Your Guide to Local Moving

Are you planning a local move? Do you want to make sure your move is completed smoothly and without any issues? You’ve come to the right place. Although it may seem like a local move is a lot easier than a long-distance relocation, the truth is that moves of any distance require a lot of care and consideration to properly complete them.

With the right steps, you can make your local move a lot simpler. Interested in discovering how to successfully move to your new local home? Keep reading, and find out just how much our seven easy steps can transform your moving experience.

How to Prepare for Local Moving

When getting ready for a local move, there are some key aspects to the process that will make your move as stress-free as possible and your planning efforts fruitful. From decluttering to handling address changes and utilities, we’ve got the top tips to set your move up for success.

  • Plan in advance

One of the best things you can do to improve your move’s quality is start early and plan in advance. Being organized throughout the process can make a big difference, as it allows you to complete the task without rushing. Plus, you can make the experience a lot less stressful by allowing yourself ample time to take care of everything ahead of moving day.

Your plan should be as detailed as possible, ideally including a thorough timeline and a budget so you can be prepared for what the next few months will bring your way and have your expenses in order. 

  • Purge items you no longer need

As you get ready to move to your new location, it’s critical to declutter your home before you begin packing. Think of it this way — a declutter offers the perfect opportunity to start in your new home with a clean slate, reducing the clutter in your home and promoting better organization overall.

To properly complete this process, you should sort your belongings into four categories: donate, sell, trash, and keep. Aim to get rid of as many items as you can by determining what you no longer want or need. You can easily make the best use of the items that you don’t use by donating them to a local secondhand shop or by hosting a garage sale.

  • Get plenty of supplies

To ensure that you have the tools you need, you should prepare plenty of supplies to make packing easier and to appropriately protect your belongings. Some of the supplies you should obtain include the following:

    • Sturdy boxes
    • Packing tape
    • Permanent markers
    • Resealable plastic bags
    • Packing paper
    • Bubble wrap
    • Moving blankets
  • Pack your belongings one room at a time

Moving experts recommend this crucial tip to optimize your organizational skills and ultimately make the packing process a lot easier. Choose one room in your house to start in. Ideally, this room won’t have too many items that you need to wait to pack due to frequent usage. For instance, you might want to watch to pack your kitchen supplies.

Once you determine which room fits the bill, go through the process of packing this entire room before moving along to the next room. When you go to the next room, it’s best to move through the house in an orderly fashion. You should never mix items from numerous rooms in the same box, as this can be confusing when you unpack. 

  • Handle your utilities

When you move homes, one important task to remember is shutting off the utilities in your former residence and setting up the utilities in your new home. This should be done in a timely manner to avoid any unexpected fees from being incurred.

Additionally, being prompt about this task can prevent any delay in activating your services in time for your move. In advance of your move to the new home, contact your current utility providers, and schedule the termination of your current services.

Depending on the service and your location change, you may need to switch to a different provider. Either way, you should reach out to the providers for your new residence and schedule activation. You’ll also want to be sure to reach out to them about a week ahead of your move to make sure the dates are properly scheduled.

  • Update your address

The next step you should handle is to update your address with the necessary parties. There are plenty of important contacts that need your address either for their records or to contact you via mail.

Ensuring that these agencies and companies have the right address is critical to keeping everything operating smoothly and preventing any missed attempts of contacting you. Be sure to reach out to the postal service, tax agencies, your employer, your insurance provider, the DMV, the Social Security Administration, and any places where you have subscriptions or memberships. It’s necessary to do this in a timely manner so you receive any mail these parties may send to you.

  • Prep your new home, if possible

If you’re able to go to your new home before moving all your items in, going there to prepare a bit can make a big difference. Having a cleaning day in your new residence is a very helpful way to have a clean slate when you move in.

You can be sure that everything is clean and neat following the previous renters or owners, and it prevents you from having to spend a lot of time cleaning as you set up your new home, which can already feel extremely hectic. Instead, doing this can put you in a positive place to get your home ready a little bit at a time.

Local Moving Made Simple

With these easy steps, moving locally doesn’t need to feel like a pain. Instead, it can be a manageable, stress-free process, as long as you implement the proper planning and follow the steps to productivity. Are you ready for your best move yet?

Luckily, with the help of these steps and RLD Relocation & Logistics, you can orchestrate the simplest relocation possible. Our team of trusted professionals works diligently to provide you with the moving solutions you’re looking for at an affordable price. Discover what we can do for you, and request a free in-home estimate today!

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