You've cleaned out the junk. You've hired the movers. You've packed everything, prepared all of the furniture, and boarded the pets. You are READY to move. But what happens once you get there? Getting everything out of the old place and into the truck is only half the battle. Once it's all moved into the new place, situated in the correct rooms, and the movers have packed up and left, then the unpacking begins. And what will you need to actually start the unpacking/arranging process? We've put together two lists for you: Personal Moving Pack and Household Moving Pack. Check the out!
Personal Moving Pack
These are the items you'll need to get you going the first couple of days. You might have to go back to work, and you'll definitely find a laundry list of errands to run, so you'll want to be prepared. Here are the items you should put in your Personal Moving Pack.Three sets of clothes If you have to return to work immediately, have 2 sets of work outfits, and one set of comfy clothes for working around the house. Be sure to include everything you'll need - socks, undergarments, shoes, accessories, and night attire. Emergency toiletries You might have packed your full arsenal in a bright bag to keep track of it, but there's always a chance it'll get misplaced and end up in the garage or the spare bedroom. So pack some travel toiletries that will last a few days. Shower curtain liner You can grab one of these at the grocery store for a few dollars, and it will definitely come in handy if your regular one goes MIA. You'll want to be able to shower, and having no shower curtain makes that pretty tough. Three towels One to dry off with, one to put by the sink to dry your hands, and one to put on the floor so you aren't slipping on the tile. Hand soap You may have the perfect soap dispenser for every sink the house, but it might take a couple of days for them to be unpacked. You'll want to wash your hands in the new place, so bring at least one hand soap for the bathroom. Toilet paper Bring one roll for every bathroom in the house. You might drop them off ahead of time, but trust us; you will DEFINITELY miss that if you don't have it when you need it. Night light It's a new house, new layout, boxes everywhere; that is a recipe for stubbed toes at the very least. Give yourself a night light so you can at least get to the bathroom during the night if you need to. Cell phone charger You probably have one in your car, but you'll want one easily accessible at the new house. Plus, you can use the charger with your phone as well as the nightlight to test the new outlets.
Household Moving Pack
These are the items you'll want to help you get your basic organizing and cleaning done right away without hunting for supplies.Your favorite quick cleaning supplies You probably won't be stopping to do a deep clean in every room right off the bat, so just bring your spot clean items. Clorox wipes, Windex wipes, and a Swiffer duster will all come in handy. Shelf paper Before you even start unpacking your kitchen, you'll want to make sure to lay down nice and new shelf paper. Be sure to get a couple of rolls so you don't run out halfway through. Miscellaneous tools If you have furniture to be re-assembled, include the tools you'll need for them. This might include an allen wrench, hammer, of flathead/phillips screwdriver. Don't scramble around for your giant toolset; just pack the items you know you'll need. Cutting implements You'll need to open boxes, packages, and probably break down some boxes as well. Have a box cutter or sturdy pair of scissors ready. A few magnets You might need to put some stuff on the fridge for quick reference; pizza coupons, dates/times for the cable guy, the new address, and just to give the place a little taste of home. Paper towels You will need these more than you might imagine. You might want to grab 2 rolls. Trash bags Spring for the big box. You'll definitely be needing them. Notebook and pen You'll find a million notes to make to yourself; items you need, measurements for windows/walls, damaged areas, and even the names of new neighbors. You can either have a physical notebook, or have a good place to take notes on your phone. What would you add to your moving day packs? When it comes to finding Austin moving companies, we know that there are a number of choices. You're likely trying to find something that is affordable, reliable, and can be trusted. Fortunately, that's exactly what Apple Movers is known for. Give us a shout today for your next Austin move.
Have you ever wondered about moving etiquette? You've booked your movers, you've got your boxes packed and ready, and then you start to wonder...... Do I tip? How much do I tip? Do I offer them a drink? Do they get hungry? Do I offer to help? Well Apartment Guide was kind enough to put together a great infographic about moving etiquette. Check out what the moving clients surveyed had to say. So to recap:
- It's totally okay to offer food and drink.
