Often times you will not be able to move straight away into your new home. When this happens, you need to consider storing your things. There are many options available to you. Whether or not it is a definite possibility, it is wise to ask what your options are with your professionals here at Highland. This way there are no surprises. Further, you can anticipate and budget for any potential increase in cost to accommodate storing your things. This is really important if you are purchasing another home and that purchase is contingent on the sale of your current home. Remember, anything can happen at closing. Therefore, you may have a delay or even worse, something could fall through. If that is the case, make sure to ask your professionals here at Highland about your options. We will do our best to accommodate you. However, you will want to know this ahead of time so that you can plan for any unforeseen circumstances.
If you are moving internationally or a long distance, storage may be a necessary part of transport. Therefore, you will have to discuss the details of your impending move with your professionals here at Highland. Keep in mind that there are several things that can be done to best meet your needs. These include long-term storage for the items you may not be able to take with you. Short-term storage for the items that will be transported to your new location and air shipment of a few things that you can’t live without. In order to best meet your needs, take inventory of your things and think about what you will need immediately, short term and not until you return if that is apart of your relocation.
If you are on a corporate relocation, there may be storage as a part of your relocation package. If so, clarify what is covered and what is your responsibility. Often times there are limits on the length of time covered by your relocation package. You will want to understand this ahead of time so that you can budget accordingly.
Storing your items may be new to you but it is something we are very familiar with and we can identify options that can best meet your needs.
The key to any successful move is organization. The more organized you are the easier your move will be. Granted there will be unplanned events. However, the more you do up front to prepare, the better position you will have to mitigate risk.
Step 1: Start early
The earlier you start to organize your move the better you will be. You want to be in a position to optimize your opportunities. Therefore, starting early allows you to secure dates, coordinate resources and downsize. Granted you may not have the luxury of time but if you start the process as soon as you know you are moving, you will be able to get your things in order right away.
Step 2: One place for your things
Moving can be disruptive. Therefore, taking steps to organize your things and putting them in one location will help prevent you from wasting your time looking for something. Identify all the important paperwork you will need for your move and somethings that you just should have like birth certificates and put them all in one location. This could be in a portable file folder or scanned into a digital file.
Step 3: Timeline
Understand your time constraints. Consider your move as a large project that you need to manage. Think about the tasks that you must do and identify any of them that affect the completion of other tasks. List these out and use a calendar to plan what must be done first. This will help you decide on what you have to do and when. It will also help prevent you from missing an important task.
Step 4: Budget
Your budget will dictate what you are able to accomplish. Therefore, you want to make sure you have one set out at the beginning. If you have a tight budget, you will have to entertain options that will save you money, like packing or unpacking yourself. Feel free to ask your professionals here at Highland. We have various options to help with your budget.
Step 5: Pick a System and Stick with it
Find a system that works best for you. Some people like paper while others prefer everything electronically. Therefore, think about what will work best for you and use that system religiously. You will be more likely to use something that you feel comfortable with and stick with it. Keeping on top of your move will help you make it with ease.
Moving is stressful at times. However, taking steps to organize yourself at the beginning will help to alleviate the stress.
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Even if you are hiring a full-service professional mover, like Highland, you can still choose to pack yourself to save on costs. This is a great way to get the best of both worlds. It gives you an opportunity to weed through your things as you pack and get rid of the stuff you simply do not need or want. There is only one exception to the rule. If you are moving internationally or a long distance, have your professionals at Highland pack you for your own protection. The longer the distance the greater the chances of something happening. Therefore, for insurance purposes it will be in your best interest to have professionals pack you and take the extra steps necessary to protect your goods.
However, if you are moving locally and packing yourself, here are some great tips.
Make sure to get packing supplies. You want to use boxes that are meant for moving because they can handle the transport of your goods. If you are looking for a bargain, check around town or on Craig’s List. You can often find reasonably priced packing supplies from recent transplants looking to get rid of their packing supplies. Word of caution. Take the time to inspect the supplies and make sure they have only been used once before. Like any other reuse of goods, the more worn they are, the less likely they will fulfill their purpose. Therefore, check and review and then buy. The only exceptions are wardrobe boxes. For some reason, they do not repurpose as well so consider getting new ones.
Get tape. Get more tape than you think you need. You want to buy packing tape with convenient dispensers. This will allow you to make quick work of preparing the boxes for packing. Do not be conservative with your tape. Tape the box seams several time to ensure it will hold together.
Permanent Markers. This is another must when packing yourself. Buy more than you think you will need because chances are you will pack a few in the fray.
Label well. Take the time to label your boxes well. Note the room the contents is from, your last name and a general idea of what it contains. Do not forget to label fragile if it requires it and an arrow for up. This is essential in protecting your fragile items.
Have a packing party. Bribe your friends with some wine or beer and food. Have them over and help you make quick work of your packing. Just make sure the friends you ask are not jokesters. You don’t want them using creative writing to label your boxes.
Don’t worry if you run out of time. If you simply run out of time, ask your professionals at Highland to help. They will be glad to help you out if you simply run out of time. It happens to the best of us. Just make sure to notify them as quickly as possible so that they can make plans to accommodate you.
For more great moving tips, check out this list from Highland.
Moving large items are always a challenge. However, the earlier you start the process the more prepared you will be. Over the years as you live in one location, you will be surprised at the sheer volume of things you can acquire. Therefore, as you prepare for your move think about your large items that you may need to move. Itemize these things ahead of time so that you will be prepared to discuss options for your professionals here at Highland. For example, if you have a large wooden play set, water fountain, pool table or piano, you will need to let your professionals at Highland know as soon as possible. When they come out to take inventory, notify your representative of what items are staying and what are moving with you and may require extra attention. Your Highland professional will be able to help you with this task as well. Once these items are identified, they can best advise you of your options and if there is any additional costs involved. Further, you will be in a better position to get a head start on selling or donating your large items if you choose not to move them after all.
It is important to note that your professionals at Highland have been trained to handle these large items. They have special equipment to help move these large items without compromising them and prevent injury. Further, there are special handling procedures to ensure your bulky item arrives in one piece. Therefore, it is best to leave the transport of these large items to the professionals.