Moving season and summer season are coming into full swing, and we thought it would be helpful to offer moving tips and tricks to help lower your stress level. The process of moving can seem overwhelming, but it is important to remember to plan ahead and start early.
- Start selling or donating the items you do not intend to keep 6 weeks prior to your move.
- At least two weeks prior to your move, be sure to change your address on your accounts. Also, make sure the post office has your forwarding address
- When hiring movers, read the fine print on the contract to ensure you understand their policies.
- Regarding your bed and mattress, mattress bags are sold at most big box home improvement stores. These help ensure your mattress does not get exposed to any unwanted elements during the move. Also, packing a set of sheets and towels in one of your dresser drawers makes it easier to settle in for your first night in your new home.
- To help reduce back injuries, remember to pack lighter items in larger boxes and heavy items in small boxes.
- If you have hired movers, make sure they have the phone number where you can be reached during transit.
- Irreplaceable items should go with you in your car to avoid any damage to items that you hold dear.
- To save on boxes, utilize the containers you already own like baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases.
- Clean socks and clothing can be used to save on packing paper and bubble wrap when packing fragile items such as, glasses, stemware, and plates.
- To lessen the risk of broken plates and record albums, pack these vertically, instead of flat and stacked.
- Blankets and stretch wrap make can help protect your furniture from damage during a move.
- When packing your hanging items from your closet, use can use trash bags with a hole in the bottom to create a make shift garment bag for your clothes.
- To help with your entertainment center setup, take a photo of how your electronics were connected before you packed them away.
- When transporting your computer to your new home, let it adjust to room temperature before plugging it in.
- If you have pets, try to arrange for a friend or family member to watch them on moving day to lessen your pooch’s (and your) stress level.
- Always pack an overnight bag to help you settle into your home the day after you move in. Include items like, toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee and coffee pot, soap, flashlight, paper plates, cups, utensils, cleaning supplies, and any other essentials you anticipate needing the first day after you move.
While this list is not comprehensive, hopefully, it will help you get organized to have a smooth move at your next home.