- Tips are generally paid and can be pretty generous if a client is so inclined.
- A lot of people are willing to lend a hand, though it's not expected.
One of people's biggest fears when it comes to moving is the hidden expenses. Unexpected costs like having to board a nervous pet, pay for school transcripts and records, or make a last minute run for extra moving supplies can quickly add up and exceed your moving budget. One of the most common budget busters is when moving costs exceed your moving quote.There is nothing scarier than hearing a vastly different number for your total move than what you received on a quote. So what can you do to ensure that you get the most accurate quote possible and keep unexpected costs to a minimum? Here are some great tips from our experts: Accurate count of items. When submitting your info for a quote, be sure to be completely thorough. Don't put just put "nightstands" put "4 nightstands." When it comes to boxes, overestimate the number you think you'll have. No matter how efficiently you pack, there will always be last minute boxes thrown together and they will be included in the price of your move. Count everything out and write it down before you submit your info. Know the lay of the land. Always let your movers know if there are stairs involved in your move. Are you leaving a second story apartment? Is your new home 2 stories? This can definitely add unexpected charges to your move. Also, is there immediate parking available? If the movers will have to park more than 100ft from your front door, that can add fees as well. Let them know if there will be a place close by to park the truck, or if there will be extra walking needed. What needs TLC? Do you have a cabinet with glass shelves or marble topped tables? Will there be furniture that needs to be disassembled and reassembled? How many of the boxes will be fragile? Items that need TLC should be included in your information because they can add time and money to your quote. How far are we traveling? Providing accurate to/from addresses is very important for getting an accurate quote. Moving 3 miles down the road is very different from moving 25 miles from one end of town to the other. Submitting that information will help your movers give you a more accurate quote. We hope these tips will help you get an accurate quote from your movers and no surprise charges on moving day! Planning a move? Need storage? Call us at 512-452-0399 or submit a request online today to get a fast and friendly quote!
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Moving is a crazy time. If it were as simple as "pack stuff, driver to new home, unpack stuff" people wouldn't dread it nearly as much. But there are so many components to moving; finding a new home, updating all addresses, moving utilities/cable/internet, finding a moving company, registering for new schools, gently moving pets, keeping your belongings safe...... the list goes on and on! Luckily, we found three great sites/apps that can help take some of the stress out of your move. 1. BoxHopp. Once you've packed everything, loaded it in the truck, and unloaded, you breathe a sigh of relief...... until you realize you have no idea where the toilet paper is. No matter how many ways you try to label boxes or color code, things always seem to get shuffled. BoxHopp is a way to visually record all of your belongings and their whereabouts in the sea of boxes. This helps in two very important ways. First, you can easily identify the boxes containing items you need to unpack first. No more hunting for that random box that you threw your favorite shoes in! Second, you have a visual record of all of your possessions. If anything is lost of broken in the move, this record will be a huge asset in your insurance claim. Extra insurance is always a good thing. BoxHopp is currently available for in the App Store (for iPhone) and in the Google Play store (for Android). 2. My Move App. This app helps you organize and prioritize the details of the actual move. You can research movers as well as their reviews, make notes, create a checklist of to-dos, and request moving quotes all in this app. Instead of emailing and calling around and making tons of notes on at home and the office, this app offers you one cohesive spot to have all of your collected information and research regarding your move. No more hunting for that scrap of paper you wrote that one quote from that one company while in the drive thru for lunch! 3. PetRelocation.com. Family pets offer a whole new set of complications when it comes to moving. We wrote about some tips to make the move easier for your pet, but there is a company that specializes in just that. PetRelocation.com can help your pet get moved in the easiest, most comfortable and efficient manner possible, and save you the headache of trying to keep you move on schedule and your pet from going crazy in the car. Added bonus: If your pet arrives at your new home before you, PetRelocation.com will arrange to board your pet and have he/she groomed and ready for you when you arrive. We hope one of these solutions can help some of the stress out of your move. And for even less stress, call us to get a quote for first rating moving, packing and storage.