While it would be wonderful if you could simply hire professional moving services and not have to do any of the work yourself, this just isn't a reasonable expectation. While a moving company can easily box up your stuff and move your furniture to your new house, there are most definitely things you need to do yourself. To this end, here is a list of five things you need to do to prepare for your upcoming move:
#1: Sort and Purge Your Unwanted Items
Since you need to pay for every pound of your belongings that you move, it is a good idea to sort and purge out the items you no longer need or want. If you have items you are not using or that will not fit into your next home, then you should purge them before you move. Once you have moved, then you will no longer feel like doing all of the work, so do it before you move.
#2: Pack Your Own Small Valuables and Plan to Move Them Yourself
Before your moving day arrives, you should pack all of your small valuables, such as:
- coin collections
- trading card collections
Label the box with a code word rather than "valuables" or "jewelry" to hide their value. For example, use the term "toilet paper" or "Christmas items" that will not attract theft.
#3: Prepare Your Motorized Tools for the Move
Since you do not want to move your lawnmower or gocart with a full gas tank, take the time to either use all of their gas or empty it into a gas can. Items moved full of flammable fluids are a fire and explosion risk during the moving process for you or your moving company's staff.
#4: Sort and Purge Your Important Documents
If you are like most homeowners, then you have a desk full of paperwork that you may or may not need. In the time before your moving date, take the time to sit at a paper shredded and sort all of your paperwork. Place the important documents into a box for moving, and shred all of the documents and old bills you no longer need.
#5: Make Plans to Move Your Family's Pets
Finally, you are responsible for moving your family's pets, so you need to make plans for their move. To keep your cats and dogs out of the way and safe during your move, make plans for a safe place to keep them while you move.