Moving is, to put it mildly, a time-consuming task. Between sorting and packing to getting estimates from moving companies and more, it can easily feel stressful and overwhelming. Many business owners are constantly looking for how to save money on moving. Add to this the fact that you still need to (choose as many as apply): work, go to school and/or take care of a family, and you might understandably wonder just how you will get it all done.
Fortunately, preparing for a move is much like the classic expression that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. In other words, moving is a huge job, but if you break it down into smaller chunks that you fit into pockets of less-busy times of your days, you will feel more in control and less stressed. For example, consider the following tips to make your move or relocation a smooth transition.
Transfer Your Utility Services
You can get started on this item on your moving checklist as soon as you decide to move. Sit down and make a list of every single utility you will have to transfer—this will probably include an internet provider, water, electricity, gas and/or cable company. As part of this changing address checklist, figure out if you’ll be using the same companies in your new home or if any will be different; if so, note their contact information on your list.
Then, at least two weeks before you move, call each company and request that your services are transferred to your new address. If you will need help setting up your internet or other services in your new place, schedule them at least two to four weeks ahead of time; this way, you can rest assured that you will have Wifi and other utilities shortly after arriving at your home.
Start To Declutter And Pack Unused Items
Another task that you can start tackling weeks (if not months) ahead of moving day is decluttering and packing up things you will not need until after you relocate. Your holiday decorations, seasonal clothing and anything else you don’t use on a regular basis can go into boxes months ahead of time. If you are struggling with decluttering, you may want to think about partnering with a home organizing business. Set aside weekend afternoons or a few hours in the evening each week to devote to this task; this way, you will have less to do as you get closer to the big day.
Take Care Of Minor Repairs
When people think about how to plan a move, they sometimes focus so much on packing up belongings, they forget about minor repairs that must be done before leaving. If you live in a rental, this tip may make the difference between getting your deposit back and forfeiting the amount. At least six weeks prior to your move, walk around your place and make an honest and thorough assessment of anything you need to fix or deep clean before moving—you can do this task before leaving for work or after you get home when school is out for the day. Then, decide which items you can fix yourself and which you can hire out.
Gather Moving Supplies
Now, you are ready to start gathering the moving supplies you’ll need. Every moving project requires the right set of materials and supplies. Most commonly, you’ll need boxes, packing tape, and plastic wrap. You also will need to purchase protective supplies. This includes everything like bubble wrap and packing peanuts. To promote sustainability throughout your move, try to purchase recycling plastic packaging materials instead of non-reusable alternatives. You may want to purchase these supplies in large volume. This way, you can further save on your big move as a business owner. Certainly, gather moving supplies to move your home or commercial business location.
You Can Do This
Yes, there are many details to keep on top of when planning a move, and it may feel like you will never find the time to get everything done. But by reminding yourself that it is never too early to start, and taking the project one task at a time, you will find that when moving day arrives, you are more excited than stressed, which is definitely a good thing.