Many people who are making a local move in Sarasota FL treat their relocation more or less with a shrug. You’re only moving a few miles away. It can’t be that hard, right? 

In reality, though, local moves can be just as challenging as long-distance ones. They require the same level of preparation and attention to detail, and even veteran movers might forgot a thing or two in the hustle and bustle. To help you out, we’ve made a list of 5 important things to do before moving into your Sarasota FL home. 

Just follow these steps, and your move will be (almost) as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Make a moving plan.

The very first thing you should do is consider your needs and use them to create a moving strategy. Are you planning for a DIY move with just a little help on the side? Or do you want full-service assistance, from packing to transport and unloading?

Think seriously about your budget, service requirements, and overall expectations. What would you feel most comfortable with? What can you absolutely not live without?

Once you’ve thought about this—and the earlier you do, the better—you can search for trusted residential movers who are equipped to handle your move.

2. Start packing early.

Nothing is more stressful than having to cram all of your belongings into a million boxes two days before you have to be out of your home. Start early by setting aside your non-essentials: holiday decorations, out-of-season clothing, decorative pieces, etc. Go ahead and stock up on boxes, markers, and tape so you can label everything accurately as you pack. 

If you’ve decided to get some professional packing help from local movers, coordinate with them to make sure you know the plan. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially about especially challenging or high-value items like vehicles, pianos, art, and appliances. A high-quality company will offer custom crating and other specialized packing services.

3. Have a back-up plan—and back-ups of your back-ups!

When you’re up and moving your entire family, it’s no surprise that things can go wrong. Instead of becoming super-stressed by a flat tire, a mix-up with the locksmith, or an unexpectedly sick child, have contingencies plans ready.

Ask a friend to be available in case you need someone to run to the store for batteries or an Allen wrench—or in case your child decides to throw an impossible tantrum. Have a locksmith in mind in case you can’t get into your new home, and have a local storage provider at the ready if you realize you can’t fit all your boxes.

Anything can happen—and the best advice is to plan for the craziest possibility. 

4. Set up your internet and utilities.

Florida residents are well-acquainted with the heat and humidity of our state, and we can’t emphasize this enough: have your utilities—including water, gas/electric, and AC—turned on the day (or even the day before) you’re moving in. 

If possible, it’s also a good idea to have your internet and cable ready too. This is especially helpful if you have children who may need entertaining while you or the local movers unload.

5. Have a box of essentials on hand.

To make your first few days easier, be sure to pack a box of essential items and keep it with you on move-in day. In this box, include things that will make you and your family comfortable, as well as things that might be necessary for record keeping or unpacking.

Here are some items to consider:

•A copy of important paperwork

•Wrenches, screws, and other assembly tools

•Chargers for phones, laptops, and tablets

•Toiletries and medication

•Bed linens and towels

Not having to search through boxes and boxes to find these essential items will make your move-in much more comfortable.

Get a First-Class Move Anywhere, Anytime

Here at First Class Moving Systems, our residential movers have gathered these tips and tricks the hard way, from years of experience with local moves of all scopes and sizes throughout Sarasota FL. 

If a local move is in your future, don’t try to face it alone—give us a call to learn how we can customize an affordable moving plan to make your move effortless. Just submit our online form to request your 100% free, no obligation quote now!