Strategies For Streamlining Last-Minute Moves


Most household moves are planned affairs where people have plenty of time to pack and otherwise orchestrate the relocation process. However, it's sometimes necessary to move in a hurry, and this can be a stressful, frustrating process that may even result in loss, breakage, and damage to your cherished household possessions. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can streamline last minute moves. Following are strategies designed to make that last minute move go as quickly as possible.

Pack Smart

Packing swiftly often means that errors will be made, but you can minimize those by following a few simple rules. For instance, packing light objects in large boxes and heavy ones in small boxes prevents boxes from becoming overly heavy and unwieldy. Other packing tips for a quick move include:

  • Place toiletries, linens, and a change of clothes or two in suitcases and hampers for easy access
  • Pack other items that you'll need first together and mark the boxes with a star or other identifying symbol
  • Don't waste time emptying chests and dressers -- simply tape the drawers shut and move them as they are
  • Use blankets, sheets, and towels for padding so you won't have to spend time packing them separately

Call in Favors

Having to move in a hurry is the perfect situation for you to call in as many favors as possible. If you have small children who would be a hindrance as you try to pack quickly, now is the time to reach out to those who owe you babysitting time or who otherwise might be counted on to watch the kids while you pack. If all else fails, the services of a paid sitter will be well worth the money. The same goes for pets -- getting them out of the way while you prepare for a quick move will make the process go much more smoothly. You should also enlist as many friends and family members as possible to help with all aspects of the move.

Purge as Much as Possible

Moving is an excellent time to purge those items that you no longer want or need. Place clothing that you and other members of your household no longer wear in plastic bags, label them, and either drop them off at a thrift store receiving station or arrange for them to be picked up -- many thrift stores offer that service. You can also get rid of household items and furnishing this way, provided they are in relatively decent shape. If you have items that are damaged or dirty to the extent that they wouldn't be of interest to a thrift store, making a pile for the dump while you're packing and paying someone to haul it will save you valuable time and energy. You can also invite friends and neighbors to help themselves to whatever you'd like to leave behind, but ask them for a little help in return with packing, cleaning, or other tasks associated with moving. Keep in mind that the less stuff you have to actually move, the less time the process will take.

Hire the Right Mover

Hiring a moving company that has specific experience and expertise in last-minute moves will save you a great deal of time, particularly if you decide to enlist their assistance with packing -- but even if you handle the packing yourself, the right mover will quickly and professionally move your large objects such as furniture and appliances, saving you from the time-and-energy consuming tasks of trying to load and unload heavy objects yourself. Even with the help of friends and family, objects are often damaged during the moving process. Using the services of a professional mover minimizes that possibility.

For more information, contact local moving companies like Modern Movers, Inc.


20 October 2015

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I try to keep my living expenses down to save money for my family. But when we faced moving from one state to another last year, I didn't know how to do so without breaking my budget. Fortunately, a relative of mine suggested that I ask a moving contractor for help. The contractor helped me plan a moving strategy that not only saved me money on boxes, supplies and transportation, they also provided tips on how to make the move easier once we arrived to our destination. I learned so much about moving that I developed this blog. I offer tips on how to move on a budget, select the right moving supplies and even how to pack your belongings properly. If you're ready to get started, keep reading. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your move.