Updated June 26, 2022
Unless you’re forced to move in the middle of the night, you probably have some time to plan your move. As a homeowner, you need to get your house on the market and look for a new home. You’ll have to give a certain amount of notice when renting or else be on the hook for another month of rent. And here are more tips on moving: get started packing as soon as possible!
It isn’t too much to ask to start getting things together a month before moving day. Yes yes, we know what you’re thinking: My place is so small! It shouldn’t take more than a few days to move – a week tops! Grab a few friends and family members and there shouldn’t be an issue.
Believe us – we’ve seen our fair share of “shouldn’t be an issue” moves before. The most successful, efficient moves are those that have been planned and stayed on track. If you decide to pack everything up yourself, it’s hard to know just how many packing supplies you’ll need.
The number of cardboard boxes you’ll pack will grow exponentially. You might run out of packing tape. And should you go with packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or packing paper to secure those fragile items? Waiting until the last minute could mean running back for more supplies or buying way too many supplies.
What To Pack Last When Moving
When it comes time to pack everything else, you’ll want to leave some things off to the side. Depending on the size of the move, you may want to pack some clothes for a few days until you can get your dressers, wardrobe, and the like completely unpacked.
Some other tips on moving: before packing clothes, wash them. Who wants to do laundry on the first day in a new home? Other items to pull aside will be documents needed for the new home, a first aid kit (accidents do happen), and office supplies if you’re working from home.
To make things easier the day of the move, consider a staging area for all of the big-ticket items like beds, dressers, recliners, etc. This will get everything in one place (the garage maybe?) and also clear things out for cleaning. Don’t pack the cleaning supplies or vacuum until everything is relatively tidy.
Don’t forget about your nightly/morning rituals either. Make sure you don’t pack up your toothpaste, toothbrush, combs, brushes, medications, and so forth. It wouldn’t hurt to leave out a roll of toilet paper, either. You may even want to leave a roll behind in case the new people moving in aren’t as well-prepared as you.
Keep a small box empty or a few plastic bags so you can put all of those last-second things together. Once you’re sure you won’t need an item, go ahead and start moving boxes to the staging area.
Tips on Moving: What Not To Pack At All
Want to save even more time and money during the moving process? Even before you start packing anything, get rid of everything you shouldn’t be packing at all. If it’s the middle of July, the snow season is still a few seasons away. Instead of packing the kid’s parka, ask yourself: Will it even fit in a few months?
Why move items that you’ll just end up having to get rid of once you move into the new place? Call it a purge, a deep dive cleaning, a toolectomy, but it’s time to disperse some of your clutter. Do you need three shovels or a lawnmower if you’re moving to a condo? Take a look at some of those hanging clothes–is it time to thin the herd?
Can the old duct-taped running shoes, threadbare concert shirts, or outdated sideboard be left behind? Sentimentality aside, if there are items that will be more eyesore than eye candy, consider getting rid of it. Although the shoes and unraveling t-shirts won’t be taken, places are always looking for furniture that can be spiffed up and passed on.
Think of it as a three-step process: If you can’t sell it, donate it. If you can’t donate it, dump it. It would be great if you could make a couple of bucks selling the stuff you no longer want. It’s a nice gesture to donate items that are still in good shape but just don’t fit your lifestyle anymore.
But sometimes stuff has no other option than to be shoved in garbage bags and taken to the dumpster. Don’t use this as your first option for everything because the last thing the world needs is more trash. Recycle what you can, offer it up for free on social media, or put it out front with a free sign. The dump will always be there as a last resort.
The Lowest Rate in The State
All packed up and ready to go? Great! When you work with Smooth Move People, you’ll be working with professional movers with decades of experience. Not only that, but we also offer the lowest prices in town and the state. This isn’t a marketing ploy either: we literally offer the lowest prices possible because the state won’t let moving companies go any lower!
We don’t just offer the lowest rates, either. Even with the best-laid plans, we understand time can get away from you during this stressful time. Smooth Move People will pack your entire house in a day, load the moving truck, and have you on your way. Save time, stress, and back-breaking work: let us move those large boxes and furniture.
We will provide all the different size boxes for moving, packing supplies, and offer helpful tips on moving. While we recommend you take care of very fragile heirlooms, important documents, and a traveling bag, we’ll take care of the rest. Disassembling furniture, moving the California king from the second story, and everything else that’s heavy, awkward, or just a pain to move.
Having issues with your “shouldn’t be an issue” move? Schedule a time for Smooth Move People to come to the rescue. When hiring movers, it’s best to look at track records, testimonials, and how long they’ve been in business. You want to make sure you can trust a moving company with your belongings.
We’re fast, careful, and friendly, all for the lowest rates available. We’ve been in business for more than three decades–you just don’t get that kind of longevity without doing something right. We know how to fill those empty spaces on the trucks and can offer moving hacks if you’re worried about particular items. We look forward to working with you.