Tips For A Less Stressful Move

Erik Newton
Erik Newton
Published on July 30, 2018

Packing up all your belongings and moving them to a whole new place can be challenging. So if you need a little (or a lot of) guidance, I have moving tips for you.

Get Organized – Write the room your box will go in on the top so the mover will know where to take the box and write what’s in the box on the side so when the boxes are stacked, you can see what’s inside. This will make it easier to find important items and will speed up the unpacking process later on.

Start Packing Early – Depending on how much stuff you have and how many people are helping, it can take weeks or even months to pack your whole house.

  • Start with decorations and other items you don’t need on a day-to-day basis such as your Panini press, photo albums, out of season clothes, and spare linens.
  • Fill boxes based on what room the contents will go in.
  • Mark boxes “Fragile” if the contents are easy to break!

Handle Valuables Yourself – Pack and transport valuables such as weapons, documents, jewelry, or heirlooms yourself so you don’t have to worry about them being lost, stolen, or damaged.

Keep Weight In Mind – A lot of light items can create a heavy box faster than you would expect.

  • Be mindful of how heavy your boxes are.
  • Use smaller boxes for books, DVDs, and other compact, stackable items.
  • Use a dolly to move heavy boxes and ask a friend for help if you need it.

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Set Aside Items You’ll Need Right Away – Sometimes the toilet paper you need will be right at the top of the first random box you open, but a little planning ahead will increase your odds.  (Mayflower Moving has their suggestions for a First Night Box here.)

  • Pack items you’ll need right away in a well-marked, easy-to-access box. These items could include:
    • Toilet paper
    • Hand soap
    • Plastic cups or bottled water
    • Scissors or a knife to open boxes
  • Create a box for first-night items too, such as:
    • Curtains/blinds
    • Tools to install curtains/blinds
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Sheets, pillows, blankets for each bed
    • Paper plates
    • Bathroom supplies like shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
    • Extra light bulbs
    • Towels
    • Pajamas
    • Fresh outfit
    • Laptop
    • Phone charger
    • Pet/child food and supplies

Switch Utilities – Don’t lose service! Let the services you subscribe to know where you’re going and when you need your service to switch. Some common services include electricity, cable, internet, and home security.

Protect Your Furniture – Moving furniture can be frustrating. These tips may make it a little easier.

  • Wrap furniture in blankets to prevent scratches. (Here’s some from Home Depot.)
  • Take the feet off your couch or the legs off your table to get them through doorways more easily.
  • Make sure the hardware and tools you use to disassemble furniture are handy when you get everything to your new house so you can put it all back together.

Moving is never fun, but the destination makes it worth it. If you or someone you know is looking for their dream home, let me know. I can help you find the perfect place for you and your family.

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