Moving is never fun.
Most of us have to move several times throughout our adult lives – from college, to back home, back to college, back home again, eventually moving out with roommates, then landing that first place on your own, maybe partnering up with a spouse, buying that first condo or started home, and then continuing on your real estate journey.
Since 1980, according to Census Bureau data, 43 million Americans have moved every single year. That’s a lot of U-Hauls and Ryder Truck rentals!
Still, no matter how often you’ve done it and how experienced you are, moving remains a chaotic, stressful, and often expensive experience. There are ways to make it go a lot better – even very small changes that can impact the larger processes. So here are a few ways that you can make your move as easy as possible in Boston.
Track Everything with Spreadsheets
Because every move involves a multitude of details and difficult logistics, the first step to make your move as easy as possible in Boston is to use a system to organize information. Often, that will involve spreadsheets. Nothing fancy – no pivot tables, slicers, and VLOOKUPs. Just a simple, sortable spreadsheet with dates, tasks, names, and contact information.
This will allow you far more control over the myriad details and will help you stay organized during both packing and unpacking. Launch a Google Sheet and remember, small bits of information carefully and methodically entered is the way to go.
Keep an Eye on the Small Stuff
Another way to make your move as easy as possible is by keeping track of all those little items that make the job so much easier later on. Staying organized will help you remember a variety of small tasks – where did you put your hammer, screwdriver, and drill? What about the picture hangers, tape measure, and duct tape? Keep these handy tools together and remember where you put them. And keep packing supplies organized and in one place.
Use Color-Coded Packing Tape
Color coding boxes is a great way to make your move as easy as possible in Boston. And a fast and easy way to color code is by using packing tape in different colors. This provides a faster and easier way to identify contents than just writing on the boxes. Packing tape comes in a multitude of colors these days.
Hire a Reputable and Experienced Mover
Eventually, you will stop calling in favors and assembling a team of movers that includes your sister, dad, roommate, and softball teammate. Hiring movers could be the best money you will spend – saving you time and backbreaking work, often on steamy summer days. A reputable mover makes all the difference. Professional movers with the requisite knowledge and experience can move your belongings faster and far more safely. And if you want to save money, you can do most of the packing yourself and leave the big stuff like furniture for the movers.
Walk Through Your New Living Space
A big part of moving is unpacking and setting up your new living space. So a good way to make your move as easy as possible in Boston is to scope out that new house before you start carting stuff inside. That way you won’t wind up with rooms packed with stacks of boxes while you try to figure out where everything goes. If you have one more walkthrough in your new living space beforehand, you will already know where everything should go.
Pack Overnight Bags
You also need to be prepared for the unexpected, so have everyone pack an overnight bag. If your move is delayed or takes the entire day, having a change of clothes, toiletries, and other essentials all in one spot will become a simple and welcome relief at the end of a long day. This will get you through a night or two in case your boxes with the essentials don’t arrive on time or you are unable to unpack them right away. You will still be able to rest well and tackle everything fresh when you’re ready.
Delay Big Deliveries
A seldom used but highly effective tactic to make your move as easy as possible in Boston is to delay delivery of larger items like refrigerators and couches for a few days to a week. You may have to sit on the floor for a while, but you won’t have to try to squeeze the big stuff in while you still have unpacked boxes all around. Doing a big job like this in stages is always more manageable.
Don’t Try to Do It All Yourself
If you really want to make your move as easy as possible in Boston, don’t try to do everything yourself. Call on friends and family to watch your kids or pets for the day, and definitely find the professional moving help you need. Is it really cheaper to make several trips across town in a borrowed pickup (and have to pay for food and fuel) than it is to hire a professional mover? (It’s not)
Let us help you find the best professional moving help in your area. Contact us at NextHome Titletown Real Estate today at (617) 657-9811.
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