Before we can help you buy a new home or sell your current one, let us provide some helpful tips on moving. Believe it or not, packing up your things doesn’t have to be a stressful experience!
Clean out your “mess.” Before boxing up your items, go through each room in your home and choose what goes with you and what goes to your local clothing drive, Goodwill, yard sale, etc. This ensures you will only take what you know will be used while helping out others in need of these items.
Label each box. If packing kitchen items, place them in boxes labeled “kitchen” and so on. When you arrive at your new home, it will be easier sorting through what appears to be an endless amount of boxes by having each box already labeled for the room it belongs in.
Pack fragile items together. These can easily get lost and/or broken during the moving process. In addition to labeling “fragile,” store them within a soft bedding material or wrapped in towels.
We already mentioned labeling each box, but for large rooms like the kitchen, dive deeper into subcategories, such as – dishes, silverware, plates, etc. This will come in handy should you find yourself hungry in your new home and you haven’t come close to completely unpacking yet.
Consider clear storage items. This includes plastic bins and plastic bags. These help preserve your belongings a bit better than a regular cardboard box (by being waterproof) and it helps you keep account of what you have by being able to see what’s in each bin.
Number your boxes. Keep account of how many boxes each room has so you’ll know if something happens to get lost in the move.
Determine the point of contact for the movers. It’s easier if one person is in charge of communicating with the movers. They will direct all questions and updates to this person so communication doesn’t get mixed up amongst several different people. This person will be “in charge” on moving day, essentially making sure the process runs as smoothly as possible.
Have trash bags available. You’ll be surprised at much you’ll need to throw away during the moving process. Keep these within close proximity to get rid of any items that need to be disposed.
Power down your utilities. This prevents you from spending money when you aren’t technically living in the home either at all or at least full time as you were before. This can be done online with most companies. In the meantime, make sure the utilities are turned on at your new residence at least one day before you officially move in.
Make an appointment with the moving company. It’s suggested to schedule them for early morning so the team won’t be tired from a long day of moving at several other locations for different customers. It’s never a bad idea to be first on the day’s moving agenda.
Find a sitter for the moving day. This applies to children and pets. It’s easier when you don’t have distractions on moving day.
Pack a suitcase with your most used items. The first night in your new place can be exciting and, depending on what all you’ve accomplished that day, exhausting at the same time. You may not feel like sorting through boxes to find a towel or toothbrush, so pack a suitcase of what you know you’ll need for that evening.