Three easy ways to increase efficiency in your move (and your Columbus moving services)
Between the puzzle of packing your entire life into boxes, loading them up, and then unloading them—all without adding a backache to your headache—moving can quickly hit roadblocks. That’s why the ease of transitioning into your new home often depends on how effectively you organize before the moving crew even arrives.
Following these few simple tips can leave your move feeling more like a restart than a setback.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Getting ready to move is half the battle. Do you have piles, stacks and corners filled with stuff you haven’t touched since you last moved? Declutter and minimize the load by spending the weeks prior sorting through your home for things you no longer use.
Go room by room and divide your items into “keep,” “sell,” “donate,” and “pitch” categories. In many cities, you can dial up a local charity to arrange for them to take off your plate what’s unwanted-but-still-functional.
Help them help you
By now you’ve cleared out your rooms. What next? The best way to keep to schedule on Moving Day is to have everything ready to go for your movers.
Invest in the items you’re moving by taking advantage of Leaders’ sturdy moving boxes to pack up your valuable belongings. Bonus: once you’re settled in, we’ll buy back your boxes at 80 percent the original cost—not only taking them off of your hands, but also putting a little cash back in your pocket.
Finally, take time to secure the closings of each of your boxes and have them stacked and ready. (Tip: Give the kids a chance to lend a hand by letting them tape boxes. Making sure all boxes are secured before movers arrive can save major time.)
Be a label lover
Unmarked boxes will slow down your movers as well as halt your new start. When you label by room, it will feel much more manageable to unpack. As you pack up each room in your current house, mark on the side of each box its contents and which room in your next home it belongs.
You can also make color-coded, computer-printed sticker labels that correspond to a master list your movers can follow.
And while you may not need your flip flops during a winter move, you will need your toothbrush and a set of pajamas immediately, no matter the climate or season. Clearly mark “must-haves” on your labels beneath their location so you won’t be left scrambling to find essentials after a hard day’s work.
Wrangle the kids
Kids often want to help, but having them underfoot on Moving Day is a huge hazard and can throw a wrench in the process.
Protect them as heavily as your assets by employing a babysitter to keep them occupied in an already emptied room or setting up a playdate at a friend’s house.
But, remember, moving can be hard on them, too. Our Director of Operations Jason Farley recommends keeping them involved while keeping them safe. Whether they’re moving down the street or into a new school district, show your babes their opinions matter by asking them to pick out which will be their new room or let them color on the cardboard boxes you want to stand out.
Your time is your money—invest in Columbus moving services
Employing a moving company that believes in that value allows you to save on both. But at the end of the day, no matter how long it takes, Leaders offers a quote that won’t change. To get your guaranteed quote, call us toll free at (800) 481-6843 or get an online quote today.