If you’re moving to Scottsdale, whether you’re coming from across the state or across the country, you know that moving is a big deal – and that it requires a lot of coordination to pull it off successfully. Check out our ten best tips to make your move easier in this guide.
10 Tips to Make Your Move Easier
Check out these ten tips to make your move to Scottsdale a whole lot easier:
- Organize yourself early by creating a schedule
- Get all the packing supplies you need from a moving vendor
- Declutter before you start packing
- Donate excess household items
- Hire professional movers as early as possible
- Pack items you rarely use first
- Label every box (and include a packing list)
- Plan for your pets
- Let important contacts know you’re moving before you go, and update your addresses at least a month out
- Pack an “essentials” bag
Here’s a closer look at each.
Moving Tip #1: Organize Yourself Early by Creating a Schedule
Create a timetable for yourself based on how much time you have to prepare for your move. Plan for things like:
- Hiring movers
- Getting supplies
- Packing your belongings
- Taking pets to the vet, updating microchips and securing pet carriers
- Changing your address
Though you need to be flexible during the moving process, you should try to stick to your schedule as best you can. A little deviation (probably) won’t hurt, but it’s best if you can get all your major tasks (like hiring movers and updating pets’ microchip information with your new address) done in a timely manner.
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Moving Tip #2: Get All the Packing Supplies You Need from a Moving Vendor
Get all your packing supplies – boxes, tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts – from a professional moving company. This will ensure that you have high-quality materials that will protect your belongings during transport.
If you’re hiring professional movers, ask them what kind of packing supplies they recommend. They should be able to provide you with a list of what you’ll need, as well as help you estimate how many boxes you’ll need to pack everything up. (You can skip this step if you’re hiring a full-service moving company, because they’ll pack your belongings for you.)
Moving Tip #3: Declutter Before You Start Packing
Now is the time to declutter your home and get rid of anything you don’t need or want. The less stuff you have to pack, the easier (and cheaper) your move will be.
Start by going through each room in your house and getting rid of anything you don’t use regularly or that you don’t want to take with you to your new home. Once you’ve decluttered, start packing up the items you’re keeping – but be sure to label each box with its contents and the room it came from. This will make unpacking a lot easier later on.
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Moving Tip #4: Donate Excess Household Items
Once you’ve decluttered your home, you may find that you have a lot of unwanted items that are still in good condition. Rather than throwing these things away, consider donating them to a local charity. This is a great way to declutter your home and help those in need at the same time.
Moving Tip #5: Hire Professional Movers as Early as Possible
If you’re hiring professional movers, be sure to book them as early as possible. The best moving companies often get booked up months in advance, so it’s best to start looking for one as soon as you know your moving date.
Get recommendations from friends or family who have recently moved, and read online reviews of different companies before making your decision. Once you’ve found a few good options, get quotes from each company to compare prices.
Moving Tip #6: Pack Items You Rarely Use First
Start packing up the items you rarely use first – things like holiday decorations, out-of-season clothing and sports equipment. This will get them out of the way early on, and it will make it easier to access the things you use more frequently as you get closer to your moving date.
Moving Tip #7: Label Every Box (And Include a Packing List)
Be sure to label every box with its contents and the room it came from. This will make unpacking a lot easier later on. You may also want to include a packing list inside each box, detailing everything that’s inside. That way, if anything goes missing during the move, you’ll know exactly what’s missing and where it was supposed to go in your new home.
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Moving Tip #8: Plan for Your Pets
If you’re moving with pets, there are a few things you’ll need to do to make sure they’re ready for the move. Start by getting their microchips updated with your new address and contact information. You should also make sure their vaccinations are up to date and that they have all the necessary paperwork – like a health certificate, if you’re moving out of state.
In addition, you’ll need to get pet carriers or crates for each of your animals. Be sure to give them plenty of time to get used to these new spaces before the move, so they’re not stressed out on moving day.
Moving Tip 9: Let Important Contacts Know You’re Moving Before You Go
Before you move, be sure to let your important contacts know – like your doctor, your child’s school, your employer, etc. You should also update your address with the post office and all your financial accounts at least a month before you move.
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Moving Tip 10: Pack an “Essentials” Bag
Finally, be sure to pack an “essentials” bag for each member of your family (pets, too). This should include things like a change of clothes, toiletries, medications and any other items you might need on the first day or two in your new home. Having everything in one place will make it easy to find what you need when you need it. Pack some plastic tableware, paper plates and paper towel, bathroom tissue and a shower curtain, too.
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