Despite Benjamin Franklin’s eternal adage, there are more than two absolute certainties in life. One of them is moving, the process of relocating your personal possessions to a new location. It’s extensive, arduous, and taxing, both mentally and physically. Every year, countless Americans undertake this daunting task, and while all eventually reach their respective destinations, their moving experiences range from simple to cripplingly difficult. Below are some tips to help facilitate the process and ensure a smooth transition.
Discard or Donate Superfluous Items
Regardless of whether you inhabit a two-bedroom apartment or sprawling estate, it’s a certainty that your living space contains items that you really don’t need. Since moving involves boxing up all your belongings in preparation for relocation, you can reduce your box total and the physical toll on your muscles by donating or selling nonessentials. It’s also a handy way to save some money, as fewer items obviously require less boxes and less manpower to transport.
It’s paramount to identify the items in each box to allow for optimum organization and placement. Whether you opt for generalities (Living room, dining room, etc etc.) or more specific titles “Tim’s toys, Rod’s tools) is up to you, but proper labels can greatly expedite the moving process and help avoid confusion during unpacking.
Once you’ve finished trimming down your number of belongings, it’s important to assess and record the quantity and condition of everything officially coming with you. Most moving companies incorporate this process into their preliminary moving preparation, but it’s not a bad idea to compile your own list for personal usage. Plus, if you believe an item is damaged in the transportation process, you can clearly indicate that by referring to its original condition listed in your records.
Select a Quality Moving Company
There are many moving companies dispersed throughout the country, each touting personable staff, unparalleled services, and impeccable customer satisfaction records. Yet, it’s important to conduct your own research, whether it is via word of mouth or online reviews. Either way, pinpointing the best moving company that best suits your needs can sometimes be difficult. Not all movers are created equal, and you don’t want to find this out the hard way. A holistic evaluation approach is recommended, taking into consideration everything from logistics, rates, and the friendliness of the staff. Once you hire a moving company and begin the process there’s no turning back, so be sure to choose wisely.
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