Moving can be a painstaking process.  Without the proper planning and foresight, it can also be a very expensive and hazardous process.  Before your actual moving day arrives, there are several things you should do before hand to allow the whole operation flow more smoothly.  

Here are some good "pre-move" tips on how to move efficiently.

  • Decide on a proper time to move.  It is usually best to move on the weekends.  This is because traffic is usually less congested on weekends versus weekdays.  It is also wise to check with other people in your neighborhood to make sure that no one else there is moving on the same day as you (having two moving trucks in a small parking lot or apartment complex on the same day could end up being a bit of a hassle).
  • Fully pack all boxes and seal and label them properly.  This is always a good rule of thumb, especially if you hire a moving company.  Moving companies will sometimes not load poorly packed boxes, or will spend time (and your money) repackaging the contents of the box properly before moving them.  Packing contents tightly and fully into boxes will help make sure that they do not break during their transport.  As far as labeling goes, make sure you thoroughly label your boxes with their contents and what room or area of the house they are going be placed in your new residence.
  • Remove all contents from all furniture and appliances.  This will make your furniture and appliances lighter and easier to move, which will in turn make the entire moving process less stressful and faster.  Remember to properly pack all these contents if you want to guarantee that they will not become damaged during the move.
  • Disassemble any and all large furniture pieces that you can.  If you decide to hire movers, then this tip can save both them and you a generous amount of time and money.  I have seen movers take 45 minutes to disassemble a bed frame before, and hours trying to disassemble desks and china hutches.  Movers typically cost over 40 dollars an hour, a head!  Time is an important money-saving factor in a move, and in life for that matter!
  • Sell, donate, or throw out possessions that you no longer need.  It is amazing how much material people horde in their homes these days.  I have seen moves that could have been performed by movers in about half as much time if these people had just decided to throw out their old and useless junk or had a garage sale.  Having a moving company move an entire shed of ancient materials that you have not even touched in about half a decade is not a good example of how to move efficiently.
  • Send the dogs and cats somewhere else for the day.  If you hire movers, then please, do not allow your dogs and cats to wander about the house during the day of the move.  Nothing is more irritating (or dangerous) for a mover than lifting a two hundred pound piece of furniture down a flight of stairs only to have a golden retriever trip them while doing it.

Hope you enjoyed these simple time and money saving tips on how to move efficiently.  Good luck with your next move!