So many people don't realize just how much stuff they have until it comes time to pack it all up to move to a new home. Now, you have to figure out how you're going to go about moving it all without it costing a small fortune to do so. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you get through the sorting and organizational steps of preparing for the move.
Start in Storage Spaces
The best place to start is the areas of the home in which you use for storage – the attic, basement, the cubby under the stairs, the high kitchen cabinets that you can only reach with a step-stool – you know where you stuff the stuff that you don't use on a regular basis.
As you sort through these spaces, separate it all into three piles – one that's trash, one that's for keeps, and one that you can sell to make some money to pay for the moving costs. More often than not, you'll be able to eliminate many of the things that you have stored in these spaces – think about it this way – if you haven't used it in a year, you probably won't be needing it in the next year – get rid of it.
Photograph and Log all Valuable Items
If you have items of great value, you aren't going to want to toss them in the boxes and send them on the moving truck without giving them a second thought. Instead, take a picture of each item, write down the value and pack these items especially carefully separately from everything else.
This will help you in two ways – it will help you keep track of your valuables and it will give you a head-start when it comes time to update your homeowner's insurance policy on the new home. High-value items typically need a rider on the insurance policy to ensure that you get what they're worth if you ever need to file a claim – having this information handy will expedite the insurance step in moving.
Hire Residential Movers
The moment that you know you have a date in which you have to be out of the house, start collecting information about local movers – you want to get names, price quotes, and then research the reviews that are easily found online about each mover. The further in advance you get to this, the greater the selection of movers you'll have to choose from.
These few steps will make moving day and the weeks after moving into your new home a little less stressful. Good luck with your next venture in life.
To learn more about moving, reach out to companies like Worth Moving.