If you downsizing plan a garage sale. Then, donate anything left that you couldn’t sell.
Plan how to move fragile or unusual items, such as guns, pianos, fine art, pool tables or safes. The list goes on and on. The movers you hire may not be qualified to move some larger (or more expensive) items, so you may need to hire a specialty mover to do the job. Make sure you’re aware of exactly what the movers you hired will and will not move.
A good place to look for free boxes is your local bookstore. They have more boxes than they know what to do with and will be more than happy to hand them over for free.
Mark moving boxes that are fragile. You don’t want textbooks stacked on top of your grandmother’s china.
After you scour online reviews and testimonials, narrow your list of moving companies to three or four, then make some calls to get direct quotes. The cost shouldn’t be your sole deciding factor, though – inquire about the company’s insurance policies, timeline, method, and liability practices, too.
Before your energy flags and your motivation inevitably diminishes, focus on safely and efficiently packing fragile items like dishes, art, and holiday decorations. You can save the easy, no-brainer tasks, like packing clothes and linens, for last.
The key to painless unpacking is to over-prepare. You can create a number key, use color-coded tape, or cover each box with detailed Sharpie notes.
However you decide to do it, make sure you record the following three things:
- Which room the box goes in
- A general description of what’s inside the box
- A detailed list of the box’s contents
That way you won’t have to dig through three boxes marked “Kitchen Utensils” just to find your whisk.
Fill a carry-on sized bag with everything you’ll need to get settled into your new home, like toiletries, medication, pajamas, shoes, and a couple days’ worth of outfits.
Even if you’ve already given your place a deep cleaning, it’s still a good idea to spruce it up before you move everything in. Vacuum the carpet, wipe down countertops, and dust drawers and shelves before you put anything away.
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