Time To Move? 4 Tips To Make Things Go Smoother

Moving can be a real chore, especially if you haven't taken the time to do some advance preparation. Even if you're just moving across town, you still need to take care of a few things before moving day arrives. Here are four steps you can take that will make moving day a little less stressful.

Pack Room-by-Room

When it comes to packing, it's important that you have a plan. One way to make things go smoother is to pack room-by-room. Start with one room, and pack it up entirely. Once it's done, close the door and move on to the next room. This will ensure that your whole house gets packed properly. Going room-by-room will also give you the opportunity to sort through your belongings, which will allow you to downsize as you're packing.

Label Everything

When you get to your new home, you're not going to want to open every box to find out where things go. Take some of the work out of unpacking by labeling all your boxes. Label each box with the room it belongs in. It's also a good idea to write a brief description of what's inside the box. When it's time to move into your new home, you'll know right where to put each of your boxes. The additional description will allow you to locate must-have items quickly while you're unpacking.

Order a Dumpster

While you're packing – and downsizing – you're probably going to find things that you want to throw away. That's where a dumpster comes in handy. Contact your local garbage company and have a dumpster delivered to your home. You'll be able to toss out everything you no longer need without filling up your curbside trash bins.

Double-Check the Utilities

While you're in the process of moving, it can be easy to forget about important details, such as your utilities. The last thing you want is to get to your new home and find out you don't have electricity. About one week before your move date, contact the utility companies and make sure you're on the schedule for service. Make a follow-up call the day before you move. This will ensure that your utilities are on and ready to go when you move in.

If you're planning a move, don't let the work get to you. Use the tips provided here to help alleviate some of the work – and stress – associated with moving day. To get more information, be sure to talk to your moving company.

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