7 Best Tips on Moving
Updated: Mar 23
#1 Create a list. Before you pack even one box, create a list. Use your phone, computer, or a notebook to detail what needs to go where and when, and how it will get there. You might keep a numbered system, organize items by room, or color-code your stuff, but find the best method for you and keep a record of it somewhere. Your list should also include a schedule of when you'll pack each room when the movers are coming, when you'll clean up the house, and so forth. It helps to keep everything organized and on schedule for the move.
#2 Find your mover. You need to find a good mover with insurance, especially if you're paying a lot to move fragile items. Look for referrals, multiple bids, and website reviews on moving services before hiring. Keep in mind that movers may charge by the hour, the number of movers, or the weight of your load. If you have fragile items or furniture that could be broken or fall apart in a move, consider moving it yourself or getting rid of it altogether. You should keep a list of mover quotes to get the best price for your move. Hiring a moving service can cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000, depending on how much stuff you have and how they charge. Some movers also include additional packing materials – newsprint packing paper, peanuts, bubble wrap -- as part of their quote. That saves you on buying some of the materials at a home improvement store. Don't gather up used boxes; you don't know where they've been or what's been inside them, and who wants to pack their valuable belongings in a used box? Buying new cardboard boxes can get quite expensive, and then you have to break them down, cut them up, and figure out how to discard them once your move is done. Rent clean, heavy-duty plastic moving boxes from BlueCow Boxes™. They deliver. You pack and move. They pick them back up. It's that simple.
#3 Pack before the move. Pack anything you can before the movers come to save time and stress on moving day. You can pack up all of the clothes you won't need at the time, for example. And you can also pack up knick-knacks, items in the basement and attic, and anything else you won't be using. You only need to keep out any essentials you use daily, which you can then pack the night before. Everything else should be ready to go and in the garage for the movers.
#4 Utilize luggage. Use your luggage -- suitcases, duffel bags, etc. -- to store clothes, linens, and smaller goods. Moving and settling into a new home is less chaotic if you can easily find the clothing, towels, and other items that you use daily.
#5 Keep documents close. Birth certificates, school records, bank records, bills, realtor info, maps -- all of these documents should be with you and stored somewhere with easy access. Don't pack them in a box and have the movers take them. It could be days before you find them again at the new place if they don't somehow disappear in the move.
#6 Clean up the old home. Once you've got the last box of essentials packed the night before, it's time to make a final pass through your home and get everything cleaned up:
Check every room for anything you might have missed.
Check for damages and make quick repairs if needed.
Write down your meter readings for the final utility bill.
Clean everything quickly -- vacuum, dust, and run a quick mop over the floors in the bathroom and kitchen.
Defrost your refrigerator so a power outage won't cause flooding.
If it seems too overwhelming, you can hire a professional house cleaning service to do the thorough work. That way, you know the house is spic and span when you turn in the keys to a realtor for a walk-through.
#7 Check after the move. Make sure all the boxes from the move go into the right rooms, so you aren't searching through kitchen boxes in the bedroom. You should also check for damages to your furniture or fragile items, as these could fall under the mover's insurance coverage. Make sure all the boxes you moved out of your old home make it to the new place. Then, it's time to start settling into your new home and getting everything unpacked!