Undertaking a furniture removal may sound like an easy process. I mean, you basically pack all your stuff up, move it, and unpack it, but people often underestimate how stressful it is and how much time it will take.
It often takes weeks to just pack, and you’ll be lucky if you only get a few flared tempers during this ordeal. Interstate removal is also much more of a hassle than simply moving across town, so here are a few tips for your move; hopefully it’ll make the process smoother and less stressful.
Eight Weeks Ahead
As early as eight weeks before moving day, make sure that you’re nearly done searching for the furniture removal companies that will package and move your things. You can do this by looking online or looking through ads in the newspaper.
Get some estimates, so you’ll know how much this will set you back, and obtain references to see if they’re any good. Inexperienced removalists can be a nightmare.
Seven Weeks Ahead
At least seven weeks beforehand, make a list of all the things that you will be taking with you and a list of the things you’re definitely throwing out. It will be unlikely that you will remember everything in your house, so you’ll have to decide as you go along, but this will make things much more organized, and you can check off the things you wanted to bring once you get to your new house to make sure they got there safely. This can also be very handy for insurance purposes in case anything gets broken along the way.
Six Weeks Ahead
Six weeks before moving day, make sure you have all the important documents you need in a folder or bag. This includes medical, dental, and bank records along with passports, social security cards, and other papers. Also take care of changing forwarding addresses for magazine subscriptions, catalogues, and other important services.
You should begin buying packaging materials in bulk at least give weeks beforehand. This can get pretty expensive, so buying in bulk is ideal. Make sure that you register your kids in new schools, and look for a new veterinarian in the area if you have a pet, so your old one can transfer your pet’s records where appropriate.
Five to Four Weeks Ahead
Five to four weeks before moving day, you should make appointments with moving companies about moving your things and changing your address with the post office. Be sure to check if furniture needs to be packed a certain way before furniture removal to avoid a huge hassle on moving day.
Also check guidelines regarding interstate furniture removal since laws will vary in state. And remember to schedule a transfer date with the utility companies.
Backloading as an Alternative Option
If you can afford it, professional removalists are ideal for the job, but interstate backloading can be much cheaper. The backload refers to the amount of free space that furniture removalist truck has available from point A to point B will have after their other drop off point.
Most are willing to get extra money to move your things for you. This is especially helpful for interstate backload because it will be much cheaper.
In the final three weeks, make sure you return things that don’t belong to you, so you won’t have to carry that around when you move. Start packing things you don’t use very often, and during the final week to two weeks, pack your house from top to bottom.
Depending on how many things you have and how many people are helping you pack, you might want to allow more time for packing because people often underestimate how much time packing will take.