18 Moving Tips To Make Your Life Easier

If you’re like most people, the thought of moving can be daunting. Sure, starting over in a new home or location can be exciting, but the tedious process of packing up your life in boxes and relocating can cause overwhelming stress. Fortunately, with these helpful moving tips, you can stay calm and in control throughout the moving phase.

Man carrying boxes during a move.

As experienced realtors, we know a thing or two about moving into a new home and how to make the transition less stressful. To help combat the chaos, we’ve put together a list of 18 moving tips that will help you stay organized and worry-free on moving day.

Put Together a Moving Checklist

Perhaps one of the most important of all moving tips is to create a checklist. Consider breaking your list into sections to help narrow down each individual task that needs to be done throughout the moving process. For example, tasks under a Prepping section might include: collecting large boxes, buying packing tape and markers, and scheduling professional movers.

Moving To Do List and a cup of coffee.

Create a Timetable for Your Move

Figure out how much time you have until moving day and then assign a few tasks each day, from your Moving Checklist. This will help prevent you from getting overwhelmed and will keep you organized.

Change Your Address

Officially changing your address with the USPS should be done in person or online about two weeks before moving day.

Transition Services in Advance

Compile a list of all of your service providers and notify them of your upcoming service stop date. You’ll also want to call your new providers and have service turned on at least a day or two before moving day. Be sure to take notes with the dates and names of people you speak with.

Moving tip: Collect Medical Records

Request Medical Records

Contact your doctors and your pet’s veterinarian to request medical records or arrange the transfer of information. Make sure you and your pets are stocked up on any vital medications.

Set Aside Important Documents

Gather important documents and put them in a safe place to prevent them from getting lost during the move. If you’re hiring movers, keep your important documents with you in your vehicle.

Declutter Your Home

Before packing, take time to sort through items that you may not need or want any longer. List items for sale online, gift them to friends, or donate them to your favorite local charity.

Parents with daughter packing and writing on boxes to move.

Create a Moving Day Supply Kit

This will help ensure you don’t have to stop in the middle of moving or packing to run to the store for supplies. Stock up on things like box cutters, garbage bags, rubber bands, zip lock bags, cleaning sprays, paper towels, permanent markers, colored packing tape, and a broom and dustpan. Moving tips like this will save you time and cut down on frustration.

Pre-Clean Your New Bathroom

If possible, prior to moving day, make a trip to your new home and pre-clean the bathroom. You’ll want to bring a shower curtain, toilet paper, soap, and a few towels. After a long day of moving, you’ll be glad to have a clean shower to rinse off in.

Defrost Your Refrigerator

You’ll want to do this at least 24 hours prior to move day. Be sure to also wipe out any liquids before moving.

Save the Essentials

Once you begin packing, remember to save the essentials for last. Take into account items that you’ll be needing throughout the day while packing and moving.

Family of four loading the moving truck in front of a home.

Pack an ‘Open First’ Box

This can be one large box for the entire family or one for each member of the family. An ‘Open First’ Box should include items like a clean change of clothing, bedding, and toiletries. In the event that you don’t want to unpack everything at the end of the day, having this box will provide you with all that you need.

Label Each Box By Room

To make it easy on yourself, label the sides of the boxes with the room that each one belongs to and also with a brief description of the contents inside.

Moving boxes labeled and taped up.

Use Color Coded Packing Tape

This will help you identify which boxes go where, from afar. Choose a color of packing tape for each room, and tape accordingly.

Save on Bubble Wrap

By using towels, blankets, pillows, and even clothing to pad fragile items when you pack, you’re not only saving money on bubble wrap, but you’re also saving the planet from harmful plastics.

Two people assembling furniture.

Take Photos When Disassembling

If you have furniture or workout equipment that must be disassembled in order to move, be sure to take photos beforehand. This can help you remember exactly how things fit when you’re putting them back together in your new home.

Reduce Boxes

Utilize all of your suitcases, baskets, and laundry hampers when packing! These items have to go anyway; why not pack them full of things and reduce the number of boxes you need.

Unpack the Kids First

If you’re moving with children, a great tip is to always unpack their bedrooms or playrooms first. This will provide an area out of the way, for the children to play and be entertained while you finish moving/unpacking.

Aerial view of Georgia residential neighborhood.

At the end of the day, whether we like it or not, moving is part of life. Having a plan or systematic approach though, can make a huge difference in your moving experience. By breaking your long list of to-do items into actionable steps and completing a few everyday (if your timeline allows), you can drastically reduce stress throughout the moving process.

Did you find these helpful? What other moving tips would you add to the list?

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