Tips To Make Moving And Packing Easier

Dated: 01/09/2019

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Moving and Packing

Whether you're moving across the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful experience. However, you can take steps to make every part of your move easier for you and your family. Check out these moving and packing tips

Declutter first
The last thing you want to bring to your new home is clutter. It's a good time to take stock of what you have, what you really want, what you want to donate to worthy causes, and what needs to be thrown away. If you need motivation, just remember every item you give away is one more item you don't have to pack.

Stick to a timeline
Once you figure out a moving date, take a half hour to create a timeline. What room can be packed up first? What should wait until the last minute? What other events are on your calendar? Once the timeline is written, make sure you stick to it so you're not packing up your entire home at the last minute.

Schedule services as soon as possible
Movers and moving trucks get booked early, especially if you're moving on the first or last day of the month during peak moving times, which is May through October in most cities. This is also true for cable and internet technicians and utility operators. As soon as you know your move date, call to arrange any additional services or service changes you might need.

Label everything
This advice will help both you, your movers, and anyone who helps you out, ensuring your boxes show up in the right spot. Writing what is in the box makes your life even easier as you unpack. Consider using printable labels to slap on each box.

Consider the weight of the boxes
Don't make the mistake of putting all your books in one box. Try to use smaller boxes for heavy items or mix books in with well-wrapped picture frames, stationery, and office supplies.

Use clothing and linens to cushion fragile items
Bubble wrap and newspaper will come in handy, but be creative when keeping items safe. Use towels, sheets, and t-shirts to wrap items. Stick socks into glasses, and place potholders in-between cutlery.

Prepare an "open-me-first" box for each room
Once the movers or your friends and family have left, the moment you need to figure out what to do first can be overwhelming. This is when you should look for the box that has the big "open-me-first" label on it, so you get out the most important items and also kick that overwhelming feeling to the curb.

Measure new spaces, doorways, and furniture
Don't trust your eyes to tell you if your dining room table is going to fit in your new space. When you check out your new place, take a measuring tape and a notebook. Also be sure to measure doorways to ensure you can get your furniture inside in one piece. Tell your movers if the feet from your couch need to be removed so they won't waste time -- or money -- trying to fit it through the door.

Collect, rent, or buy boxes
Ask at work. Ask at local businesses. Ask your family. Does anyone have any boxes? It's worth trying to save some money on boxes. Your local moving and storage companies will also sell you boxes, but the cost can really add up. There are also companies that rent re-usable, plastic boxes. Aside from the eco-friendly perk of re-using plastic boxes, you will ensure quick unpacking to return boxes in time.

Involve the whole family
For families, most of the moving responsibility falls on mom and dad, but kids should help too. Young kids can wrap up small items, making a game of who can pack boxes the fastest. Older kids can pack their own rooms and help around the house.

We know that moving is one of the most stressful parts of home buying and selling. Contact our experts to learn more about how we can help! 

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Victor Madrigal

Victor Madrigal, from a young age, witnessed his father invest money, time, and labor into real estate. It was these memories that encouraged Victor to become a Realtor in 2009. After successfully obt....

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