Local moves are rarely thought of with the same seriousness as cross-national or even international moves; when you’re only moving across town or to the next town over, it’s easy to think that there isn’t much that could possibly go wrong. In reality, local moves can be just as challenging as any other kind of move, and things are sure to go wrong if you underestimate them. Here are some pointers regarding both the beginning and ending stages of a local move.
First and foremost, you must remember that leaving a home is an all-inclusive proposition; you’re picking up your life and taking it somewhere else, and you’re effectively surrendering anything you leave behind. Getting a plan laid out before you start is the best way to make sure you get everything done with time to spare.
Rooms: Go through each room individually to ensure that all of your personal items are packed and moved out. Most people use boxes, but if you find them difficult to carry or they’re too large for your needs, there are other options. You might use plastic bins, wicker hampers, or any other large containers you have available. Make sure that everything is secure and able to be transported when you’re ready to go.
Appliances: Is your air conditioner coming with you? How about your fridge, or your washer and dryer? All these large appliances are very cumbersome, so if you’re going to bring them along, make sure you have the manpower available to help you get them loaded up and on their way.
Transport: A common misconception about local moves is that you don’t need to rent a truck or anything like that – after all, you’re just going a few miles away, right? Technically, that’s true, but the distance was never the problem. Even if you’re moving down the street, you’ll need more than your bare hands (or even your car) to get the job done.
Security: Another thing to consider is how you’re going to keep the home you’re leaving safe between the time you move out and the new occupants move in, as well as between trips when you’re getting your things to their new location. Be sure to lock up anytime the home is unoccupied to prevent looting.
Moving into your new place is only slightly less tricky than moving out. Keeping these things in mind will help everyone have a smoother, more pleasant experience.
Unloading: Getting everything off the truck will probably take a while, and if you’re not careful, you may get in people’s way. Scope out a way to get your unloading done out of the way of car and foot traffic and make sure you’re not violating any bylaws either.
Hours: If you’re moving to an apartment or any other regulated community, there may be designated moving hours that you’re expected to respect. You may be able to get permission for an exemption if you have a scheduling conflict, but be sure to do your research first.
Neighbors: You’re also not going to want to alienate your new neighbors when you’re moving in. Some may offer help, food or other kinds of assistance; if you don’t want that help, be polite and friendly when declining it, and to make sure to meet up at a more convenient time later.
Local moves in and around Bentonville don’t have to be tough if you have a partner. One of the best moving companies in the whole state of Arkansas, Winter Moving & Storage, can help make moves easier on you and your family. Contact us today for an estimate!