Did you know that 45% of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day? As the selling market and summer season ramps up in Central Florida we’ve collected our best advice to make moving easier.
#1 – Start Throwing Away Today
Our father-in-law gave us this advice on our wedding day 33 years ago. It is important even if you don’t have a move on the horizon. Here are some great resources to help you start throwing away today:
How to recycle just about anything: http://greatist.com/health/how-to-recycle-anything
How to get rid of your stuff: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/get-rid-of-stuff-5-tricks-for-making-the-task-easier-210690
#2 – Nuts & Bolts
When unscrewing hardware from furniture, collect it in a Ziploc bag and tape it to the furniture. This saves time and lost nuts and bolts.
#3 – Invest in Packing Materials
Purchasing boxes and a good packing tape can keep your stuff safe and make it easier to stack and move. Also, most packing supply places offer packs of blank newspaper that keep your breakables clean.
#4 – Make a Go-To Box
Pack a box with your sheets, towels, toilet paper, and toiletries. Make sure it is clearly labeled and kept separate from your other boxes so that you can unpack it easily and have the essentials ready to go.
#5 – Clean Before You Unpack
Cleaning your new place before you’ve unpacked allows you to get in the nooks and crannies. We also like to put shelf paper in the drawers and cabinets of the kitchen and bathroom.
#6 – Storing vs Replacing
If you are moving a distance and will need to store items for any amount of time, consider the cost-benefit of storing those items compared to replacing them once you have moved.
Is storage right for you? http://www.doughroller.net/smart-spending/when-you-need-self-storage-and-when-its-a-terrible-investment/
#7 – Pre-Moving
Do as much as you can before you move – set up your utilities, change your address, and schedule a cable appointment (we can’t live without wifi!). This will ensure a smooth transition to your new home. For those of you moving to Central Florida, the MOVE section at the top of our website has links to the areas schools, utility providers, change of address information, and other links.
#8 – Many Hands Make Light Work
A tried an true proverb that must’ve been written by someone who moved a few times! Friends and family are the stand-by, but if they’re unavailable to help, hiring labor is a sure thing. UHaul offers vetted moving help that is reliable, inexpensive, and customer-rated.
Find moving help: http://www.uhaul.com/MovingHelp/
These tips have helped us immensely in each of our moves. You can find more moving tips and tricks at UHaul’s blog http://movinginsider.com/. They have suggestions for all types of moves, from driving a moving van, to moving in to a college dorm.