Planning ahead for your move will reduce the risk of unpleasant surprises. Scheduling your movers far in advance, measuring furniture to make sure it fits through the doors, recruiting a baby sitter for the kids, and finding a friendly place for your four-legged friend for a few hours are all little things that will add up to a more pleasant experience.
This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. separating the plates with styrofoam plates will add another layer of protection.
Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Make sure everything is completely packed in sealed top boxes before your movers arrive.
Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.
If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.
Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.
Be sure to have the keys to your new home before your move to eliminate any unnecessary downtime and to keep your move as cost effective as possible.