Three Tricks for Efficient Moving and Storage
03.21.2014 | Moving Tips | Deidra Poltersdorf
Relocating comes with its fair share of hassles. Packing alone can be both physically and emotionally taxing. However, there are ways to make moving and storage tasks a little easier, both of which are elements National Van Lines takes very seriously.
Recently, while talking to some of our clients, they shared some simple tips that made a big difference in making the moving process a smooth one.
1. Create a Realistic, Doable Timeline
The secret to a trouble-free move is establishing a timeline for when things need to get done as far in advance as possible. Grab a calendar and make a to-do list accordingly, following guidelines such as:
- Two months out: Use a floor plan to arrange furniture, reserve a moving company and create a file for receipts and papers related to the move.
- One month out: Schedule utility hand-offs, pack off-season items and map out new commutes.
- Two weeks out: Find a babysitter, transfer prescriptions and collect boxes for packing.
2. Make a Budget
Expenses quickly add up if you are not careful. Take just a few minutes to jot down a budget for costs associated with moving and storage. Common costs include fuel, packing supplies and incidentals. This can help you stay within your means when deciding whether to spring for fancy bubble wrap or use old t-shirts to pad the kitchen plates.
3. Enlist Help
Your move will likely be a lot easier if you hire someone to watch pets and children. The last thing you want is to trip over little feet or paws while carrying a box of breakable items. Make sure you add the cost of the sitter to your moving budget.
Relocating can be much easier when you get organized. Creating a timeline, making a budget for moving and storage costs, and hiring a babysitter are three great ways to minimize the stress around a move. Our staff at National Van Lines can take even more work off your plate. Find out how we can help with your next move by contacting us online or giving us a call at (800) 676-9270.