Even though you’ve lived in your neighborhood for decades and have thousands of beautiful memories related to the place you call home at the moment, the time has finally come for you to start a new chapter in your life. While you do feel sad and empty because you know that starting from scratch in a completely new environment is everything but easy, you are also overwhelmed with the joy and excitement of having the chance to make your life better. There is only one step between where you are now and where you want to be – moving. From finding the best movers to preparing your children, we came up with 10 tips that will make your moving day a piece of cake. 

  1. Find the best movers to help you with your relocation

Finding the best movers that can really step up their game and move you in the most professional and efficient way possible is really a step you should think about in a timely manner. Don’t let your indecisiveness leave you with movers who are not trustworthy and who will only waste your time and energy. 

Nowadays, especially in the moving industry, everybody claims to be the best in their job. It is enough to write “local movers near me”, “cheap movers near me” or “best movers near me” and there they are. There are thousands of people who claim that nobody in this world would provide you with better service than they will. Unfortunately, we have heard about too many cases in which people were scammed and left with damaged properties and wasted time, just because they believed people who claimed to be “best movers”, but turned out to be frauds and liars. That is why we always emphasize to our customers that in order to get the best movers, you have to take some time to explore, compare, get in touch and ask everything you need to know and schedule your local movers at least a couple of months in advance, if not more. 

Choosing to use the services of local movers is the best decision you can make and definitely our tip number 1 if your goal is to have the most professional and stress-free relocation ever. Take time to find the best movers for you and let them do their job and handle all the overwhelming details of your relocation, while you take care of your family and plan your future life.

  1. Choose the date

If you really want your relocation to go as smoothly as possible, make sure that you prepare very thoroughly in advance. There are a few reasons why choosing the date as soon as you decide to move is a very important step. First of all, it is important because if you don’t choose a date in a timely manner you’ll probably use the chance to hire the best movers on the market. Second, there are so many things that depend on your choosing the date, such as handling utilities, children’s school, house preparation, etc. Even though it seems that you have a lot of time, if you don’t organize and prioritize well, you’ll probably end up in a messy, confusing relocation and won’t be able to start your new life on the right foot. Not to mention, how important choosing the right date long time in advance will help a lot with all the emotions and sorrow caused by leaving your old life behind. You will have enough time to adjust to the idea of moving, to say goodbye properly, and to prepare for a new “hello” in the best way possible.

If you’ve decided to move and haven’t thought of a date yet, our advice is – choose that date as soon as possible, hire the best movers, prepare emotionally and physically, and save yourself from unnecessary stress and anxiety.

  1. Declutter

During the years we tend to store so many things around the house that when the time for moving comes, we don’t even know how we’ve managed to function normally with all that unnecessary clutter in every corner. We pay too much attention to material things and start to become sentimental, forgetting that our memories, people, and feelings are the ones that we should actually find important, not some silly ripped clothes, broken cups, or damaged toys. When the moving day comes, even the best movers won’t be able to make your relocation go quickly and efficiently if they have to spend the whole day only on packing.

Instead of wasting your resources and your space, try to declutter. Of course, it won’t be easy and you won’t be able to do it all at once. Try to start small with some part of the house that is the least favorite one and to slowly clean up space and get rid of everything that doesn’t serve you anymore. Not only that you’ll save a huge amount of money and a lot of yours, as well as your local movers’ time, but you’ll also have a chance to have a fresh start and fill your space with new beautiful things that will make your new house really feel like home.

This is one of the best pieces of advice we can give you. Being one of the best movers in the industry (disclaimer: words of our customers, not ours) with thousands of relocations done, we’ve seen how much trouble can come from having too many unnecessary things that need to be packed properly and taken care of with the same level of attention and commitment. Decluttering will not only bring you peace of mind a clean slate, but can also help you earn some money if you decide to organize a garage sale or put your things online, or you can even try to do some good in this world and donate some of the things to people who actually need them.

  1. Visit your new place

After hiring the best movers you can get, choosing the date, and decluttering, the next logical step is to get your new home ready. Since with moving you also usually bring big emotional baggage, not just a whole bunch of furniture and boxes, you want to make sure that your new home is as ready as it could be when your family arrives to make everything less stressful. Of course, first, you should make sure that things like safety checks are taken care of, as well as any kinds of big renovations if you have them in mind. Regardless of the state of your new home, it is always best to paint the walls and have your new home professionally cleaned. Besides that, from the experience of our best movers, it was very convenient and much less stressful for people to know in advance how they want to arrange furniture around the house, so the process of unpacking and unloading moving trucks is much easier. One more thing that should be mentioned is that preparing your new home, choosing rooms, and planning decorations build a kind of bond and make the transition from one place to the other much easier and pleasant. You should take the time to really get to know your new places and all of its advantages and disadvantages, because it will be harder to see some details later when the house is full of furniture. Also, getting to know your neighborhood and making connections before you even move there can help a lot with the whole process of adaptation.

