Moving from one home to another is a uniquely challenging period in anyone’s life, and good advice on how to make a move less challenging is always welcome.
We, at Moving Tips, are dedicated to providing you with a wide array of moving advice to make your house move easier and cheaper. We do understand that moving house is tough, so we’re here to help you out in any possible way.
This time we’re offering you some moving advice that is just different because, accidentally, that may be exactly the thing you’ve been looking for. And even though the following moving tips may sound plain crazy and even absurd, they have been proven to work like a charm, thus saving you efforts, time, and money as well.
Here are the top 5 crazy moving tips we just know you’ll love. Let’s count them down, starting off with the craziest of them all.
1. Outsmart your movers to lower the price
As you probably know by now, the best way to find a low-cost moving company is to get in touch with several top-rated movers (read moving reviews to single out the most reputable ones) and to ask them to come over to your home for visual on-site surveys. This is the only good way to do it, forget about cost estimates done over the phone or via e-mail.
So, when the representative of the first moving company arrives in your home, they will
- take a good look at the items you’re moving with you,
- determine which items may require special packing services,
- discuss with you the need for additional insurance,
- factor in possible difficulties come Moving day, and
- issue you with a cost estimate in writing.
Now, when you get that initial moving quote (opt for the binding one), make sure you photocopy it a few times and place the copies on strategic places around your home – on the fridge door, on the coffee table in the living room, on the kitchen countertop, and so on. What’s the idea here, you may ask?
You want the representative of the next moving company to see that first cost estimate so that they feel obligated to beat the price, thus offering you a better deal. You already know what you should do before the third moving company agent arrives, don’t you?
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2. Never pay for packing supplies again
This moving tip may sound a bit crazy but in reality, it’s anything but that. Packing up your items on your own will help you save plenty of money you would otherwise give to professional packers, but it’s your willingness to take the next cost-saving step that can really make a difference.
Packing supplies are not cheap, especially when you need them in large quantities – cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, and packing paper. Purchase those packing materials brand new and, all of a sudden, you’ll be spending hundreds of dollars for something that you may easily get without paying a single cent.
All this sounds absolutely absurd, right? Well, not quite.
Cardboard boxes can be found for free from friends, co-workers, and neighbors simply for the asking. Also, large retail stores handle a huge amount of cardboard containers each day, so some of them won’t mind giving you all the boxes you will need.
To make things even more interesting, you can easily move without boxes too – all you need to do is substitute them for various containers you have in your home: suitcases, backpacks and travel bags, briefcases, tote bags, garbage bags, baskets and hampers, plastic bin, and even dresser drawers.
Bubble wrap and packing paper can be substituted for ordinary household blankets, bath towels, bed sheets, various pieces of clothing, including socks. Newsprint is virtually free, but don’t use ii directly over delicate surfaces for fear of ink stains.
Packing materials you already have in your home
3. Take packing lessons from Russian nesting dolls
When the time comes for you to pack up your things, you’ll probably start also looking for various packing tips and hacks to make the packing task easier and faster. This is the right thing to do, of course, considering that packing for a move is the most time-consuming jobs of them all.
Here’s a crazy packing tip that won’t seem that crazy when you understand its principle: use the packing power of Matryoshka dolls. You know how the Russian nesting dolls decrease in size and thus can fit inside each other? That’s exactly what you should try to do when packing your stuff too – to pack a thing inside a similar thing and thus use very efficiently the packing space you’ve got.
When used effectively, the Matryoshka packing principle will let you
- save space (you won’t pack empty air ever again),
- save money on packing supplies (less bubble wrap and packing paper),
- use fewer boxes (fewer boxes will mean faster packing and more space in the moving van).
And now that you know that the nesting doll method of packing will give you a great advantage when packing for a move, follow the link below to learn the specific ways you can use it to make your packing experience a bit more fun.
Russian doll packing: the best packing trick ever invented
4. Take photos as if your life depended on it
You may find some moving tips to be kind of useless and impractical… until you decide to use them. And when you do, you often get so impressed by their practical value that you’ll swear by them from that moment on.
One such moving tip is to take plenty of photos before, during and after the move. You don’t even have to own an expensive stand-alone digital camera to take those photos – you only need the convenience of your smartphone camera to make it happen.
Here are the top 2 reasons why the moving advice of taking photos during your move may not be as crazy as it sounds:
- Faster re-connection of cables and wires. Take a photo of the way your electronic devices are wired up so that you don’t end up losing plenty of time to set up your electronics after the move. Not only a single photo of the wired-up configuration of your TV, desktop computer, printer, audio system or any other electronic device will save you time, but it can also prevent damage to a device due to incorrect set-up.
- Proof of current condition. If you’re a renter moving out and then moving into another rented house or apartment, then you must be able to prove the current condition of the unit. Use your camera to document the condition in which you’re leaving the home (and get back your security deposit) or any signs of pre-existing damage and defects when you’re moving in. Make sure you turn on the function that imprints the dates on the photos and take as many photographs and you can.
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5. Take down a door if it gets in the way
Speaking of crazy moving tips, can a piece of moving advice get any crazier than recommending to people to remove their doors on Moving day? Hardly. And yet, removing a door will give you an extra inch or two to work with when trying to get large and heavy furniture in or out your home, and sometimes that is enough to pull it off.
When moving large furniture pieces, you may find it impossible to get a bulky piece through a doorway without removing temporarily the door from its hinges. That will usually solve the problem and you’ll be able to wiggle the large and big household item in or out.
Sometimes, removing a door may not free up enough room to fit a bulky piece through the opening, so consider removing the door frame as well. Make sure you know how it’s done to prevent property damage. Above all, it’s a good idea not to have to deal with such a problem, so one way to avoid complications is to measure the large furniture pieces or big electric appliances, then to measure all doorways along the way, and finally, to do the math before the day of the move.
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