Household & Real Estate

5 Packing Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Move

Did you accept a new job across town, get divorced, or decide to flee the zombie pandemic for greener pastures? If so, you may be preparing for a big move.

Relocating to a new place can be hectic, but it also provides an exciting opportunity to start fresh. Rather than stress yourself out, take the time to prepare ahead.

Below, we’ve created these helpful packing tips that you can reference as you pack up and hit the road.

1. Utilize Storage and Packing Supplies

When packing for a move, it is vital to utilize storage and packing supplies to keep your belongings safe and secure during your transition. To get you started, begin by sorting your belongings into categories and organizing them by room.

This will help you determine what storage and packing supplies you need, such as boxes of various sizes, bubble wrap, etc.

Consider using plastic bins and garbage bags with sturdy lids to transport delicate items or items that you want to keep free from dirt or dust.

2. Create and Maintain an Inventory List

Creating and maintaining an inventory list of your possessions is an essential tip to help you move. Start with a list of your bigger items- furniture, appliances, etc.

Once you have that done, take some time to go through each of your rooms and add smaller items- like dishes, decorations, and linens. Dig through the clothes in your closets and drawers and jot those down too.

Once you’ve made your inventory list, use it to keep track of all your packing progress. This will help you ensure nothing is lost in the transition.

3. Pack Room-By-Room

If you are going to pack for a move, it’s essential to do so in an organized manner. A helpful tip to keep in mind is to pack one room at a time.

Start with the room you use the least, such as the basement or attic. That way, other more important things will be easier to find. Label each box with the room it belongs to, and as a further organizational tactic, for each room.

4. Dispose of Unwanted Belongings

Packing your home and belongings for a move can be overwhelming and stressful. 

Create multiple piles—one pile for items to keep, one pile for items to donate, and one pile for things to throw away. Proper disposing of unwanted belongings is a vital step in getting ready for a successful move.

Take advantage of any curbside recycling or trash pickup services to get rid of anything you don’t need and consider donating items to charity if you believe they’d still be helpful to someone else.

5. Hire a Professional

When hiring professional residential movers, you should ensure these moving services are licensed and insured, especially for moves across state lines.

You should ask for references from previous customers and ensure that the company you hire is trained to handle any specialty items you may have, like pianos or antique furniture.

Ask for an online quote and review the paperwork to ensure you know the agreement’s details.

Use These Packing Tips on Your Next Move

It is vital to plan and prepare for your move by following the suggested packing tips. Be sure to organize, label, and secure your belongings while packing for easier unpacking and other organizations.

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