Tips When Planning a Quick Move
Whether it’s procrastination or simply an emergency, a short notice move can come around the corner and catch you unprepared. In such a case, there’s no time for months of organization and planning that usually go along with moving. Instead, you’re left with only a couple of days, but the right strategy can still turn it into a successful relocation. Some guidance is all you need in order to plan a move in a week – so read on for more information.
Where do you start?
It’s quite easy and even understandable that you’ll feel confused in this race against time. In fact, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work involved in preparing for relocation. However, just because there’s less than a week left, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to plan a move. After all, creating a schedule won’t take up more than a few hours of your time. The result will be a clearer head and a sense of knowing the order in which to tackle individual tasks. On top of that, by creating an inventory list, you’ll be making it easier on movers too. To help you get started, check out our ultimate checklist when moving home
Another thing you shouldn’t forget is setting your moving budget. If you don’t know how to access the price yourself, phone a moving company and request an estimate. They are always free of charge, so you can get a few quotes from different movers and compare the prices. Keep in mind, however, that phone and video estimates will never be as precise as the in-home estimate.
Finding a moving company on short notice
Speaking of moving estimates, hiring a moving company to transfer your belongings is crucial. Still, having in mind that you’re looking for last-minute relocation service providers, you need to be extra careful. The first reason for this is almost universally the haste. It’s a common mistake that by wanting to be extra quick, you simply go with the first Google search result. However, we advise against that. Instead, give it a bit more time and phone at least two or three companies. Also, be prepared for possible booking problems, as many companies may not do last minute reservations.
With his in mind, you’ll want to focus only on the emergency movers in your local area. This is by far the most effective way to handle moving in a rush. By narrowing down your Google search results with the ‘last-minute’ keyword, you’ll save yourself time and simplify the searching process. Finding a reliable company will speed up your move just as a real estate agent will help you with finding your new home more quickly. Your choice matters, so choose carefully!
Packing yourself or hiring packing services?
When you plan for your move and you have less than a week before the relocation day, packing seems daunting. Truth be told, it’s not an easy task even when you have plenty of time to organize this part of the relocation process. Depending on your budget, you might consider hiring professional helpers to speed everything up. They will have your easily breakable things carefully packed, disassemble furniture, and handle all the challenging tasks.
However, if money is tight and you don’t want to spend more than you have to, a DIY approach works just as well. You can save up on packing materials by using free cardboard boxes you can get at a local supermarket. If you’re really in a hurry, even trash bags can be useful. However, make sure to use the high quality, sturdy ones which can hold the items without tearing up. When it comes to cushioning, old clothes and blankets work just as well as plastic wrap. Also, pack one room at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed. And here’s an important tip for you – don’t forget to pack essential documents separately!
Speaking of packing on your own and saving money on additional services, here’s another way to tighten your budget. It’s as simple as adhering to the following motto – the less you pack, the less it will cost. Yes, taking the minimalist approach can indeed save you a bundle, as movers usually charge according to the weight of the shipment. However, this means that you’ll have to say goodbye to some of the stuff you’re used to. That being said, your favorite high school sweater and a bunch of other stuff you’ve been nostalgically holding on to – have to go. After all, moving to a new home represents a fresh start, and in order to start a new chapter, you need to close the doors to your old one. So, when you plan a move, take some time and think about what doesn’t serve you anymore. This includes old electronic devices that have been lying around for ages – anything you’re not using.
And if you don’t feel like throwing it all away, there are options like donating or even selling. Additionally, you can even rent out a storage unit and keep those items without cluttering your new home. We’ve also written about downsizing tips for moving to a smaller property, so check that article too.
Leaving the home in the right way
Finally, when moving in a hurry, it’s easy to lose track of the whole picture. Many people focus on the largest and most obvious parts of the process, like finding reliable movers or packing. However, this means that some other parts of relocation are put to the side or not even taken into consideration until, literally, the last minute. Leaving everything in the apartment or house your moving from in order is quite important. After all, a tenant recommendation from your current landlord is usually very useful, so leaving on good note matters. Notify your landlord in due time and check your rental agreement so that you can inform them properly.
Additionally, you want to leave a clean apartment at the end of your lease. Thoroughly rinse all surfaces and double-check for any possessions in some corner or other hardly accessible places.