Preparation is key when it comes to a successful move, here are some tips to help things go as stress free as possible:
Place heavy items in small boxes
While it’s tempting to place heavy items in large boxes, it’s always best to put them inside small boxes instead. Not only will this will make it easier to carry the boxes, but it will also prevent your items from falling out the bottom and breaking the box.
Stuff boxes containing fragile items with pillows and blankets
Kill two birds with one stone by stuffing moving boxes containing fragile items with pillows and blankets. This will provide extra cushioning for items and prevent them from breaking, while also allowing you to pack more of your items inside the boxes.
Make sure the moving truck has a parking spot
Don’t forget to reserve a parking spot for the movers. Without it, you could end up ticking off your neighbors and getting a parking ticket. Also, don’t forget that time is money. If your movers waste valuable time searching for a spot to park their oversized truck, then your move will ultimately cost more in the end.
Pack a moving day essentials box
Don’t move to a new home without a moving day essentials box or bag. This box should contain anything and everything you might need on moving day (and the following few days). Essentials could include toothbrushes, medications, toiletries, clothing, important documents, baby necessities, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning spray, trash bags, a tool kit, pet food, bottled water, wallets and extras shoes. For a full list of what to pack inside your moving essentials bag
Color-code your moving boxes and household items with post-it notes
Don’t waste money on fancy moving labels. Use simple colored post-it notes to color-code your boxes when moving. For instance, place a pink post-it note on anything you wish donate and a green post-it note on anything you wish to sell. Place orange post-it notes on boxes containing kitchen items; place blue post-it notes on boxes containing office items, etc.
Put knives or other sharp objects inside an old oven mitt to prevent injuries or wrap in newspaper/bubble wrap.