Dec 3, 2020

How to handle a short notice move?

 In an ideal world, we would have anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to organize and complete the process of relocation. However, we do not always have a chance to live in that ideal world. Things happen, and sometimes we are forced to handle a short notice move. It can be because of a new job, in order to help a family member, due to an eviction notice, etc. Whatever the reason for your short notice relocation may be, remember to take a deep breath and then act quickly. You will not have much time for organizing, so it is crucial to develop a plan right away. That is precisely what we are here to help you with today, so keep reading!

Do Not Panic! Make a Plan Instead

As previously mentioned, whatever the reason for your short notice move may be, it is important not to panic. Stress is not your friend, so take a deep breath. Then, start making a plan. You will not have time to make a detailed one, so stick to the most important things. Think about where, when, and how you will move. Write down all your ideas and try to combine them so that you can create the quickest relocation plan.

A to-do-list.
Make a 'To-Do List'. It will ensure you do not forget something

Hire Professionals

When you need to move in a hurry, it's always a good idea to hire experts to complete the process within 24 hours. Movers are trained and experienced professionals who are the only ones able to relocate you in less than 24 hours. They will bring their own packing materials and their own moving truck, as well as pack and prepare all of your belongings safely. They will also load everything onto the moving truck. Moreover, if you have some specialty items or any kind of special request, they will handle that too. Do not hesitate to call them and ask for their moving services even if this is a last-minute move.

Ask Friends For Help to Handle a Short Notice Move

However, if your budget does not allow you to hire professional movers, do not worry; you can organize a quick DIY kind of relocation. However, that is something you cannot do alone, no matter how hard you try. You will need some extra hands on deck for packing quickly, loading up the moving truck, and most importantly, you will need them for heavy lifting. Thus, as soon as you realize that hiring professionals is not an option and that your move is just around the corner, call for help. Call as many people as you can - friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors - the more, the merrier.
A man and a woman carrying a box.
If you cannot hire movers, make your own team of experts!
Gather All Packing Supplies In One Go

Although the moving crew from High Quality Moving Company will provide their own packing materials, if you opt for a DIY kind of relocation, you will be the one in charge of gathering the supplies. Go to your local hardware store or stationery shop for starters. You will need cardboard boxes, plastic bins, plastic wrap, packing paper, duct tape, scissors, permanent markers, packing peanuts, moving blankets, etc.

Go around your home and try to, roughly and approximately, get an idea of how much packing materials you actually need. Put everything on paper before you go to the store to not forget something and then lose your valuable time going back and forth. Our recommendation is to get more packing materials than you think you will need. Better to be safe than sorry.

Declutter Before Packing

People moving in a hurry usually throw everything they own in boxes and bins and decide to deal with all that stuff later. But, little do they know that this actually prolonged their process of packing and thus moving. It is simple - the more things you have, the more time, money, and energy you will need to pack it. So, if you want to save time on this relocation, consider having a quick decluttering spree. Go room by room. Get rid of all items that are either unused, broken, damaged, or similar. If you have some things that are in good shape, give them to charity or a friend in need.
A man and a woman packing

Declutter before packing! It will save you time, energy, and money.

Consider a Short-Term Storage

However, if you only have a day or two to move out, or if you simply do not want to part ways with your belongings, you do not have to do it. But where will you place those belongings if your new home is not ready yet? Well, you can always consider putting them in short-term storage. You can find these in every city, just look around. The best part is - they are not expensive.

Pack Room By Room

Since you are moving in a hurry, you must find a way to pack all of your belongings quickly too. The best way to do that is by following the so-called room by room packing method. This method speaks for itself. Basically, pack one room at a time.

Imagine what would happen otherwise. If, for example, you start packing all clothes from all rooms separately. Or books, or tables, or basically anything else. You will lose a lot of your valuable time running back and forth and looking for the items. Save yourself from that trouble and pack each room at a time. But, of course, make sure you know how to pack each item properly. If you do not know, well, the Internet is full of solutions.

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