Are you planning a big move? Here at Bearingstar Insurance, we understand how stressful moving can be. We believe, however, that being prepared can make all the difference. The more time you give yourself and the more organized you are, the less you’ll have to worry about on moving day. To help you achieve this, we’ve compiled 10 tips to make your next move a little better.
Get started as soon as possible
Don’t leave packing to the last minute. As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start packing up your belongings. You can begin in areas that you don’t use everyday, like your attic, basement, or other storage areas and then go room by room throughout the rest of your home. However you choose to do it, the earlier you start, the easier the process will be.
Make sure you have the tools you need
Create a list of the things you’ll need during the packing process, and make sure you have everything on hand before you start. This should include boxes of different sizes, packing tape, packing materials like newspaper or bubble wrap, scissors, furniture pads, garbage bags and basic cleaning supplies.
Be organized from start to finish
Labeling your boxes and packing up items in an organized way will make the unpacking process so much easier. When you’re labeling your boxes, mark the room that they belong in along with a general summary of what the items are. Don’t forget to mark boxes ‘Fragile’ as needed. If possible, avoid packing items from different rooms or areas of your home in the same box. This way, you can easily unload boxes directly in the rooms where they’ll need to be unpacked.
Avoid overloading boxes
The last thing you want to happen on moving day is an injury. Remember — for heavier items, use smaller boxes. Not only will a smaller box be easier to carry, it’ll also keep you from packing boxes that are too heavy to move.
Use containers you already have
Don’t forget to take advantage of items you already own during your move. Instead of buying boxes to store your clothes, for example, you can pack these items in any suitcases you already have. Backpacks, large tote bags, coolers, and storage bins are all common household items that can come in handy during your next move.
Update your home inventory as you move
Moving is a great time to take care of your home inventory. You’re already going through all of your belongings, so take note of any new purchases that aren’t on your existing home inventory. If you don’t have a home inventory, this could be a good opportunity to start one. Write things down or take photos and video as you pack up, going room by room.
Plan ahead for your kids and pets
If your children are too young to help with the move, arrange for childcare so that they are taken care of on moving day. The same should go for your pets. You don’t want them underfoot while you move — not only is this dangerous for your children and pets, it can also slow you down on the big day.
Make sure packing is done before moving day
Whether you’ve hired movers or are renting a truck to do it yourself, there’s nothing worse than scrambling to pack up those last few things on moving day. Moving is definitely a situation where it pays to be prepared — by having everything packed and ready the night before, you’ll save time and thus money either with your movers or your vehicle rental.
Be ready for your first night
After a long day of moving boxes and furniture, you likely won’t feel like unpacking everything that night. Make your first night a little easier by packing a bag of essentials for every member of your family. This can include things like changes of clothing, toiletries, electronics and chargers, and any medications you may need.
Talk to your local insurance agent to update your policies
Your local insurance agent is a great resource as you go through all of life’s changes. When it comes to moving especially, they will help you make sure your home, condo, or renters insurance policies are up-to-date and that you have the coverage you need to protect your new investment. Be sure to ask your agent about protecting your belongings while they are in transit and being delivered too!
We hope these tips make your next move a little easier. If you’d like more information about a new or existing home, condo, or renters insurance policy, please visit our website to connect with a local agent near you: http://bit.ly/2Kdp2vmBack to Blog
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