There aren’t too many people who enjoy moving. I think it’s the packing and unpacking that ruins it for just about everyone. I’ve lived in Las Vegas for just over 14 years now and have moved a total of 8 times. I feel like I’ve gotten down the logistics of a very efficient move to a science. I may have lost a tiny piece of my sanity with each and every move but I’ve pretty well mastered moving. With that said, I am going to give you some of my tried and true pointers! (Disclaimer: These tips are for local moves. While some of the tips still apply if you’re moving out of state, some will not)
This step is huge, hence its on the top of my list! To have a successful move, you must…MUST..plan ahead. Once you know that you are 100% moving this is where to begin.
- Schedule your movers. I highly suggest using movers. I have done the move myself with a Uhaul truck and I never want to do that again. Especially with large pieces of furniture. Scheduling your movers once you know your exact moving date is key. Doing this last-minute will cause one of 2 things. Either they will all be booked and you’ll be forced to move yourself, or you’ll end up paying way more because the moving company now has all the power.
- Schedule cleaners. This one is to your discretion, but my suggestion is hire a professional. Moving is stressful enough. Once you’re in your new place, cleaning your old one will seem like the most daunting and awful idea ever.
- If you have new furniture/appliances that have been purchased, schedule the delivery for the day you’re moving. Most furniture stores will ask you to select a window of time, morning or afternoon. Pick afternoon since the morning will be spent loading up at the old house.
- Put in your change of address with the post office. You’re able to do this on the website for $1.00 and schedule it for a future date.
- Notify your utility companies of your move date. This includes your cable/satellite/internet providers.
Packing can seem like one of the most daunting and overwhelming tasks. It doesn’t have to be, just follow my pointers and you’ll get it done in no time.
- Gather your supplies. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap/towels (I’ll explain later), a sharpie & large garbage bags. Vacuum storage bags.
- Start in the room you use the least often, guest room for example. Leave the things you use daily for last.
- Start in the closets. First, before you place anything in a box, pull out anything you want to donate or toss and put it in a trash bag. If you have seasonal clothes hung up, keep them on the hangers, fold them over and place them in the box. This way when you got to unpack, you can just grab the hangers, lift and hang them right back up! Once the box is full, tape it up and Label the sides and top what room it belongs in.
- For bedding and pillows Use the vacuum storage bags first. This sucks out all the air from the pillows and bedding, which will give you so much more space in your boxes.
- Don’t over pack your boxes with heavy items. If your packing books, use the boxes specifically sized for them or only use half a box for books and pack the rest of it with light items like pillows, etc. so the box isn’t too heavy to lift.
- Label boxes with what room the box belongs in and a general idea of what is in the box. Write this on the top and on the side.
- Use bubble wrap for the super breakable items. Mark the boxes FRAGILE.
- Use your towels to wrap picture frames. You can do this accordion style, using one towel to wrap multiple pictures.
It’s good to have your move planned out. Don’t be afraid to tell the movers what goes where. The best way to do this is to hang signs up in each room, advising what room that is (Living Room, Master Bedroom, Guest Room, Office, etc). This way the movers can place the boxes in the rooms they belong in right away.
- Have cash on hand to tip the movers once they are done. The fee you paid for the movers goes to their boss. I typically tip the movers themselves depending on speed, friendliness, gentleness with my belongings, and ability to put furniture back together correctly.
- Water for the movers is also a plus!
- Once the movers are done and your deliveries have been received you can start the unpacking process. I do this in the reverse of how I packed.
- Unpack the rooms you use the most and the items of most importance.
- Break down boxes so they are flat.
There is still things that must be done once you are moved and unpacked. It seems like a never ending process, I know! What is left is all clerical though, so the heavy work is done.
- Notify your bank and credit cards of your change of address. Also, any reoccurring bills you have (auto, insurance, etc).
- Change your address with the DMV. It is important that you do this AFTER you have updated your auto insurance with the new address. If the address doesn’t match at the DMV when you try to update your drivers license, they wont issue you a new card.
- Update your voters registration. You can do this at the DMV.
You’ll experience a trickling of address changes, despite doing all of this. The next time you visit your doctor or dentist, you’ll have to update it then. But, the good news is…You’re all moved!