From planning to unpacking, there are a lot of moving parts when relocating yourself or your family. Even if you’re moving on up, the process can still lead to some stressful situations. Minimize the hassle—and save time and money in the process—with these moving tips.
Planning for your move:
Collect free boxes
Call your local grocery stores for large shipping boxes and ask wine/package stores for wine cases, which are great for packing glassware.
Calculate moving costs
Include supplies, on-the-road expenses, storage, moving trucks, movers, etc.
Keep, sell, donate, or toss
Having trouble letting go? Keep in mind that sold items make you money, donated items equal tax deductions, and tossed items are less items to move.
Organize a moving folder
Include moving quotes, contracts, and all receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
Assign a color to every key area of your home. Print colored labels to tape onto boxes with clear tape. Using a number system, prioritize boxes you should unpack first and ones that can wait. Make a moving key on your computer with your color code and number system, and then print.
Smart packing solutions:
Take photos of cords
Taking a quick snapshot of the cords on the back of complex electronics is a small action that you’ll be thankful for later.
Keep hardware organized
Tape screws, bolts, and nuts directly to furniture, appliances, and picture frames. Use a ziplock bag for larger hardware, label it, and attach the bag to the item.
Pack heavy items in rolling luggage
Books are a great example as their weight adds up quickly.
Put your extra fitted sheets to good use by doubling them up around mattresses to keep them clean.
Clean as you go
As you pack, quickly clean off items to avoid carrying excess dirt into your new digs.
To help make the process as organized as possible, plan out your big event with this moving time-frame worksheet.
And don’t forget to let your cable company know. Use this change of address checklist to make sure all of your accounts are notified of your change in residence.