Whether you bought a new home or you’re renting, moving is basically the same. You have to pack up all your things and bring them to your new home. But there are things you can do to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.
You’ve probably heard all sorts of general tips, like get started early, label boxes clearly, find a pet sitter, etc. So we took it one step further and put together a list of tips that you may not have heard before.
The right amount of people
This may depend on the amount of stuff you own, but generally people will tell you the more the merrier. What they don’t tell you is that you should have at least six people for the task. Three people inside and three people outside. One person takes the lead outside and coordinates getting things outside. Then one person leads outdoors and coordinates the packing of the moving truck.
The assembly line method
This one applies to those moving into an apartment or condo with an elevator. When an elevator is involved, it’s like adding a small move into your bigger move because you have to move all your things from the truck, into the elevator, then into your new home. Crossing paths repeatedly in a tight space while trying to carry heavy boxes and furniture doesn’t make sense. It’s quicker to have one person packing the elevator while others unload.
When elevators are booked for specific times and you have a truck rental that needs to be back by a certain time, it’s easy to forget about staying hydrated and providing your body with the nourishment it needs to keep going strong. If you’ve moved before, you know that moving all your stuff into your new home isn’t the end of moving. There’s still a lot to do that day. So it’s important to have a lot of water and snacks, like mixed nuts, protein bars, and fruit (the least messy the better).
Keep access in mind
If you have a large moving truck, you need to keep access and clearance in mind. Most parking garages can’t accommodate large moving trucks , so you’ll be at a loading dock, but this could add time to your move because the loading dock elevator may not be close to where your unit is. You should also keep your route in mind - are there any low bridges or low-hanging trees?
Garbage bags will tear
No one wants to hear the truth - garbage bags will tear when overloaded with clothing, blankets, bedding, or anything else you want to put in a garbage bag. They don’t stack well, they’re not durable, and you can easily mistake it for an actual bag of garbage. We’re saying don’t do it, even though we know you’re going to. It’s fine. But when your wardrobe spills out into the street, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
We hope these moving tips help make your move as easy as possible.