In an ideal world, you have plenty of time to pack and coordinate a move. But life isn’t always that simple. Sometimes apartments don’t work out or new job opportunities force you to relocate quickly. While moving on short notice is difficult, it’s not impossible. So here are some tips to help you prepare and execute a last minute move.
Book the movers or a truck immediately
Whether you’re hiring movers or just renting a truck, do it quickly. As soon as you know you have to move, call around. If it’s short notice, finding availability at a moving company might be rough so any bit of time helps. Movers are usually just as eager to fill a spot as you are to move. In any event, secure a truck just in case you can’t find movers in time.
Start packing, be ruthless
Last minute moves can be stressful, especially if you’re a procrastinator. You won’t have the time or the luxury to contemplate what you will and won’t take. Be ruthless, as much as you possibly can. If you don’t need or want it, toss or donate. The smaller, more contained your move is, the less daunting it will feel. Then start packing immediately. Don’t think too much, just place items into boxes where they fit. Be diligent and organized, and always remember to label boxes.
Be honest and request packing if needed
If you’re really strapped for time, hire movers to do the packing as well. They will make sure furniture is taken apart and properly wrapped. Frames and pictures will be taken down and packed securely. Boxes will be labeled and sorted according to room. They will handle everything. Just be sure to be open and honest with your movers. Be upfront and let them know you need packing services so they don’t show up unprepared. While packing services are an additional expense regardless, it will be less stressful and more efficient if everyone knows the job ahead of time.