Moving into a new house or apartment can seem like a daunting task. You’ve probably accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, and the idea of packing everything up can be enough to overwhelm anyone. But if you follow these top moving tips, you can make your next move easy and stress-free.
Timing is Everything
In real estate, you might not always have control over your timeline. But if you have any choice when it comes to your move, you should choose to move in the spring. The days are longer and the temperature is warmer, but it’s also not as hot as a summer move.
Moving to a new house in the summer can be a sweaty chore, especially if you don’t have air conditioning installed yet. And moving in the winter can be dangerous – with a layer of ice coating the ground and a limited amount of daylight to work with. Try to plan for a moving date with a forecast of sunny skies and no rain.
Pack for Success
Half of the moving struggle is packing. Before things get moving, you need to make sure all your items are packed up and ready to go.
Pack by room. The best way to pack is to tackle one room at a time. It’s a natural way to organize your belongings, and it will help keep everything together when you unpack later. Once you organize by room, then you can organize by item. Pack all your dishes together, or all your linens together. Don’t spread the same types of items across multiple boxes if you can help it.
Use labels. Remember to label your boxes clearly! When your boxes are all labeled with the room in which they belong and the items that they contain, unpacking will be so much easier.
Handle with care. Make sure that your fragile items are properly protected for the move. Wrap your delicate items with unprinted paper – newspaper is convenient, but the newsprint can leave stains behind. It’s also a good idea to put towels or other soft materials on the bottom of boxes containing delicate items.
Get the right box. Boxes and containers designed specifically for moving can make the whole process easier. Wardrobe boxes can help you easily transport hanging clothing, and mirror boxes can help protect your mirrors. Boxes with handles are the best for moving – giving the movers something to hold onto.
Get the Right Vehicle for the Job
If you have a car, it probably can’t fit everything you own. It probably can’t even fit your couch. When you move, you will most likely need a bigger vehicle to help you do it. Luckily, AAA members can save on truck rentals from Penske.
Penske offers truck rentals from cargo vans all the way up to 26-foot trucks. So which is right for you?
If you’re moving from a small apartment or a studio, try a high roof cargo van, which has the capacity of about 1 room, or a 12-foot truck, which has the capacity of 2.
If you’re moving from a bigger apartment or a standard-sized house, opt for a 16-foot truck, which has the capacity of 2-3 rooms, or a 22-foot truck, which has the capacity of 3-5.
Are you making a really big move, with even more cargo? The mammoth 26-foot truck has the capacity of 5-7 rooms.
Don’t forget – when renting a truck from Penske, AAA members receive exclusive savings of 12% or more.
Sometimes, you can’t do it all on your own. If you’re facing a massive move, it might be time to get help from the professionals. That’s where Atlas comes in. AAA members can get exclusive discounts and savings when moving with Atlas.
As one of the oldest and largest moving companies in the country, Atlas’s ProMovers have mastered the art of every type of move. They can help you with local moves, long-distance moves, international moves, military moves, government moves, downsizing, moving special items and more.
It’s a great way to get some peace of mind and make sure your move is as stress-free and seamless as possible.
AAA members save an average of $600 on state-to-state moves with Atlas. Members can also qualify for additional discounts.
Do you have a tip that helped with your last move? Let us know in the comments below!