Moving can be extraordinarily stressful. There’s a lot to do and it requires you to juggle multiple things at a time. Preparation is key. You won’t be able to remove all the potential stresses, but you can plan ahead, avoid key pitfalls and prepare for potential problems.
Use the tips below as you begin the process of moving out of your current home and into your new one.
1. Prepare for the transition.
Unless you’re moving just down the street, there’s typically a few days to a week between the time you leave one house until the time your stuff arrives at your new home. To avoid wearing the same outfit for 3 days in a row, pack a separate bag filled with all the essentials you’ll need.
Before you pack up the house, each person in your family should select an overnight bag and fill it with clothes, shoes, toiletries and anything else you may need. Remember to include items like cell phone chargers and batteries.
2. Label everything.
Purchase labels and adhere one to every box you pack. Include the room the box belongs in (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) and what's inside (cups, plates, silverware). To take it one step further, number and color-code the boxes by room. Clearly put something like "Box 3 of 15" so you can easily spot if one is missing. If you're using a professional mover, be sure to label each box with your last name as well to avoid any confusion or lost items.
3. Pack cleaning items in a clear bin.
If you want move-in day to go as smoothly as possible, prepare a clear bin filled with cleaning supplies. Focus on the bathroom as you’ll most likely want to take a shower after a long day of physical labor. Pack toilet paper, a shower curtain and one or two towels. Also include paper towels and all-purpose cleaner.
4. Get ready for re-assembly.
As you break items down, take photos so you can efficiently put them back together the proper way. This is especially important for computers, electronics and hard-to-put-together furniture. As you pack assembly instructions or owner manuals, put them all in one folder. That way you’ll be able to find the instructions you need without rummaging through a dozen boxes.
5. Read the fine print.
Professional movers are a great choice for large, long-distance moves. They do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to. Just make sure to read the contract and always choose to insure your move. Minor damage is inevitable and you’ll want to be compensated if something breaks.