Moving for the first time is equally as exciting as it is intimidating. You’re finally getting a place to call your own but moving is no easy feat. The stress can quickly take over the excitement without proper planning. To ensure your transition into this incredible milestone in your life has more happiness than hassles, there are many moving tips you can follow.
Create a Moving Budget
For the first time in your life, you’ll be solely responsible for your financial situation; not having the safety net that often comes from living at home can certainly be something that will take some time to get used to. However, determining your moving budget prior to the big day can give you peace of mind while also ensuring you have the funds needed to move to your new humble abode.
What may surprise you though is that moving costs aren’t just the price of renting a moving truck or hiring professional movers. There are many additional costs, such as the rental of moving equipment, as well as the potential extra fees, such as returning the moving truck late, that need to be considered when determining your budget.
Additionally, you’ll also want to factor in the cost of moving materials. From moving boxes to packing tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap, these little things can quickly add up, so make sure you have allotted some of your moving budget to cover them.
With Bekins Moving Solutions, the majority of moving equipment is included in the price. So, this is one extra expense you don’t have to worry about.
Consider Moving Less and Storing More
As you prepare to move out of your parents’ home and into your own, you’ll likely come across several items that you don’t need or want to have in your new space. While you may be tempted to store such items in your childhood bedroom or your parents’ basement, it’s highly recommended to rent a storage unit instead. Not only will this allow your parents to have more use of their newfound space but it’ll also ensure your items remain in optimal condition.
Additionally, by minimizing the number of items you’ll be moving, you’ll be able to reduce the cost of the actual move, as most moving companies charge based on weight.
Have an Overnight Bag
One secret moving hack that many homeowners only discovered after a couple of moves is the need for an overnight bag. After a long day of moving, you likely won’t have much time (or energy) left in the day to start unpacking. Unfortunately, if you do not have an overnight bag, you are forced to go through your belongings until you find what you need to settle in for the night.
As a rule of thumb, your overnight moving bag should include enough items to last you two days. So, pack as if you’re going away on a weekend getaway with minimal amenities.
Learn How to Pack Properly
Learning how to pack your items properly will save you an abundance of stress and time. This process is significantly more complex than simply tossing some items in a box and writing something on the side. As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to create a coding system that tells you the priority of items inside each box, as well as the assigned room.
This allows for the highest priority of boxes to be placed in easy-to-access areas, instead of at the bottom of stacked boxes. It also allows you to unload the boxes from the moving truck and place them in the exact areas they need to go.
If all of this seems overwhelming to you, professional movers will come to you as a significant benefit. These professionals have perfected the moving process to ensure a safe, efficient and effective relocation of your items. At Bekins Moving Solutions, our full-service moving packages take care of the most daunting tasks involved with a move, allowing you to sit back and enjoy this amazing time in your life that only comes around once.