I’m lucky to be able to build homes for people. I get to help them live in the home that best reflects and suits their needs. As much as I wish people could just start living in their new homes with no hassle what-so-ever, unfortunately there’s the whole entire moving-out and moving-in process to go through. Moving is no one’s favorite past-time, but it needs to be done. Here are some tips to make moving a bit easier:
There’s a chance that everything in your old-house is not going to fit int your new house right away. In that case, self-storage is a relatively convenient way to keep your belongings secure and out of the way. Chances are you can just use the moving truck the day of or the day before to get anything you need to into storage
Here’s a list of some great self-storage options around Charleston.
Organize and Label
To save yourself some time and frustration, try to keep all of the items that are going together in the same box. Kitchen things with kitchen things. Living room things with living room things. Etc. Along those lines, make sure that all of your boxes are clearly labeled for which room their going to. If one box has some fragile things inside, be sure to make a note of that. That’ll help out both you and your family, and any professional movers that may be helping you. Some people even like to color-code their boxes with stickers and markers. Green = kitchen, etc.
When you’re younger and the body is a bit more spry it seems like the back is the strongest muscle in the body and should be used as such. Of course, as you get older you learn that this sadly is not the case. Over my years of building and fishing and moving, I can definitely say that this is not the case. Make sure to squat and use your legs when lifting. As I was taught when I was younger (and ignored until I was older), the human body is not meant to boom and crane. It can. It definitely can, but at the cost of back-pain and the possibility of a displaced disk.
Every week we accumulate a lot of bags. Plastic bags and paper bags from the grocery store, ziplock bags for snacks and to-go food, and luggage and backpacks for moving things. Moving from one home to another is the perfect opportunity to make use of all of them. You can use plastic and paper grocery bag for wrapping and padding fragile items. Ziplock back will go a long way in helping you organize small miscellaneous screws, hangers, and other odds and ends. If you have gall0n-sized bags, you can use them to hold any spare electronics cords or office supply items.
The backpacks and luggage will come in hand for your overnight bag. When you show up for your first night at your new home, you might not want to unpack everything right away. Even if you do, you might not be able to easily find everything you need (both for your first night and your first morning). Put together a First-Night bag for any essentials that you might need, including toiletries, PJs, snacks, and a fresh set of clothes for the next day.
I wish you the best of luck in your move, and hope you enjoy your new home, whether you end up in one that I build for you or another.
Thanks for reading,