When it comes to moving, you can’t just haphazardly throw everything that you own into boxes and hope for the best. As you start packing, de-clutter. Consider what you no longer use and give it away to charity, throw it out or sell it. There is no point in moving piles of stuff that you’ll never use.
Stock up on boxes, packing tape, markers and packing paper or bubble wrap well ahead of time to be sure that you have enough of everything. You can also rent reusable moving boxes such as those from Frogbox which are dropped off to your home and picked up after your move.
As you fill each box, write in large bold lettering the name of the room that the box should go to at your new house. Also, if there are breakables or if the box needs to stay upright, indicate that on the box by writing “fragile” and “this side up”. One thing that I’ve learned over the years is to also write an inventory of the contents on each box with a smaller marker. This will make unpacking much easier and, for those boxes that you don’t get to unpack right away, you’ll be able to find the items that you’re looking for without riffling through every box.
Have your items work double duty: use luggage to pack clothing, use linens and towels to wrap around your fragile items, put plants in laundry baskets.
If you’re hiring a moving company, do so well ahead of time. Like I said, this is a busy time of year for moving so make sure you book a reputable, insured moving company in advance. If you decide not to hire movers, you may need to rent a truck or van and talk to friends and family who are going to help. Again, people are busy in the summer, especially on weekends, so give them plenty of notice.
It is quite common to want to undertake home improvements in your new house to give it your own personal touch and make it just right for you and your family. If you can, get all of your renovations completed before moving in. With the chaos of moving, why add more stress by moving into a house that will be under construction? Coordinating a home improvement in a home that you aren’t yet living in can be tricky, but hiring a general contractor can make it much easier to manage. If you don’t have the luxury of extra time, be sure you don’t have any work crews in the house on moving day.
Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, take the stress out of moving by being prepared and organized.