Moving can be complex. You may not know where to start for your El Paso local move. As someone who has been in the moving industry for over a decade, I’ve seen it all. With this guide, we’ll walk through some of the key tips that I have picked up in that experience. These will help you toward achieving an efficient and effective local move.
Before you do anything else, make sure you plan your budget. Moving costs can add up. If you begin planning anything else before your budget, you may find yourself having to cancel services or rework your budget. Knowing where you stand beforehand helps you make better decisions.
2. Make Sure You Are Using the Best Moving Company
There’s a lot to consider when deciding on a moving company, which is why we wrote a blog on how to choose one. Some of the highlights include looking at reviews, going to friends and family for recommendations, and ensuring that they have the proper license and insurance necessary for your move.
3. Look Into Different Moving Services
Once you have a moving company decided on, you should consider what services you want. By going with a full-service moving company, you will have the option to choose whether you want packing services, unpacking services, warehouse storage, or even unique specialty services. If you’re not sure if a moving company offers something, don’t be afraid to ask.
There’s no better time to declutter than when you are moving. Less items means an easier move with less cost. When decluttering, you will have a few options. You can keep, sell, donate, or throw away your items.
It’s best to go through each of your items and determine which pile they go in. A helpful tip is to start with the most obvious items first. This will help get the ball rolling. Be sure to talk to your local thrift store or church about what their policies are for donations. They may have different rules on what can and can’t be donated.
5. Take Inventory of Your Items
Before the moving company that you have partnered with begins handling your items, you should take inventory of the condition of each item. The more items you do this for the better, but you should make sure that you at least get larger items and more delicate items. This allows you to have a reference point in case any damages occur during the move.
6. Look Into Utilities Early
Each utility company is different. There are some that have no problem turning your utilities on the day you contact them to get them set up, but many other utility companies require a heads-up. You will want to make sure you schedule in advance to ensure that your new home is ready come moving day.
7. Plan for Kids and Pets
When moving, you will want to take extra precaution for young children and pets. For pets, you will want to:
- Get them a collar with their new address on it before you move.
- Keep your pet occupied by having someone watch them or by having them in a shut room with toys, water, and possibly food.
- Make sure your new home and yard are set up properly so that your pet won’t get loose when you move in.
- Discuss the move with your vet.
For young children:
- They may feel anxious about moving, so be sure to explain it to them right away so they have time to process.
- Whenever possible, involve your children in the moving process. That could mean having them help with decluttering or having them help take pictures of your items.This will help them feel better about the entire process.
- Depending on your child’s age, it may be best to have someone look after them during your move. This will allow you to be totally present in case your movers need your attention.
By looking through these tips you have begun planning for your move. That is a huge first step. With this guidance, you will have a good idea of where to go from here. Good luck on your move and enjoy your new home!