When you are moving, it's helpful to know when your move out date is, and to get started early. But what happens if you DON'T have ample time to prepare for your move? The moving process can typically take three to four weeks to prepare for, but schedules can get crossed and miscommunication can cause confusion.
What can you do when you have limited time to pack and prep for your move?
We know this is not the norm, most moving dates are well defined and don't change much. Most of the time, homeowners have plenty of time to prepare.
But sometimes, a closing date can change, bidding wars can end abruptly and really leave you in a pinch. Sometimes, life keeps you busy or you may just end up procrastinating, and find yourself staring at a completely unpacked home with 2 days to prep. If you find yourself in this situation, don't panic. There are a few things you can do to make your rushed move a success.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
It’s easy to be worried about the workload ahead of you. It will get done, you just need to start by generating a comprehensive moving list and then get to work crossing items off.
TO CALL OR NOT TO CALL... THE MOVERS
Your first call is to the moving company of your choice. If you are using professional help with your move, this can make the "heavy lifting" much easier on you. If you are looking to save money, you can always rent a truck. KEEP IN MIND, with a rented truck, you will be carrying your couch, fridge, stove, bed, dressers and everything else that takes to people to lug up or down the stairs... you've been warned.
DITCH THE UNUSED
The less you have to pack, the better. With a last minute move, easier packing is key. Be sure to go through each room, closet, and cabinet and especially the garage - pull out items you no longer want or need. Separate these items into three piles: donate, recycle, and throw away. A move is a great time to edit down your things, and a hurried move gives you even more incentive to travel lightly. Think practical, not sentimental.
SENSE OF URGENCY
Packing in a hurry means you are not afforded the luxury to separate your stuff before packing, but that's ok! Look at it this way - your goal now is to simply get all of your stuff from your current home to your new home. If you don't have time to optimally sort items or keep an itemized list of what’s packed where, don't stress. Pack up now and sort it out later.
As long as everything is packed safely and securely, you can deal with sorting once you’re in your new home. Don’t worry about keeping like items together or having a “theme” for each box. Put things where they fit, even if it means packing the water glasses with the board games and the spare light bulbs with the contents of your filing cabinet.
Use soft items like shirts, socks or towels to wrap breakables. Fill two needs with one deed by wrapping breakable items like vases and glassware in soft items you need to pack anyway, such as socks, towels, and clothing. As a bonus, you’ll also save money on packing supplies.
Set up boxes as you need them. Keep your space as clear and manageable as possible by only setting up boxes as you’re ready to fill them.
Pack clothes as they are. Save yourself a ton of time and boxes by packing up clothes as they already are. You can use commercial plastic wrap to wrap your clothing right in the drawers they live in. If you that pinched for time, you can even move the dresser into the moving truck, and then stack the drawers back in to the dresser after it makes it on the truck.
For clothes hanging in the closet, wrap a strong garbage bag around them, starting from the bottom and tying the bag’s strings around the hangers.
A LITTLE HELP
Having one or more helpers can help you stay on track and prioritize, in addition to assisting you in just getting the job done faster. Time consuming tasks like packing up your kitchen cabinets and getting items dropped off for donation be a difficult task to take on alone. If you have friends and family you can count on, be sure to ask for help. Always show appreciation by ordering in a meal while they’re helping you pack or baking your helpers some cupcakes once you’re settled in your new home. Pizza or tacos are always favorites.
If you’re figuring out how to move in a hurry, be sure to focus on the big picture and get your stuff to your new home as safely as possible. Unpacking might take a little bit longer, but hey, at least you made it. If you need help relocating home services, and turning on your utilities, be sure to call ONIT Concierge.
We can connect your internet, cable or satellite tv, and smart security as well as turn on your energy, solar, water and gas before you move in!