How Do You Pack For Moving a Home

As everyone knows, moving is never fun. Packing is probably the most difficult and time-consuming part of any move.

Here are some tips to help you stay organized, pack efficiently, and unpack with the greatest amount of ease.

Step 1

Don’t take with you anything you haven’t used in the last few years. If you haven’t used it, odds are you never will. Why pay to pack it and move it to a new house where it will probably once again never be used?

Step 2

Start packing the moment you know you are going to move! There’s no sense waiting until the last minute to get started. Begin to go through your home and start packing the things you know you won’t be needing until the move is over. Good starting points are the basement, attic, garage and storage closets.

Step 3

Label each and every box with the new room name and a brief description of the contents. Most moving boxes have small sections pre-printed where you can check off the designated room the box is for. If you are using generic or used boxes, make sure to mark them prominently on the sides and top. Careful labeling will save you tons of time!

Step 4

Number each box and keep a list of boxes with each box number and the details of its contents. When you need to find your coffee maker it’s much easier to look it up, see it’s in box #13, and then locate box #13 than it is to rip open every box labeled “Kitchen”.

Step 5

For those items you know you’ll need right away mark the boxes with a huge symbol like a star, check mark or asterisk. At the new house pick a designated spot for these items and let the movers know that all boxes with your symbol are to go in that spot. This way instead of searching through a garage full of boxes for your silverware, you’ll be able to easily locate it in the designated pile.

Step 6

Have the movers load the kid’s rooms into the moving truck LAST. This way these rooms are unloaded FIRST. While they are unloading the rest of your belongings, you can be set up the kid’s rooms (which will give them something to do) and they will be ready to go to sleep in their new room the very first night.

Step 7

Don’t let the movers take the things you know you need right away – like your child’s favorite teddy bear. Move these items in your personal vehicle so they don’t get lost or mixed up with all your other belongings. Other things to keep with you include medications, snacks, important documents, a change of clothing, and toiletries. These should always be kept somewhere readily accessible to you.

These packing tips will help to ensure a smoother and more relaxing move!


This article is sponsored by a Swedish moving company called “Flyttfirma Linköping”, you can find more info about them here.

What To Do Before You Move

Whether you’re renting or buying, if you’re planning to move, you’ve probably got your hands full.

In addition to getting your home packed up, you’ve got utility accounts to close and open, change of address cards to complete, and dozens of other items on your “to do” list. Here are some things you’ll be able to do that will help make your move go a little bit easier:

Reserve the elevators.

If you’re moving to a condo, high-rise, or co-op, or are moving out of one, you’ll need to schedule the move day with the building’s management. Generally, large condos (those with an elevator) require you to “reserve” the freight elevator for your move. Do this ahead of time or the day on which you’d like to move may already be booked. There may even be fees for having the building maintenance men “oversee” your move. Ask your new building personnel about moving-in rules, and don’t be surprised if you’re asked to pay for the privilege. If you’re hiring a mover, be sure to keep them informed about your reservation.

Discontinue delivery services.

Two weeks before your move, you’ll want to set the day to stop your delivery services, like newspapers, dry cleaning, or laundry. If you’re buying a home in a new state, your broker may be able to help you find new service providers in your new town.

Change-of-address cards

Around two weeks before your move, you’ll have to fill out and mail your change-of-address cards. Your local post office can give you some cards to fill out. If you receive Federal Express or UPS packages for your home-based business, you’ll want to inform these companies of your change of address as well.

Moving with pets

If you’re moving with pets, you may need to take some special precautions. Pets cannot be shipped on moving vans. They should travel with you whenever possible and wear special identification tags with your name, address, telephone number, and the name of a relative or other emergency contact in case you can’t be located. Some pets may become stressed or agitated by a move, and you should check with your veterinarian to see if a mild sedative can be provided if you suspect that this might be the case. If you decide to ship your pet by air, make the arrangements ahead of time. If you move across state lines, nearly every state has laws on the entry of animals. Check with your state to be sure you understand them. Most states require up-to-date rabies shots for dogs and cats. For example, if you’re moving to Hawaii with your pet, you’ll have to quarantine the animal for 120 days. Some pets must have an entry permit issued by the destination state’s regulatory agency. Finally, your new town (or condo or co-op) may have restrictions on the number of dogs or cats that can live at one residence. Always check with local officials where you are moving.

Moving with plants

You generally won’t have a problem if you’re moving houseplants, but some states do require you to have an inspection by an authorized state department agriculture inspector. Some plants that are permissible in some states will not be permissible in others, so you’ll want to find out in advance of your move. Also, keep in mind that plants are susceptible to shock when moving; moving may be dangerous for the plant if the temperature is below 35 degrees F (2 degrees C) or above 95 to 100 degrees F (36 to 38 degrees C) for more than an hour. Many plants can tolerate darkness for up to a week, but it’s best not to store them for prolonged periods.

In short, doing a little extra research can save you a lot of extra headaches!

Tips To Reduce Moving Stress

By now, you may well be aware that moving your home can be an extremely stressful time. Here are 5 tips for a less stressful moving day:

1. Make sure you have backup plans.

If you leave anything to chance you can bet it will not go as planned. (See Murphy’s Law.) Make sure you have backup plans for all the things you can think of, from how to keep the kids and pets happy to what if the moving truck dies. A good backup plan is your first line of defense against a sudden complication.

2. Use professional movers.

Having only two able-bodied people to do all of the heavy liftings may become a problem with some of the heavier items or – even worse – if one of them gets hurt. It is best to get twice as much help as you think you’ll need, or even better, a professional crew who knows how to do everything efficiently.

3. Do not throw every bit of clutter away – some of it might come in handy.

You never know what you may need once you get to your new home. In some cases, that old camping stove may be the only thing you have to cook with until your gas utilities get turned on, or your appliances get installed or repaired.

4. Plan the day as best you can.

You don’t want people tripping over each other. Whether you’re planning on contractors, repair people, or the cable guy, make sure you plan appropriately so they don’t get in each other’s way. If you are planning on hiring a moving crew, you may simply want to schedule your contractors and service providers for a different day altogether so that the efficiency of your moving crew isn’t compromised by too much foot traffic.

5. Keep your necessities close.

A lot of stress can be saved if you can lay your hand on what you need without hunting for it. This rule applies to everything, from silverware to toys for the kids to power tools. Don’t throw everything into boxes without at least marking what’s inside and where it should go.

Hopefully, these tips will help make your moving day a little easier!