Moving can be stressful — but it doesn’t have to be. If this is your first big move, here are a few tips for getting started.
Buy packing supplies early.
At least one to two months before your scheduled move, you’ll want to buy boxes, packing tape, markers and a moving dolly/hand truck. Set a goal to pack one box a day, so you’re not pulling an all-nighter at the end.
Decide if you need to hire professional movers.
This might be a good idea if you:
- Are moving a long distance
- Own a lot of heavy furniture
- Work for a company who will pay for the move
- Have a lot of specialty items that need extra care (think: antiques, musical instruments, piano)
- Are moving to a busy urban area or high-rise building
Rent (or borrow) a moving truck.
If you don’t hire movers, then reserve a truck in advance. Ask friends to help you move.
Get rid of things you don’t really need.
Moving will be easier if you can lighten the load, especially if you’re paying professional movers by the pound. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average move in the U.S. includes 7,400 lbs. of stuff. Throw away, give away, or recycle as much as possible to reduce that weight — so you’ll save money, time and energy.
Pack your stuff.
You will get unpacked quicker if you label each box with the room where it belongs in the new house (for example: kitchen, Chelsea’s bedroom, master bathroom), plus a brief description of contents (dishes, blankets, toys, office supplies).
Transfer services to your new home.
Turn off services for your old home — and turn on the services for your new home. You might want to have seven days of overlap, in case of any moving hiccups. Don’t forget:
- Cable TV
- Water and sewer
- Mail service/address forwarding
Clean your old home.
Leave a few cleaning supplies, towels, brooms, trash bags and a vacuum at the old house for your final step: cleaning. Remove any leftover trash and debris. And don’t forget to defrost (and turn off) your refrigerator and freezer.
Get organized with a moving app.
Today, there are lots of moving apps that can help you organize your move on your smartphone for free — or less than $5. Check out:
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