Are you moving out for the first time? First of all, you need to know that moving is a complicated and difficult process that requires a lot of preparation and planning in order to be done properly. Of course, when you are doing it for the first time, there will be a lot of confusion and stress involved as well. Still, if you do proper research and manage to find good and reliable movers to assist you, you can actually turn your potentially complex relocation into a smooth and enjoyable process. To help you do that, Cardinal Van Lines has prepared some helpful tips. Take a look.
You cannot move stress-free without making a moving plan
As we already mentioned, moving is a very complex process. And when you are moving out for the first time, preparation is the key. That is why the first thing that you need to do is to prepare some sort of a moving plan that will help you stay on track and ensure that you do not forget something. Think about changing your address, calling utility companies, creating a moving budget, decluttering, packing, and finding some good and reliable interstate moving companies Florida has to offer.
First, start preparing your moving inventory
Even though moving is emotionally hard the physical part of the work is actually even more difficult. And when it comes to the logistics part of the moving process itself, handling your possessions is the primary part of the job. That is why after you make a moving plan you need to start dealing with your items. First, you need to understand that the difficulty of the process, as well as its final cost, mostly depends on the number of items you have to relocate.
For example, most moving companies from Florida to New Jersey will estimate the price according to the weight of your moving inventory. That is why, if you want to reduce your expenses and ease your move significantly, you need to get rid of some items. Consider removing large and heavy pieces of furniture that might not fit into your small new apartment. Remove items that you do not use regularly or items that are cheaper to buy than to relocate.
There are many ways in which you can remove excess items before the move
Once you decide what items you want to get rid of, you can:
- Organize a yard sale â€“ This is the most difficult but also the most profitable way to get rid of old items
- Sell items online â€“ A good and easy way to get rid of excess items. Still you never know how long it will take you to sell them
- Sell items to a used items retailer â€“ Sell a large number of items quickly. But do not expect to earn as much as you would on a garage sale.
- Donate to charity â€“ There are many charity organizations that will appreciate your furniture or clothes donation. You might become eligible for certain tax deductions when you donate to charity during a move. Moreover, most charity organizations will come to you to pick up the stuff.
- Put your items to storage â€“ Of course, this is a good solution when you are moving locally. However, if you are moving from Florida to New York for example, this might not be the best idea.
- Call a junk removal service â€“ If your items are not in the best condition, calling a junk removal service might be the best way to remove them.
A moving inventory list will help you in many ways
Once you remove the junk make a list of items that will be traveling with you to your new home. A precise moving inventory list will help you prepare your move properly, allow you to precisely calculate the number of required moving boxes, and it will help your movers give you an accurate moving estimate. Moreover, you can use that list to check your items after delivery.
Moving is an expensive process and only people with experience can reduce its cost
Once you are clear about the number of items that you have to relocate, you can start preparing your moving budget. Moving, especially long-distance, is not cheap. You do not want to end up broke after, or even worse, during a move. That is why it is very important to do your calculations before you hire a moving company. If you are moving out for the first time, surely you have no clue about the possible expenses that you might come across. Therefore, we suggest doing a little research before you start this process.
Finding suitable movers requires time and effort
Finally, once everything is ready, you can start searching for movers. And if you are moving out for the first time, you need to be extra careful with this. There are many fraudulent and incompetent movers on the market. So in order to ensure a safe and stress-free move, you need to make sure that you find reliable movers with experience and proper equipment. Also, bear in mind that every moving company offers a unique set of moving services. So you need to check many movers before you find a company that can handle your move properly. Of course, our suggestion is to hire a full-service moving company as they will be able to help you with packing, furniture disassembling, piano moving, etc.
Prepare properly and follow our tips to ensure a smooth move
As you can see, there are many things that you need to do when moving out for the first time. However, if you prepare properly and follow our tips, having a safe and easy move is definitely possible.