A Moving Checklist. 10 Simple Steps To Prepare For A Local Move

Let’s face it, we all know that moving is stressful. That’s why we’ve created an epic moving checklist to help you stay on track. With some direction and this checklist for your upcoming move, you’ll be sure to have everything done between now and the big day, leaving you plenty of time to celebrate. It’s important for you to plan for every aspect of your move. The good news? We’ve got you covered. We won’t lie–there’s a lot to do to prepare. Yet, you’ll be thankful you started early and had this epic moving checklist to ensure you stay on top of your to-do list.

  • Create a moving checklist and budget

First and maybe the most important for the begging of your move, draft a moving checklist that includes a timeline. Everyone’s timeline will look different depending on how much notice is given before the move. Some people will have two months and others might have two weeks. Creating a moving checklist and marking every item you have packed in detail will ensure that there will be no loss of your items during your move. It will also make the process of unpacking all the easier if you have a detailed list of everything that you have packed in specific boxes. If you’ve hired All Out Moving Santa Clara to also pack your entire house before your move, we will handle the inventory, leaving absolutely no room for hassle on your end. Also, you need to include a realistic moving budget. Only you know how much money you can spend on your upcoming relocation.

  • Weigh the pros and cons of hiring professional movers

If you don’t have access to willing family and friends who are ready to be there at every aspect of your move, it might make sense to hire professional movers. The amount of work we take off your plate during this stressful time might be well worth the added cost.

Hiring professional movers can be a great experience—if you hire the right company. Don’t be afraid to ask questions before signing a contract. This due diligence will give you peace of mind as moving day approaches. Hiring All Out Moving Santa Clara should be your first decision! We will take the stress away from the moving and packing process.

  • Choose the best moving company for your move

Most people might not spend much time researching different local moving companies, as they believe that moving locally is simple and that every moving company out there will get you from point A to point B. While this may be true, it is also equally important to think about the condition your belongings will arrive in once they’ve reached the destination. Choosing a moving company that is both licensed and insured is one of the most important parts of your entire move, and even if you’ve been delicately packing your items for a month, that won’t really matter if you’ve hired movers that do not care about the safety of your belongings, and don’t have the insurance to cover them either. Hiring a dedicated local moving company, with a variety of services that will best fit your moving needs and wishes, will ensure a successful moving experience and complete satisfaction on your end. With the right movers like All Out Moving Santa Clara, you won’t have to lift a finger, and every aspect of your move will be expertly taken care of, making a world of a difference and saving you both energy and time for settling into your new home or office.

  • Hire your movers early

Once you’ve made the decision, and decided on the best movers to handle your move, it is best to pick a date if you haven’t already. Keep in mind that you might save money moving off-season, as well as during the week- not on weekends, and before the end of the month, as this is when most people tend to move. However, if you have decided on a weekend, or end-of-the-month move, you’re going to need to give your movers a call at least a few weeks in advance to ensure that they have an open slot for your desired moving day. Keep your eye on the weather on your move day, as moving on a rainy day can slow your move down unnecessarily and might slightly throw you off schedule.

  • Have a packing plan

As you probably know, the packing is the hardest part of every relocation. Developing a packing plan before actually diving into this tedious task, is a smart way to stay organized and possibly finish the process much faster. Choosing which rooms to go through first, keeping check of the correct ways to pack all of your belongings and which items are most important to be packed correctly is a great way to start your packing venture. Every packing-related detail you can think of should be a part of your ultimate packing plan, ensuring packing success and ease the process immensely.

  • Declutter so you can pack less

A crucial packing tip is making sure you don’t move anything that you no longer need. This is the best time to get rid of all the items you don’t use anymore. Lighten your stress and workload by decluttering before you enter the packing stage, which means figuring out what to toss, keep, sell, or donate. Take measurements of your new home and get rid of any furniture that won’t fit or you know you won’t use it. You’ll be going through even the smallest of items, and you can also consider having a yard sale, donating your unwanted items, or simply throwing them away. Getting rid of your unwanted items can speed up your move immensely, and also ensures that those belongings won’t get in the way while you’re settling into your new home.

  • Buy supplies

Evaluating the amount of packing supplies can often be trickier than not, and most people tend to underestimate the amount they are going to need. Most people realize how much stuff they actually own, once they start taking everything out at once and placing it into boxes. On one hand, it is great to have more packing supplies than needed, minimizing the risk of having to run to the hardware store mid-packing and buy some more. However, you’d be spending money on supplies you’re going to use once or twice, and having spare materials that you won’t be using might be a waste of money. This is why it is important to make a detailed packing plan and determine the appropriate amount of packing supplies you will actually be put to use during packing. You probably want to save some money by buying supplies by yourself, but that’s not completely true, cause you will lose a lot of time, and maybe you will buy more or less than you need. The easiest way is to hire All Out Moving Santa Clara both for packing and moving. That way, you will let us deal with packing supplies. 

  • Be creative while packing

It’s important for the whole moving process to stay organized, print off multi-colored packing labels, or use different colored masking tape and give each room its own color. Label the contents of each box and include the room it belongs to. Then in your new place, use colored tape to mark entrances to rooms. Writing down some of the contents of the box, as well as labeling your boxes can make the world of a difference when your movers have finished the unloading process and you have to organize every single one by room, before actually unpacking everything. This moving tip will save movers a ton of time. Instead of needing to read the label explicitly or play the room guessing game, they can just match color to color.

  • Get Insurance Coverage

If you rent a truck – opt for the insurance coverage. Although many private insurance policies might cover rental car damage very few cover damages if you get into an accident in a rental truck (which are classified as “equipment.”). If you use a moving company and full-service, be sure to ask about insurance coverage options to protect your belongings. You should also ask to see the moving company’s proof or worker’s comp insurance. If you inadvertently hire “day labor” or the truck company does not carry insurance, you could be at least partially liable for moving-related injuries to workers. At All Out Moving Santa Clara, basic insurance coverage is included and there are no hidden costs or extra taxes, so- no surprises!

  • To save time, don’t rush

It might seem counter-intuitive, but moving fast means taking your time. Don’t rush throwing things onto the moving truck without thought behind it. This mistake could be timely if things get damaged or something is forgotten. You’ll also feel a lot more stress if you’re rushing around. Be diligent but don’t rush.

There are a lot of moving parts to any move, and this guide only scratches the surface. Hopefully, these tips and pieces of advice help start you on the path to a simple and stress-free move. Being prepared is the key to success in a lot of ways, whether that preparation is involving hiring your movers, packing your goods, or being ready for your arrival in your new community. As long as you continually look for ways that you can prepare yourself for issues before they actually occur, you should find that your move could go off without a hitch. If you are moving locally in Santa Clara CA, hiring All Out Moving Santa Clara is something you should definitely do! Get your free moving quote today and see why are we the best local moving and packing company out here!

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