Whether you move frequently or you’re getting ready to relocate for the first time, moving can be a highly stressful experience. In fact, many relocators claim that moving is the most stressful life event they’ve ever gone through — more stressful than a divorce, a wedding, and other major life occurrences!


But don’t let those claims freak you out! Moving doesn’t have to be as stressful as many people make it out to be. With plenty of planning and a few creative moving hacks, your upcoming move can be a breeze. Sure, it’ll be time consuming and it’ll certainly require a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated mess.


Curious what you can do to simplify your Rochester moving experience? The professional movers and packers at Ace Moving & Warehousing share helpful moving hacks below.


Establish a Moving Budget and Stick to It

One of the greatest sources of moving stress is money. And when you don’t create a budget for your move, you’re bound to spend more than you bargained for. Moving can get pricey in a hurry, but with well-designed expense planning, you can minimize your relocation costs, or at the very least, understand exactly where your money is going.


Not sure how to create a relocation expense plan for your unique needs? Check out our outline of how to create a moving budget for helpful tips.


Arrange Pickups for Items You Plan to Donate

Donated your infrequently used belongings is one of the most effective ways to reduce the amount of stuff you need to move. But when you have a packed schedule, it can be difficult to find the time to bring those belongings to a donation center.


Fortunately, many donation centers offer free pickups, which means someone will come to your home and load up your items for you. If you know you’ll have a tough time making it to a donation center during operating hours, schedule a pickup to take this task off your plate.


Hire Professional Movers and Packers

Hiring professional movers and packers isn’t necessarily a moving hack, but it definitely deserves a mention as a stress-reducing relocation strategy. Conducting a DIY move is tough; it’s time consuming, physically draining, and in many cases, mentally draining, too. But when you hire professional movers and packers, they handle the majority of the labor involved in a move.


Professional movers provide a range of useful services beyond simply loading and unloading your belongings. When you opt for full packing services, your movers not only pack your whole home, but they also provide:


●        Appliance moving

●        Furniture moving

●        All the necessary moving supplies to complete the job

●        Custom crating to protect awkwardly shaped or pricey items

●        Unpacking your belongings in your new home


Working with our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing also affords you access to high-quality, secure storage solutions where you can keep potentially vulnerable items safe during your relocation. Hiring a moving team is perhaps the best thing you can do to cut down on the stress and overwhelm associated with relocating.


Use Up The Food In Your House

Packing, transporting, and unpacking food is a pain. But if you do your best to use up most of the food in your home before your move date, you can all but eliminate this annoying task. What if you hire professional movers? Won’t they move the food for you? Unfortunately, the answer is no.


Professional movers and packers do not move perishable items. There are also a number of other non-allowable items they cannot move according to federal regulations. Many moving companies also have their own restrictions on certain items, so it’s best to find out what those are before you commit to a particular company.


Use Creative Packing Hacks

If hiring full packing services isn’t in your budget or you simply prefer to do the job yourself, employ the following hacks to make the packing process easier:


●        Prevent spills with plastic wrap. To avoid accidental spills during your move, make sure you place a small piece of plastic wrap under the lid of any bottles that contain liquids.

●        Leave your dresser drawers full. When you pack, you don’t have to empty your dresser drawers. You can keep them full and use them to transport a large percentage of your clothing. 

●        Keep clothing on hangers. Taking clothes off their hangers only creates more work. Instead of packing clothes and hangers separately, leave them together. Consider using wardrobe boxes to keep your clothes protected and wrinkle free.

●        Use linens and soft items as packing material. Not a fan of using disposable packing materials? Trying to save some cash? Your home likely has plenty of cushy blankets, towels, and other linens use can use instead of dedicated packing supplies.

●        Make use of suitcases and other large, empty items. Rather than buying tons of moving boxes, look for items in your home that are empty and can contain your stuff. You can use suitcases, trashcans lined with bags, duffel bags, pillowcases, laundry baskets, and many other items as makeshift packing containers.


Take Pictures of Your Electronics

Putting your electronics back together after a move can be super frustrating, especially if they have several parts, ports, and cords. To minimize the time you spend setting these things up in your new home, take a photo of each item before you break it down and pack it. When it comes time to unpack and set up your electronics, you’ll have a perfect visual diagram to follow.


Ready to Hire a Rochester Moving Company? Contact Ace Moving & Warehousing

If you’re getting ready to relocate, let our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing make your upcoming move as simple and low stress as possible. Since 1958, we’ve been helping Rochester residents with all of their moving and storage solutions needs, and we’re ready to help you too. To learn more about our services or get a fast moving quote, give us a call today at 507-288-3341 or contact us online.