While it might seem like New Years was just last weekend, the spring season is creeping up on us faster than we might have expected. Spring is a popular time for people to move into a new house. However, whether you bought a house or you’re switching to a new rental, the moving process is certainly a tedious one. Being that it’s winter, and the will to do anything but eat comfort foods and stay cozy is anything but strong. This inturn makes the prospect of carrying out a move a dreadful one. But, that doesn’t mean it has to be.
If you’re moving out during the springtime, here are a few ways to tackle the move and get everything out in one piece.
Start Spring Cleaning Early
Arguably one of the worst parts about moving isn’t the moving itself, but the cleaning that comes along with it. When you’re living in a place, it’s easy to look over certain stains and scuffs. This isn’t the case when you begin move-out cleaning because security deposits are on the line. If you begin the cleaning process now, you won’t have to do as much work down the road. Target one room at a time. Scrub the shower and sink to remove soap scum. Pull out the fridge and other appliances to sweep out dirt. While these things might get dirty again, they’ll be much easier to clean down the road.
Keep in mind that some cleaning tasks should be saved for down the road, such as carpet cleaning since a handful of landlords will require that you have the carpets professionally cleaned before you move out.
Declutter Your Space
One of our favorite moving tips and tricks is saying farewell to a portion of what you own. For most people, the idea of tossing out a portion of their belongings is a terrifying one; it doesn’t have to be. Watch a little bit of Marie Kondo, sort through your belongings, and say goodbye to all of the items that you just don’t need anymore. This goes for anything from clothing, to appliances, to gear, to decorations, and beyond! For each item you debate parting with ask yourself the following questions:
- How often do I use this?
- Is there a use in the foreseeable future?
- Does it fit?
- Is it broken at all?
- Will it be functional in the new space?
Those are just a few of many questions to ask yourself as you begin the decluttering process. At the end of the day, the less you have to move, the better!
Scope Out Moving Companies
Don’t wait until the last minute to choose a moving company; the further advance you book someone, the better. Because spring is a busy time to move, you might have issues finding an available company if you wait until the last minute. Even more so, some places will offer discounts if you book in advance.
Create a Budget
Last but not least, one of the most important moving tips we can provide you with is to make a budget. Moving can become expensive, especially when you begin to add up the little things. While most people are aware of the costs associated with movers, security deposits, cleaning fees, and more obvious pieces, they might not be aware of some of the less obvious expenses. Make sure to account for supplies, gas, food—especially if you’ll be without a kitchen—car registration, car licenses, and more.
The expenses that come with moving out of state will likely be higher than if you were to move somewhere within the state. Make sure you make a budget that accounts for everything.
Moving is certainly a stressful task, but with some planning and patience, you’ll breeze through everything and get settled into your new space before you know it!