Things You Should Know When Moving for the First Time

Things You Should Know When Moving for the First Time

If you’ve experienced a move, whether it was to another town, across the country, or just to a different house, you know that moving day can be stressful and even traumatic. Keeping things under control is a simple matter of knowing what needs to be done and staying on top of it. The following moving day tips will help your next move go smoothly.

Write it down.

Making lists and keeping things on paper is the number one way to make moving day more organized. Trust us- you’ll thank yourself for it later. Make a paper trail of anything and everything, including:

  • What is packed in each box?
  • Dates for utility shut-offs and rental trucks
  • Phone numbers for movers, landlords, and mortgage lenders
  • Tasks such as mailing change-of-address cards or getting cars serviced

Keeping information on paper is a simple but effective way to ensure you don’t skip over something or forget all about it. Keep all of your papers in one folder, and make sure you don’t pack it. Cross items off a to-do list as you complete them (not before) and group similar tasks together to make accomplishing them easier.

Label everything.

Whether you’re moving your own boxes, having friends help, or hiring professional movers, nothing will make your move easier than labeling everything. At the very least, each box should be labeled with the room it belongs in, so that helpers can drop it in the right location.

If you’re really organized, start a list each time you begin packing a new box, and catalog every item you put inside. Tape the list to the outside of the box. This can be particularly helpful if you’re packing well in advance of your move… it’s easy to forget what went where when some time has passed.

If you’re using bags to pack clothing and bed sheets, color-code them or use yarn tied around the handles to identify where they belong.

Organize the little stuff

You’d be amazed at how many small pieces get lost during a move. Batteries, screws, and remote controls can all easily get separated from the items they go with. If you’re packing electronics, roll up power cords and other components and attach them to the piece with masking tape. If you have to take something apart and are left with lots of pieces of small hardware, put an envelope or a small aspirin bottle in the box to hold the pieces. Tape picture hangers to the backs of frames.

Keep your valuables with you

No matter how safe your moving van is or how reputable your moving company may be, if you really don’t want something lost or broken you must move it yourself. Don’t learn this lesson the hard way. Wrap up valuable items and transport them in your own car.

Similarly, pack important paperwork separately– the last thing you want to do is get to your new home and discover that you can’t find your contracts or phone book. Things go wrong during a move, and you can spare yourself a lot of heartache by assuming the worst and keeping your eye on the important stuff during the whole process.

Finally, be prepared for some wrinkles in the moving process. It’s not necessarily fun, and chances are there will be some problems throughout the day, but with a little planning your moving day can avoid becoming a crisis. Make it as easy on yourself as possible with simple tips like these.


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