If you need to move in the next couple of months, now's the time to start planning, especially if you're moving an entire family. You're going to need plenty of time if you want this move to go off without a hitch. If you're not sure how to take some of the work out of your next move, read the information provided below. These tips will help you through the process.
Hire a Moving Service
The first thing you need to do is hire a moving service. You might think that hiring a moving service is a luxury you can't afford, but that's not always the case. A moving service will actually take most of the work and expense out of moving. If you have planned to rent a do-it-yourself truck, you may need to worry about the extra costs involved in the rental. Those include the deposit, fees per mile, and the gas you use during the trip. Further, you'll need to fill the tank up again before you drop the truck off. In addition to the extra costs, there's also the extra work. When you rent a do-it-yourself truck, you've got to do all of the loading and unloading by yourself. You can alleviate the extra costs, and the extra work, by hiring a moving service.
Do the Prep Work
Now's the time to get started on the prep work. You could wait until the movers arrive, but that will create more work for everyone. To alleviate the extra work, get started on the prep work right away. Some of this includes sorting out the belongings that you don't plan to bring with you. Those items can either be tossed in the dumpster or donated to charity. Prep work also involves packing up the belongings that you plan to take with you. Just remember that boxing up things in advance can save you time once the movers arrive.
Plan for Unpacking
You've probably arranged to have family and friends help with the packing. But, you'll need to unpack once you get to your new location. Unfortunately, if you haven't arranged for help, you'll be doing all of that work on your own. If you want to take the work out of unpacking, arrange to have a crew there to help once you arrive. You could recruit a crew by contacting a new employer or a local church group. If those options aren't available to you, talk to the moving company about adding an unpacking service to your contract. They'll unload your belongings into your home, and help you to unpack them as well. A moving service can provide additional information.