Moving can be a daunting task, but there are many tips available to help you make it go more smoothly. Create a checklist, declutter, and use quality supplies.
Remember to take meter readings for your water (if applicable) and gas/electricity before you leave. Also, don’t forget to give your landlord a forwarding address even if you move to a new build!
Packing for a move takes time, and the more organized you are, the less stressful the process will be. Use a checklist and declutter strategically to make this job manageable. Ensure you have the right packing materials (like boxes, markers, tape, scissors, sealable bags, and more) by organizing them together and putting them where they are easy to find.
Start by packing non-essentials, like out-of-season clothing, and work your way to the stuff you need most often. If you have children, involve them in the process and have them help by setting aside their toys and books to be packed. If you have a home office, label wires to make unpacking much easier and take the time to remove the cords from electronics before packing them.
Keep a small duffle bag or suitcase of items you’ll need during the move and immediately afterward, such as important documents, a change of clothes, chargers, a towel and washcloth for the shower, and basic toiletries. This will save you the stress of having to stop in the middle of moving to run out and buy these items. Don’t forget to include snacks and drinks in your bag as well. There’s only so many times you can eat pizza or Chinese food without getting hungry!
Moving day can be a very busy, demanding time, so having a plan is essential to make it run smoothly. You’ll need to give your property manager notice and transfer utilities, change your bank account billing address, pack up and dispose of unwanted items, and more.
Before you begin packing, take a walkthrough of the house to see what you have that will need to be packed up. This is also a good time to clear out closets, linen cabinets and other storage spaces and donate or toss any items you don’t need.
It’s a good idea to take meter readings the day you move, so your utility suppliers can send you your final bills. You should also leave all keys for any garage or outbuildings where you have stored things like tools, garden equipment and gas/oil lawnmowers in an easy-to-find location on the day of the move.
Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast to fuel you for the day ahead. Be sure to have a first-aid kit, a water bottle and snacks on hand, as well as a box of essentials for your first week in your new home (see our Moving Day Survival Kit). If you’re relying on other people for help on moving day, be sure to give them a copy of your move checklist so they know what’s expected of them.
It’s no secret that moving is one of the most stressful life events. However, with the right tips and planning, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, following a simple checklist and being prepared can make the process smoother for everyone involved.
Whether you’re hiring movers or packing your own truck, start with a checklist that will help you stay organized leading up to and on moving day. This will include a timeline and help you determine how much time is needed for each task. It will also allow you to budget for the move.
Gather your packing supplies such as boxes, tape, markers and other tools you might need. It’s a good idea to set up a packing station somewhere in your home like the guest room or a dining room table. It will save you time and be a convenient place to work.
Put together a tool essentials box to keep with you or in the truck. This should have basics such as a hammer, screwdrivers and pliers. It’s also a good idea to add in a can opener, trash bags and touch-up paint. Lastly, don’t forget to tip your movers. There are many ways to do this, but most movers will appreciate a small cash tip.