Moving is considered a hectic, stressful experience by most people. Apart from packing and organizing everything, you also have to worry about ensuring that all your items are delivered to your new home in good condition.
There is always the risk that some of your furniture or equipment might get damaged or lost in transit. The risk is greater when you are moving over a longer distance, like moving to a new city or state.
There are some ways to track your stuff better and minimize the risk of accidental damage or loss. We share a few tips that can help you keep track of all your possessions during your next move.
Minimize Your Stuff
The fewer items you move, the less chance of damaging something. If you haven’t moved in a while, there is a good chance that you have accumulated a lot of items that you don’t need or use regularly.
Moving to a new home is the best time to get rid of old junk. You can either sell items you don’t need online or donate them to charity or friends.
Not only will this help reduce the risk of damaging items, but disposing of stuff may also reduce your total cost of moving.
Label Your Boxes
Whether you pack items yourself or get your movers to do it for you, make sure to label each box correctly. You can label boxes based on what the items are for.
For example, if you put your pots and pans in one box, you can label them as kitchen items. You can also color code the boxes to make it easier to identify them later when you need to unpack.
Always make sure to clearly identify items that must be handled with extra care. Your chinaware must be labeled so that the moving team is extra careful when picking up the box and placing it down.
Pack with a Plan
The rule of thumb is to pack the non-essential items that are not in use first, followed by items you will need last.
To start, think about which rooms and cabinets to pack first. Before moving to the bedrooms and kitchen, most people start with the guest bedroom/bathroom, storage, basement, library, etc.
You will probably need items from these rooms the next day after the move so pack them light and last.
Similarly, think about the season. If you are moving during summer, you are unlikely to need your thick blankets and duvets, so you can pack them first. If you are moving in winter, you can pack your summer clothes and pool items first.
Prepare Lists of Box Contents
As you finish packing, make a list of items in each box before closing and seal it. This will make it much easier to keep track of your belongings while moving.
The list will also help you locate your items after the move, and you will only have to open one box to find what you need.
A popular technique is to put a number on each box and then create an itemized list of all its contents.
Another way to keep track of items is to put the list inside the boxes or tape the list to the side of the box.
Hire A Reputable Moving Company
The best way to keep track of your items is to hire a professional and reputable moving company. A company with appropriate licenses and good recommendations and reviews online is worth the extra bit of money.
Hiring the cheapest company is seldom a good idea as their workers are often underpaid and careless with your items. You are more likely to lose boxes, or your items will be damaged in transit with cheap companies.
Read customer reviews online and talk to the sales team at Jensen Moving and Storage to see what customers say about our services.
Only hire a company when you are fully satisfied with the quality of service that you will get.