5 Things You Can Do To Make Your Move Less Stressful


If you're like one of the more than 40 million people who are moving this year, you are probably looking forward to the new adventure. But with moving typically comes some stress because of all the preparations that have to be made. To make your move less stressful so you can appreciate more of the adventure, incorporate these five moving tips into your preparation list:

Color Code and Label Boxes

One of the best ways to make sure that you can quickly find and unpack things as you need them in your new place is to color code and label the boxes. Start by using colored packing tape to secure boxes based on the rooms in which they belong. This will make it easy to put each box in its respective room as you unpack the moving truck, allowing you to stay organized in your new home from the first day.

Once your belongings are packed up, use a permanent marker to put keywords on each box that will remind exactly what items are within it. This way when you're unpacking each room in your new home, you can unpack each box as you're ready for it instead of having to rummage through each one as you furnish and decorate.

Move Furniture In First

To make sure that you're comfortable as soon as you move in to your new place, have your local moving service transport your belongings so that all of the furniture can be brought in first. This will allow you to have it set up exactly as you want it so that the boxes can be placed around the furniture and unpacked at your leisure. You'll be able to move around your new home, watch television, and get a good night's sleep with ease, even if you don't feel like unpacking all your boxes the first couple of days.

Pack An Overnight Bag

Chances are that you won't feel like scouting around for comfortable pajamas or your favorite movie on the first night in your new home, so pack an overnight bag that you can keep with you throughout the moving process and make use of as soon as the moving company unloads the last box. Include clothes for the first night and day, books and movies, personal care items, a throw blanket, and even snack foods in your bag. You can live right out of the bag until you're ready to start unpacking.

Test Your Services Early

It can be pretty frustrating to find out that your telephone line, internet connection, or cable service is not working properly once you move to your new space. It can take days for a technician to inspect things and get them fixed, which leaves you inconvenienced in the meantime. To avoid this frustration, have your services turned on a few days early and head over to the new place so you can test everything before you move in. This gives you a little time to troubleshoot problems if any arise so everything works well when you're in need of them.

Hire A Cleaning Service

If you've been renting, make sure that you get your cleaning deposit back from your old home by hiring a cleaning service to scrub the place from top to bottom on the day that you move out. Inspect the place yourself before the landlord does to make sure that there isn't any damage that needs to be addressed first. It's also a good idea to be present when the place is inspected to determine how much of your deposit you should receive back to ensure that you're both on the same page.

These options are all affordable, easy to implement, and require a minimal time investment so implementing them all should be a breeze.


6 April 2015

Storage Units Are a Wonderful Thing

What do you do when you have belongings you don’t want to get rid of, but have no room for? Store them is what you do! My name is Marcy. I never thought having a storage unit would be something I’d be excited about, but I am. This may sound rather odd, but I actually enjoy puttering around in my storage unit. I like to go look at some of my old books, move things around, rearrange stuff, and even visit the people who work there. I was at a loss when I first made the decision to rent a storage unit for my “overflow” stuff. I didn't know anything about the unit sizes, how to pack things, or how to arrange them in the unit. The storage facility helped me with brochures and advice, they are wonderful. I’m going to share some of the tips I’ve learned with you.