Whether you are moving down the street or across the state, the logistics of moving are relatively the same. Moving to a new space in the same town still involves changing your address, moving your IT systems if you’re a company, and sifting through piles of old clothes and even, potentially, binders from the 1980s (click here for purging tips).
In a local move, it is still important to plan ahead.
- Consider a moving company, even if you don’t have much to move.
- Home: If you’re moving to your first home, you may not have many possessions, so your instinct may be to try and do it all yourself. Sometimes, however, using experts who know what they’re doing, even to pack up a few furniture items, saves you time and money in the long run.
- Office: A moving company can help you organize your possessions, pack efficiently, and save you the trouble of moving that huge printer down the stairs.
- Pack multiple "open first" boxes.
- Home: Pack the items you know you’ll need first in clear storage bins so they are easy to identify when you arrive. Toiletries, silverware, and your phone charger are all things to consider placing in this category.
- Office: Obviously, if you can’t operate your business, you can’t DO business, so it is essential to get things up and running as quickly as possible. Computers, important customer files… the coffee machine – all are items you’ll want to be able to access quickest.
- Have a layout plan in place.
- Home: No one wants to move a king-size bed frame six times. You should try to have an idea of where you want things arranged in order to put things away quickly and start enjoying your new home.
- Office: Know where you want to put cubicles, desks, storage, etc. Pay attention to where the wall outlets are, think about how your current office functions, and consider what will work best for your business.
Moving to a new home or office can be stressful, but with a little planning, you can ensure a smooth transition – and look at the bright side, you already know where to find the best restaurants.