Although for many people, moving is a stressful, time-consuming process, experienced movers always seem to tackle the issue with relaxed ease. They’re fast with the packing, professional with their manner and don’t seem to suffer from any of the stresses of moving that affect the rest of us. This might seem like arcane wizardry or the product of good old-fashioned American work ethic, but the reality of the situation is that there are a few simple moving tips that you can follow when you move into your next home to take the edge off the experience. Professional local NYC movers and those who move regularly – such as property investors or high-flying corporate types with numerous international contracts – use all these tricks to ease their moves, and so too can you.
- You Can Never Have Too Many Boxes
Boxes are the single most valuable resource that you have available to you when you’re doing a big move. You’ll need sturdy, secure boxes to keep your possessions safe and secure in transit, and to house everything as you’re unpacking and settling into your new surroundings. In all likelihood, you’ll find that some of your old boxes break or weaken over time, and you’ll need a steady supply of spares. You’ll need boxes of various sizes and shapes for your move: big boxes, small boxes, and cubed and rectangular boxes all have a role to play in the real-life game of Tetris that is moving house. You can order them from moving companies, pick them up from the back of department stores, and even save the boxes your larger appliances come in to ensure that you have a ready supply of good, well-made boxes for your next move. It’s also worth investing in a few different types of boxes, which leads neatly into the next moving tip.
- Put Your Immediate Needs in a Transparent Plastic Box
There are some things that you’ll need on your first night in the new home. Depending on what time you arrive, and how much you have to unpack, you’ll likely need a few things the next morning as well, before you get into the meat of your unpacking. If you put a few changes of clothes, clean bedding, toiletries and some snacks in a clear plastic box, you’ll be able to access all your immediate needs from the moment you set foot in your new home. Don’t underestimate how tired you’ll be after a long day or week of moving. Rifling through the entirety of your home’s goods isn’t exactly a relaxing task, and placing all your urgently needed objects in one easy-to-access location is a great way to save time and energy and allow yourself to relax in your new home.
- Packing Materials
You can’t be too careful with your packing materials. Your household possessions will look for new and creative ways to break themselves over the course of your move, and you need to take the fight to them by using extensive padding and packing materials to secure the transit process. Your clothes, towels, and bedding, for example, can all be utilized as packing material, which also helps you to save space by not having to dedicate a few boxes to those items. Line your boxes with towels, wrap your glasses with shirts and fill them with rolled socks, and make the most of the natural shock-absorbing capacity of your clothes. Feel free to get creative with how you apply your clothes as packing materials. If your sheets, shirts and shorts aren’t enough, you can always buy professional-grade packing foam from moving companies at relatively low cost, ensuring that all your things stay safe across the day’s move.
Related to, but distinct from, the packing material is the option of wrapping things that don’t fit into boxes. Movers use a massive roll of material not unlike cling film or saran wrap to provide some padding to larger objects to prevent damage in transit. One trick that’s particularly useful for larger tables with sharp corners is to place tea towels or shirts on the corners for extra padding, and then wrap the movers’ wrap around the table, reducing the change of the table getting scratched or doing damage to any of your other things during the course of the move.
- Change Your Locks
While you might have the only key you know about to your new home, there are some unscrupulous landlords who will gladly give out the keys to their new tenants’ homes to other individuals. The last person who lived in your new home might already have suffered a break-in and that robber may still have the key to the locks. You just don’t know who might have a key to your new home, and it’s common practice for new arrivals to change all their locks in their new home. This is a preventative security measure that costs far less than a break-in or robbery, and one you should endeavor to take before you move into your new home, not after.
- Cash on Hand
Here’s a scenario for you: you’ve hired movers, and they provided excellent service. You also need to buy something to eat, as you’ve got no food in your new home. You’re tired, too, and could use a cup of coffee. Although it’s far less common these days for businesses to be cash-only, your new area may not be as electronically inclined as your old one, and you shouldn’t have to do without when you have the money available but not on hand. Make sure you have some cash, in small bills, on you for your big move so you can tip the movers, get yourself that cup of coffee, and enjoy a nice meal without the stress and strain of looking for an ATM or somewhere that accepts your credit card.
- Make a Plan of Action
Before you even start to pack your things, make a plan. Ensure that you know how many boxes you’re moving, which rooms of your new home that the boxes are going into, and what you’ll need upon arrival. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Create a moving plan so you can operate within your budget and a predetermined time frame, minimizing the stress you have to endure over the course of your move and allowing you to enjoy moving as the exciting, adventurous time that it is.