Sometimes an event comes along that requires you to make a residential move in short order. Perhaps it’s a new job offer or you want to be closer to the family. Whatever the reason, there are some ways you can speed up the process — and maybe save a little money, too. Here’s a to-do list before moving from the Gainesville movers at UF Mover Guys to make everything as fast as possible.
1. Hire Local Home Movers
When there isn’t much time to organize, a Gainesville moving company can respond to your needs faster than a national moving company. Gainesville residential movers at UF Mover Guys are professionals who will give your valuables superior care and attention, freeing you up to handle all the last-minute details.
2. Get Your Packaging Supplies Organized
Before you spend all that time and money at a moving supplies store, take a look around your home for materials to help you pack in a hurry. You can wrap fragile items such as large plates and glass in a towel or blanket, instead of bubble wrap. Other breakables, such as glassware and ceramics, can go into boxes padded with bedsheets, pillowcases, and socks.
Speaking of boxes, look for some extras sitting around in your garage. If you need more, visit your local grocery store and ask the manager for eggs boxes from the dairy department. (Eggs boxes are built strong, and they’re free for the taking.)
3. Start Packing Early
If you put off packing, you’ll be rushed at the last minute. As a result, you might leave something behind or forget to do an important task. So, begin packing as soon as you have your boxes ready. Label each box as you go, listing what’s inside and which room it belongs in.
4. Ask Friends & Family For Packing Help
Putting stuff in boxes all by yourself is hard. Fortunately, you have plenty of assistance waiting in your neighbors, coworkers and family members. Why not invite them to a moving party? Offer them food and drinks in exchange for their packing labors. Play some great music and have lots of laughs. Before you know it, everything will be packaged, labeled and ready for the moving truck.
5. Donate Or Give Away Unwanted Stuff
Do you really need to take everything, or are there some items you don’t need anymore? Before the packing party, look through closets and storage spaces and separate out unneeded clothing, knickknacks, and gadgets. Also, look for items that:
- Are damaged
- Belong to someone else
- You use only one time of the year, such as seasonal decorations
Toss the broken stuff, and pack the rest to donate. Then, take the items to a local charity where they can be put to good use, or give them to friends. The less you put on the moving truck, the more time and money you’ll save.
6. Plan A Pre-Move-In
Does your lease start before moving day? Take some things over to the new place early, if you can. Bring small items that you might not need right away, such as spare clothes, collectibles or kitchen tools. If you can make multiple trips, do it. The time you invest now will pay off in a faster move on the big day.
7. Have Your Move Ready The Night Before
The night before the movers arrive, double-check to make sure everything is ready to put on the truck. Did you:
- Clean out the refrigerator?
- Inspect the bathrooms for unpacked toiletries?
- Peek under sinks for stray cleaning products?
Finally, put personal items like prescriptions and important papers in a small tote or other container. Pack them in the car a few minutes after the movers arrive in the morning.
8. Do Your Last-Minute Cleaning Before Moving In
Now it’s morning, and the truck is here. To help complete the moving in one day, clean up while items are being removed. Wipe dirt off windows or shelves as boxes get taken off them. When everything is out of a room, vacuum the floors and look for any items you may have missed. Then put the cleaning items in the truck and you’re ready to go.
Call Gainesville, FL Movers Now
For more than 10 years, Gainesville residents have depended on UF Mover Guys to handle last-minute moves. With our expertise and friendly service, you can expect a well-planned and organized move, even when time is critical. Contact UF Mover Guys today for moving services in Gainesville, FL, and let’s get this move on the road!