Relocating to Atlanta can be a manic and anxiety filled time for all involved, but a little bit of organization and preparation can make it less nerve-racking. Creating a plan will supply you instructions to follow and help the move go smoothly. We have listed ten tips to help make your moving process simpler.
1. Plan as Far in Advance as Possible
It can only help to get in front of the process and begin thinking about your move. Get the ball rolling by looking for an experienced moving company and set up a date for the move. If you plan on using professional packers, make sure to tell them all the stuff that needs to be packed so they can be prepared. Commence thinking about how you will organize all of your things and create a visual of the move in your brain.
2. Put Your Things by Category
The move to Atlanta will be much quicker if you organize your belongings by category. It is easiest to begin with your clothes, because you will discover things that you will want to get rid of, which means fewer things to move. You can also simply sort your books, papers, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items.
3. Get Rid of Things You Do Not Need or Want
You most likely own plenty of unused or unnecessary items. You will have fewer boxes to pack by getting rid of the things that you aren’t a necessity. The earlier you toss these belongings, the easier the boxing and moving will be in the future.
4. Schedule a Donation Pickup
Remember all of those belongings you own that are no longer a necessity or unnecessary? You can donate many of those items to a charity, and many of the charitable organizations will even come get them for free. Donating your old things to charity will make you feel good, and it can also maybe be used as a tax write off.
5. Buy Supplies Before You Need Them
You are going to need boxes, tape, paper, bubble wrap, and many other packing materials. Don't hold off until the last minute to purchase those materials, but instead be proactive. Sit down and create a list of all the supplies that you will require for your move, and gather the items in one shopping trip to the store to save yourself time and anxiety. You need to also check to see if you still own the original boxes to many of your items to save yourself the time and expense of buying new boxes.
6. Pick the Right Moving Day
Ponder on all of the probably moving days and pick the one that will be easiest and least costly for you. Ask which day you will be able to get the most help and which day will be the best for the moving company as well.
7. Schedule Disconnect Times
You likely have cable, water, power, internet, gas, and other services. All those services should be shut off before you move, and it is necessary to give them a notice at least a week beforehand. You may also need to take a few minutes getting together cords, remotes, cable boxes, routers, and other supplies that the companies will want back at the time of cut off.
8. Begin Packing and Labeling Boxes
Begin packing your belongings as soon as you can to give yourself the most amount of time to complete the process. Packing just a bit at a time can be less nerve-racking and make your move more enjoyable. The key to finding your things after the move is labeling the boxes correctly. Label the boxes by category to find things quickly and label the sides of boxes in lieu of the tops.
9. Decide What to do with Plants and Pets
Start figuring out 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. Relocating live plants can sometimes be difficult, because they need the proper amount of sunlight and water. If you prefer, live plants can either be passed on friends or family, or sometimes, they can be donated to local charities to refrain from having to move them.
10. Perform Last Day Checks
The day of and before moving, doublecheck closets, cabinets and corners of every room to be sure everything has been packed. Also, be 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 Atlanta easier with less problems. It is best to be prepared and plan well in advance to sidestep any headaches. If you follow these suggestions throughout the move process, you will be able to sit back and relax after making the big move.