Take the Stress Out of Moving

When making a move, one of the biggest challenges can be packing. It’s safe to assume that most of us don’t like packing up the house or lifting heavy boxes in and out of trucks and hauling them up and down stairs. However, moving day doesn’t have to be a frenzy. With some planning and consideration, along with these tricks of the trade, you can help your move go smoothly.

Strategize Early

Before selecting your choice movers, read online reviews and ask about insurance in the event an item is broken during the move. If it doesn’t cover what you need, you will need to obtain third-party insurance.

Avoid, if possible, scheduling your move on a weekend or at the end of the month. Moving companies are typically slower during the week in the middle of the month and more likely to give you a better deal and be more punctual. Always book your start time in the morning as the moving crew will be fresh and likely get the job done more efficiently.

man using packing tape to seal a moving box

The Right Materials

Boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap are the essentials that to come to mind, but most people tend to forget about shrink wrap. Wrap it around drawers and cabinets on furniture like dressers and wardrobes to keep them securely fastened and sharp edges protected. If you’re running out of bubble wrap, use old newspapers or towels to wrap any breakable items.

Non-essentials First

The biggest mistake Homeowners make is throwing everything in sight into a box. Save yourself a headache and move room-by-room to pack items you don’t often use, like décor and accessories. Mark boxes based on the room contents. Wait until the last minute to pack up the items you use frequently. Pro tip: Pack a “first night” box with all the things you’ll need the first night in your new home like toiletries, sheets, towels and a change of clothes, so you don’t have to dig through boxes to find what you’re looking for.

For the best ways to move the entire family, see these articles about transitioning kids and pets to your new home.

woman packing books in a cardboard moving box

Watch the Weight

It’s tempting to overpack boxes, but it’s best to stick to a 30-pound limit. Overweight boxes can slow movers down and make it difficult to move around. For heavier items like books or dishes, use smaller boxes to refrain from overloading.

With these helpful tips and a little extra preparation, you’ll alleviate the stress of moving and you’ll be settled into your new home in no time.