- Do your research. Take time to do your homework before hiring movers, and don’t be afraid to ask the questions you find most important. What does insurance coverage on your items look like? Are the movers background-checked and drug-tested? Come moving day, you’ll want to ensure you’re protected, and having the right movers can make all the difference.
- Book early! To guarantee you have professional movers on the day most convenient to you, we recommend booking two to four weeks in advance.
- Try to have at least a sketchy floorplan of where you want those large furniture items to be placed.
- Find out what your movers cannot move ahead of time. Federal laws ban moving companies from transporting any hazardous materials, including paint, ammunition, and propane, to name a few. By asking ahead of time, you won’t be surprised come moving day.
- Start packing as soon as you have your moving date to avoid the mad rush of last-minute packing.
- The last items you pack up prior to your move will be your everyday kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom belongings.
- Get more boxes than you think you need – you might find out that you have more items to pack than you have expected.
- Keep valuables with you – don’t leave documents or expensive items in the hands of people you don’t know.
- Pay special attention to how you are packing your electronics for moving and especially your computer.
- Fill every box completely to save from space and packing materials.
- Let every child have their own suitcase with things for moving day in which they can put their toys, papers and some crayons.
- Have enough time in advance to pack your kitchen – it may take you a lot of time.
- Sign “fragile” on the boxes that is necessary.
- Make sure that all utilities at your new home are functioning before you actually move in.
- Change your address at the post office.
- Use an egg carton or drink holder to store breakable ornaments
- Clothes hangers used to wrap up the Christmas tree lights
- Wrapping Paper in garment bag
- Utilize clear containers for organization
- Use wrapping paper tubes to store extension cords labeled with dimensions
- Wrap lights around cardboard
- Use coffee to wrap lights around cut x in top to put the plug through
- Plastic apple containers are good for ornaments
- Use plastic water bottle to store garland
- Use closet organizer to hang wreaths
- Use cardboard dividers to keep glass ornaments separated in box
- Shrink wrap your artificial tree
- Use hangers to store Wreaths
- Use leftover cups from holidays to keep ornaments safe
- Buy bins with dividers to separate by color
Our guys started out this morning with a move from Leesburg to Arlington. The customers were a little worried about the move and how they were going to transition into their new home. But with Git Rid Of It we were there to help ease their minds and make the move just that much easier. Our companies main goal is to make this day as stress free as possible for our customers.
We all know that moving houses can be stressful. And this is tenfold more valid if you are moving for the first time. The scale of organization, as well as the psychological adjustment and emotional strain involved in the process, are the main culprits behind the tremendous pressure we can experience during this transitional time in our lives. First-time movers often under-anticipate some key elements of the pre-moving stage, such as shopping around for a moving service well in advance or packing their possessions in the right way.
So, to avoid feeling in a state of panic a week before the big day, do your homework and get a quote from a few short-listed moving companies. Also, make sure to start packing your stuff early enough and label the moving boxes properly. This way, you will be able to find everything you need, fast and easy, when you start unpacking them in your new home. More so clearly labeled boxes will be unloaded and moved in their right place in your new home.
But what is the best way to label your boxes? Is there a universal system that works in all cases?
- Color code labels
Using different colors to label your moving boxes will make the unpacking later a much easier process. This system often goes hand in hand with the room labeling method as you can pick a different color for each room.
- Labels by room
Ok, we have already covered the room-by-room packing system. It is proven that it makes the unloading and unpacking simply a breeze, even if you use only one color for writing the labels. Ensure that you tape the same label on each side of the box and even place one on top of the packaging.
- Priority code labels
This labeling system could combine a couple of house removals concepts. For instance, it could determine which box goes first in the moving truck and which is loaded last. This way, the removalists will be able to prioritize what items are coming off the vehicle first and get moved to their designated room.
The other idea behind this system is to clearly state and remind yourself which box is a priority in terms of getting it unpacked first.
- Number code labels
The number code labeling system involves creating an inventory list, which specifies what items are packed in each numbered box and what numbers apply for each room. For example, you can easily refer to your list when unpacking boxes 1 to 5 that are destined to go in the kitchen.
