10 Tips to Make the Moving Process Easier03/10/2018Relocating to Houston can be a manic and anxiety filled time for everyone, but some organization and preparedness can make it less painful. Developing a plan will give you instructions to follow and help the move go smoothly. We have listed ten tips to help make your moving process easier. 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. Get the ball rolling by looking for an experienced moving company and schedule a date for the move. If you are hiring experienced packers, be sure to tell them all the stuff that needs to be packed so they can be prepared. Commence pondering about how you will organize everything and create a visual of the move in your head. 2. Sort Your Things by Category The move to Houston will be a lot quicker if you organize your belongings by category. It is easiest to begin with your clothes, because you will uncover stuff that you will want to donate, which means less to move. You can also quickly sift through your books, papers, movies, and other miscellaneous things. 3. Get Rid of Items You Do Not Need or Want You most likely own plenty of unused or unnecessary things. You will have less boxes to pack by getting rid of the things that you do not need. The earlier you sort out these belongings, the easier the packing and moving will be in the future. 4. Schedule a Donation Pickup Remember all of those things you own that are no longer needed or unnecessary? You can donate most of those items to a charity, and many of the charitable organizations will even come get them for free. Giving your old items to charity will make you feel helpful, and it can also maybe be used as a tax write off. 5. Purchase Supplies Ahead of Time You are going to need boxes, tape, paper, bubble wrap, and many other moving supplies. Do not hold off until the final minute to buy those things, 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 shopping trip to the store to save yourself time and anxiety. You need to also doucle check to see if you have the original boxes to many of your items to save yourself the time and expense of purchasing new boxes. 6. Pick the Right Moving Day Think about all of the probably moving days and select the one that will be best and leat expensive for you. Find out which day you will have the most help and which day will be the best for the professional movers too. 7. Schedule Disconnect Times You probably have cable, water, power, internet, gas, and other services. All those services should be shut off before you move, and it is good to provide them a notice at least a week ahead of time. You may also need to spend some time grouping cords, remotes, cable boxes, routers, and other supplies that the companies will want to retrieve at the time of cut off. 8. Begin Packing and Labeling Boxes Start packing your items as soon as possible to give yourself the most amount of time to complete the process. Packing just a little at a time can be less nerve-racking and make your move go more smoothly. The key to finding your things after the move is labeling the boxes correctly. Label the boxes by category to find things with ease and label the sides of boxes and not the tops. 9. Think About 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. If you prefer, live plants can either be given to friends or family, or sometimes, they can be donated to local charities to avoid 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 everything has been packed. Also, make sure things like the water, furnace, air conditioner and lights are all turned off and windows and doors are shut and locked. These are just a few tips to help make your move to Houston smoother with less issues. It is best to be ready and plan well in advance to dodge any headaches. If you follow these steps throughout the move process, you will be able to move worry-free.