4. Room by Room
Boxes are packed, taped, marked, and ready to go. Since you’re moving locally, maybe it’s possible to make a trip to the new place with some more of the fragile items. When the big day hits, load up the van or truck room by room and unload in the corresponding room in the new location. That way, nobody is searching for a toothbrush or a set of pajamas.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Easy Way Out
You don’t need us to tell you life is messy and complicated. If the move is overwhelming and something else is pulling you away, don’t be afraid to put some stuff in storage and make a decision later.
6. Pack in Stages
When you finally start to pack your home, you’ll need to account for your space as you fill boxes and push them to the side. The best way to use your space while packing is to pack room by room.
7. Label Your Boxes
While packing, it’s also important to label or color-code your boxes. Use a marker to write on the box which room it came from and a general description of the items inside. Much like packing room by room, it will make unpacking in your new house easier.
8. Set Cleaning Supplies Aside
Be sure to set aside cleaning supplies while you’re packing, such as a broom and dustpan, paper towels, all-purpose cleaners, and other cleaning essentials. Once you’re done packing, there will likely be a few messes for you to clean up before you leave your home to the new owners.
9. Pack a Bag of Essentials
When you move into your new home, you may not be up to unpacking every box on that day, which is why you should have a bag of essentials packed that you can easily access. This bag can include things like chargers, a spare outfit, pajamas, toiletries, medications, and anything else you think you might need while everything is still in boxes.
10. Transfer Utilities
No matter where you are moving, you’ll need to transfer your utility accounts to your new address. This should be done at least a few weeks ahead of your move to ensure that everything will be ready to go in your new home when you arrive. Transfer utilities such as electricity, water, and gas. But also be sure to transfer other important things like cable TV, subscriptions, and your internet.
11. Consider Children and Pets during Packing
Packing boxes and moving furniture can not only be stressful but dangerous for animals and small children. They may not know what is happening, which means they can easily get in the way and get themselves hurt. It’s always a smart idea to have someone watch your children and pets while you’re packing and moving boxes. It will keep them from getting stressed out, and you’ll know they’re out of harm’s way.