And, if the first thing that you want to do is to make a nice cup of tea, then you dash for box number 3 to get the kettle out. Well, the removalists still need to be directed somehow that box 3 belongs in the kitchen, so it won’t hurt if you jot down in red a nice and clear “Kitchen”.
- Labels by items
Packing your possessions by items works only in a partial way. And the method cannot replace other labeling systems. For instance, you can group soft items together like bedding, throw overs, rugs, and cushions in a box and pack your kids’ winter clothes in a large bin bag.
How to unpack after moving house
So, you are here now. And there’s so much unpacking to deal with. The best thing you can do is to keep calm and take your time. You will find that unpacking can be fun, especially if you’ve done the packing and labeling right.
After all, all this pre-moving hard work you had to do was designed to make things simple when unpacking. Just make use of the labeling system again and start unpacking room by room, from high to low priority. Take regular breaks and enjoy painting the blank canvas of your new home gradually and in a stress-free manner.
If you’ve been itching to purge and clear out all of those unused items that just collect dust throughout your home, there’s no better time than before a big move. We’re all guilty of holding on to items and clothing far longer than reason would permit. But at one point or another, we must face the music and learn to let go. Plus, by getting rid of clutter now, it can make the move much easier, and allow you to embrace that fresh, new start.
If you’re planning on moving out of your home in the near future, here’s why moving is the perfect time to purge.
Make Some Extra Money
Instead of keeping that old furniture that’s never used or tucked away in the attic, why not organize a yard sale! You can schedule it well in advance of your move. That way, you can get rid of your unused goods and find people who might actually use them. Plus, you can free up space and make some extra money. Win-win!
Save Some Money
Aside from making the move easier on yourself by packing less, removing all of the cluttered items will save you more as well. With less stuff to bring to your new home, the move will take less time, which also equates to less amount of money spent if you’re hiring movers to do it for you. By purging now, you’ll save money later!
Make the Move Easier
The less stuff to move, the better! That’s what makes moving time the best purging time. You have to go through every area and drawer of your home anyway, so why not make your time much more effective by tossing what no longer serves you. Now’s the time to be strict and ask yourself – do I really need this? If you haven’t used, worn or seen the item in the last year, stick with a “no.”
Make a Clean Fresh Start
Making a move to a new place is all about starting anew – new location, new neighborhood, maybe even a new you. Roll with that incentive and those positive feelings by really making that new chapter a fresh one. Plus, the simple act of purging is undeniably therapeutic.
Start your new chapter off on a great note by taking advantage of your move. Use the move as motivation to truly start anew and fresh by purging those old items that you know are never going to be used. Book an appointment with Git Rid Of It to get rid of your unused junk.
Although moving house is an exciting experience and fresh new beginning, it can equally be very stressful too. You may choose to pack and relocate yourself or hire a moving company. Before and during the relocation process, you will already have a good idea of what items you will be leaving behind or need to get rid of. Clearing out old items such as mattresses, broken items, old toys, electricals and much more from your existing house means you will be considering many disposal methods, including the trash. So now, you have disposed of all your previous trash, it’s time to think about the junk you are about to face on your new property. You may have even started renovation works at your new location, prior to your move date. If you have decided to install new appliances, you will most likely be disposing of large heavy items such as old toilets, sinks, cupboards and much more. Additionally, there may be lots of unwanted items that have been left behind by the previous owners. The most common items include carpets, furniture, blinds, cardboard boxes and items commonly stored in lofts, garages, and sheds. Git Rid Of It can fortify your needs to quickly take away all of these insignificant items, to create space for future possessions that will accumulate in the years to come.
When you’re moving, it can feel like you’ve already spent a lot of money. Hiring a junk removal company will be the last thing you feel like doing, spending more money on something that will be clogging up the pathway on the drive, taking up valuable space for important deliveries. On the other hand, a more convenient option is to have someone come and pick up all your items for you. Git Rid Of It will arrive, fill up and leave, so the mess is gone, you won’t ever have to look at it again.
