A step-by-step guide to local moving
MidAmerican Moving would like to share with you a step-by-step guide to local moving.
Although moving can be stressful for all, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. This guide will help you to prepare for your move. This knowledge will allow you to relax and enjoy the entire process, rather than worrying about it.
1. Protect fragile items
Broken or cracked glass is the most dangerous thing that could happen during a move. Make sure plates, glasses and vases are wrapped in moving paper, marked with ‘fragile’. This will reduce the chance of damage. Although professional movers should be able to safely handle your items without causing damage, it is a good idea to do the extra precautions.
2- Grouping is a great way to save time and money.
If possible, go through the house to decide where books belong. This will help you save time and prevent breakages. The removal team will find it easier to move things around if they are grouped together.
3- Prepare for the worst.
No matter how careful or thorough you are, there’s a chance that a few boxes might be damaged or lost during a move. You should ensure that fragile items are packed with lots of padding such as bubble wrap, polystyrene balls, and/or ball-shaped foam. It’s a good idea to get quality packing boxes from companies that provide great protection features like locks and hinges for valuable items.
4. Label everything
This is one of the most important aspects to remember when packing. Take your time and ensure that each box has its contents listed at least once. If possible, put them in multiple places for added security. These labels are often provided by professional movers. If not, you can purchase pre-printed labels at many shops.
5- Make the most of storage solutions
Self-storage is an economical way to rent space out during a move. It also saves you valuable living space when you are going through stressful events. There are many companies that offer temporary storage. Compare prices before you commit to any plan. It could be a great way to save money over the long-term.
6- Be prepared for last-minute packing
A good mover will know that preparation is key to success. Make sure you have boxes ready at least one day in advance. Although most furniture can be packed well in advance, larger items like TVs and home entertainment units should be handled individually as they take up too much space if left unpacked.
7- Know when you should call for assistance.
Even if all your precautions have been taken and you pack everything yourself, it’s likely that the job will take longer than expected. So make sure you have people available to assist you if needed. This could be anything from having family members (or hired hands), help with the packing process to hiring movers to do the heavy lifting. Knowing when you need assistance will help you move quickly and without stress.
8- Get ready for your move day.
It’s not something that anyone enjoys doing. However, having your house cluttered with boxes and other belongings can make it even more difficult. This will make it difficult for you to find the item you are looking for, and more often than not they will end up in a place that is hard to transport. It could save you lots of time later by packing everything in a neat and organized manner.
Moving companies usually serve the entire state. If your destination is not in their coverage area, feel free to inquire.
9- Get estimates from moving firms
Finding out the cost of a move is the first step. To get an estimate of the cost of your move, it is a good idea to request quotes from at least four moving companies. Make sure to get information from the company you are calling. Don’t rely solely on online quotes.
10- Get rid everything you don’t use anymore, such as old clothes and books.
It is important to dispose of all items that you don’t use if you move to a smaller space. You should get rid of all items that you don’t use or donate them.
11- Create a list listing all of the tasks you have to complete before moving. This includes packing, organizing utilities and phone service, cancelling magazine subscriptions, and so on.
Check with your local utility companies to see if they charge any shut-off fees for certain services like electricity and gas that are disconnected prior to paying bills. It is best to do this before it happens. You can also order a PO Box number to allow you to access future accounts and magazines subscriptions. You should also ensure that your phone line is transferred before it goes out of service. This will allow you to have someone to call if there are any issues.
12- Look for someone who can load and unload.
It would be impossible for one person to load all the stuff by themselves, unless you are a superman or woman. We recommend at least two people helping you, so that everything runs smoothly. This could take several trips depending on how much stuff there is. You should ensure that your helpers can lift heavy items such as appliances and furniture. This will prevent you from getting hurt during transport.
13- Write down important dates.
When you move out of your current place or into your new house; when closing on a sale or buying/selling of a new home; and when utility services are switched over.
If you’re leaving earlier than anticipated, make sure to notify your landlord by the deadline. It is possible to uncover some unpleasant information by calling the utility company quickly. Utility companies often have a specific date for when they will switch service providers. Make sure you take care of this before it happens. Many stores require a minimum of 30 days to start a new subscription. If you’re moving soon, ask for a discount.
14- Determine how much storage space you have in your new home.
Discuss all details with the movers. Make sure they have enough space to store old furniture. This can help you save a lot of trouble later when it comes to organizing furniture and belongings for unpacking.
15- Take down your registration number for your vehicle(s).
Make sure they have the right insurance. Find out if tolls are required to use highways or bridges. This varies depending on where you live.
If you use GPS or other similar devices, make sure to get the correct registration number for your vehicle. You will need to purchase separate coverage if your insurance does not cover transportation within the state. Ask about toll fees and the discounts offered.
16- Inform your doctor about your plans.
Let them know the location of the nearest hospital after you move (in case they need it), and check with your previous doctor about the possibility of transferring your medical records to the new doctor’s computer.
Your current address, phone number, and contact information must be known by both you and your family doctors. If you don’t get in touch with your previous doctor to share all of the information, you might find a new doctor.
17- Learn where old electronics, motor oil, and batteries can be recycled.
Find out what hazardous products, such as paint or oven cleaners, you can throw away with regular garbage. Also find out how much it costs for toxic items to be disposed of.
Many places offer recycling for free or at a reduced cost. Recyclers will often come to your house and pick up the items. Make sure that all items that require special treatment are disposed of in accordance with the law and there are no hidden fees.
These simple steps will make moving seem much simpler than you thought.