There are times in our lives, when the world seems to come apart at our feet.  If you find yourself in the position of having to move in a hurry, whether due to a change of job or college, perhaps a change in relationship, or even something as simple as a landlord selling the apartment complex you are living in, you will need a game plan to move from your current residence to the next.  Below are just a few tips to get you started on this next chapter of your life, and make moving in a hurry a bit more manageable.

Hire Professionals

If you are moving in a hurry than there is one thing that you will need help managing, above all others and that is time.  Hiring long distance movers in Tucson will allow you to streamline your move in a way that you would not be capable of doing without professional help.  You will want to research two or three companies to make sure that you can get the best value for service. Opting for the least expensive mover is often a mistake as they usually are lacking either the proper certifications, training, patience, carefulness or reputation for follow through.  If you are moving long distance, you will want to hire a long distance moving company because they will know what route to take, how many people a job will actually require, and how to properly lock up your belongings so that they do not get stolen en route.

Gather Supplies

Supplies are the name of the game when it comes to moving in a hurry.  You will want to collect as many boxes as possible. You can go to retail stores and ask if they have any boxes that they plan on recycling, and most will be happy to let you have your pick.  You will also want to have plenty of packing tape and markers to label boxes, and sometimes people go a bit farther by labeling the contents as well. You should also get some bubble wrap if you have valuables to wrap, which you can get in rolls at most dollar stores, or you can always use newspaper to wrap fragile items.  In any case, you will want to have plenty of supplies on hand so that you do not have to run out half way through packing to gather more. Along with packing supplies, you should consider purchasing or borrowing tools that will help with your move. Whether it be a box dolly, an appliance dolly or moving straps for larger furniture that is more difficult to grip.

Get organized

From the moment you find out you need to move, and quickly, you should start making lists.  Write lists for what you’re keeping, lists for what can go, lists for packing supplies and moving equipment you will need, and on, and on, and on.  Making lists will help you stay organized, and allow you to delegate where you can. If you can make a list of packing materials, it is so easy to hand that off to someone so that you can work on something else.  Work smarter – not harder. A handy way to make lists is on a smart phone in the notes app. Not only will this ensure that you don’t misplace a sheet of paper or two, but it will be easy to text to someone else so that they do not lose it as well!

Get out the measuring tape!

If you are able to go to your new home and take measurements and draw out a sketch of a floor plan, you can start to plan on where you will be putting your furniture.  If you are moving long distance or just do not have the opportunity to go and see your new place, it is important to have the floor plan and room measurements so that when you arrive with all of your belongings, there is not that awful moment when you realize something does not fit.  Now, you will not just need measurements for your new home, but also for your current furniture. If something will not fit, you are better off getting rid of it before you are struggling to move it yourself, or paying professionals to move it for you!

Have a storage plan if downsizing

If you find yourself in the position of having to move to a smaller place, and you have done the measuring and have found out that not all of your belongings will fit, do not get dismayed.  You can always store your items, especially if your current move is not necessarily a long term one. There are storage facilities all over the United States, and there are some that have climate control which is crucial in extreme environments.  If you are moving to Arizona, you will soon know why that is so important! If you know that you are downsizing, you should have a list ready for a local moving company in Tucson, should you choose to hire one, with the items that need to be brought to a storage unit, and then a separate list for the items that will be going to your new home.

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