So, you were looking for a new home that better suited your needs. You found exactly what you were looking for just a short drive from your old home. However, now comes the task of getting your family and possessions over there. Moving will always be a very involved process, but by the virtue of your house hunting skills, your short-distance move has the potential to be substantially cheaper, easier and faster than you had anticipated. Here is some advice from Isaac’s Moving and Storage, a leading local moving company, on making sure that you do reap the full benefits of your choice:
Point A – Your old home
One of the biggest benefits of a short-distance and local moves is that you can complete your move in a single day, sparing you a variety of hassles and additional costs. During long-distance moves, the last few days before moving are usually quite difficult, as any perishables must be finished or disposed of, and almost everything you own has been safely packed away. You also avoid the substantial cost of a hotel stay while you wait for your belongings to arrive at your new home. While your belongings are most certainly still going to be packed up for a short-distance move, you can be far more selective as to what needs to be packed, when it needs to be packed and whether it needs to be as securely packed away.
Perishable items such as food can be transported without going off: Bag them in freezer bags and pack them into cooler bags and ice chests on the morning of your move. If you’re worried about not being able to fit it all, don’t hesitate to ask local friends or neighbors if you could borrow theirs. As you’re not moving too far, it isn’t a problem to return anything that you’ve borrowed, and you can always invite them to a house-warming party as a way of thanking them.
You can separate some items you would prefer to move yourself, as you can make multiple trips with your own vehicle. Items such as loose clothing that are easily packed should go with the movers, but some smallerfragile items or art can be transported by yourself. Don’t take risks just to save money, any larger, fragile or heavy items are much safer being moved by a reliable and reputable moving company. Their bulk transportation capability and experienced movers make moving substantially easier, particularly when it comes to bulky and/or heavy items like furniture.
Point B – Your new home
Before the movers arrive, it’s a good ideato make a quick trip to your new home, to make sure that it is ready to receive your belongings. This includes ensuring that it is reasonably clean and that you have a good idea of where your furniture needs to go. This allows you to avoid unnecessary heavy lifting later. Consider leaving a family member or friend there to guide the movers when they do arrive with your belongings.
Once your goods have all been offloaded, unpack your living essentials. You are highly likely to be tired and exhausted, so having your essentials unpacked allows you to enjoy a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep before unpacking the next day. If you have brought perishables with you, make sure to connect and repack your refrigerator and freezer to prevent any of them from going off.
Some Points to Remember
Just because you are moving a short distance doesn’t mean this is completely different to a long move.
- Items should be packed carefully and boxed to avoid breakage
- The move cost is based on the time taken, so preparing and packing ahead of time will save you money.
If you choose to take the hassle out of your short-distance move with the use of professional movers, the team at Isaac’s Moving and Storage is more than happy to help. With a 77% customer return and referral rate, you can be confident that our short-distance moving division will get the job done right. If you would like more information, moving tips or a quote, feel free to contact us today.