Tips for Moving
Make Moving Easier and Less Stressful
It is no big secret that moving is one of the most stressful things you can possibly do. Whether you are moving for your job, to attend school, because of military relocation, or for some other reason, there is no getting around the fact that moving is difficult.
Another fact about moving is that the stress doesn’t stop once you decide to move. In addition to the preparation and planning that comes with it, you also have to get on with your normal life. And that means juggling work, school, and social responsibilities alongside your preparations.
Fortunately, moving really doesn’t have to be as big of a pain as it all too often is. Getting a head start on the process and taking heed of the tips discussed below will help you have the most pleasant moving experience possible.
Basic Tips for a Pleasant Move
There are some obvious ways to plan ahead and reduce stress when moving but there are also a whole lot more not-so-obvious ways. Check out our tried-and-true tips for your moving success!
- Address Change – Change your address 2 weeks before you move to prevent mail from getting “lost” at your old address. Don’t forget your magazine/paper subscriptions!
- Check Out Your New Town – Most cities have community websites you can visit to get started. City-Data.com also has a plethora of statistical data to peruse.
- Color Code, Chart, & Label – Map out your home with simple sketches, then color code them and use those color codes on your boxes/furniture. Movers will know exactly where everything goes!
- Packing Plates & Glasses – Wrap plates in T-Shirts or stack in between paper plates and pack vertically to prevent chipping. For glasses, it’s best to “wrap & stack” by using paper and stacking in groups of 3 or 4.
- Roll Clothes – Instead of folding clothes, roll them up tight so you can pack more items and use any type of bag or box you have handy.
- Wheeled Suitcase for Books – Books are heavy, pack them in your rolling suitcases for easy transporting.
- Bubble Wrap – Line the boxes you are using for breakables and valuable items with bubble wrap for extra protection.
- Plastic Wrap for Drawers – For lighter items in drawers, instead of emptying them, just cover with cling wrap or duct tape plastic wrap over the top to keep items intact and in place.
- Finish Packing Before Moving Day – Whether you’ve recruited friends or hired movers, you’ll want to be completely packed before they arrive to make the best use of their time.
- Take Pictures – If you are renting, it’s best to take photos of both locations while they are still empty.
- Help Your Family Adjust – There are a large number of books out there for all ages that can help your family get used to the idea of relocating.
- Stretch Wrap – You can buy big industrial sized rolls of plastic wrap, which is perfect for banding boxes together, or wrapping around furniture for extra protection.
- Fill Small Holes – Before you leave, fill small nail holes in walls by using a bar of white soap or white toothpaste.
- Sell Unwanted Valuables – If you have items you don’t need or want anymore but they are too valuable to give away, start selling on Ebay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least 6 weeks in advance of your move date.
- Hire Sitters – Whether it’s for your children or your pets, it’s best to keep these loved ones out of the way. Hire a sitter or better yet, plan a play date at another location.
- DIY Box Handles – For boxes that don’t have handles, use an Exacto Knife to cut out upside down triangles •of the way down from the top of the box. This will make moving them much easier.
- Lay Out Items Before Loading – Before you load your Door to Door container, lay it all out on the ground so you can use your spatial skills to stack more effectively.
- Last Grocery Trip – Make your last grocery-shopping trip about 10 days prior to moving so you have the least amount of food to pack & protect.
- Charity PickUps – 1-2 weeks before you move, have your favorite charity come pick up unwanted items to get them out of the way.
- DeClutter Early – As soon as you decide to move, start cleaning out closets, attics, storage, and basements.
Tips for a Smooth Moving Day
It’s here. You’ve planned well, your containers have arrived, you’ve either hired some muscle or pleaded with friends to help you out and of course the local pizza delivery is on speed dial. Here are some great tips to help you stay sane on moving day!
- Pets – If you haven’t hired a sitter for your pet, use a kennel and lock up your animals away from the activity.
- Remove Doors – If you remove the main doors from their hinges, you’ll find moving your larger items much easier.
- Rubber Band Locks – Place a large rubber band around your door handles in a way that holds the lock in. That way, you won’t inadvertently lock yourself out.
- Take Photos of Electronics – Save yourself the headache and snap a photo of the cords/wires in your electronics so you know exactly how to put it all back together.
- Garbage Bags for Clothes – A great trick is to use Tall Kitchen garbage bags for your hanging clothes. Place clothes in bags and tie around base of hanger hooks to secure.
- Leave New Garage Empty – Resist the urge to stack boxes in your garage. Utilize your movers or friends and have them deliver to the right room and save yourself the extra work in the days following your move.
- Unpack TV Last – Unpacking the TV last will motivate you to stay on task as well as getting you unpacked quickly and efficiently.
- Walk Through – Do one last thorough walk-through in your old home to make sure you don’t forget anything. Don’t skip the front and back yards.
- Inspect New Home First – Before moving anything in; make sure you do a full inspection of your new home taking note of any red flag items.
- Don’t Schedule Installations on Moving Day – You’ll have enough to do on moving day, don’t schedule to have your cable, phone, internet or any other onsite installations done on the day you plan to move.
- Label “Essential Items” Boxes – Have everyone in your family pack up an “essential items” box and keep them separate so that you will all have what you need for the first few nights.
- Unscrew Light Bulbs – Avoid leaving your light bulbs in your lamps in order to prevent damage to the lamp and/or messy cleanups.
- Defrost Fridge – The day before you move, defrost your freezer so you have time to clean up any residual moisture.
- Tape Parts to Furniture – If taking anything apart, use plastic sandwich bags to hold bits and pieces and tape to the back of the item so they don’t get lost or separated.
- Empty Gas & Oil – Remember to empty out gas and oil from lawn equipment and tools.
- Keep Important Papers On Hand – Moving day contacts, passports, important bills, birth certificates, etc., should be kept with you or placed in your “essential box” for safekeeping.
- Supervise Packing/Moving – Whether you’ve hired movers or you’ve enlisted the help of friends and family, it’s important for you or someone you trust to supervise any packing and moving.
- Parking for Truck – You’ll want to be sure that there is space at both locations for the moving truck to park and load/unload your containers.
- Wear Comfy Clothes – Moving is a lot of work. Make sure you dress comfortably and have an extra shirt handy.
- Charge Your Cell Phone – Avoid unnecessary stress by charging your cell phone the night before you move and make sure all appropriate contacts are listed.
Reduce Stress with Door to Door Moving
Moving is stressful enough as it is, even when your new home is just across town. Our portable moving containers make the process of packing up much easier.
When you are ready to move, we drop a portable container off at your old residence for you to fill up with your belongings. It’s easy and practical – exactly what you are looking for when moving.
Think you might need a little time to settle in before unpacking? Then we store your portable container in one of secure storage facilities. Give us a little heads up and you’re welcome to come by and grab a few things. Keep your container here for a few weeks or a few months until you are ready to unpack it completely.
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Need packing tips?
- Protect your belongings with moving blankets, boxes and bubble wrap
- Sort containers by room - separate your garage, bedroom and kitchen
- Pack items tightly to avoid shifting during transit