When you think of moving, the first tasks that come to mind are probably packing boxes and loading a truck. But that's only half of the moving process. You also need to unload everything, unpack, and get settled into your new home. And by the time you get to that stage of moving, you'll already be exhausted. Anything you can do to simplify the move-in process will be greatly beneficial. Here are five ways to make the move-in process easier.
Have Your Movers Unpack for You
If you are hiring a moving company to help you move, hire one that offers unpacking services, too. Even if you ultimately end up moving things around into their permanent locations, having someone else un-box everything and reassemble your large furniture will take away a lot of the stress associated with moving in.
When looking for a mover, check to see whether they include unpacking in their original quote. If they do not include already, ask what it would cost to add unpacking services to your packages. Having movers unpack for you is not as costly as you might think, and some moving companies, like Azalea City Moving Co., even include it for free with a residential move.
Create a Schedule
Moving in will feel a lot less overwhelming if you have a schedule to follow. So a week or two before your move, sit down and plan out the first week in your new home. Write down tasks that you must tackle each day, from rearranging the kitchen to visiting your child's new school. If you can visually see on paper how your moving-in tasks fit into your schedule, you can nix that overwhelming fear that you won't have time for everything.
Consider creating your move-in schedule on a large paper calendar. When you get into your new home, hang it on the wall so that all family members can see and reference it easily.
Clean Before Unpacking
Hopefully, the house or apartment you're moving into will be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive. But even if this is the case, you may want to clean certain things like the sinks and floors yourself just to assure yourself they are spotless. Arrange to arrive at your new home a few hours before your movers so that you can clean before they start unloading boxes. This way, you won't have to work around furniture and boxes while cleaning.
Give Yourself Time Before Work or School Starts
If you are moving for a new job, try to schedule your move-in date at least a week before your new job starts and a week before your children need to be in school. This way, you can take your time unpacking and rearrange everything without also having to adapt to a new work and school schedule. You can enjoy the process of settling in and getting to know your new home and town before "real life" starts again.
Take Care of Paperwork and Phone Calls in Advance
Call utility companies, the post office, your insurance company, and other relevant companies before you even arrive at your new home. Also, file any necessary paperwork well in advance of your move. If you take care of these obligations in advance, you won't have to dig through boxes to find any relevant paperwork when you first move in, and you'll have more time to focus on unpacking and settling in instead.
Follow the tips above, and moving into your new home should be a breeze. If you're looking for a moving company that offers free unpacking services, contact Azalea City Moving Co. We provide local and in-state moving services throughout the Mobile area.