Moving is not always fun and it can be more of a headache, especially if you must move numerous times or you must move at the drop of a dime. Veterans and military families often must get up and move when they least expect it and it can be taxing, especially if you do not know what to do or how to make the move go smoothly. Below, we have some helpful moving and storage tips from veteran and military families.
- Plan and Start as Soon as Possible
Sometimes, you may not know whether you need to move until it is time and sometimes your orders to move only come a couple of days beforehand. Either way, do make sure that you plan and start the process the MOMENT you find out.
- Eliminate Items You Do NOT Need
Looking around your home, you may think that you need everything that is in it, but, take a step back as you pack and ask yourself if you really want to unpack and possibly repack these items again. Anything that you are on the fence about or anything you do not see a need for, simply let it go and shed those extra items. You can donate these items and let them go to someone who will need them.
- Take Inventory of Everything
You never know when something may happen, and documentation is what you will need. You should take time BEFORE you pack any of your items and take photos. You do not have to take individual photos of items, but you will want these photos in case you need to make an insurance claim.
- Start Using Up Your Liquids and Chemicals
The moment you find out you are going to be moving, use up ALL liquid in your home. What this means is that you should avoid buying any additional chemicals or liquids until you use up the ones you have. Remember, you cannot take these items with you so unless you are okay throwing them out on move day, start using them up before the move.
- Don’t Underestimate Packers
While you may think it is movers you need the most, packers are the ones you need. Let’s face it, anyone can move furniture and you can even grab a couple of neighbors to help. Packing up your items takes patience, time, and knowledge. Many consumers underestimate the power of a good packer and should not. Packers are the ones who will protect your items.
- Only Pack Up One Box at a Time and Unpack One at a Time
Don’t overwhelm yourself. You should only pack up and unpack one box at a time. This way, you can focus on the items in the box and pack them the way you want and unpack them and give them a home.
Don’t Overdo It
You do not want to overdo it, even if you are in a high-pressure situation. Approach moving in a calm manner and hire a packer and mover, if you need to. The above tips are offered by veterans and military families who have been in your position before.