Once you’ve packed your life into boxes and moved miles away to a new location, you might feel exhausted when you arrive at your final destination. But the first few hours in a new place can make a huge difference. When used wisely, this time will help you adjust to your new space, get your life in order, and prevent problems with your landlord or property later on.
1. Do a Walk-Through Inspection
The things that attracted you when you first looked at your new home will remind you why you decided to move in the first place.
Now that you’re ready to move in, you may start to notice a few details that didn’t cross your mind before. For example, when you use the stove or the sink for the first time, you’ll probably observe some things that need to be repaired.
When you take the time to thoroughly examine your new home on the first day, you reduce the likelihood that you’ll run into surprises weeks and months down the road. You’ll also have the ability to call your landlord or previous owner with any complaints or requests.
2. Take Pictures of Any Trouble Spots
For big problems that affect the integrity of your home, like a bug infestation or water damage, take a photo of the issue and document the date. Send these pictures with a brief written description to your landlord. These photos let the landlord know of any problems he or she needs to fix and prevent you from getting charged for previous damages to the property.
If you own your home and notice sizable problems that could decrease your home’s value, consult with your real estate agent or attorney for the best way to get compensation.
3. Make a To-Do List
For minor repairs, like a dripping faucet or cracks in the ceiling, jot them down onto a master list. Write down your findings as soon as possible. You might not notice tiny problems once you fill your home with furniture, so this list will remind you what items to take care of. In a few days, prioritize this list and set goals to fix the problems in order of importance.
4. Clean the Surfaces
Though you shouldn’t have to deep-clean your new space, you’ll feel better knowing that the counters, floors, and other open surfaces are clean.
Pack a broom and dustpan into an accessible box and sweep the floors in your new home before you unpack your belongings. You should wipe down open surfaces with disinfecting wipes as well.
5. Unpack One Day’s Worth of Supplies
When you start unpacking, don’t overwhelm yourself. Look at your box labels and find the items that you need to use every day. (You will need toothbrushes and towels on the first night, but you might not need lamps or silverware right away.)
If you feel ambitious, you can place your moving boxes into the rooms where they’ll eventually end up, but don’t worry about unloading all your knick knacks during the first 24 hours.
6. Start to Set Up a Room
After you’ve found the necessities, start to unpack one room before you go to bed. For example, if you have kids, it might help them feel comfortable if you help them get settled into their new bedrooms.
Make sure they have sheets and blankets on their beds, and tuck them in with a favorite pillow or stuffed animal. They’ll sleep well, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed at the task ahead of you.
If you’re moving alone, start with your own bedroom on the first day. Leave large projects, like the kitchen, for another time when you have more energy.
Recently, we had an online booking come in from a company located in Arlington. The description of the job was that they needed multiple desks moved from inside of their office. Shortly after the online booking, a gentlemen called to get a little more information. He asked us a few questions regarding the size of trucks we have and how many people come to the job. We gave him the run down of how everything works and how we can help him. After the conversation, he confirmed his appointment and told us he would see us in a couple days.
Our guys started with the largest items first, which were the desks. They loaded up the 5 large desks in the very back of the truck while strategically placing them to fit as much stuff in one load as possible. The guys were able to fit more in one load than expected and off to the next destination! After that they were on to the second load. The second contained a few more desks. They put them in the truck first then loaded up the 12 chairs they had. After all that was loaded up, they added the rest of the stuff to be moved. The job was done in two loads because everything was thoughtfully placed in the truck.
The company that hired our service was so impressed that they called us back a few days later to schedule another appointment to remove more stuff from their office. All in all, this was another successful job achieved and put down in the books!
Git It Moved was called for a local move in NE DC to move a one bedroom apartment to an apartment in NW. Our efficient moving crews will handle your goods as carefully as possible while still being timely in their duties. No matter what type of moving project you have, we will complete it to your satisfaction. We work long days in order to ensure your move is completed as quickly as possible.