The local moving a step-by-step checklist.
The local moving a step-by-step checklist brought to you by one of the leading movers des moines – MidAmerican Moving.
Moving is stressful for everyone, but it doesn’t have to be horrible. With this guide, you will learn to approach your move with the most basic steps to complete before moving day arrives. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to relax and enjoy the process instead of worrying about it.
1- Protect your fragile items.
Cracked or broken glass is one of the worst things that can happen during a move, so make sure that plates, glasses, vases are all wrapped in moving paper and marked as ‘fragile. It will help to reduce the risk of damage considerably. Of course, if you’re hiring professional movers, they should know how to handle these items without causing breakages, but it doesn’t hurt to take those extra precautions yourself.
2- Save time and money by grouping.
Before you start packing (if possible), go round the house and decide what goes where: books together; toiletries together; kitchen equipment together; clothing in wardrobes/ drawers, etcetera. It will save you a lot of time and effort in packing later on and help to avoid breakages. It is also easier for the removal team to get things where they need to go by grouping them.
3- Plan for the worst.
No matter how careful you plan to be, it’s likely that during a move, a box or two might get lost, crushed, or damaged by water ingress. So, make sure that delicate objects go into boxes with plenty of padding, such as polystyrene chips/balls, bubble wrap, etcetera. Also, for precious items, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in quality packing cases from places that offer great protective features such as locks and hinges to keep the contents safe.
4- Label everything.
It is one of the most important things to do when packing, so take your time and make sure that every box has its contents listed on it at least, and preferably in several places for extra security. If you hire professional movers, they will often provide these labels for you, but if not, there are plenty of shops that sell pre-printed labels.
5- Take advantage of storage solutions.
Most people don’t realize that self-storage can be an affordable way to rent out space during a move; plus, it saves valuable living space while you’re going through a stressful event. Several companies out there offer this sort of temporary storage, so always look around and compare prices before committing to a plan – it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
6- Prepare for last-minute packing.
Every good mover knows that being prepared is the key to success, so have boxes set aside at least one day before your move just in case. While most furniture is easy to pack well beforehand, large items such as TVs/home entertainment units, etcetera, should be considered on a case-by-case basis since they take up too much room when packed away for too long.
7- Know when to call for help.
Even if you’ve taken all possible precautions and packed everything yourself, the job is likely going to take a lot longer than you expected, so make sure that you’ve got people on standby to help out if necessary. It could mean anything from getting family members involved (or hired hands) with the packing process right up to having movers on hand to do all of the heavy liftings. Either way, knowing when assistance is needed will allow you to move with minimal delays and stress.
8- Tidy up before moving day.
No one likes moving house; there’s no denying that fact. But one thing which can make the experience even worse is having your home littered with boxes and belongings beforehand. It means not only would you have trouble finding something, but more often than not, those ‘lost’ items will turn out to be somewhere where they’re difficult to move. So make sure that you pack everything neatly, and don’t forget to label boxes accordingly before moving day, and it could save you a lot of pain later on.
Movers usually cover the entire state, so feel free to ask them if your destination is situated elsewhere.
9- Get estimates from moving companies.
The first thing necessary for a move is finding out how much it would cost. An excellent way to do this is by getting three or four quotes from moving companies to get an average price for your move’s convenience. When making these calls, make sure you speak with someone who can give you information on what they offer in their services – don’t just rely on online quotes that may have hidden fees.
10- Get rid of anything you don’t need anymore, like old clothes or books.
If you are moving to a smaller place, it is essential to get rid of everything you no longer use. Make sure you take all the items out for them to be donated or recycled.
11- Make a list of all the things you need to do before the move, including packing, arranging utilities and phone service, canceling magazine subscriptions, etc.
Make sure to check with your local utility companies about whether they will charge hefty shut-off fees if certain services such as gas and electricity get disconnected before paying previous bills (it would be best if this happened beforehand). Another thing you can do is to order a PO box number for future accounts, magazines subscriptions, etc. Also, make sure that your phone line gets transferred before the old place is left – if any problems arise, you will have someone to talk with to resolve them.
12- Find someone who can help with loading and unloading.
Unless you are superman or superwoman, it would be difficult for one person to load everything by themselves – we recommend that you have at least two people helping out, so everything goes smoothly. Depending on how much stuff you have, this might take more than one trip (full truckloads). Ensure the helpers are strong enough to lift heavy objects such as furniture and appliances; otherwise, they might get damaged during transport – this would not be good for you either.
13- Write down important dates.
When you’re moving out of your old place or into your new one; when you are closing on the sale of your old house or buying/selling a new one; when the utility services switch over.
Ensure the deadline for informing your previous landlord if you are leaving sooner than expected. A quick maintenance call may reveal some very unpleasant information, so the earlier, the better. Also, utility companies usually have an exact date when they switch service providers, so make sure to take care of it before that happens. Also, many stores require at least 30 days before starting a subscription anew, so if something catches your eye during shopping, don’t forget to ask for a discount if you are moving soon.
14- Figure out how much space is available in your new home for storage.
After going over all the details with the movers, make sure that they calculate enough space for storing old furniture and other items – what might seem like a small, compact apartment could turn out to be very deceiving when it comes to space availability. This step can save lots of problems later on when arranging furniture or belongings during unpacking.
15- Write down your registration number from your car(s);
Ensure appropriate insurance coverage for them; find out if you will have to pay tolls using highways and bridges (this varies depending on where you live).
Ensure to find out the exact registration number of your car(s) if you are using GPS or similar devices. Also, make sure that the insurance covers transportation inside the state – if not, you will have to pay for separate coverage. If toll fees are involved, be sure to ask how much this would cost and any discounts available.
16- Tell your doctor about your move.
Also, let them know where the nearest hospital is after moving (in case of an emergency); check with the previous doctor about transferring medical records onto the new doctor’s computer system.
Both you and your family members’ doctors must know your current address and phone number and contact information for family members if anything should happen. After moving, you will get a new doctor who might be unfamiliar with your medical history unless you get in touch with the previous one to provide all the necessary information.
17- Find out where you can recycle things like old electronics, batteries, motor oil, etc.
Make sure to find out the details about what kinds of hazardous products (like paint and oven cleaners) you can dispose of as regular garbage and which ones need special handling; find out how much it costs to dispose of toxic items.
There are many places where recycling is available for free or specific fees – recyclers will usually pick up stuff from your home and take them away. Ensure that everything that requires special treatment gets disposed of accordingly and that there aren’t any hidden fees.
If you follow these simple steps, moving will seem like a much easier transition than you expected!