  1. Think about packing 

All the local movers probably agree that packing is the most important part of moving and if not done properly can cause a lot of troubles on a moving day. Our advice when it comes to packing is to use the best movers you can get to provide you with both packing and moving services. Investing a little more money, in this case, is actually saving both money and your peace of mind, because even if you decide to pack by yourself, there are packing supplies you should buy, take the days off at work to pack properly, etc. Not to mention the challenges during the moving often arise because of poor packing and your belongings might get damaged during the process. 

When you choose to use the help of local movers and find the best movers, who offer you a great deal and who are responsible and trustworthy, your packing will be the least of your concerns. Finding cheap movers is not as difficult as it seems and it is possible to have your belongings both packed and moved for a decent amount of money if you just think in advance and invest some of your time and energy into the process of searching for the best movers. 

On the other hand, if you really have time and are self-confident about your packing, our advice is to go step-by-step and gradually move from things you use least to the ones that you use frequently until the moving day comes and all you’re left with is your overnight kit. Not only that this kind of packing will be a lot less overwhelming, but you’ll also be able to properly pack and store everything. Of course, one more thing that we recommend is using professional packing supplies. Yes, there are some things you can improvise with to cut your expenses, but moving might be a once-in-a-lifetime event, so making sure that everything goes as flawlessly as possible should still be goal number one.

  1. Leave your old place in flawless condition

From the most important tips that are crucial for your moving day, we are coming to the ones that are here to make everything a lot easier. As one of the best movers who’ve been in the business for years, our local movers encountered all kinds of situations on the field. Your old house is the place you’ve called home for who knows how many years. Taking a little bit of your time to make sure you leave it in such a condition that you’d be pleased to encounter is something that shouldn’t be forgotten during the preparations for moving. If there is a need for some repairs, now is the time to make sure everything is in perfect condition and you’re leaving your old house respectfully. Not to mention those potential dirty surroundings or some electricity, water or issues with the walls and floors could really dangerous. Take a few days before your best movers come to your doorstep and make sure that everything’s clean and safe for you, your movers, and people who are yet to come to live in your old home.

  1. Schedule utilities

When it’s time for moving and you think about choosing the date, finding the best movers, packing and dealing with all the big tasks, you tend to forget to take care of some small things that can really become a big deal if not handled well. One of those small things that are actually pretty important are utilities. Handling utilities in the right way before moving day will save you money and make your relocation a lot easier than waiting to come at the doorstep and realize that you can’t turn on the light because power is off. You want to make sure that you managed your utilities both in your old house and the new one and that when the moving day comes, you are completely prepared to move in a new home with all the neccessities taken care of. 

We know that moving comes with lot of expenses and that you try to save every penny along the way, which is why besides finding cheap movers, saving on packing supplies and things like that, you should think about all the small ways that can help you save a lot of money if you handle them wisely and utilities are definitely one of them.

  1. Prepare an overnight kit

Even the best movers won’t be able to help you on the moving day if you suddenly realize that you need something packed in one of 30 boxes ready to move. Even though preparing an overnight kit might seem unneccessary to some people, we really consider this step very useful and smart. There are some things that you just need to have by your side during the moving day, such as:

  • Important documents, personal documents, contracts, etc.
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks and drinks 
  • Valuables such as jewellery, watches, etc.
  • Your kids’ toys, blankets, books and anything that they find important and that will make things easier for them
  • Additional clothes in case anything goes wrong and anyone needs to change

The list can go on depending on the things that you find the most important, but you get the point. It is very good to have by your side everything you need in case anything goes wrong. Yes, your movers might be best movers in the industry, but they can’t dictate weather, traffic and many other things, so being ready for every kind of scenario will make things a lot easier and smoother.

  1. Make sure your children and pets are taken care of

We can’t emphasize enough how important this step is. No matter if you find best movers, cheap movers or any other local movers out there, you will be the only one to blame if you don’t think this through and make sure that your children and pets are safe and sound during the movng day. You can either hire a nanny, ask friends or family members for help or even leave your children at somebody’s home until the job is done. Whatever you choose do to, just make sure that your children are not running around your movers and risking hurting themselves. It is very easy for all kinds of accidents to happen during the moving day, which is why it is important to find the best movers in the industry, but also doto everything in your power for all the other things to be taken care of and not go in their way. If you handle all the other tasks properly, the moving itself will be completely worry-free.

  1. Don’t stress too much

Last but not least, try to take it easy a little bit. Take a breath and think about all the things in your life that seemed impossible until they were done. The same goes for your moving. After you’ve thought everything trought, chose the date and find the best movers, all the other tasks will be done in the blink of an eye. Don’t let the stress of moving day ruin all the joy and excitement that you are feeling for everything great that is yet to come in the future. 

If you need any advice or help of one the best movers who have been in the business for years and have experience wtih thousands of happy customers, give San Rafael Movers a call and let us do what we know best, handle your relocation as smoothly and easily as possible.