Moving is stressful, overwhelming, emotionally taxing, and physically difficult task, especially if you've been in one place for a long time. Use our moving tips, packing tips and printable moving checklist (in pdf format) to help you speed up the moving process, organize it better and make it easier. Our tips will also help you speed the unloading process and help you with finding needed stuff easily in your new home.
Whether moving two blocks or 2,000 miles, decide what must go with you. This may be a good time for a serious cleaning of the closets or the basement where you've been storing your "valuables." It can be expensive and time consuming to move things you really don't need, or worse, to find that there's no place to put them in your new home. Find more tips for planning a sucessful move and make moving a smooth and enjoyable experience.
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Get organized and start planning your move at least two months in advance.
Prior to moving organize your belongings and get rid of all items you no longer use.
Properly dispose all items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.
Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.
One day prior to moving day, disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.
Separately pack all important documents; take them with you to be safe, easily accessible and easy to find.
If you have small kids or a pet that could be traumatized by a move, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day.
Label all your packed boxes accurately and clearly (preferably on all sides not on the top), so you can easily find what you need in a stack.
If you've made some new purchases, such as new furniture or appliances, schedule the delivery prior or after moving day to avoid any congestion between delivery people and the movers.
Don’t skip the final walk-through to check of all rooms, closet shelves and other spots where items may have been overlooked.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."