13 Tips to Make Moving Less Stressful
July 20, 2021 AD&V
Packed cardboard boxes inside a home.

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MOVING CAN BE VERY STRESSFUL.

It can be overwhelming to move as there are many items to pack, many things to arrange, and lots of money to spend. It’s important to facilitate moving by staying organized and on track so that moving day isn’t too hectic. Here are 13 tips to make moving into your new home go as smoothly as possible!

Moving blog list design.

1. START OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT

First and foremost, it’s important that you make a plan at least 8 weeks before moving day. There’s a lot to get done, so making a schedule of everything you need to get done every week leading up to moving day is essential to staying as organized and relaxed as possible during this time.

Apart from this, ask yourself essential questions that will help you stay organized, save money, and facilitate your moving experience. These questions can be:

  • What’s my moving budget?
  • How much time do I need? Will the move take multiple days?
  • How many items are there to move?
  • Do you have children or pets to consider?
  • Are you moving the items yourself or will you be hiring professional movers?

Girl writing on planner.

2. MAKE A CHECKLIST

Things like packing are easy to remember to do before a move, but there are other things you should keep in mind before moving that can easily slip through your mind. Here’s a checklist of things you should do before moving your home:

  • Major renovations first. Whether it is a new paint job or flooring, it’s important to do these things before moving in while all of your belongings are out of the way.
  • Change the keys to your new place. Change the locks of your new home before moving in, as you never know who may have a copy of them.
  • Transfer your utilities. You don’t want to arrive at your new home and not have running water. Make sure you have things like electricity and water hooked up before moving in.
  • Plan to set internet and cable connection.
  • Set up your home security.
  • Notify financial services, insurance companies, and government agencies of your new address.
  • Forward your mail.

3. FIGURE OUT HOW YOU’RE MOVING

Will you hire professional movers or do it yourself? If you don’t have much time on your hands, hire movers. If you can’t afford movers, organization is key. There are also moving pods that can drop off containers at your new home–it’s cheaper than professional movers, but costs more than doing it yourself.

If you will be hiring professional movers, determine how many items you will be moving and what specialty items will also be moved apart from the basic items. After doing this, consult the professional moving company of your choosing to give you an estimate on the cost of moving, and be sure to also consult insurance options to make sure your items arrive in perfect condition.

If you will be moving yourself, consider things like packing equipment and truck rental. This includes considering the number of items you may have and the amount of space you may need in your truck.

Family loading boxes into a moving van.

4. CREATE A MOVING BINDER

Make a physical binder where you keep moving contracts, important personal documents such as passports and social security cards, and any financial contracts such as your mortgage or lease documents from your old and/or new home.

Apart from this, you will want to collect new addresses, loan agreements or any additional documents that may be related to your move. This will ensure that you have all of the essential documents at hand if needed  during the move since most of your belongings will be packed up in boxes.

5. DECLUTTER

Before packing, you should get rid of stuff you don’t want or need in your new home. Go room by room and divide all items in three piles: keep, donate or sell. Always go through the keep and donate pile critically after deciding what goes in each pile. It will ensure you are keeping everything you actually need.

Aside from this, if you have items you don’t want that are still intact and in usable condition, consider donating them to friends and family or an organization, selling them online or setting up a yard sale to help you pay for your moving expenses.

A Donate and Keep clothing pile.

6. SLEEP ON YOUR MAYBE ITEMS

If you are having trouble deciding which items you want to keep, donate, or sell, sleep on it. In the morning, decide if it is something you actually need. Moving is a great opportunity to declutter. If the item doesn’t spark joy, as Marie Kondo says, this is your chance to get rid of it.

7. TAKE INVENTORY

After decluttering and getting rid of unnecessary items, set up an inventory list of all your household items. Make a table including things like the item name, condition of the item, purchase date, category of item, and estimated value. There are also many great inventory apps that can facilitate keeping track of your things, whether it’s for insurance or moving reasons.

Person organizing a sheet on laptop.

8. BUDGET

How much can you afford? Consider how much money you need to move and how much you have to spend on moving without overlooking your monthly expenses. Here is a list of moving expenses to consider when organizing your move:

  • Professional movers
    • Moving fees and insurance
  • Moving on your own
    • Truck rental
    • Gas
    • Equipment rental
  • Additional costs
    • Transportation
    • Transportation of vehicles
    • Cost of storage unit
  • Packing equipment
    • Packing paper
    • Moving boxes
    • Packing tape
    • Markers
    • Packing wrap
    • Labels
  • After move-in costs
    • Utilities
    • New furniture
    • Renovations

9. START PACKING EARLY

Packing early will guarantee less stress. Not only that, but if you pack everything last minute, you won’t have time to declutter, and you will transport the clutter into the next house.

