Moving is undeniably stressful, but there are ways you can make it easier on yourself and your family.
Schedule a donation pickup. Don’t waste time driving to a donation center. Contact local nonprofits, or use a service like Donation Town, for pickup so you never have to leave home.
Label the sides of boxes by content and future room location. That way you don’t have to move the boxes to read what’s written on them or guess at where to place them in your new home.
Photograph electronics before dismantling. It will be much easier to reattach all the cords and wires in your new home!
Use cloth items to pack breakables. Wrap breakables in clothing and linen and pack glasses and stemware in clean socks.
Use dresser drawers as boxes. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and they’re ready to go!
Pack books in very small boxes. This makes stacking and carrying easy for everyone.
Decide on full-service, partial service or a DIY move. Decide in advance if you want to be the person packing boxes or lugging that oak dresser up to the second story of your new house.
If opting for professional moving help, make sure you check their insurance, consumer ratings, and reputation in the community. Know exactly what is expected of you and in turn, what you should expect. Most moving companies clearly list their expectations and limitations on their website, but always refer to your actual contract with them.
Moving DaY Tips
Pick a quiet moving day. Weekends are the busiest days to move. Choosing another day of the week may save money with a moving company.
Plan on childcare. Moving day can be downright dangerous for little ones because doors will be propped open, boxes will be piled up, and children can be hard to keep track of while lugging furniture and boxes. Consider hiring a babysitter to keep the kids occupied and safe on moving day.
Consider pet care. It can be ineffective to put your dogs or cats in a strange backyard or basement to keep them out of the action. And it’s so easy to lose a pet in the shuffle of feet and furniture.
It may be best to consider a pet care facility or asking a friend to pet-sit on moving day before getting your pets acquainted with their new home.
Keep track of small parts. Some items have to be taken apart for the move. The usual strategy is to tape these parts to the piece of furniture they belong to, but that isn’t always effective — especially if you’re not personally moving each piece.
Take small screws, bolts, washers, and the like — and place them in plastic bags that are clearly marked. Keep all these bags together in one place and personally take them to your new home. We recommend placing all those bags in a purse or computer bag because those are rarely out of sight on moving day.
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