10 Tips to Make the Moving Process Smoother03/10/2018Moving to Austin can be a hectic and anxiety filled time for everyone, but a little bit of planning and readiness can make it less painful. Formulating a plan will give you a key to follow and help the move go effortlessly. We have put together ten tips to help make your moving process smoother. 1. Plan as Far in Advance as Possible It can only help to get in front of the process and commence thinking about your move. Start looking for an experienced moving company and set a date for the move. If you plan on using experienced packers, make sure to tell them everything that needs to be packed so they can be ready. Begin thinking about how you will organize your stuff and create a blueprint of the move in your brain. 2. Place Your Things by Category The move to Austin will be much quicker if you arrange your things by category. It is easiest to start with your clothing, because you will discover items that you will want to give away, which means less to move. You can also simply sort your books, papers, DVDs, and other miscellaneous things. 3. Get Rid of Items You Do Not Need or Want You most likely own a number of unused or unnecessary belongings. You will have fewer items to pack by eliminating the stuff that you don't need. The sooner you sort out these things, the easier the boxing and moving will be in the future. 4. Schedule a Donation Pickup You know all of those things you own that are no longer needed or unnecessary? You can give many of those items to a non-profit organization, and many of the charitable organizations will even come get them for no charge. Donating your gently used items to charity will make you feel helpful, and it can also possibly be used as a tax write off. 5. Buy Supplies Ahead of Time You are going to need boxes, tape, paper, bubble wrap, and many other packing materials. Do not procrastinate until the final minute to buy those materials, but instead be proactive. Sit down and create a list of all the supplies that you will need for your move, and gather the items in one visit to the store to save yourself time and stress. You need to also doucle check to see if you hung on to the original boxes to many of your electronics to save yourself the time and expense of purchasing new boxes. 6. Schedule the Best Moving Day Think about all of the possible moving days and select the day that will be best and leat expensive for you. Ask which day you will have the most help and which day will be the best for the professional movers as well. 7. Schedule Disconnect Times You likely have cable, water, power, internet, gas, and other services. All of those services need to be shut off ahead of your move, and it is a good idea to give them a notice at least a week beforehand. You might also need to take a little extra time grouping cords, remotes, cable boxes, routers, and other things that the companies will want turned in at the time of cut off. 8. Commence Packing and Labeling Boxes Commence packing your items as soon as you can to give yourself the greatest amount of time to complete the process. Packing just a little at a time can be less nerve-racking and make your move more enjoyable. The key to locating your stuff after the move is labeling the boxes precisely. Label the boxes by category to find things with ease and label the sides of boxes and not the tops. 9. Decide How to Handle Plants and Pets Start thinking about what you will do with live plants and pets. You will need to decide on transportation for pets and take your pets to the veterinarian if necessary. Moving live plants can sometimes be a delicate situation, because they need the proper amount of sunlight and water. As another option, live plants can either be passed on friends or family, or sometimes, they can be donated to local charities to keep from having to relocate them. 10. Perform Last Minute Checks The day of and before moving, doublecheck closets, cabinets and corners of each room to make sure all items have been packed. In addition, make sure things like the water, furnace, air conditioner and lights are all turned off and windows and doors are closed and locked. These are just a few suggestions to help make your move to Austin less difficult with less issues. It is best to be ready and plan well in advance to avoid any headaches. If you follow these suggestions throughout the move process, you will be able to sit back and relax after making the big move.