Moving Tips Portland OR
Our moving and packing tips are compiled in the hope that they will make your move go more smoothly.
Preparing for a move may seem like an overwhelming process. Believing that your home is your castle, we strive to provide outstanding services, that meet our high standards.
There are two major types of moves as far as distance goes: local moves and long distance moves. A local move is when a person moves to a different location within the same state. Every moving company presents their companys menu to the States Department of Transportation. It’s a common sense moving tip to compare the prices and services of different moving companies, as the range and services may vary dramatically.
A long distance move is one in which you are relocating from one state to another, regardless of the distance. Such moves may also be referred to as state to state moves or interstate moves. They are less regulated than local moves, so it’s important to be as thorough as possible when determining what will be moved.
There are two main types of moves as far as packing goes, a Full Pack Move and a Regular Move. A Full Pack Move occurs when the movers are responsible for packing all of your items and for supplying the moving boxes.
A Regular Move occurs when you have everything prepared in advance for the movers. When the movers arrive, it’s helpful to have everything clearly labeled. This will benefit you immensely when you’re unpacking. All packing should be completed before the movers arrive, as you’re bound to be preoccupied with last minute details.
Choosing Items to Move
One of the hardest decisions is choosing which items to move and which to dispose of or leave behind. Before you can make such decisions, it’s critical to know the size of the new locations. Not only is it frustrating, it can be very costly to move items you don’t really need or that may be too large for your new location. It may seem trivial, but the more specific you are, the smoother your move will go.
Another of the common sense moving tips is to contact different moving companies to determine which mover best suits your needs. Moving companies lack standardization in both their services and their prices, so it’s important to call around. For example, one company may charge a flat rate while another charges by the person and hour. Prepare a detailed list of the items that need to be moved. Many companies have a professional moving consultant who will work with you in customizing a moving plan and provide additional moving tips based on your unique situation.
It’s critical that you provide the moving company with an accurate list of items to be moved. One of the biggest challenges moving companies face is when customers forget to include items the movers have to handle. Especially on long distances moves, moving companies coordinate several moves using the same truck and movers. Keep in mind that if you decide to take more items or take fewer items the total cost of your move will change.
Choosing Moving Dates
If you have a choice, schedule your move in the morning rather than the afternoon on moves that take less than a full day to complete. The crew will be fresher and you’ll have more hours of daylight to complete the move, if you need them. Likewise, early to mid-week is usually less busy than Friday for local movers’ schedules. If they can’t move on a Saturday, many people choose a Friday moving date so they can have the benefit of the weekend to get moved in.
Get rid of stuff before Moving
It can’t be emphasized enough that releasing, letting go of, discarding, getting rid of, trashing… unnecessary stuff is a great thing to do before you even contact a moving company. Moving is the perfect opportunity to go through this process. You can reduce moving costs and headaches of figuring out where to put things by reducing the number of belongings and having your possessions more organized. It’s a really useful exercise to do in preparing for your move. Start this process by discarding unnecessary duplicates of the same item.
Do you have more than enough of this category of object?
As you prepare to move and go through the process of sorting through your possessions you can determine if you have duplicates of certain things or older, less desirable versions of the same type of item. This can actually be unnecessary clutter to discard. The sorting process involves getting all the miscellaneous piles of stuff, emptying them and putting similar categories of items together. Use the nice moving boxes your moving company can provide for you. Examples of categories include: office supplies, kitchen utensils, sports and crafts supplies, sewing, automotive, hardware, electronics, papers and other categories. Once you see the full complement of things before you, you may notice five of the same item. Next you need to make decisions about discarding some of the duplicates, perhaps choosing to eliminate the older, worn out, broken, less desirable, less perfect version. You even may have an exact duplicate, when only one is needed.
Why people have duplicates of things?
Sometimes people keep an old version of a certain item because they think they might use it at some point. But as you see before you that you already have several of the same thing, it becomes easier to let go of this extra object. Sometimes knowing there is a worthy recipient (worthy cause or person) for this object may seem easier to let go.
People tend to get multiples of the same thing, even though they know they have it somewhere, it requires more effort to find the misplaced object than to simply buy another one.
As you prepare to move, you will be motivated to take the time to bring those boxes of Misc stuff together and see what’s actually in them. You will realize all the extras you have of certain often used items.
Toss it, trash it, dump it, you can do it. Just do it BEFORE you move it!
Tips To Reduce Moving Stress
Make sure you have backup plans.
If you leave anything to chance you can bet it will not go as planned. (See: Murphy’s Law.) Make sure you have backup plans for all the things you can think of, from how to keep the kids and pets happy to what if the moving truck dies. A good backup plan is your first line of defense against a sudden complication.
Always use professional movers.
Having only two able-bodied people to do all of the heavy lifting may become a problem with some of the heavier items or – even worse – if one of them gets hurt. It is best to get twice as much help as you think you’ll need, or even better, a professional crew who knows how to do everything efficiently.
Do not throw every bit of clutter away – some of it might come in handy.
You never know what you may need once you get to your new home. In some cases, that old camping stove may be the only thing you have to cook with until your gas utilities get turned on, or your appliances get installed or repaired.
Plan the day as best you can.
You don’t want people tripping over each other. Whether you’re planning on contractors, repair people, or the cable guy, make sure you plan appropriately so they don’t get in each other’s way. If you are planning on hiring a moving crew, you may simply want to schedule your contractors and service providers for a different day altogether so that the efficiency of your moving crew isn’t compromised by too much foot traffic.
Keep your necessities close.
A lot of stress can be saved if you can lay your hand on what you need without hunting for it. This rule applies to everything, from silverware to toys for the kids to power tools. Don’t throw everything into boxes without at least marking what’s inside and where it should go.
Hopefully these tips will help make your moving day a little easier!