Moving day is notoriously stressful. You're on a time crunch. You're frantically trying to pack last-minute items. You're organizing movers, meals, and your grandma's antique silver. But moving day doesn't have to be a trying experience. These tips from professional movers can make moving day much less stressful. 

1. Time Your Move- Weekend moves are going to be more expensive whether you hire professional movers or a moving truck. Stick to mid-week moves for the best price. Also consider when you'll be driving to your new home. You don't want to be stuck in rush hour traffic in your moving truck if you don't have to. 

2. Label Everything- You probably know to label your boxes by room (living room, guest bedroom, office, etc.). But do you label the rooms themselves? Movers see multiple homes a week so putting a sign over each doorway will alleviate questions. Remember to label the boxes for where they are going in the new home, not the room they were packed in, if that will be different. 

3. Don't Skip Insurance- When you're moving an entire house, odds are good something is going to break. By law, moving companies are required to carry insurance, but the replacement cost won't be much. Instead, opt for "full protection coverage" which provides significantly better coverage. Also, check with your homeowner's insurance to see what kind of coverage they offer. 

4. Look for Special Discounts- Check with your bank or credit union, AAA, and other membership groups for discounts with moving companies. Many companies also offer discounts for seniors, military, first responders, and more. 

5. Pack a Moving Essentials Bag- Pack a bag or suitcase with essentials you'll need immediately after getting to your new home. Consider adding medications, chargers, toilet paper, hand soap, and a change of clothes. 

6. Have a Plan for Kids and Pets- Moving day can be very tough for young kids. Having childcare away from the home will save everyone some stress. Have a plan for pets to make sure they aren't underfoot or trying to escape out the front door. 

7. Put Your Towels and Linens to Use- Instead of packing your towels and linens, use them to wrap fragile items. Potholders protect knives well and sheets are excellent for wrapping hanging wall art. 

8. Pack a Cooler- Your movers may want to pack appliances first so you may not have access to your refrigerator all day. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks to help you stay hydrated and keep up your energy. 

 

If you are planning a move, please give Sallan Real Estate a call. We'd be happy to provide a custom home valuation so you can see what your home is worth in today's market. You likely have more equity than you think. 

 

 

 

 

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