The Best Moving Tips and Hacks

Most people agree, moving is stressful. But there are ways to make it easier. Here are some of the best tips we've compiled to help you move simple.

Moving boxes

The Week Before Your Move

1. Change of Address

File your change of address and update your accounts, utilities, and subscriptions several weeks before moving day. You can change your address for free at sites such as 1StopMove

2. Cleanse

One of the best ways to ease your move is simply to take less stuff with you. Because it has likely been a long time since you last did an inventory of all your belongings, a move is one of the best times to get rid of the things you longer need or use. If it's not something you use regularly or absolutely need to keep, you're likely better off getting rid of it now. Still have things in boxes from your last move? Probably not worth moving them again.
Read our advice on disposing of / cleansing your mattress

3. Donations

Donations Drive Through, Goodwill

After you've identified all the things to leave behind, schedule a donation pick-up. You'll be glad those items are gone well before it's time to load the truck.
Goodwill Industries
The Salvation Army

4. Defrost

Empty Fridge

If you're turning the power off when you move be sure to empty your refrigerator and freezer at least a few days before your move. Once it's defrosted give it a wipe down, something you can't do if you wait until the last minute and it's still frozen. You'll save on energy bills and have one less thing to do on moving day.

5. Plan Your Meals

The week before your move, plan your meals based on the food and perishable items still in your refrigerator, freezer and cabinets. Stop buying groceries as you don't want to deal with unwanted and unused food on moving day. Prepare some meals in advance and take them with you when you move. Having meals on hand while you're moving into your new place will reduce the stress of having to cook while you're still getting your kitchen set up and limit the amount of take out food you end up eating. It's a healthier choice and will save your money on take out meals. Additionally, you can help by donating non-perishable items (Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/).

6. Find Your Local Store

Chances are you're going to forget or run out of something needed on moving day, whether garbage bags, bottles of water, or cleaning supplies. Find your neighborhood drug store or hardware store before you move so you'll know where to find what you need in a hurry. (Link to retailer coupons?)

7. Planning Your Trip and Packing Your Car

Depending on how far you're moving, use your favorite navigation app to map your route. There may be tolls, alternate routes for trucks, or you may need to stay in a hotel. It's better to be prepared for the journey well before it's time to leave. Pack your car with the things that are most important to you to keep safe and the things you'll need the most when your first arrive. You don't want to be searching for the things you'll need immediately and you should be prepared in the event that your posessions are delayed for some reason.

8. Fill Nail Holes

Don't risk upsetting your landlord or homebuyers. Fill the nail holes in your walls with a bar of soap, toothpaste or even better quick dry no sand spackle available at any hardware store.

9. Take Photos

If you're renting, preserve your deposit, and take pictures of your old place on the way out and the new place on the way in.


Packing, Loading and Unpacking

1. Label Your Boxes

Label your boxes by room. It will be much easier for you or your movers to be sure your things end up in the appropriate place. Write the contents on the side of the boxes so you can read them even when they're stacked.

2. Packing Necessities

Pack the essentials and the items you'll need most immediately in a clear bin so you can identify it easily and know exactly what's inside. Again, we suggest you take these items with you in your vehicle.

3. Breakables

Save on the cost of bubble-wrap and consider using sheets or clothing to wrap? pack? your fragile items. Clean socks can be used for glasses and stemware.

4. Pack Dishes Vertically

The best way to keep your dishes from breaking is to stack and pack them vertically. Use old rags, socks, or other soft items in between

5. Small boxes for Heavy Items

We often make the mistake of overpacking a box with items so heavy, the box can't be lifted or moved. Do yourself a favor from the beginning, and spread the heavy items into a series of small boxes.

6. No Empty Spaces

You want to be sure everything will fit in your car or moving van so don't leave extra spaces in your boxes. Fill that space with clothes, pillows, blankets and other light items.

7. Pack an Overnight Bag

You're likely to finish your move after a long day of effort. You'll appreciate having packed a separate overnight bag with all the essentials when you're tired and ready for bed.

8. Plastic Snack Bags

As you disassemble furniture, electronics, and other items, be sure to have plenty of plastic sandwich and snack bags to keep track of nuts, bolts, and screws. (Take photos of items that may require complicated re-assembly?)

9. Heaviest Items First

Load the heaviest items in the truck first, and then stack the lighter items on top.

10. Treat Your Movers

Take care of your movers throughout the day. Showing your appreciation with small gestures such as bottled water and a snack bin will help keep your move on time and with fewer hassles.

Find other tips and advice here at NewKeyz to help reduce the stress and make your move simple.

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