First Time Moving?
If you are a first-time mover to a new home or locale, the prospects of moving can be an exhilarating experience filled with hope and optimism. But the process of actually moving one’s life and possessions if further than across the street can be an arduous process filled with unseen issues for the inexperienced. The size and distance of the move usually determine the magnitude of the problems one might encounter and the cost associated with completing the move itself. From planning the move to actually fulfilling all of the processes like acquiring moving supplies, or deciding on hiring a professional moving company, or acquiring a rental truck, there are many things that have to be considered. But by being a first-time mover there are many things you have not experienced and below are some of the more important issues faced by people moving for the first time.
Decluttering or Thinning Out Items You No Longer Need
One of the most common issues first-time movers make is not taking the time to evaluate all of the items they have acquired deciding those that need to be left behind. This is an important consideration because the more items, the more weight you move the more it will cost you to do so. Additionally, if you still retain items, you no longer use or need you will have to find someplace for them in your new home. You may consider that you don’t have enough time to decide which items stay and which items go. But this is a very important part of the successful moving experience, that is not packing and boxing up articles you really no longer have a need for. At Tru-Pak Moving Systems, North Carolina’s largest and most successful moving company, we always tell our customers to first decide what is important to keep, what needs to be donated or sold, and what needs to be kept. This way you are not doing double the work of packing unloading and then trying to figure out what you will want to do with things you have acquired. The object here is to save you both time and money. Their suggestion is to first go room by room and decide these issues and as you pack asking yourself do I really want to move this item or that. Tru-Pak Moving is a local moving company in Rutherfordton NC with main offices in Conover NC.
What About the Packing Supplies!
Now that you have decluttered all of the items you want to discard and keep, this is the time to decide on packing supplies; boxes, tape, newspaper wrapping, and bubble wrapping for delicate items. Most homeowners moving, even ones with experience never buy enough packing supplies. You will be amazed at how little you can actually get into a single box. The rule is never to purchase boxes too big because the more you stuff into a box the heavier it becomes. Our rule of thumb is that medium size boxes are probably the best for packing most items unless you have something really large that needs to be secured, wrapped, and boxed. Most often people underestimate that they might need as many as 60-100 boxes to completely pack an average size household of say 3 bedrooms.
Procrastination and Putting Off the Inevitable
Because this is your first time, most people underestimate the amount of time it will take to pack up a house and get it ready for the movers. The last thing you will want to do is be busy packing while the movers are there loading up the truck. Big Mistake. If you hire a moving company you need to ask them what are the services they provide and what are their expectations when moving day arrives. Many have scalable packing services but to save you on time and money it is best to pack yourself, number, and mark boxes as to what room they came out of and are going to. Tru-Pak Moving offers affordable packing services and can give you an estimate on costs. They will also give you guidance on packing and timeframes suggesting you give yourself at least a one-two month window to organize and pack all of your items except those last-minute items you will need. The thing here is to allow yourself plenty of time to accomplish all that you will need to, to reduce stress, and make your moving experience more enjoyable.
Watch the Weather
If you have followed all of these important tips on planning for and executing a successful move, the last issue that is completely out of your control and that is the weather forecast. If rain or snow is going to a problem, then once you have staged the house for the movers, with large items broken down and all of your possessions boxed, have plastic available for covering boxes, scissors, and tape. This way you can protect all of the boxes and their items from the elements.
Tru-Pak Moving Systems
Since 1960, Tru-Pak Moving has been helping Rutherfordton residents move across town, the state, and the nation with expert moving services. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines. Our professional local and long-distance moving services for residential, commercial, business, office, employee relocation, and military change in duty station moves globally are the best in the moving business. We offer very select services not found in many other moving companies like assigning a Moving Coordinator to every move we book. We also complete every move with a certified and professionally trained Moving Team of technicians to complete your move from start to finish. We never hand off your valuables to another carrier no matter where in the lower 48 you are moving to. Give us a call at 800 659 1233 for a free, no-obligation consultation, moving quote, and written estimate of charges. We are glad to answer any question you may have and give you guidance on your next moving project.