Tips for a Better Short Distance Move
Short distance moves are considered any relocation within 60 miles. You can usually make these moves in a day with the benefit of being able to visit your new home more frequently to prepare it for the move.
Whether you move yourself or use professional short distance movers, you can take steps to ensure a smooth, low-stress move. Here are some tips that will help make your move successful.
Prepare Your New Home
When moving short distances, you have the luxury of being able to spend some time at your new home before the move. Visit your new home and take notes regarding available rooms and space. Visualize how your current living space will transform into your new living space. What furniture will go in what room? How will rooms be laid out? When it’s time to make the move, consider moving and setting up one room at a time. That way, you will not be overwhelmed with a whole house of goods at once.
Make an Inventory
It’s important to know what you will move. Often, a move will provide an opportunity to downsize or declutter, especially if you’re moving to a smaller home. When preparing a furniture inventory, take one room at a time. After inventorying furniture, move on the white goods, clothing, mirrors and wall hangings, lamps, plants, kitchenware, carpets, and other home accessories. On your inventory list, identify the room each item will go to in your new home.
Gather Packing Materials
Professional movers can provide packing material. Clarify upfront whether the packing material will be free or included in the moving cost. If you’re moving yourself, you can ask friends or local businesses for boxes and old newspapers for wrapping. When packing, clearly identify the content of each box and the room it will go to.
When moving short distances, a professional mover will usually complete the move in one load. If you’re moving yourself, you might need to rent a truck or van for larger furniture, while being able to transport smaller items in your car. Larger furniture should be moved first. Once furniture is loaded, you can fill any free space with boxes. If you’re renting a moving truck, you want to minimize the time you rent it to save money.
Psychologists have identified a move — whether it is across town or across the country — as a high stress event, but a move does not have to be stressful. With proper planning, a move can be the start of a new beginning.