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Making a Big Move? 4 Tips That Will Save You Time and Effort

Whether it’s across town, state, or country, moving is an enormous, complicated task. It requires planning, organization, attention to detail, and a lot of physical effort, as well as time. But there are a few things you can do that will save you time and effort with your big move.

Get Rid of Everything You Don’t Need

Before you move, before you even consider starting to pack, go through your home and purge it. If you don’t need something, or if you haven’t used it in the last six months to a year, get rid of it. You can sort things into groups to donate, recycle, or trash, or just trash the stuff. The more you get rid of before you begin moving, the less you’ll have to pack, move, and unpack later.

Create a Master List of Moving-Related Tasks

There are so many things to do related to moving that it’s easy for smaller tasks to slip through the cracks—and even bigger tasks. Whether you use the note or memo pad on your phone, an app, or even old-school pen and paper, create a master list of every task you can think of related to your move. Every time you think of a task, jot it down.

The names of places where you can donate items, the date of your last garbage pickup, when and where to return the cable box, where you put the screw from the entertainment center—write it all down. If you want to create more organization, use highlighters to color code things based on category (such as a room) or importance.

Measure and Arrange with an App

Even if you know the overall square footage of your new home, the room sizes and shapes may be different than your current home. There are apps you can download that will allow you to create a rendition of your new home. Use these to arrange the furniture in your new home and make sure everything will fit. If something won’t fit, better to know now and get rid of it than to move it.

Hire Someone to Move You

Sometimes the best thing you can do to ensure a smooth, easy move is to hire someone to do it for you. Some companies will not only give you in-home estimates for free, but will also pack, protect your furniture, and store your stuff. Some will even offer you a professional mover such as Bekins Van Lines Inc, taking all the stress and worry off of you. Letting someone else take over the physical work of moving frees you up to worry about things like disconnecting and connecting utilities, changing your address, and more that can only be done by you.

Moving isn’t easy, no matter how you go about it. But with a little extra thought and organization, you can make it a little easier on yourself.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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