10 Tips to Make the Moving Process Easier03/10/2018Moving to Little Rock can be a crazy and anxiety filled time for anyone involved, but a little bit of planning and readiness can make it less exasperating. Creating a plan will give you instructions to follow and help the move go effortlessly. Here are ten tips to help make your moving process smoother. 1. Plan as Far in Advance as Possible It never hurts to get ahead of the process and begin planning your move. Start looking for a professional mover and set up a date for the move. If you are hiring professional packers, be sure to tell them everything that needs to be packed so they can be ready. Commence thinking about how you will organize your stuff and create a blueprint of the move in your head. 2. Place Your Things by Category The move to Little Rock will be much easier if you arrange your stuff by category. It is easiest to start with your clothes, because you will find stuff that you will want to give away, which means less to move. You can also quickly sift through your books, papers, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items. 3. Get Rid of Items You Don't Need or Want You most likely own lots of unused or unnecessary things. You will have fewer boxes to pack by getting rid of the things that you do not need. 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 belongings you own that are no longer needed or unnecessary? You can donate most of those items to a worthy cause, and many of the charitable organizations will even come pick them up for free. Donating your gently used items to charity will make you feel good, and it can also maybe be used as a tax write off. 5. Buy Supplies Ahead of Time You are going to need boxes, tape, paper, bubble wrap, and many other packing materials. Do not procrastinate until the last minute to purchase those things, but instead be proactive. Write down 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 stress. You can also check to see if you have the original boxes to any of your electronics to save yourself the time and expense of buying new boxes. 6. Schedule the Right Moving Day Ponder on all of the possible moving days and pick the one that will be easiest and cheapest for you. Ask which day you will have the most help and which day will be the best for the professional movers too. 7. Schedule Disconnect Times You likely have cable, water, power, internet, gas, and other services. All these services need to be shut off before you move, and it is necessary to give them a notice at least a week beforehand. You might also need to take some time grouping cords, remotes, cable boxes, routers, and other things that the companies will want back at the time of cut off. 8. Begin Packing and Labeling Boxes Start packing your things as soon as you can to give yourself the greatest 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 belongings after the move is labeling the boxes correctly. Label the boxes by category to find things easily and label the sides of boxes instead of the tops. 9. Figure Out What to do with Plants and Pets Start thinking about what you will do with live plants and pets. You will need to figure out transportation for pets and take your pets to the veterinarian if necessary. Moving live plants can sometimes be complicated, because they need the proper amount of sunlight and water. Alternatively, live plants can either be passed on friends or family, or sometimes, they can be donated to local charities to refrain from having to relocate them. 10. Perform Last Minute Checks The day of and before moving, doublecheck closets, cabinets and corners of every room to make sure all items have been packed. In addition, be sure things like the water, furnace, air conditioner and lights are all turned off and windows and doors are shut and locked. These are just a few tips to help make your move to Little Rock easier with fewer problems. It is best to be ready and plan well in advance to sidestep any headaches. If you pay attention to these suggestions throughout the move process, you will be able to sit back and relax after making the big move.