Getting Prepared For the Move

So, you’ve bought a house that you can’t wait to live in. The problem is packing up everything, and moving to your new place.  According to, moving is the third most stressful life event, following the death of a spouse and divorce. But think of how happy you will be once settled in your new home. To make the transition easier, below are a few good moving tips.

Planning Your Move

If you can, try to move during off-peak times of the year. reports that most moves take place during the summer with June being the busiest month. Friday is the busiest moving day with Saturday and Monday as a close second place. Sunday is the least busy day to move

Get Organized

A detailed plan of action will keep you on track. Make a list of everything you have to do: throwing away belongings you no longer want, filling out a change of address card, setting up utility services in your new home, and keeping kids and pets calm. In your list also include deadlines to keep you on schedule.

Packing Up Your Home

The first step is getting moving supplies. You will need plenty of boxes. Then add 10 more boxes just to be safe. Packing tape, bubble wrap, markers and labels are also necessary. You want to label every box and have color-coded labels for each room in your home. If you have the budget, you can hire someone to pack for you.

Best Packing Advice

When packing your possessions, place heavy items such as books in small boxes.  Lighter items such as linen are best in larger boxes. It’s a good idea to use wardrobe boxes for all clothing. To keep computers and electronics undamaged in transit, use bubble wrap or fill the empty spaces in the box with pillows, linens, and other soft items. Don’t pack irreplaceable items. If possible, keep them with you or label them as kitchen supplies or miscellaneous items before they go on the moving van.

Find a Good Mover

Research the movers in your area. Male certain they have an excellent rating with the Better Business Bureau and good reviews online. You can reduce the chances of having a nightmarish experience with a mover by checking references. Also, buy moving insurance to protect against damaged or lost goods.

Keep Important Papers Safe

The important papers usually includes birth certificates, passports, school records, bank records, closing documents, insurance policies, utility phone numbers, and other documents you never want to lose. Keep these with you instead of packing them. It’s also important to have the mover’s estimate and the shipment registration number along with the mover’s phone number.

Last Minute Details

Give your moving company foreman your cell phone number in case he needs to contact you en route. Create a box of supplies you will need as soon as you reach your new home. These include cleaning supplies, toilet paper, soap, paper towels, snacks, box cutter, and flashlight. Keep this box with you in the car.

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, good planning and organization will make the move far less hectic and stressful.