Moving can be a stressful time for any homeowner. The longer you’ve lived in your home, the more belongings you tend to accumulate — which often makes the packing and moving process more time-consuming than expected.
The best way to prevent a long and stressful move is to have a clear understanding of what you need for each step of the process, from packing to unpacking. Knowing the tools and resources at your disposal can help you streamline your move and make it a more enjoyable experience.
Storage Containers & Boxes
How you pack and store your belongings can set the stage for the efficiency and overall success of your move. You want to ensure that your items are securely placed so that they remain in their original condition throughout the move — and the supplies you choose will help facilitate that.
Packing boxes are ideal for small household items like kitchen supplies and bedding, but what about those larger items that you need to move but require more space to do so? Many homeowners are renting used shipping containers to transport their goods from one house to another. This is an effective and creative resource, though you may need to gather more information on how to move a shipping container to ensure you have the resources and knowledge needed to safely move your belongings to your brand new address.
What can you do with the shipping container when you’re done? A shipping container can make an excellent storage shed at your new property. You can use it to store seasonal items that you don’t want to bring into the house. If you’d rather not keep it, you can always sell it once you’re done with it. Get rid of it and pocket some money.
During the packing process, you’ll likely need to disassemble furniture pieces in order to safely transport them to their next location. Having a basic tool kit on hand is the best way to get the job done. Not only can you use your tool kit to disassemble furniture at your current house, but you can also use it to put it back together after you move in. Your toolkit can also help with decorating jobs like hanging up picture frames and putting up curtain rods.
Even if you’re moving into a brand-new home, you’ll probably want to have cleaning supplies at your disposal so you can give your new home a quick sweep and wipe down before you unpack your belongings. Having basic floor, tile, and window cleaners on hand ensures you can settle into your home right away.
An Overnight Bag
Moving day is a long process and many homeowners don’t have the energy necessary to unpack all of their boxes on the first night. That’s why we recommend packing a small overnight bag with some essentials to get you through the first couple of days. This would include necessary toiletries, undergarments, at least two pairs of pants and shirts, and a pair of pajamas.
Having a small bag of essentials allows you to spend your first night comfortably without having to dig through boxes to find those items.
Batteries and Chargers
Staying connected during your move is key, so you’ll want to ensure you have enough chargers for your computer and mobile devices — especially if you’re working from home in the midst of unpacking. Having batteries on hand is also important in case you have to replace any of your remotes, alarms, or smoke detectors.
If you want your moving day to go smoothly, you’ll have to prepare for it! Make sure that you have all of these essentials on hand. Then you’ll be able to move out of your old home and move into your new one without any stress.