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If you have decided that now is the time to make the leap and move into a new place, you may be looking around your home feeling overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done. You might heave a sigh and ask yourself, “where do I start?”

So, whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, we have some helpful tips to help determine where to start and help bring some semblance to what might feel a bit like chaos. Many of these recommendations take place weeks before you move.


Decluttering is a great place to start when moving! The first step in the moving process is to determine what exactly will move with you and what won’t. Maybe there are items that you simply don’t need anymore or that aren’t worth packing to the new place. Declutter your current space, either through donations or by selling your unwanted items.

If there are larger pieces of furniture or other packing boxes that you won’t need to use right away, get those into a storage unit or somewhere that you can access later. The less you must move, the easier. Obviously, if you’re moving hundreds of miles away, a storage unit won’t help once you’ve moved. So take that into consideration.

Collect supplies

Try to estimate what you’ll need to move and make sure you have everything on hand. Contact Smooth Move People for all of the packing materials you’ll need to get ready. This includes packing paper, bubble wrap, and tape. Once you have some supplies, you can start the packing process. Start to pack items that are non-essentials at this time.

If it’s summer, pack away all of those big winter coats. If it’s the dead of winter, you won’t need your gardening supplies for months. Start getting your holiday decorations and other little-used items out of the way and ready to go. You don’t want to be running around gathering stuff the night before moving day.


Planning is your friend when it comes to the moving process. We understand that some moves are unexpected or come up quicker than others, but if possible, plan for things as well in advance as possible. For example, find a local vet for your pets in the new area, and research schools in the new school district ahead of time.

Having these contacts in place when you finally arrive will help take some of the pressure off when you’re trying to get accommodated in your new space and unpacked. This also includes internet companies, garbage pickups, and other day-to-day occurrences that need to happen in the new place.

Give your bank or credit union a call, too. In many cases, if too many unusual purchases are made from hundreds of miles away, you may get your debit or credit cards put on hold or canceled. They may think your card has been stolen – not a hassle you need your first week in a new town.

Perhaps the best place to start when moving is hiring a professional moving company. Not only will they have all the supplies you need, but they’ll also take care of loading the moving truck when it’s time to go and unload the truck when you arrive.

Do you want help with your move? Our team at Smooth Move People have the experience you need to move you into your new space with efficiency and accuracy. Contact us today for information on our low moving prices.

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