We all know the strains of relocation. We’ve all been there before.
Between organizing, packing, re-organizing, re-packing and at last unpacking, it seems like there’s hardly any time to enjoy the experience of your new home. But once it’s all said and done, there’s no greater feeling than sinking into that special couch that’s been with you for years and taking it all in.
Before you finally kick your feet up, though, there are some important steps to take if you want to feel secure in your new environment. Follow these five tips to ensure a safe move and continued protection as you carve out a future in your new home:
1. Use the right vehicle. Once you get everything into your car or truck, you’ve fought only half the battle. You still have to get to your destination and unload, so make sure you’re driving something that can handle the trip. Get all your automotive vitals checked before you load up – make sure you don’t need fuel or an oil change. Some vehicles may not perform as well when they’ve got thousands of extra pounds sitting in the trunk. And of course, don’t hesitate to rent a truck.
2. Don’t overdo it. There’s no shame in asking for help. And it’s always a good idea to rent pushcarts or dollies if you’re expecting some heavy lifting. Take every opportunity to prevent physical injury during the process, and don’t put yourself in a position that could jeopardize your back, knees or shoulders.
3. Get a security system. Naturally, this one is more of a long-term suggestion. Nonetheless, many homeowners wait to install security systems months or years away from their move-in dates. There are plenty of security companies out there – many of which can install a system on or near the day you move in. Why wait?
4. Wrap your things. It’s easy to forget about bubble wrap when you’ve spent all day stacking boxes and digging through your closets. For both your safety and the safety of your valuables, do not neglect to wrap your belongings. Think about how tragic it would be to lose a family heirloom in the process of moving, and think about how much easier it’ll be to carry your things with all sharp edges covered.
5. Don’t be wasteful. Every move has its share of frustrations, but don’t agitate yourself any further by making a short-sighted decision. With so many odds and ends sitting around your house, it’s tempting to throw them in the garbage and start anew in your next residence. Unless it’s truly useless to you, be mindful about what you pitch. A safe mover needs to protect the wallet like any other valued belonging.
This post was written and contributed by Stacey Waxman.