Moving is something that most Americans experience at least a few times in their life. It’s usually a big life event. You could be moving houses, businesses, or moving off to college. It’s an opportunity to start a new chapter in your life, yet it is usually dreaded as much as going to the dentist.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 36 millions Americans moved residences in 2014. As our population grows, so does the number of people needing to move to bigger or better places.
Although moving will always be a lot of work, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. There are a few simple things you can do to help keep things running smoothly, and all of it comes down to being prepared and using moving protection products.
Always plan ahead (way ahead!). The key to having a good move is having a good plan, and good plans take time to put together. If you are hiring a moving company, make sure you do your research and find the one that can fit your needs as well as your budget, and if you are doing it yourself be sure you are renting the right truck and that your one friend with the pick up is available that day. In any case make sure you read reviews! There is no better way to give yourself a headache on moving day then having to work with a company that isn’t willing to work with you.
Regardless of if you are hiring out or doing it yourself make sure you have all of your belongings organized in the most efficient way. Label all of your boxes when you pack them, and pad anything that is of value.
If you are planning to do the move with a few friends, get your schedule straight in advance. Make sure you have a plan for where and when the truck is being picked up, when everyone is arriving, and most importantly what is everyone going to eat. It’s going to be hard to move on an empty stomach, and if you plan on eating at the new place, you might need to do a little research on what food is available in that area.
Do whatever you can to avoid over straining yourself. Getting your expensive armoire to your new place should mean having to break your back. Luckily you have a lot of options for moving big furniture. Apart from the traditional method of using dollies and moving carts, you can also consider furniture sleds. Both Hard Surface Sleds and Carpet Surface Sleds are a great and easy way to move furniture across your house and they are very useful for when you need to position all of your furniture after all of the movers are gone. They come with handles that connect right to the sleds, which give you the option to pull your belongings as easily as you push them.
Make sure you take a little extra time and make a little extra investment in moving protection. Moving protection is essentially any product that is used to protect the surfaces inside a building during a move. It’s important to utilize protective products during a move, because costs from damages can add up making a once affordable move, very expensive.
Doors and doorframes are the easiest thing to ruin in a move. One wrong move with a table or a desk can leave a very nasty scratch or dent. Using moving protection supplies such as Entry Shield and Door Armor is a quick easy way to avoid potential damage. They take seconds to install, and comes off even easier. Not only does it prevent damage to the properties but it keeps your belongings safe too.
Even if you hire movers, these are always good to have on hand incase the movers don’t plan to protect your doors. It’s easier to take a minute to protect your property rather than having to argue with a moving company for hours to pay for damages.