Without a hesitation, moving is among the most uncomfortable processes in a person’s life; it’s right up there with switching careers or entering retirement. Moving can spoil a person’s overall health and overall comfort. How many boxes will be required? Where to begin the cleaning process? How to move an entire home with years’ worth of stuff? And so on.
Planning for moving can make anyone go crazy. Thankfully, there are hacks that make moving far less stressful than it must be.
Follow these moving hacks, and you’ll be thanking us.
• Defrost your refrigerator:
Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid. Otherwise, you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.
• Last grocery trip:
Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving. The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
• Give unwanted items to charity:
Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving. It’ll save you the trouble of having to take it there yourself.
• Sell valuables online:
If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving. It’s an easy way to make you feel like you aren’t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself. It is a lengthy process and takes time for things to sell on Etsy and eBay, so plan accordingly.
• Change your address:
Change your address at least two weeks before moving. This might seem like nothing in front of important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. Keep Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail in your mind as well.
• Take photos of your cleaned-out old home:
If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This is essential if you want to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with problematic landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
• Pack an overnight bag:
Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.
• Hire movers:
Movers are professionals who know their work best. It is wise to hire a mover rather than asking your friends to help with the heavy and valuable stuff. Movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they must compensate you. Remember to book them weeks in advance, you’re not the only planning to move on the last day of the month.