Moving to a new home or apartment is not only stressful, but it also drains you of precious time and energy as well. You never really realize how much you have accumulated over the years until you start a packing project to move into a new home. In fact, for most people, packing usually takes a lot longer than expected for this very reason. To stay motivated and keep your spirits high during a move, you will want to make sure the process is as efficient as possible. 

One of the easiest ways to make your move as stress-free and efficient as it can be is to hire a full-service, professional moving company. Allied Alaska, one of the state’s leading moving companies, employs highly trained movers and packers to ensure you get your move done on-time and without any hassle. Whether you hire professionals like us to help you with this process, or do it all yourself, there are a few things you can do to help make this process easier for everyone to handle. Here are some tips to help you kick off your next relocation with a more efficient packing experience for a smoother, more enjoyable move. 

Gather All of the Right Packing Supplies

In order to get your move started, you need to plan ahead and start packing your items as soon as you can. This will allow you to get the things you rarely use packed up and ready beforehand. To make this process as smooth as possible, start early and begin collecting everything you need before you begin. This can include boxes, heavy-duty moving tape, scissors, permanent markers, bubble wrap and packing peanuts, newspapers, packing paper, high-quality trash bags, and wardrobe/garment bags, and any other items you may need. 

If you do this early enough, you can save a lot of money on boxes and newspapers and other items by asking for them at local establishments. Most businesses have plenty of boxes that they’re willing to give away if they’re available. These can go fast, so be sure to get there early and let them know you want them. Also, you can save money on packing supplies by checking out dollar stores and discounted items on sale instead of buying them at full price.

Use Colored Tape to Color Code Boxes

A lesser-known trick to make moving much more organized is to assign different colored tape for each room. For example, assign all boxes belonging to the kitchen with a red tag or tape color. This allows you to easily identify which box goes where without having to read labels on boxes that are usually only put on one side. This also makes it easy for your movers as well, as they can easily group your boxes together and place them in the correct room when unloading them in your new home.

Take Inventory

To ensure that all of your items are packed and arrive at your new home, you will want to take inventory of everything that you are packing. While this doesn’t have to happen with every little thing, you should do this for important items to make sure they arrive safely. Check your inventory list when you unpack to make sure that everything is accounted for.

Consider Downsizing

Moving times (and costs) are usually based on the weight of your belongings, the amount of time it takes to move them, and/or space it takes up in the moving van. To put it simply, the less you have to move, the faster your packing project will be. 

During a move, it is a great time to look at downsizing and getting rid of any items you no longer use—even if you’re moving into a larger home. There’s simply no point in taking what you don’t need with you to your new space. Getting rid of junk, useless, or unwanted items can be cathartic, will maximize space, and is a good way to enjoy your clean, new home even more. You can donate these items, sell them online, or host a garage sale to make a little extra money. 

Consider Hiring a Professional Moving Company

To make your move as efficient as possible, you should investigate hiring a professional moving company. Moving companies have years of experience and the utilities needed to make moving much easier. It will allow you to stress less and keep you focused on having everything lined out in your new home. 

Aside from full-service packing and unpacking options, professional moving companies will also help you make the best decisions that will lead to a faster and smoother relocation experience. Specialized moving services for relocations heavy or large objects like grand pianos, fragile antiques, and other items can be critical to the success of your move—and can save you time and money in the process.

Professional Packing & Moving Services

As the largest, full-service moving and storage company in Alaska, Allied Alaska is proud to offer industry-leading customer service and top of the line moving services for both local and long-distance relocation. Since 1983, Allied Alaska has provided relocation and storage services for Alaska and areas in Washington. We have a great reputation with the Better Business Bureau and the American Moving and Storage Association. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our superior solutions for making residential, international, and commercial moves easy, or for our top-rated storage services, give our team a call now. Or, for a free, in-home moving estimate with one of our expert moving coordinators, fill out our online form and we’ll get in touch with you right away.