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Everybody knows that moving is a 1-2 month process, but in reality, Even moving in a hurry is possible, but it requires some ingenuity, a lot of energy, and help in getting organized, which is where these 5 tips for moving in a week or less can help.
The most important part of any move is to decide how to move your stuff from your old place to the new home. If you’re short on time, but not money, then consider hiring full-service movers to do everything for you quick and expensive. Booking a moving company usually requires more than a week’s notice. However, if you’re moving during the offseason (any time other than summer and sometimes the end of a month), you should be able to find a mover who can help you. Other factors to consider are how far you’re moving, with long-distance movers being harder to book than local companies, and how many belongings you have to move.
If you’re only moving a small one-bedroom apartment, often larger moving companies can accommodate you – just adding you to a truck that’s not quite full. This is called freight trailer move. It is actually when you put together a moving service with renting a portable storage container or space in a freight trailer and then you can hire movers to do the heavy lifting. If your movers pack for you it will be done quicker. For an hourly rate, movers can pack everything — even the garbage, if you don’t tell them otherwise. It will be done appropriately and you will not need to think or worry about all the packing materials that will save you time too! If you decided not to spend on the additional cost of packing services, make sure you start the earliest you can and finish your part of the moving work before they come. A mover’s job is infinitely easier if the things are completely ready to be put on the truck. If they need to wait for you to finish packing you will pay for their time.
If you’re short on both, money and time, then moving yourself will save you cash, and, be sure; to take all the time you want. You pack your own belongings, rent a moving truck, load it, and drive it yourself across the country, towing your car behind you. Your plan should have the moving timeline and steps of the moving process in it, also plan the packing and, our advice is, start with the kitchen! The perfect move consists of well-labeled boxes filled with items all stacked neatly together. But with a move in a week or less, it’s totally fine to just throw your dishes in with your linens and your electronic cords in with your coffee maker. Still, be careful to securely wrap up all of your fragile items in packing paper.
Less you need to move – less money and time you are going to spend on moving. Make a strategy. It is all about how you are going to make the decisions that will save you time and not strain your nerves while moving! Write down tips for yourself: how you are going to choose if you need the items to be packed for a new life or if it should just go to trash. How easy is it to replace an item or how often do you use it? You can try to sell things you don’t need online or do the garage sale. But if there isn’t enough time, look at this like an opportunity for charity. Donate coats, blankets, gently used clothing, furniture, office equipment, and kitchen appliances – it can easily find a new home.
There’s a lot to be distracted by when you’re faced with moving in a week or less, but it’s important to remember to take care of the details. These are filing a change of address with the post office and call hydro, electric, water, garbage, recyclables utilities – to cancel your current service or to be transferred to your new place. Unfortunately, a quick move may mean that the timelines are not enough and there’s a chance you’ll have to wait a little bit to have your mail forwarded or have your new internet set up. Get a list of your bills and run through them one by one. It shouldn’t take more than an hour to do, but it’s important to get it done as soon as possible, so you’re not charged for services you will not use anymore.
It’s good form to leave the home nice and clean, and you may even need to do so in your lease. If you’re moving in a hurry, you are not going to have time to do a good cleaning job, so you should consider hiring a service to come in and do it for you. This may mean having someone come clean while you’re still packing.
Moving in a week or less isn’t easy, but it is possible. Be conscious of time management, and just focus on getting things done step by step. Don’t forget about getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying hydrated. You need your body and mind to be in good shape. And, overall, stay positive!