10 Tips to Make the Moving Process Smoother03/10/2018Moving to Little Rock can be a manic and stressful time for everyone, but a bit of organization and preparedness can make it less nerve-racking. Developing a plan will provide you a key to follow and help the move go swimmingly. We have put together ten tips to help make your moving process smoother. 1. Plan as Far in Advance as Possible It never hurts to get in front of the process and commence thinking about your move. Begin looking for a professional moving company and pick a date for the move. If you are going to use professional packers, make sure to let them know everything that needs to be boxed so they can be prepared. Begin pondering about how you will organize everything and create a plan of the move in your brain. 2. Place Your Things by Category The move to Little Rock will go much quicker if you coordinate your things by category. It is easiest to begin with your clothing, because you will discover things that you will want to give away, which means fewer things to move. You can also quickly sift through your books, papers, DVDs, and other miscellaneous things. 3. Get Rid of Items You Don't Need or Want Most people own a number of unused or unnecessary things. You will have fewer items to pack by getting rid of the items that you are not a necessity. The sooner you designate these items, the easier the boxing and moving will be in the future. 4. Schedule a Donation Pickup You know all of those things you own that are no longer a necessity or unnecessary? You can give many of those items to a charity, and many of the charitable organizations will even come get them for no charge. Giving your gently used things to charity will make you feel good, and it can also possibly be used as a tax write off. 5. Purchase Supplies Ahead of Time You are going to need boxes, tape, paper, bubble wrap, and many other supplies. Don't procrastinate until the final minute to purchase those items, but instead be prepared ahead of time. Sit down and create a list of all the products that you will need for your move, and get everything in one trip to the store to save yourself time and worry. You can also check to see if you have the original boxes to many of your electronic items to save yourself the time and money of buying new boxes. 6. Select the Right Moving Day Ponder on all of the potential moving days and select the day that will be best and least costly for you. Ask which day you will be able to get the most help and which day will be the best for the movers too. 7. Schedule Disconnect Times You probably have cable, water, power, internet, gas, and other services. All of those services need to be shut off before you move, and it is necessary to provide them a notice at least a week ahead of time. You might also need to spend a few minutes grouping cords, remotes, cable boxes, routers, and other supplies that the companies will want to retrieve at the time of cut off. 8. Begin Packing and Labeling Boxes Begin packing your possessions as soon as you can to give yourself the most amount of time to finish the process. Packing just a bit at a time can be less nerve-racking and make your move go more smoothly. The key to finding your things after the move is labeling the boxes correctly. Label the boxes by category to find things with ease and label the sides of boxes and not the tops. 9. Figure Out What to do with Plants and Pets Begin figuring out what you will do with live plants and pets. You will need to figure out transportation for pets and take your pets to the vet if necessary. Moving live plants can sometimes be difficult, because they need the proper amount of sunlight and water. Alternatively, live plants can either be given to friends or family, or sometimes, they can be donated to local charities to refrain from having to relocate them. 10. Perform Last Day Checks The day of and before moving, check closets, cabinets and corners of each room to make sure all items have been packed. Also, make sure things like the water, furnace, air conditioner and lights are all turned off and windows and doors are closed and locked. These are just a few suggestions to help make your move to Little Rock less difficult with less problems. It is best to be prepared and plan well in advance to avoid any headaches. If you pay attention to these pointers throughout the move process, you will be able to sit back and relax after making the big move.