Moving is tough when you are experienced at it, but when it is your first time, it can be nearly impossible to get through it without a ton of stress. If you are moving for the first time, it pays to do some research to prepare. Here are six for first time movers.
Even though you might not be able to afford to pay for a full-service move, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to pay for some help
pay for some help. Most moving companies offer a la carte moving services. For example, you might be able to hire someone to pack for you or you can hire movers to load and/or unload your moving truck.
Moving can be expensive, and many first time movers will be tempted to try to do it as cheaply as possible. But you’ll quickly find out the few extra dollars you save are not worth the extra headaches. One thing you want to make sure you don’t skimp on is your moving truck or van. Getting to moving day and finding out you can’t fit all your stuff will not be fun.
Pre-move planning will help the actual move go more smoothly, and one of the most important tasks is to label everything. You should label all boxes not only with their contents but also where they go in your new home. That will make sure they wind up in the right places and ensure you have less work to do once the movers leave.
Make arrangements for kids and pets
Your move will go much more smoothly if you don’t have little ones running around underfoot — both the two- and four-legged kind. If at all possible, you should have your kids and pets stay with friends or family. As an alternative, you also can put your pet in a carrier and keep it in a room away from the movers.
Make sure your new home is ready
Before moving, make sure everything is ready at your new home. You should be sure you have a key and that the key utilities are turned on. If it is a rental property, make sure the landlord knows what day you are moving in.
Have a backup plan
Even the best-planned moves can run into trouble, so you should have a backup plan. Make sure you keep all medicines with you and take toiletries, some household items, clothes and a sleeping bag with you.
Following these tips will help your move go more smoothly, whether it is your first move or your fourth.