Monthly Archives: May 2016

Time Your Move Right to Minimize Stress

Moving is well known to be one of the more stressful experiences in life. But good planning can help minimize stress in many ways. One relatively simple thing you can do is to time your move right. By avoiding the times when most people move, you will typically have more resources available and lower prices, whether you’re hiring a moving company or moving yourself.

Best Time of Year to Move:

In terms of getting the best prices and highest availability of moving companies, moving trucks, and other moving resources, the best time of year to move is in the fall and winter. Most people move between May and September. If you happen to be moving into a rental property, you are more likely to get a better deal between October and April, as well.

Best Time of the Month to Move:

If possible, try to plan your move close to the middle of the month, right around the 15th. Since most home sales close during the last days of the month and leases typically end then as well, movers and moving trucks are in highest demand right around the first of the month. There are also not usually any major holidays near the middle of the month, adding to the benefits of moving then.

Best Time of Week to Move:

If you can’t choose what time of year or what part of the month you’ll be moving, aiming for a mid-week move (Monday through Thursday) will still help a great deal with available resources. The vast majority of moves happen from Friday through Sunday, when people have more flexibility with work schedules.

Best Time of Day to Move:

This one is just common sense. No matter what time of year, month, or week you’ll be moving, plan for an early start to your day. Whether you are moving yourself or hiring a moving company, it takes time to get everything loaded, moved, and unloaded. Plan to rise with the sun to make the most of your big day!

Moving during a moving company’s slower days also means that everyone (both you and the movers) are less rushed, and they can focus all of their attention on you! For more moving tips visit our website: www.bbdmoving.com

How to Prepare and Pack Bedrooms for a Move

Bedrooms can be one of the trickier rooms to pack, for the simple reason that you use the items in it every day – from your bed to your clothes. Where to begin? Well, just like any other thing in life, making a plan and taking things one step at a time will have your bedroom ready to move before you know it. Follow these steps to simplify the process:

  1. Sorting time! Before you pack a thing, make sure you’re not wasting energy or money moving things you no longer want or need. This goes for the whole family. Have the kids go through their things while you go through yours, and determine what’s ready to give away or throw away, and what to sell. This step can begin long before any packing begins, and can greatly reduce the amount of things that need to be moved. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used or worn it in over a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it… like that prom dress from 1993!
  2. Pack the off season. If you’re moving in the spring or summer, then go ahead and pack your winter things, and vice versa if you’re moving during the colder months.
  3. Time for knick-knacks. Use small boxes and plenty of protective bubble wrap or other packing material for all of your small tchotchkes, knick-knacks, photos, decorations, and any other small things that you don’t need on a daily basis.
  4. Up next: Shoes and bedding. Pack all shoes and extra linens that you won’t be needing before your move. Medium boxes work well for shoes, and larger boxes work well for linens and extra pillows.
  5. Label, label, label! There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to find something after a move from boxes that are either not labeled or are not labeled clearly. Make sure you clearly mark what room a box belongs to, what is in it, and if there are any special concerns, such as fragile items inside. Also be sure to fill the boxes to the brim, leaving no empty space. This will ensure that they stack nicely in the moving truck.

This leaves you with only two more big categories: things you need on a daily basis, and your furniture. The things you need on a daily basis should go with you in your car, to make sure you always have access to them. As for your furniture, mattresses, and other large items, leave those to your professional movers. They are experts at taking things apart when necessary, packing and protecting all of your items with care, and setting them up, ready for your first night’s sleep in your new home. As always, be sure to visit our website for more tips on packing and moving: www.bbdmoving.com