Moving requires good preparation, which gives the best results. When you have the time to double-check or even triple-check everything, you’ll be moving in the safest and most organized way possible.
However, sometimes you don’t have a choice. Life sometimes requires us to move to another location as soon as possible, which can lead to many problems. But, with proper preparation and with some knowledge, you can organize a last-minute move quickly and safely.
In this guide, we are going to explore how you can organize a last-minute move in the midst of a global pandemic, what you have to know about moving expenses, and something about moving organization. So, let’s begin!
No matter how much time you have, you need to organize your move
Ideally, you’ll have time to plan your relocation weeks in advance. And relocation is a process that usually takes at least a couple of weeks. That way, you can buy all the necessary packing supplies, compare different moving and storage companies, and thoroughly calculate the expected cost of your move, whether it’s a local or a long-distance move.
This time, however, you won’t have that luxury. Moving while being constrained by time brings its own set of problems, and you have to adapt to them. So, here’s what you can do:
- Do a quick online search and call movers who will be ready to move you at the date of your choosing. Also, it would help significantly if those movers can pack some of your stuff too. If not, you can call professional packers to help.
- Find some storage. Having an available storage unit can help you organize your moving and post-move process better.
- If your moving company doesn’t offer packing services, or if you can’t or don’t want to hire professional packers, get some packing materials. You can get most of them at your nearest supermarket.
- Organize the way you will pack your belongings. You don’t have to write that down. You can create a mental image of your home plan and go room by room.
Try to calculate the expected cost of your move. Include relocation costs, insurance, storage unit cost, and packing supplies cost. Also, you should leave a “financial margin” and have some funds for unforeseen circumstances. Use an online moving calculator if you want to roughly estimate how much your move is going to cost you. Most professional moving companies have that option on their websites.
Not everything has to come with you
Quickly decide what you need and what can stay behind. You shouldn’t bring everything you own for several reasons.
Firstly, packing can take up a lot of time. If you are really short on time, you need to bring some basic stuff with you. You can later come back for them or buy new ones at your new location. If you need to get out of your old home quickly and don’t have enough time to pack and relocate all of your possessions, rent a storage unit.
Secondly, movers calculate the cost of the move by weight and distance traveled. If you can make your move weigh less, you’ll naturally pay less.
And finally, by bringing all you own to your new home, you’ll be cluttering your new space. One of the reasons people move is to have a clean slate from which they can start building their life anew.
It would be best if your movers have storage capacity
If you can, try to kill two birds with one stone. Our friends from Heavenly Moving and Storage think that hiring a moving company and storage as separate entities can significantly slow your moving process down.
Having to travel between multiple locations just to get few things is uneconomical and inefficient as it takes up a lot of time. So, try to find a moving company that also offers storage solutions.
You have to stay safe
Coronavirus pandemic has made such a global impact. It is one thing no one has expected, and most of us are still struggling to adapt to it. Naturally, moving during the coronavirus pandemic will require you to take some additional preventive measures to stay safe and healthy. So, while relocation amid these challenging times is possible, you have to follow the guidelines to keep everyone as protected as possible. Inform yourself about current laws recommendations of your county and state, and make sure to follow their instructions when it comes to moving.
COVID-19 is not a joke. It affects every aspect of human social life, and relocation isn’t excluded. So, make sure to protect yourself and everyone around you when you’re moving. Wear glows and a face mask whenever you are in contact with people who participate in your relocation. Also, it would be a good idea to carry a hand sanitizer at all times, and you might want to disinfect all the surfaces other people will be touching.
If you can, try to minimize contact with other people. If you think that you, or someone you live or work with, have some symptoms that point to COVID-19 infection, try to postpone the relocation. Safety first!
We hope you have found our guide on how to organize a last-minute move quickly and safely useful. Good luck with your upcoming relocation!