Moving can be one of the most exciting, and the most stressful, times! Not only are you taking on a new rental agreement or mortgage, but you need to consider things like utilities, school districts, and oh yes – packing up your entire life! Whether it’s a move across town or a move across the country, simplifying this experience will not only ensure a successful move but one that hopefully involves more excitement than stress!
We’ve put together a quick 5-step moving checklist to help.
Sort, Purge and Organize.
Moving is the perfect opportunity to sort through and organize your belongings. Decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to store.
- Make a list of “keep” items
- Purge the items you no longer use or want.
- Donate items to local charities
- Host a garage sale.
Review Your Timelines
It’s important to pre-plan and consider your moving timeline especially if you need to move out before your new place is ready. Have a planned schedule and being prepared before the moving truck shows up!
- Gather packing supplies
- Research local storage units
- Make travel arrangements
Packing is undoubtedly what takes the longest when moving! Start your packing early with items you rarely use and wait to pack your daily must-haves, food, and a week’s worth of clothes until the day of the move. If you’re in the process of selling your current home, or just want to get ahead in the moving process, consider a month-to-month storage unit to start moving boxes and furniture.
- Pack seasonal or infrequently used items first
- Label everything
- Organize boxes by room
- Keep a “daily” bag unpacked
Hire Movers or Recruit Some Friends
One of the largest possible moving expenses involves hiring a professional moving company to transport your belongings. First, determine if this is within your budget. If it’s not, consider roping in some friends or family for a day or two. If you’d prefer the efficiency and care that comes with a professional moving company, ask around for referrals and make a few contacts for a quality, reputable moving company.
- Research moving companies
- Ask for estimates
- Keep a list or inventory to compare with mover’s list
- Bribe friends with pizza
Explore Your New Neighborhood
A lot of “hidden” moving time spent comes with the changes needed in paperwork. Across the country requires more work in considering insurance companies, licenses, registration and more. But even a small move requires many address changes and updates!
- Visit local schools
- Contact utility companies
- Change your address
- Alert employers, banks, credit card companies, and subscription services of your new address
- Forward your mail
Self-storage shouldn’t be something you need to worry about. With our convenient location right next to the Pearman Dairy Plaza in Anderson, your stored items are never far away and accessible at any time. At Pearman Dairy Self Storage, we also have moving trucks to rent directly from our Anderson, SC location! Our moving trucks are clean, well-maintained, and ready for your use!
If there’s any way we can help make your move an easy one, with our month-to-month storage agreements or various packing supplies, feel free to stop in or give us a call anytime!