle. Not only would this potentially save you hundreds of dollars in fuel, but it also prevents any unwanted damage that could occur to your car over a very long drive. Look into “vehicle dollys” to assist you. This would then allow you to take more of a comfortable trip to your new state of residence, such as by flying.
Ensuring you change the address your mail will be delivered to is also an essential thing to consider when moving home. This will ensure you don’t miss out on any important mail you may be expected to receive, and will also prevent any hassle for anyone moving into your old home who may grow tired of receiving your mail and stop sending it on.
Saving your moving receipts is also a good plan for a number of reasons. If you’re relocating to a different location for work, you might be able to deduct your moving expenses from your income tax come tax season, so make sure you keep a hold of the receipts in order to be able to prove these costs. Another reason to do this would be if your company states they will reimburse all of your moving costs after they are complete; keeping your receipts will ensure you have proof of all your costs and can be refunded in full.
You may be required to apply for and purchase a new driver’s license too, depending on where it is you’re moving to. Most states in America require you to do this after having lived there for a certain amount of time, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get it sorted. To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. While requirements vary from state to state, you’ll most likely need: your current driver’s license, proof of residency (lease, electric bills, etc), proof of your social security number and an additional form of identification, such as a birth certificate.
When you are moving home, efficiency when you are packing as absolutely vital. Luckily, we’ve got a few quick tips to help you out.
Make sure you have all the essentials for quick and condensed packing; packing paper, bubble wrap and cardboard boxes. This will allow you to have everything as organised as possi