20 Tips for a Stress-Free Moving Day

On moving day, whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, packing up your space and transporting all of your belongings can prove to be a daunting task. Getting the packing supplies, finding movers, filling up every box and taking them from Point A to Point B can be a headache-inducing process. But with some planning and foresight, moving doesn’t have to be a difficult or stressful experience. Use these tips and tricks to ensure a smooth and seamless transition from old home to new.

  1. Shop around for your moving company. Get quotes or estimates from a variety of companies. Not every moving company uses the same method, so reach out to several to get the best deal for your space. 
  2. Make reservations for movers a few weeks to a month in advance. Also be sure to check if they have insurance and get a copy of the policy. If you’re moving into an apartment, check whether or not the building needs proof of insurance and have it handy on the day of the move. 
  3. To save money, don’t move at the beginning or end of the month. The middle of the month, and the middle of the week, tend to be more affordable times to move. If possible, especially avoid the first and last day of the month. 
  4. Get more boxes than you think you need. Make sure to get a variety of sizes and always get an extra supply. Plus, don’t forget other packing necessities like tape, bubble wrap and markers to label boxes. 
  5. Don’t forget to fill out a change of address form with the Post Office. Also add your new address to frequently used online accounts. 
  6. Before you start packing, sort through what you want to keep, donate and throw away. Make three piles for each respective section, and schedule a charity to pick up unwanted items prior to your move. 
  7. Write the contents, not just the room, on your boxes. This will help you unpack more quickly and in an orderly fashion. 
  8. Number your boxes. This way, you’ll be able to quickly ensure all of your belongings made it in the move. 
  9. Don’t mix different rooms in the same box. Make unpacking simple and only pack belongings for one room per box. 
  10. Make sure everything is packed before movers arrive. All boxes should be closed, labeled and ready to go when the movers arrive to begin work the day of the move. 
  11. Pack an overnight bag for the night before the move. This makes it easy to keep all of your essentials and small valuables for the next day with you, like jewelry, medication, a laptop and cash. 
  12. Request wardrobe boxes from your movers. Made to transport clothing on hangers, these boxes help make the task of packing your closet contents quick and easy. You can also pack light items in the bottom, like pillows or bedding. 
  13. Keep snacks and water on hand for moving day. Especially if you’re moving in the summer, make sure to have a case of water handy for both yourself and your movers. They’re sure to appreciate it. 
  14. Designate a specific box to be opened first. Add essentials like a shower curtain, towels, bed sheets, box cutter and anything you’ll need immediately once you arrive to your new space. 
  15. Have a general floor plan in mind for each room. This way, you can have the movers place all of your furniture where it will stay. 
  16. Plan out your route. Whether you’re moving down the block or across the country, map out the most direct route for you and the moving van. 
  17. Know the parking options at your new home. Find out where the moving truck can park and where you can park your car if you’re also driving. This will save time and stress in transit. 
  18. If you’re renting, be prepared to clean your old space—or hire a cleaning service. Most apartments must be left in broom-clean condition after move out, so make sure to allow time for this step or employ a service to do it for you after all of the boxes have been loaded up. 
  19. Unpack one room at a time. This will help keep you organized and speed up the unpacking process so you can enjoy your new space even sooner. 
  20. Finally, enjoy your new home!

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