(StatePoint) The average American has moved five times in their life so far, moving an average of 26 boxes each time, according to a recent survey conducted by Duck brand.
Despite this huge undertaking, surprisingly, (or not) less than 20 percent of Americans hire professional movers. Most rely on family members (58 percent), friends (55 percent) and spouses/partners (51 percent).
Here are a few tips to help you master your upcoming move.
1. Use “Smart” Supplies. In addition to the essentials like boxes, Bubble Wrap cushioning and packing tape, keep an eye out for new tech-based moving solutions, like an app-based labeling system.
2. Determine Your Packing Process. How do most people organize boxes? The three most popular approaches are: by room the item is in before the move (45 percent); by the room the item will go in at the new house (25 percent) and by type of item (17 percent). Any method can prevent headaches. Just don’t be like the 10 percent of Americans who don’t organize in any particular way.
3. Pack Like a Professional. More than 80 percent of Americans say they find something frustrating when packing to move. The top complaint? Worrying about items breaking. Help ensure keepsakes and other breakables arrive intact by using Bubble Wrap cushioning. For the best protection, wrap items with the bubbles facing inward -- not outward. Once securely wrapped, seal boxes with a stronger, more durable packaging tape to ensure even the heaviest boxes arrive safely and securely.
4. Stay Calm on Moving Day. The hustle and bustle of moving day may be stressful, so have a method to the madness. Designate a go-to person for questions. Plan meals and beverages ahead of time to keep movers happy and hydrated. Give helpers specific tasks in-advance or schedule them in shifts to avoid a traffic jam. And finally, always have a plan for unexpected obstacles, such as weather.
5. Mind Your Manners. Show your movers how grateful you are for their help. Reward them with a special treat either on moving day or afterwards. Hosting a special party once you’re moved in is a great way to get back together and show your appreciation. And remember to say “please” and “thank you” throughout the entire process. Small gestures go a long way, especially if you find yourself having to move again.
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