10 Essential Moving Hacks

A residential move can be complex, with numerous potential challenges that may arise. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to make your move a better experience overall. These hacks make moving a more positive experience and help improve your relocation.

1. Finish the Food

Food can take up a lot of space in moving boxes and be heavy to lift (especially cans!). As soon as you’ve realized that you’ll be relocating, make a plan to start eating down the food in your pantry. First, discard expired things, and then plan to eat food items close to expiring so that everything you bring to your new home will be fresh.

2. Buy Color Coded Moving Labels

Use color-coded, pre-printed stickers to indicate where boxes are supposed to go in your new home. Buy “fragile” stickers, too. Keep markers on hand to label what’s inside the box.

3. Make Reassembling Furniture Easier

Reassembling furniture after taking it apart can be a significant pain. Make videos of yourself taking apart your furniture so you can see how to put the furniture back together. Put the hardware, like screws and bolts, in a sandwich bag, then tape it to the furniture.

4. Leave Clothes on Hangers

You can waste much time taking clothes off the hangers before packing them in a box. Leave your clothes on hangers. Pull the clothes out of your closet and fold them together, then put them in a bag before placing them in a box.

5. Schedule Utilities Transfer

Ensure a seamless transition by scheduling the transfer of utilities well in advance. Coordinate with service providers to set up electricity, water, internet, and other essential services before you move in.

6. Use Mirror and Art Boxes

Explicitly designed mirrors and art boxes can hold items of unusual dimensions, such as paintings and mirrors. Measure your paintings and mirrors, then purchase mirror and art boxes that fit.

7. Create an Essentials Box

Pack a separate box containing essential items such as toiletries, medications, snacks, and important documents. Keep this box accessible to ensure you have everything you need during the transition period.

8. Make a Plan for Kids and Pets

Make a plan to do something with your kids and pets on moving day. Having somewhere to send them where they can play and enjoy themselves without getting in the way will make your moving day more manageable and keep them safe.

9. Defrost the Freezer

Remember to defrost your freezer a couple of days before you move. Give away your frozen items unless you plan to bring them to your next home.

10. Keep the Computer Out of the Moving Truck

Moving trucks can get hot, so keep your computer and sensitive electronics out of the moving truck. Pack these items in your car and unload them as soon as you get to your new house.

Find the Right Moving Company

The best way to make your move successful is to find a moving company you can trust. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and talk about your upcoming relocation.