Be Prepared for Your Spring Move

Be Prepared for Your Spring Move

When getting ready for a Spring move, you need to have an action plan. Having a plan in place will make your move go much more smoothly, which will help reduce stress and reduce the likelihood of forgetting to do something important.

Many things need to be scheduled and arranged before moving day, so be sure to begin planning your move as soon as you know that you will be moving.

Have a Plan and Make a Checklist

A checklist is a great way to visualize what needs to be done and track what has been completed. It only takes a couple of minutes to create but will help keep everything organized amidst the chaos of a move.

Keep your checklist in a central location where it won’t get lost, and you can refer to it often. Check things off as they get done, and add more things as you think of them. Your checklist may include important tasks such as:

Forward mail and may include who to notify with the new address
• Notify utility companies (disconnect old and connect new utilities)
• Pick up packing materials
• Book moving van and rent storage unit (if needed)

Create a Budget

It is important to know what your moving budget is and keep track of expenses. Keep receipts, too, since moving expenses can sometimes get you a tax break, especially if you are relocating for a new job.

If possible, it’s a good idea to have a little cash allotted for unexpected costs such as an emergency repair on your vehicle or for deposits on a moving van or storage unit rental that you hadn’t thought of.

Too Much Stuff?

Spring is well-known for cleaning houses, and moving is a great time to purge as well. If you have stayed in your old home for a long time, you may have noticed that you have accumulated many extra items over the years. If you have time, you could hold a yard sale or list large items for sale to get rid of them and to make a little extra money for the move.

You can also donate items to a local charity or thrift store. The less you have to move, the cheaper it will be. Having fewer belongings means you can get away with renting a smaller moving van and may not need that storage unit because all your stuff will fit into that smaller home.

Do You Have the Proper Packing Supplies and Equipment?

To avoid unnecessary breakage and to make your move a little easier, you need the right tools. Be sure to have plenty of packing materials for breakables, such as bubble wrap, tape, and a dolly for moving heavy items. If the budget allows it, you may want to hire a couple of movers to handle the piano, though.

Utilize Labels

Labels are a great way to keep track of things and to mark where they need to go. For example, a box with the coffee maker should be marked “kitchen” to help reduce wasted time trying to locate it when you need that morning cup of joe at the new house.

You could also write “blender” on the box or number it so you can coordinate it to a list with more specifics. This will help you keep your sanity as you unpack and make it easier to find important items once you begin to unpack. Use “Fragile” labels to mark boxes that need to be handled with extra care.

All these can sometimes be a lot to take on. What you need to get everything done in less time is to have the right people to help. Straight Shot Enterprise is always ready to lend you a hand.

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