Whether you’re a pro at moving or you’re undertaking a big move for the first time, the process can feel stressful. We can’t promise it will be fun, but with some advance planning, moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. To help you out, we’ve gathered moving advice from TimberCraft homeowners and our own team. If a new address is on the horizon, keep these top ten moving tips in mind!
Do as much as you can in advance. Donate, sell, or get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past 6-12 months. The more you declutter, the less you have to pack! Once you have a move-in date, reserve movers or a truck. During busy periods these companies book up fast. Finally, immediately pack up anything you won’t need before moving day. This could include things like photo frames, out-of-season clothes, or holiday decorations.
Make a plan for kids and pets. Moving is stressful for the whole family, so if possible, find out if friends or family could take your little ones for the day. Having the kiddos occupied will make the moving process go by a lot quicker. If you have pets, consider boarding them in a doggie daycare or containing them in a separate room with food, water, and any favorite toys.
Set up utilities in advance. The last thing you want to do is arrive at your new home only to find the water or gas or internet isn’t turned on. Call utility companies in advance to set up your accounts, and be sure to ask about any introductory or new customer deals.
Stock up on equipment. Think about not only boxes, tape, and sharpies but also any special equipment you might need like dollies or furniture pads. If you’re renting your own truck, consider paying a little extra to get one with a loading ramp — you won’t be sorry.
Pack boxes strategically. Put heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top, and try not to mix rooms while packing boxes. For example, keep all of the living room items in their own boxes rather than mixing with kitchen things. And most importantly, label everything well. This will make unpacking a lot easier!
Keep hanging clothes on hangers. It will make hanging them back up that much easier. Consider investing in garment boxes or bundle hanging clothes in groups and then slip a garbage bag over them to keep them clean.
Leave folded clothing in drawers. Remove the drawers from the dresser and wrap them in plastic or a moving blanket. Then, move the drawers and dresser separately.
Use your camera. Take photos to capture how electronics like your television and your modem are set up so that you have a visual guide to where the cords go. This way, you won’t have to go digging through all your boxes to find electronics manuals if you get stuck.
Plan extra time for the kitchen. The kitchen is probably the most time-consuming room to pack and unpack, so it needs a bit more attention. To keep dishes from breaking, bundle like items together. For example, place a piece of newspaper between bowls and then bundle up a few bowls in bubble wrap. Protect plates by stacking them on their sides rather than laying them flat. Make use of the empty space inside pots by filling them with small utensils and spices.
Pack a first night suitcase. Once you arrive at your new home and finish unloading, you’ll likely be exhausted. Who has the energy to search for toiletries or pajamas? Pack one box or suitcase with everything you’ll need for the first night in your new place, and label it well. Then, get some rest and worry about unpacking in the morning.