1. Pack an overnight bag
Everyone in the house will need one, so make a list of the essentials. This will make the process a little less stressful. Here’s an example of items you may want to include:
- Change of clothes
- Wallets & Keys
- Important documents and other valuable items you don’t want to risk losing
- Snacks and Water
- Extra belongings your kids or pets may need
2. Label everything
This may go without saying, but it’s very crucial to stay organized. Label boxes according to their contents, fragility, and what room they go in on the top AND the side of the box. You can even color code or number boxes by room. This makes it much easier to unpack room by room.
3. Start packing in advance
Start packing off-season items such as, decorations, clothes, items already in storage in the basement or attic, or any kind of gadgets or kitchenware you don’t use everyday, weeks in advance.
4. Declutter & Donate
Moving is a great opportunity to finally deep clean your possessions. Sort out everything you don’t want to take with you early on. This makes packing and unpacking much easier. Many charity organizations will even come pick up your items for you for free, which will save you the trouble of taking them there yourself. Be sure to save your donation receipts for tax season!
5. Be extra careful with fragile items
Fun tip: Plates should be packed vertically, never flat. They’re less likely to break this way. Stock up on plenty of packing paper and bubble wrap to ensure your possessions go through as little damage as possible. Fill any open spaces in boxes containing fragile items with tissue or bubble wrap so everything stays in place and your boxes are sturdy. Avoid packing loosely so you’re boxes aren’t unbalanced. Soft clothing, pillows, and blankets may also be used to help secure fragile items, plus you need to pack those things anyway!
6. Ziplock Bags
Ziplock bags are great for storing items such as small screws, brackets, or cords for electronics. Just make sure you label them so you don’t forget where they’re needed. Ziplock bags and Saran Wrap also work great for securing toiletry bottles. Simply unscrew the cap, place the wrap over the opening, and screw the cap back on over top of it. This will prevent untimely spills.
7. Research before hiring movers
If you’re hiring a moving company, be sure to weigh your options before deciding who to hire. Check out three or four different companies, look up reviews, and take recommendations from friends. After all, they will be moving your precious possessions, so it’s an important decision. If you have especially valuable, fragile belongings you’re concerned about, take photos of them before they’re moved just in case any damage occurs at the fault of the movers.
8. Gather the essential moving supplies
- Boxes (you may be able to find free ones at your local recycling center, retailers, schools, offices, or even online sites like Craigslist or Facebook community groups).
- Packing tape
- Box cutters and scissors
- Bubble wrap
- Packing paper
- Stretch wrap (helpful for protecting and grouping furniture together).
- Tie-down straps (if you’re not using movers).
- Furniture dolly (if you’re not using movers).
9. Transfer utilities
This is something you want to make sure you do before moving. No one wants to arrive at their new home to find there’s no electricity or running water, right?! If you’re making a move in the same state, you can simply call your service providers and have them transfer you’re utilities from your old address to your new address. If you’re moving to a different state, you may need to cancel your current utilities and set up with new service providers at your new home. It’s a good idea to call weeks in advance and schedule an appropriate date for your disconnection and reconnection. Be sure to make a list of all the services you’re currently using, and plan to keep using, so nothing gets left out or forgotten.
10. Change of address
Contact your local post office to get your mailing address updated. This is a simple process you can do online or in person. You’ll also want to update your billing address with your credit card companies and any other bills you receive, as well as your bank. Your driver’s license will also need to be changed to include your new address, however, in certain places you may not need to do this right away, so be sure to check in to what your state requires. And don’t forget to tell your family and friends! You can send out a quick email letting everyone know, or do traditional change of address cards in the mail to make your moving announcement.
When you get to your new home, remember that not everything needs to be done at once. Start unpacking the most useful, necessary, everyday items first, and enjoy the experience of starting something new. Hopefully these tips have been helpful to you. Thanks for reading!
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