Top Tips For Moving
Mobile Attic always looks for ways to improve your moving and shipping experience. Whether you’re a business or homeowner or someone looking for an affordable apartment, we strive to make that transition as easy as possible. So, we’re back with another set of moving tips for 2022 in hopes to give you time to plan for your next moving transition.
Moving is often a matter of time, money, and planning, so we’ll focus on those areas to aid you on your journey.
Tips for a Moving Transition
Tip #1: Give yourself generous planning time
And just as we mentioned, the biggest advantage is to give yourself as much planning time as possible, up to two months ideally. That lets you figure out the best moving day, how you’ll do it, and expenses to cover. You want to be prepared for complications, because while moving is a usually seamless process, anything can come up.
Tip #2: Have a “used for moving day” box ready
When you move, you’re focused on a few things: assuring utilities are set up, scheduling the time to move on, packing and unpacking, and so on. In that process you’ll need a “used for today” set of supplies. That can range from bedding, clothes, phone chargers, electronics, and things you want to have with you.
Tip #3: Have personal items at the ready
How much time the actual move takes will vary, depending on the specifics. Sometimes it’s only a few hours, but the transition could also take up most of your day. In other cases, it could take multiple days.
Just like with a “moving day” box, keep a list of personal items too. Bathing, deodorant, medicine are a few. But also make sure to have food and drinks to maintain hydration. There’s a lot of moving involved in, well, moving, and even with help you’ll be exerting yourself most of the time. Keeping your energy up and having protein heavy snacks and lots of water is a great way to beat the fatigue.
Tip #4: Get help where you can
It’s considered a big favor when a friend help’s someone move, and because of this, it sounds like a hard sell. However, if you give friends or family a heads up in advance, they’re likelier to lend a hand. Of course, the best way to get help is offer cash and food (unless your friends are gold hearted enough to help for free).
We say this because moving heavy objects is especially dangerous. Furniture is a two person job in a majority of cases, so avoid the personal risk. Improper lifting of said heavy objects runs risk of serious injury, so better safe than sorry, as they say.
Tip #5: Alternative packing materials
Here, you think outside the box, literally!
When packing, you probably think you only can use boxes for moving supplies. But not quite! There’s a lot of creative options if you’re not picking. For example, clothes, blankets, towels, and other “soft” items can go in bags – even trash bags – which makes packing easier. Just don’t accidentally toss them out!
If you have plastic bins, these are also great alternatives to general boxes, since plastic is resilient and comes in a variety of bigger sizes. That’s the difference between enough space and not. During a move, you want as much of it as possible.
Tip #6: Move early or in the evening
When you move, an ideal time of day is the morning, which gets you a head start on traffic. If you can manage, the earlier the better.
In the cases of apartment complexes, you may only have a set window before you’re allowed to move in, so call ahead to be sure. That said, not only is an early start good, it avoids the hottest time of the day (noon). This is busy and can potentially cause sunburn if you’re out in sunlight for extended periods. It’s a small thing to forget about, but you don’t want sunburn problems during a transition.
Tip #7: Declutter!
As you prep for a move, it’s time to declutter and toss out things you really don’t need. Take stock of your belongings. What haven’t you used in a long time? Do you really need everything? By decluttering and getting rid of unwanted things, you’re making the move much smoother, simply because there’s less things to take with you.
Tip #8: Label carefully
As you pack and prepare, it’s easy for things to get disorganized and lost. So, when packing away, label your boxes, bins, and carrying items. Doing so creates a better sense of organization and assures nothing gets lost. It’s another reason we advise prepping as early as possible, because this process can take time.
For example, it’s not a good idea to toss small objects in hapless cluttered boxes, because that’s the easiest way for those things to get lost.
Tip #9: Go in stages
Once again, another reason we emphasize prepping for a move so far in advance is because of the preparation involved. And it relates to our ninth tip, which is to go in phases. Pack room by room, foot by foot, when you have time. You don’t want to make a rush move last minute, because that’s how things get lost and damaged.
Organizing and going in sections removes a lot of the stress involved, so when you’re ready to go, you can just go!
These nine tips can alleviate some moving pains when you’re ready to make that leap. You should also consider accommodations for pets, if needed.
Lastly, if you’re still worried, consider taking advantage of mobiles storage pods. The size and accessibility can take literal legwork out of a big move, and professional teams will transport your stored inventory as long as its within a selected service area.
We wish you luck on your next moving transition!