May is the typical month to begin the process if you’re in the market to move, making it National Moving Month. Who knew that was a thing! Each year, the Tuesday after Memorial Day (this year May 30) is one of the busiest moving days of the year. Some call it National Moving Day, which jump-starts the summer moving season. Most people in the US move between May and September. Maybe because it’s between school years, or maybe because of the nicer summer weather. Either way, the summer months can be busy and stressful if you’re not prepared.
Finding your new home is the fun part. When reality kicks in that you have to pack and move, don’t panic! Take a deep breath, slow down and follow these steps to stay organized and on-track.
1. Get Organized
Ask yourself this question – Are you moving directly into your new home? Your answer could add extra steps to your plan.
If you answered no, are you going to need to store some items while in temporary housing? If so, you have two options, hire a moving company who can provide temporarily storage for your items, or rent a self storage unit. Renting a storage unit is often less expensive. However, during summer months, available storage units get rented quickly. You should have plenty of options near your new home, so start looking early and reserve a unit ahead of time. Quick tip: some storage facilities might charge a reservation fee and during the summer it’s worth paying it to guarantee your space and give you peace of mind!
If the answer is yes… get packing!
To help keep you organized use a moving checklist. Here’s a checklist I like if you’re hiring a professional mover or going DIY.
2. Decide: DIY Move or Hiring a Professional
It doesn’t matter if you’re the DIY type or hiring movers. Either way, reserve your moving truck or hire a mover far enough in advance to make sure that you can move on the date that you want!
For the DIY guy or gal, here are some tip on how to properly pack a moving truck. Now go find some friends and family to help!
If you’re hiring a professional mover here are some tips to help you hire the right one:
- Get a written estimate from several movers. The estimate should be based on an in-person inspection of your household goods.
- It’s also important to review the “Summary of Information” (or a similar type of form). This document should outline their responsibilities and the rights you have as the customer.
- Hire a licensed mover! Your stuff is important, make sure the company you hire is trusted. You can double-check a movers’ license here www.protectyourmove.com.
3. Have Extra Packing Materials On-hand
No matter how many boxes you think you’ll need, you’ll ALWAYS need more! Your movers won’t provide everything you need. Be sure to stock up on boxes, packing paper or newsprint, tap and trash bags. If you’re leaving items in storage for extended periods of time you might also consider mattress and furniture covers.
If you are hiring professional movers, a tip from past experience, have them pack your electronics and any expensive artwork. If something happens during transport you’re more likely to get some reimbursement money if they movers’ pack those items.
4. Know You Stuff
Keep your stuff organized by inventorying each box you pack. Label each box by room and items packed. Then create a master inventory list for your records. It sounds cumbersome, but when something comes up missing you’ll be glad you took the extra time to stay organized! Professional mover tip: If you’re making a cross-country move, a professional moving company will number and list each box, bag and piece of furniture as they pack the truck.
Planning, organizing, reserving storage units and moving trucks in advance are keys to making this busy moving season easier to handle. For more ideas, check out some of our additional moving and storage tips: https://www.greatvaluestorage.com/storage-tips. Good luck this moving season!
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