How to Prepare for Moving Homes Correctly

It’s an exciting time when you are moving into a new house, and you need all hands on deck to make the transition go off without a hitch. With everyone still living their lives with work, school and activities, how do you find time to get everything ready? And, where do you start?

While it can be stressful, there are ways to make your relocation go smoother. By starting several weeks ahead of time, you will ease the burden. Here’s a guide on how to prepare for moving:

Assemble Your Moving Supplies

When you are moving, you can’t do it a handful at a time. You are going to need moving supplies to get the job done right. This includes:

  • Moving Boxes: You can buy these or use free apple and banana boxes from the grocery store. Either way, it’s good to have more than you need because you WILL need them.
  • Packing Material: To prevent any breakage, you will have to use material inside boxes to prevent movement. The smart idea is to utilize towels and bedding around glassware, pillows, and blankets for larger boxes. You can use newspaper and tissue to wrap smaller items and if you have high-end items, consider packing chips and airbags.
  • Packing Tape: It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town or the country; you need to have your items securely packaged for the trip. Boxes must be taped up, and odd-sized items will need their wrapping held together. Strong packing tape is a real lifesaver for your belongings.
  • Markers: When you pack your stuff up and move it to your new place, you need to know where everything goes. It will save you a tonne of time if you label your boxes. You don’t need to list every item in each box, but it is best to mark them according to the room they go in. An inventory list can be helpful as well.

Organize Your Moving Items

Packing up the contents of your life allows you to assess what is worth taking with you. Set up a few different boxes as you pack and label them to sell, donate and trash. These are the things to get rid of before the move. For downsizing, this is important as you have less room for what you currently own, so if there are things you haven’t used in a month, get rid of them.

Sell the good stuff on Craigslist or FB Marketplace, donate the OK stuff to charity and haul the junk to the recycling or trash.

Pack Your Home

It’s shocking to see how much stuff you have accumulated over your lifetime. Once you start bringing things out, it adds up quickly, so having a packing strategy will save you time and space. Here are some great packing tips:

  • Take drawers out of the dresser but leave the clothes inside. Just wrap them in plastic wrap, so they don’t fall out.
  • Use your suitcases for packing and fill them with anything that fits. Heavy items are good ideas because most suitcases have wheels so you can pull & roll them out to the moving truck.
  • Use under sink garbage bins and large pots as a carrying vessel for smaller items. You can put non-perishable food items like packages and boxes inside and smaller kitchen gadgets.
  • Label as you go so you know what boxes go where in the new house.
  • Take pictures of valuables and boxes if there is damage or missing items during the move.

Most important is to save a few boxes for last-day items. There will be essential fridge stuff you need to feed the family and other things like your coffee maker, a pot and pan, and a few utensils and glassware. These will also be the first boxes you unpack to get you up and run to the new place.

Movers

If you can get enough able-bodied people and a few big trucks, you are in luck, and It’s only gonna cost you some food and drinks. You may not want to burden family and friends, so consider hiring a moving company with a great reputation. They have the manpower, equipment and know-how to get all your items, including big stuff, picked up and moved to your new home.

Make sure to get three quotes from movers and check their reviews. The cheapest isn’t always the best company to work with, so do your homework and be satisfied with who you hire.

Travel Tote

Depending on how far your move is, you may need some essentials for the trip. This includes snacks and a first aid kit in case of injuries during the move. Cold drinks are gonna be needed, and any other travel essentials you can think of for both adults and kids.

Moving day is stressful, but you will get through it if you are prepared. Then you can relax knowing you did a great job. Follow these moving prep tips and carry on to your new life adventure.