Life can sometimes be stressful, and even more so when you have to pick up and move it!  So how do you manage it all? Whether you are moving locally in Charleston or elsewhere, Azalea Moving and Storage can help. In this quick guide, we’ll provide tips to help you before, during, and after your relocation. 

Plan

The proper planning will make your Charleston move much easier, no matter how near or far you’re going!

  • Start with a checklist.  Take note of everything you are moving in a comprehensive inventory so you can easily keep track of all your belongings. 
  • Begin the packing process early…days or even weeks in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute, as this can cause you to rush and maybe pack some of your precious belongings a little less carefully than you’d like.  
  • If you have children, plan to have a babysitter on move-in day. Unless they can lift some boxes, it’s best to have someone else take care of them while you take care of home.
  • Make sure your pets are in a secure place, away from all the action. Lock them safely in a room or get a sitter so they can steer clear of the chaos.

Prepare

Preparation ensures a successful, non-stressful move!

  • Prioritize. What stuff stays? What goes? No clutter should be allowed to tag along in the moving truck, as it’s simply extra work and expense to take it to your new home. Think of this as your golden opportunity to get rid of your junk and streamline your Charleston move.
  • Have plenty of boxes ready. Get as many boxes as you’ll think you need—and then get more. You don’t want to be stuck without having anything to put your belongings in.
  • Lighten your load. Don’t over-pack your boxes. Keep them at a manageable weight so that nothing gets damaged and everything arrives safely and securely at your new place. (Hint: If it takes two people to lift, it’s probably over-packed!)

Organize

Good organization skills will help you keep track of all your stuff on move-in day.

  • Pack room by room. This method is great to keep track of everything—don’t forget to label each box with the room it goes in, too!
  • Wrap up fragile items (like dishes and picture frames) to keep them from getting damaged using non-printed paper (not newspaper), bubble wrap, old towels and sheets or old clothing.
  • Label everything, so you don’t have guess or open the box to see what’s inside.  Use a big marker to label each box’s contents on all sides of the box.     

The Help

You don’t have to move alone!

  • Invest in a great moving company.  Be prudent, but don’t be cheap when hiring a moving service. You often get what you pay for.  Do your research on Charleston movers and consider the services they can provide for you. Azalea offers free, in-home estimates, options for full or partial packing services, specialized shipping, insurance options and long and short-term storage. We have everything you need to make your local Charleston move a breeze.
  • Find volunteers. Enlist the help of family, friends, and co-workers to help you prepare for your big day. The more hands you have, the easier the job!

Move-in Day

Today’s the day!  You’ve done all the prep work. Now here are a few more tips to make your move-in go smoothly.

  • Arrange the furniture first. This is heaviest part of the job, but when it’s done, you can focus on the lighter, easier job of putting everything else away. Be sure and get your bed ready first, if nothing else. You’ll need it later!
  • Create a designated break room. Set up one room where everyone can relax, free of boxes.
  • Bring your toolbox.  You never know when you might need it!   
  • Pack a “first night” kit. Pack a few essentials separately, like fresh clothes, toiletries, and a first aid kit. It comes in handy if you don’t unpack everything for a couple days.  And don’t forget to pack some entertainment (especially if it’s your first home). Make the first night special!

We don’t realize how much we own until we have to move it all!  Whether you’re moving down the street or across town, Azalea Moving & Storage makes moving anywhere in Charleston quick and easy. Call us today to learn more and to get started on your next local Charleston move!