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Upgrading Your Family Home? 5 Ways to Make Your Move Efficient

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:39

Moving is always a stressful task, but getting it done efficiently can help reduce some of that frustration. Fortunately, there are some ways to make the move more efficient and more economical. Following some of these suggestions may help you make your move a more positive experience.

Set up a Moving Calendar

If preparation is the key to successful move, the first thing you should do is to mark everything down on your calendar. Starting two months in advance, mark down every facet of the move from changing your address to setting a deadline for getting everything packed.

Speaking of Packing

This is the time to reduce your possessions and determine what items your family really doesn’t need anymore. Clothes that have been outgrown, broken or old toys, and items that just don’t hold the same appeal can all be excluded from the move. Host a yard sale and throw away whatever is left over.

Hire a Moving Company

This is the best way to make your move more efficient. Professional movers have the tools and experience to move everything from furniture to fragile boxes without an excessive risk of damage or injuries. However, in looking for a moving company, House to Home Moving suggests ensuring that the company you choose offers a “not to exceed” price to avoid unpleasant billing surprises.

Create a Packing System

When it does come time to pack your things, creating an inventory list for each box is just one way to make the move more efficient. You can use colored tape and assign one color to each room, so the movers will know exactly where each box or piece of furniture belongs. You may also want to write the destination room on the box in a black marker to further avoid mistakes. You don’t want the added burden of shifting boxes from room to room after the move.

Pack for a Road Trip

Assign each family member the task of packing an overnight bag, just as they might do for a road trip or a flight. Include a change of clothes for the following day, sleepwear, and personal grooming items, as well as a book, tablet, or other form of entertainment. Once you get everything moved into your new home, you’ll probably be too exhausted to start unpacking right away. The overnight bags will allow you to relax and put unpacking off until the morning.

A little preparation can go a long way toward making your move a little easier. Moving will always be stressful, but, by thinking ahead, you can reduce mistakes and the frustrations of moving. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing in your new home.

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Lizzie Weakley

 About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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