We moved into our a few weeks ago, and the experience was both stressful and joyful at the same time. My husband and I were moving from our apartment to the house we just purchased, so we thought it wasn't going to be too bad of a process. Since summer is moving season for a lot of folks, I thought this would be a fun post to share some of the things I have learned while moving house!
1) Packing the moving truck takes longer than you think, especially if you live on the second floor of a building with no elevator. Be prepared to take doors off handles to move large furniture, such as a couch or mattress. It took us about 2 hours to load up the truck we rented with all our furniture and boxes, with the help of a few family members and friends.
2) If you don't have the luxury of having friends or family, consider hiring a moving company. They may cost you a pretty penny but you will manage to move everything in one trip as opposed to a few small trips.
3) Make sure you have plenty of cold beverages and a few snacks stocked at the new place for both yourself and the people assisting you with the move.
4) If hiring a mover, consider moving mid-week to avoid extra charges and additional fees.
5) Pack the truck so the big furniture items are last in/first out. This was a BIG mistake that we made when we moved to the house. Rearranging a truck to make space is a massive pain that we had to deal with in order to fit all of our stuff!
6) LABEL LABEL LABEL! This will make it easy when it comes time to unload the truck so your movers and assistants will know where to put the boxes at your new place.
7) Put clothing in garbage bags. This will make it easier to move and you won't have as many boxes.
8) Check parking situation at both current and future living spaces. If you're moving to/from the city, you might want to get a permit for the day to save a parking spot on the street for the moving vehicle.
9) Bring over boxes a little as a time to help cut down on time when the big day arrives. When we moved into the house, I slowly brought over kitchen appliances to not have to worry about them the day of the move.
10) If you're moving out of an apartment, keep it as CLEAN as possible. This way when you move everything out, you won't have to spend HOURS cleaning the space. Because we had to go back and clean our old apartment TWICE when we moved out for multiple hours in order for our landlord to give us back our security deposit. You will want that money back if you just bought a house to pay for any new bills or appliances you will need to purchase, like a lawnmower for example.
I would love to hear from you about any moving advice you have, so share your moving dos and dont's below in the comments section!