Whether your new home is just down the street, in a nearby town or across the country, moving can be stressful. There’s a lot of work to be done before that final box is unpacked—more than many expect—and it’s easy to overlook the details that pile up the closer you get to your departure date.
Here are some important tips to help make your move smoother:
Shipping Notes: If you’re shipping items, keep the shipment registration number with you. You may need this number when calling your mover.
Bed Ready: Put your sheets and towels in a dresser drawer so you don’t have to go searching through all your boxes for them the first night in your new home.
Freshen the Fridge: If you’re bringing your refrigerator, thoroughly clean and dry the inside. Then, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock inside to keep it smelling fresh.
Pack Wisely: Heavy items go in small boxes; lighter items go in larger boxes.
Safe Memories: If some item is particularly significant to you, like a picture, take it with you in your car. If it’s irreplaceable, you don’t want regrets later. Place sheets or blankets between framed photos or art for protection.
Protect Plates: Plates should be packed on end vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
Bare Necessities: Cell phones and chargers, toilet paper, toiletries, snacks, drinks, soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, some pans, paper towels and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival. Pack a box with these items and load it last.
Bulb Basics: Remove light bulbs from your lamps.
Involve the Kids: Ask your children to write their names and new address on the boxes for their rooms. It’ll help them remember the address.
Pet Care: Ask a friend to watch your pet at his or her house on moving day. It’ll keep your pet calm, safe and out of the way.
Plant Care: Try not to let foliage rest against car windows; the leaves could burn due to glass intensifying sun rays.
Take the time to implement these tips to properly prepare for the move—it may seem like more work upfront, but ultimately it can save you lots of hassle in the long run.