There’s no two ways about it. Moving can be a massive source of anxiety for people. Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or you have just bought a home, getting all of your belongings from Point A to Point B can be a big challenge.
The good news is that the team at Laramie Property Management is here to offer a few tips to make your next move easier than you’d ever imagined it could be. There’s plenty of excitement about getting into a new living space and our recommendations will help you to do it that much quicker and more easily. Keep reading to learn more!
Moving? Here Are a Few Tips That Will Help
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Although moving can be stressful, you can also think of it as an opportunity to get rid of the stuff that has magically accumulated over the years. It happens to everyone, but if you have a bit of time before your move, start looking for things that you can do without.
Go through your basement and sort things into three piles: definitely keeping, definitely getting rid of, and maybe keeping. Once that’s all taken care of, you can donate items to a local thrift store or trash the things that you have no use for. It feels good to get rid of some of this stuff and if you can do it in such a way that it helps someone else out it’s that much better! Some companies will even come to you if you schedule a free donation pickup and that makes the whole situation even simpler.
Pack the Essentials in One Place
First of all, when it comes to packing things up you’ll want to think about the things that you’re going to need right away when you move into a new place. Consider your nightly routine as well as your morning routine. Having things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, deodorant, and a change of clothes are all important, but you’ll also want to pack body wash, shampoo, and towels so you can hop into the shower the same day you move in. After all, whether you’re doing most of the work or having a moving crew do it for you, you’re probably going to want a shower after a long day of activity.
Other helpful items to have on hand include cell phone chargers, tablets, pain relievers, a first aid kit, and a water bottle that you can refill so you don’t have to dig to find your glasses. Our suggestion is to pack these items in a clear plastic bin and take it with you in your car so you always know where it is.
Put Your Trash Bags to Good Use
For many people, moving their clothing is the hardest part. How are you supposed to do it in a way that doesn’t involve you removing your clothes from the hanger, folding them up, packing them, and transporting all of those things to your new space? It’s simple–use a trash bag! Start from the bottom of your clothing items and work your way up, then pull the ties closed around the tops of the hangers. It’s as easy as that!
You can also use trash bags to cover your drawers, using them as their own self-contained moving boxes. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Label Early and Often
All too often a move can be disastrous because you’re packing things where you had space rather than packing in a way that makes logical sense. Our recommendation is to label your boxes with a brief description of their contents as well as what room they belong in. This ensures that whoever is doing the moving can take it in and put it directly into the place it will go, saving you quite a bit of headache later on in the process and keeping you from having to go on a scavenger hunt just to find your plates.
Have things that you’re not sure will end up in your new living space? Label the boxes to note that they’ll be going to the garage so you can handle it all later without having it take up space in your home. Don’t have a garage? Mark them to be placed in the front room of the home or wherever makes the most sense to you.
Don’t Forget to Transfer Your Utilities
This is a step that gets forgotten all too often, but it’s an important part of moving nonetheless! You’ll want to make sure that everyone who provides service to your home knows that you’ll be moving. For example, if you have a satellite dish, call them to ask what needs to be done with your dish. Do you need to take items with you or will they be coordinating a pickup and dropoff?
You should also think about when to notify your internet service provider that you’ll be moving. Other common utilities include gas, electric, water, and trash so call the appropriate parties and make certain that they know you’re moving. Similarly, you’ll want to have services in place at your new location. Depending on where you’re moving it can be as simple as letting the company know that you’ll be moving and they’ll take it from there, ensuring that you have all of your utilities turned on before you arrive in your new living space.
On a related note, don’t forget to change your address and notify any companies that are sending you magazines as well.
Think About Who Will Be Moving You
Whether you ask friends and relatives to lend a helping hand or you decide to hire a moving company, give yourself plenty of time. What we mean by that is that you should let people know well in advance that you’ll be moving to make sure that your schedule lines up perfectly with theirs.
If you hire movers the whole process will likely go much more smoothly and you’ll feel stressed out, but you’ll have to pay for their help. (And don’t forget to tip!) On the other hand, friends will likely cost you nothing except for good pizza and cold drinks, but it might be a bit more disorganized. The choice is up to you!
Looking for Homes for Sale or Apartments for Rent in Laramie?
There’s a whole lot to love about living in Laramie and the team at Laramie Property Management is here to help you find the perfect home. As a matter of fact, we’ll guide you every step of the way into your new living space. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Contact us today to get the help you need.