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Making a Local Move? Tips to Make it Manageable

Perhaps you are moving a few blocks over or a few miles from where you currently live. While a local move may not be as intricate as a long-distance move, they still require preparation and organization. Local moves are not always as simple as they may seem. And, a short-distance local move is just as stressful as a longer one.

Here are some tips to help you get ready for your local move.

Prepare Ahead

As soon as you know you are moving, start making plans as soon as possible. Just because you’re moving a short distance away doesn’t mean you can delay making a plan, a timeline, and getting everything ready.

Create a moving budget, gather packing materials, and obtain quotes from local moving companies so that you can lock in your desired moving date.

Purge What You Don’t Need

It makes sense to eliminate items you no longer use before you set up in your new home. Unwanted possessions take up space, make the packing process more cumbersome, and add to clutter in your new home. Wouldn’t you rather have a fresh start in your new place?

Scour your drawers, closets, basement, garage, and cabinets, and gather the items that are unused and collecting dust. Donate these items — large and small — or sell them online.

Secure Boxes

New moving boxes can be expensive. If you’re moving locally, check with your mover for less expensive, gently used boxes.

If you want to see if you can wrangle a bunch of free boxes, check with local stores and see if they’re discarding any boxes after a large shipment. You can also ask your friends if they have any you can use — often, people hold onto boxes for future use. Make sure the used boxes are clean, sturdy, and free of pests.

Pack Wisely

Efficient packing will make your move more manageable. 

Start by packing the least used items first. Holiday decor and other out-of-season things like clothing are excellent places to start. Pack up items in the attic, basement, or garage. Make sure you label everything. On the label, list the contents and the room it should go to in your new house. If things from your basement or attic are already in bins for storage purposes, make sure you label those too. It’s essential to know what’s in them and where they need to end up at your new place.

After you finish in those areas, move on to other items in your house that you don’t need daily, like books, collections, movies, and artwork. As you move to the rest of the house, it’s helpful to pack one room at a time. Securely wrap all your fragile items, and again, label every box. Just because you’re not going too far doesn’t mean you should carelessly throw things together. It’ll make unpacking and settling into your new home much easier.

Pick the Right Time to Move

If you have the flexibility of when you make your local move, check with your professional movers to see if you have any advantage of moving on a non-peak day. Sometimes moving on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in the middle of the month might save you some money.

Local Moves Made Easy

A local move may initially seem simple to complete. However, you’ll still do the same amount of packing and heavy lifting as a long-distance move.

Even a short-distance local move will be much less stressful if you have professionals to help you. Consider hiring a professional moving company to complete the hard work and transport your items for you.

We can help with your local move. Call us today for a free quote.



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