Nobody really looks forward to the process of moving. The only part about it that you’re anticipating is the moment when you’ve emptied the last box and can sit back and crack a cold one. But because moving is a universally disliked process, over time people have come up with clever new ways to ease the sting. Here we have gathered all of the most effective tips to use when you’re just about to move to make sure you avoid each pitfall along the way.
- Pack an overnight bag for all your essentials. Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things the next day after moving. So pack things like toiletries and clothes to change into for work the next day.
- Pack the items you’ll need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, garbage bags, kitchen utensils, phone charges, toilet paper, etc.
- Wrap your breakables in t-shirts instead of bubble wrap. This saves money, and also saves a bit of room in your bags of clothes.
- Label the boxes according to what room they’re going to. When you arrive to your new home, unpack by room. This will make the process a lot more manageable.
- If you can, show up to your new home to clean before you bring in your things. It will be a huge stress reliever knowing that everything is as clean as you’d like it to be before you put your belongings away.
- Cover the openings of liquids (shampoo/conditioner, body wash, etc.) with saran wrap then seal them shut. This is a fail proof way of making sure your things aren’t covered in goo upon arrival.
- Pack your plates vertically, like records. They will be less likely the break, as opposed to stacking them in boxes.
- Keep small ziplock bags and sharpies handy for small nuts and bolts if you have to take things apart. Label each individual bag with the item they belong to for reference.
- Take a photo of how the wires look in your electronics units before you unplug them and pack them away. This will make it easier when you’re setting up in your new home and don’t have the manual to put everything back together.
- Make your baskets and laundry bins work for you. Use them as packing equipment.
- Along with pizza and beer, give your friends dibs on any items you were planning on giving or throwing away for helping you move.
- MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS ALREADY PACKED BEFORE YOUR FRIENDS ARRIVE TO HELP YOU MOVE. The only thing more annoying than having to help a friend move, is having to help them pack AND move.
- Be sure to take a photo of your old place before you leave, once everything is cleared out. This ensures that you have proof of the condition it was in when you moved out, incase your landlord wants to try to tell you there was any damage you were unaware of.
- Do the same at your new place. Incase your landlord wants to try to tell you there was no pre-existing damage when you moved in, so that they aren’t obligated to fix it.
- Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving. This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget there’s also your driver’s license, Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
- Arrange for a charity organization to pick up anything that you don’t want anymore a couple weeks in advance. This will save you the trouble of having to haul it there yourself.
- Make your last grocery trip 2 weeks prior to moving. This may require you having to eat leftovers on more than one occasion, but it’s better than throwing out perfectly good groceries after they’ve gone bad, or spilled in the move.
Also, if you’re in the process of moving. It helps to hire movers and junk collectors to ease the process. RentMoola users, if you didn’t already know, we are partnered with You Move Me and 1-800-GOT-JUNK which are both extremely helpful in these situations!
You can save up to $50 off junk removal, and $50 on your local move. For more information, and to claim these perks go to rentmoola.com/moolaperks. Happy moving!