10. LABEL EVERYTHING

Make sure all of your boxes are labeled on all sides, so that you or the movers know exactly where each box belongs. Label each box with the room it belongs in and the function of the contents inside the box, to avoid mix ups and to make it easy to know where each box goes. Also make sure the boxes include the items that correspond to the inventory list and to label the fragile boxes. For example, “kitchen – plates and glass cups – fragile”.

Woman writing on a cardboard box with a marker.

11. PACK NON-ESSENTIALS FIRST

While you start moving and packing, you’ll still live in your old home. You want to make sure you have everything you need while you still live there, so pack first any off-season clothes or any items that you don’t need in your day-to-day first.

12. PACK SMALL

Try to avoid using big boxes and filling up your boxes to the brim, as these will make them hard to move around because of the weight of the box. Banker’s Boxes work great! They are a great size that fits a lot while still being manageable to carry.

13. MAKE AN ‘ESSENTIALS BOX’

It’s important that when you get to your new house, you maintain your boxes and items organized, which is why you should pack a box with everything that you will need on moving night and for at least 24 hours after arriving at your new home.

These include items such as spare clothing, a toolbox, toiletries, toilet paper, easy meal prep, cleaning supplies, snacks, eating and drinking utensils, garbage bags, towels, etc. Keep the box with you on moving day so you can stay organized and won’t have to rip open boxes looking for stuff. Pack this box at the end of the move, as it will ensure you have everything you actually need.

Moving is all about organization and being smart with your time, money, and things. It can be taxing and overwhelming to go through the moving process, but with these tips you can be sure to have a less stressful move!

FURTHER READING: 20 TIPS TO FACILITATE AN OFFICE MOVE 

14 Comments

  1. Afton Jackson 9 months ago

    The “essentials box” that you talked about was really helpful. I can already see us forgetting something important like medication, entertainment, and basic things like staying hydrated during a stressful process like a move. I’ll make sure to have this ready to make it easier for us when we hire a moving company.

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      AD&V 9 months ago

      Thank you for the comment Afton!

  2. Victoria Addington 5 months ago

    Thank you for reminding me to check for insurance options on looking for a moving company to make sure the items will arrive in perfect condition. My family is moving out soon, and we know we can’t handle moving all our belongings on our own. I’ll remember your tips and find a perfect professional moving company that can help us out.

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      AD&V 5 months ago

      Thanks for the comment Victoria!

  3. Victoria Addington 4 months ago

    I am most captivated by your advice to try to not use big boxes and fill up your boxes to the brim, as these will require a lot of effort to be moved around. We are moving to our new house soon and I find your tips really helpful. I guess I’ll have to resort to hiring movers since there is so much to transport, and I think they have the necessary equipment for those items.

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      AD&V 4 months ago

      Thank you for the comment Victoria! We’re very glad you found our blog useful. Have a nice day and we wish you all the best during your move!

  4. Hailey Miller 4 months ago

    It got me when you said that knowing our essential belongings can help us have a smooth moving experience. I will move to my new bungalow house near the lake in April so this is helpful. With this, I will also look for a moving company in advance to ensure the safe transport of my furniture and appliances.

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      AD&V 4 months ago

      Thank you for the comment Hailey! We’re very glad you found our blog useful. Have a nice day and we wish you all the best during your move!

  5. Kristofer Van Wagner 3 months ago

    I do agree that moving can be tremendously stressful, so it is important that we obtain the right source of help to have our woes eased. The other day my friend shared that he is looking to move to a new house but the idea of moving and packing stresses him out. I will definitely encourage him to hire a moving service to help him with his moving needs.

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      AD&V 3 months ago

      Thank you Kristofer! We’re very glad you found our blog useful. Have a nice day and we wish your friend all the best during his move!

  6. rachel frampton 2 months ago

    I would like to move into a new house this year, and that is why I’ve decided to start looking for a moving service. Thank you for sharing here as well the importance of having the new house’s plumbing system inspected first. I’ll also keep in mind to label the boxes.

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      AD&V 2 months ago

      Thank you for the comment Rachel! We’re very glad you found our blog useful. Have a nice day and we wish you all the best during your move!

  7. Rachel Frampton 2 months ago

    My sister would like to hire a mover that will be able to transport my belongings safely. Thank you for sharing here as well the importance of de-cluttering and donating some of the things. I also agree with you that it will be smarter to take the necessary inventory, and have a realistic budget.

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      AD&V 2 months ago

      Thank you for the comment Rachel! We’re very glad you found our blog useful. Have a nice day!

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