Thousands of articles have been written about how to pack and how to plan a military move. It makes sense, after all, studies show that more than 15 percent of the population moves in a year, and many of those movers are under military orders. College grads relocate more often and tend to move further than others, as well. There is an incredible amount of anxiety and stress centered around the packing of your possessions and transportation of them to a new place. But what happens when you get there? Moving pods provide one of the easiest methods for packing and unpacking, because movers can keep them for as long as they need, so we’ll focus on pods storage in this article as we offer a few tips about settling in after a move.
Before You Move
There are a few precautions to take before you even pull out of the driveway that will make the move in process worlds easier.
- Keep an inventory. If you choose to hire a moving company, they will probably require it, but it’s a good idea even if you’re moving yourself. Though some choose to go the old fashioned route and keep a very thorough checklist of all their belongings, others opt for a simpler, more technologically savvy method. Consider photographing all your items before packing, or even walking through your home with a video camera. This provides a time stamped record of your belongings and their condition prior to the move.
- The last thing you pack should be a “survival box.” In it, have the essentials for day one in your new place. Things to consider might be your phone charger, pillows and a blanket, a change of clothes, your toothbrush, and a coffeemaker. This should be the last thing in and the first thing out of your pods moving container.
- Take care of your utilities. Schedule shut off at your old place for one day after your scheduled move date, just in case something happens, and have the utilities turned on in your new place one day before you plan to arrive. If you arrive early, or if turn on doesn’t happen until later in the day, you don’t want to be stuck without electricity or water.
- Label your boxes according to the room where their contents belong. It will make it much simpler to unpack if you know where everything belongs without having to open every box.
Once You’re There
This is the part that feels most overwhelming for many, perhaps because it often gets lost in the shuffle during all the anxiety about packing. We’ll provide an ordered list of the ten things you’ll need to do when you arrive at your new place.
- Get an eye on your inventory.
- Unpack your survival kit.
- Take care of the kitchen, first.
- Unpack the bedrooms.
- Get the bathroom ready.
- Move in the furniture.
- Have each member of the family unpack his or her own bedroom.
- Unpack the garage.
Making Good Use of the Moving Pods
- Most moving pods have ramps, so plan ahead to avoid carrying the heavy stuff. Invest in a few wheeled carts that can carry multiple boxes, and group them on the cart according to room to save yourself some time and energy.
- Place the moving pods close to the easiest point of entry. Most front doors involve steps or stairs, but side or back entrances might not.
- Plan to keep any moving pods for a couple days after your move. You’ll feel rushed if you need to get it back by the end of day one. A couple of days should be enough to get everything out, though.
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