Staying organized during your move

This is get-organizeda great guide for staying organized during your move. Relocating is stressful as it is- you definitely don’t want to add fuel to the fire. Keeping organized during your move will make the experience 100 times better! Trust me on this one.

Start by giving yourself time! You should begin the process at least 1 month prior to moving. You definitely don’t want to wait for last minute.

1) Create a moving folder. This folder should, at the least, include:

  • Quotes from a few moving companies (if you plan on hiring movers)
  • A packing schedule if you’re going to be packing yourself. Start room by room. And begin with the items you won’t need any time soon (out of season clothes for example). Most importantly, remember, slow and steady wins the race!

2) If you plan to pack yourself, go through your belongings and trash/give away whatever you can. The less stuff you have to move the more organized you can be.

3) Label your boxes!!!! The simplest, possibly most helpful organizational tip is to label boxes by room. This way you can have the correct boxes placed in their appropriate rooms  It will make unpacking a million times easier!

4) If disassembling the furniture yourself, put all appropriate hardware in a bag and tape it to the items being disassembled.

Hopefully these easy steps will help you in staying organized and calm during your upcoming move. For any additional questions please feel free to contact us at 202-570-7220.

Frequently asked moving questions

Planning for that big move of yours? Let us help you! Below are some important frequently asked moving questions to make the process easier for you.moving questions and answers

Q: When should I begin packing for my move?
A: The bigger your home is the more time it will take to pack it up. For large home we recommend beginning about 3 weeks prior to your move date. For smaller homes we recommend beginning 2 weeks prior to your move date.

Q: What’s the best way to get an accurate estimate?
A: Request an on-site estimate with a flat rate. This way the moving company is aware of all of the details and can give you a price according to your specific needs. Make sure this estimate is written and signed by the moving company before you schedule with them.

Q: How can I check if a moving company is licensed?A: There are websites like https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx that allow you to search the licensing authority of every moving company.

Q: Are there any items that shouldn’t be transported by the movers?
A: Yes, people shouldn’t have the movers ship the following:

  • Paints
  • Open liquid containers
  • Propane tanks/cans
  • Gas or oils
  • Butane
  • Ammunition
  • Open alcohol bottles/cans
  • Open food containers
  • Aerosols
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Welding gas
  • Antifreeze
  • Disinfectant cleaners (specifically ones that contain bleach or ammonia)
  • Plants

Q: What is a bill of lading?
A: A bill of lading is the contract between the customer and the movers. This should be given to you before the move begins. Make sure to review it before signing it to make sure there are no discrepancies.

Planning a Last Minute Move

Sometimes life has a way of surprising you. Here’s an example of one of life’s surprise that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy: A Last minute move. For whatever reason, you need to relocate….in the next week or two.  Uhoh! Don’t panic just yet because although there are (way too) many things to think about when planning a last minute move, we are here to help you! Print and check off these items as you accomplish them and you will be very well prepared for your move. Take a deep breath! This will all be over sooner than you think.

  • Schedule a moving company if you plan to use one.
  • If you plan on packing by yourself, get a move on things!
  • If you live in and/or are moving to an apartment building with elevators, make sure to reserve them.
  • Get help from a friend, neighbor, or family member! This is what they’re here for
  • If you plan on having the movers pack your things- go through the stuff and see what you want to move, what you want to throw out. The more things you throw out- the cheaper and easier your move will be!
  • Label your boxes (“Fragile”, “Kitchen” etc.)
  • Put jewelry, electronics, and valuable items in a separate place for you to move yourself
  • Forward all prescriptions to the local drug store in your new neighborhood
  • Return all borrowed items (library books, rental movies)
  • Empty your lawn mower, snow blower, or any other gasoline run machines.
  • Notify your bank, credit card, and other important people of your new address
  • If you’re moving with young children, hire a babysitter to help you while you’re packing and most importantly on moving day
  • Cancel all services in your home (internet, TV, phone) and schedule re-installation in your new home. Try to plan it so you have these set up before you move in.
  • Pack a bag for each member of the family with important things like a change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, phone chargers, diapers for babies…the essentials. Keep the bags in the car with you so you have easy access to such things when you arrive
  • Don’t buy anything online that will ship to your current home- it may arrive after you leave your current home

Good luck!