The Ultimate Moving Survival Guide
28 June, 2018 | Posted by: Gerry Martinez
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Relocating is a formidable task. Ask any disheveled mover as they’re slumping their way with armloads packing of boxes into their new home. Just don’t ask them while they are hauling boxes; you’re likely to get some angry glares! Leases. Boxes. Moving vehicles. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You still must connect to all your home services, including Internet, cable, and phone. However, moving doesn’t have to be such a pain. That’s where we come in. At Bundle Your Internet, we make it easy for you to find the tools you need to get connected in your new home. We make finding the best Internet deals, as well as cable and phone, as simple as making a phone call. We’ve put together a handy checklist of to-do items and resources to make your moving experience as painless as possible.
Plan & Prep
If you properly plan and prepare for your moving experience, you will eliminate a lot of the stress and headache that people dread going through. It is helpful to have a checklist of items to cross out as you complete them.
Finding Your New Home
There are countless online resources for finding your new home, and that’s really the first step in the process. Some of the top online resources include HomeFinder, Realtor, Zillow, Apartment Finder, and Rent. Most of these sites work in a similar fashion: you search by city, zip code, neighborhood, or address, and there are various filters that you can use to narrow down your search. Easy peasy. On top of that, most of these sites have mobile app versions available for download, so you can easily conduct your search through your phone. Finding your new home has never been easier!
Once you’ve secured your new residence and having a moving day set, it is important to reserve your transportation ahead of time. This includes professional movers to assist you with relocating. If you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease, Home Depot, Penske, and U-Haul are good places to rent trucks from. There are different size trucks available, depending on your needs.
Moving companies vary by location. Depending on where you live, there may be several local company options for you to hire from. A lot depends on how far you are moving to. The top interstate moving companies include International Van Lines, Madison Van Lines, U-Pack, Purple Heart Moving Group, and Two Men and a Truck.
Home Services & Utilities
Who wants to go a day without electricity or water? Or for that matter Internet, cable, or phone service? It is important to call up your current provider to set a date for cancellation. Do this now because you might forget if you wait until the last minute. Moving day will be hectic enough without you having to call to cancel you Internet service!
Additionally, you’ll want to call up your new provider to set dates for setting up your new service. That’s where we come in. Since you’re starting fresh, why not shop for the best Internet deals out there? Again, availability will depend on your location. At Bundle Your Internet, we consult with you to present the best and most affordable deals for Internet, cable, and phone service. Save yourself the extra step of sorting through bundle deals. Give us a call.
Boxes & Tape
You’re going to need plenty of boxes and tape. There is a science to choosing the right type of box for the job. Moving.com has a whole list of box types for every room of the house. You’ll want corrugated boxes for the kitchen, wardrobe boxes for the closet, plastic bins for the bedroom, bankers boxes for the home office, and regular moving boxes for the living room. U-Haul, Office Depot, ULine, Walmart, Home Depot, The Container Store, Lowe’s, and Amazon are good resources for finding the right box for the job. It’s also good to label your boxes. Trust me: you’ll be grateful you did so come unpacking time. Find the method that works best for you. Labels are easy to come by at any of the abovementioned retailers. Or maybe a simple black marker is your thing. Either way, label, label, label!
Don’t forget this important step. Fortunately, forwarding your mail to your new address has never been easier thanks to the USPS automated online system, which allows you to update your address with just a few clicks and a $1 charge to your credit card to verify your identity. Plus, when you do this, you will receive a complimentary welcome kit with coupons from USPS partners!
Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, nearly every facet of our lives has been facilitated by digitization. Moving is no different. There are several apps out on the market that make the process of moving more convenient and less expensive.
Although not strictly a moving app, Wunderlist allows you to make shopping lists, to-do lists, and set reminders for yourself. You can also coordinate with family members and other people who may be involved in the move. Share lists and assign tasks to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
It’s sort of like Uber but for moving. GoShare allows you to select the number of people and the size of vehicle you need to help you move. You can schedule in advance or hire a delivery professional on the spot. These drivers will deliver furniture, move your apartment, and even haul junk. If you are getting rid of clutter during your move, you can hire these individuals to pick up and donate those items for you.
Sortly is an app for people who want to take a visual inventory of their items before they move, which helps eliminate the chance of losing something during the process. Users take a quick photo of their items and save them to folders, which are then categorized. You can even add a monetary value or general notes to each item. There is a QR code feature that allows you to create QR code labels so that you can simply scan the box and see what’s inside. Pretty cool, huh?
Moving can be hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. By forming a plan and finding the right resources, you can make your move a cinch – painless and easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of online tools to help you make this whole experience a breeze. Well, as close to a breeze as possible! So, cheers to you new life in your new home! Cheers to fresh beginnings!
Oh, and one more thing to put on your moving plan: buy some champagne for the celebration afterwards!