Creating a moving list may seem like a daunting task. However, this is an indispensable tool when you’re preparing to move. It doesn’t have to be a chore just to put one together. Here are some tips to help you easily and effortlessly accomplish this.
What is a moving list?
This document outlines all the items that you’re moving. Herein you’ll include a detailed description of each of the items. You’ll also include information regarding their condition and estimated monetary value.
Why should you create a list?
One of the most obvious reasons why you’ll want to create such a list is for organizational purposes. However, there are some other important reasons as well. They include:
- This list will enable a moving company to provide you with a more accurate estimate.
- You’ll be able to reduce clutter so that your moving company charges you less money for your move.
- Having an inventory list to work with will enable you to save time as you pack and unpack your home.
- It’ll be easier for you to keep your items safe and protected throughout your move.
How do you make a moving list?
Now that you know why you should create a moving list, regardless of whether you’re working with a moving company, here are a few tips to help you do so.
Make sure to keep your list structured based on either room or category.
This can be done with pen and paper, a spreadsheet on your computer, or an app on your phone, but what’s important is that you clearly structure the list. Doing so will make it much easier and more efficient for you. With so many options available to you, everyone should be able to find something that’s easy for them to use.
The most common way to accomplish this task is to group items together (e.g., rooms, categories). For instance, you might want to list clothing items on one sheet and furniture on another. Another option that your moving company may suggest is to simply write down all of the contents of one room altogether.
Once you’ve decided on where you want to create your list, it’s time to create your list’s tables. In these tables, you’ll need columns for each variable (e.g., quantity, description, estimated monetary value). Then you’ll be ready to write down all of this information.
Go through each room separately.
It doesn’t matter which room you start with; you’ll need to make a list for everything in each room anyways. Make sure you look inside drawers and closets. You don’t want to overlook anything – not even the smallest knick-knack. Once you’ve written down every item in the room, move on to the next room.
Make sure to take pictures or videos as you record the items on your moving list.
Although this step is optional, a moving company will highly recommend that you take this step to supplement your inventory list in each room. Since you’ll end up with a lot of pictures or video footage, you’ll want to make sure to use a structured naming convention here just in case you need to refer back to them for something in the future. For instance, you may want to name the file according to the room it’s located in (e.g., dining room-chairs.jpg).
What do you do if you’re still confused?
If your moving list still has you confused about where you should start, it’s time to reach out to us at 2 Guys and a Van in Chicago, IL. Our moving company will give you a free quote along with tips on where and how to get started with your move. Reach out to us today!
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