The Ultimate Moving Guide for 2023​

The Ultimate Moving Guide

Moving Tips & Tricks
The Ultimate Moving Guide for 2023

Moving to a new home is hard work, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this guide, you’ll find 98 moving tips and tricks that you can use to make your next move more successful.

We’ve also included a downloadable checklist at the bottom of the page if you want to add these tips to your to-do list. Filter through the list to find the best moving tips for your situation.

Table of Contents

Moving Someday

Time frame: 3-6+ months before your move.

01.  Research, research, research!

Your move starts long before you contact a moving company or buy moving boxes.  It’s never too early to start researching and figuring out how to move into your new place.

When you’re more than six months away from your move, you probably won’t need to make any major decisions.

Taking the time to get a feel for your resources, your travel routes, and some of the logistics involved in relocating can help you understand what you’re up against.

02.  Start the purge early.

The knowledge that a move is somewhere on the horizon is a great reason to get rid of items that you no longer need.

Why?  Because who wants to move stuff that they’re never going to use again?

Purging your items and decluttering your house can give you a better understanding of what should stay and what should go.

Make sure to purge early.  Do this well in advance of your actual packing so that you aren’t trying to purge non-essentials at the same time that you’re uprooting your life.

03.  Don’t buy things that you don’t want to move.

Once you know that you’re moving, some purchases no longer make sense.

Get into the habit of asking yourself whether you really want to deal with the hassle of relocating an item before you buy it.

For small items like clothes, this is an easy decision.  For awkward appliances or heavy items like furniture or exercise equipment, think again.

Big, heavy items are costly to relocate and can create additional frustrations when you’re trying to pack your life into boxes.

Sometimes, it’s better to wait and buy something once you settle into your new home.

04.  Hang onto those appliance boxes.

No box will protect your device as well as the original container that it came in.

This is especially true for appliances, electronics, high-dollar kitchenware, and other valuable or fragile items.

Specialty items typically come in containers that are fitted with styrofoam molds or cardboard fittings to ensure that the item isn’t damaged during commercial transit.

If you know that you’re planning to move one day and you have extra space available in your basement or closet, save those boxes!

YHM Top Tip

For certain items, like wine glasses, you can get boxes with specialized containers or dividers.  Combined with appropriate packaging, these are a great second choice when it comes to protecting your breakable items.

05.  Start collecting freebies!

Once a move is on the table, it’s time to start collecting any free packing materials that you can get your hands on.

Check local online communities, like Facebook Groups, Craigslist, and the Freecycle Network to see if you can get ahold of gently used moving boxes and other packing supplies.

During your search, don’t rule out local businesses.  Check with liquor stores, office supply chains, supermarkets, and other businesses that receive boxed freight.

Recycling these boxes can help you save money by reducing the number of cardboard boxes that you’ll need to purchase in order to protect your goods.

06. Back up your documents & data.

Take the time to create backups of any important documents well in advance of your move.

While this is a good everyday practice, it’s even more important before you hit the road.  Things get lost and broken all the time during a move.  Don’t risk critical identity documents or your one-of-a-kind family photos because a box got wet.  Digitize those items and make a copy of those files.

When backing up anything important, the best thing to do is follow the 3-2-1 rule:  Keep 3 copies of any important file in 2 separate formats, and store 1 of them offsite or offline.

That way, if something goes wrong, you’ll always have a backup of the files and memories that matter most.


Whole Move

Time frame: Useful at every stage of your move.

07.  Keep the next step in mind.

Regardless of where you are in your move, it’s important to keep an eye on what should happen next.

Relocating is a messy and disorganized process that quickly gets out of control if everyone isn’t on the same page.  Checklists and to-dos can help, but only if you keep an eye on them and make sure that you manage your relocation properly.

If you’re going to set up spaces to store your packed items, make sure that you use them.  If you need a moving truck by a specific day, don’t forget to book it.

Always have an eye on what your next step should be, and use your resources to make sure that you don’t miss anything.

08.  Watch for deals & discounts.

Moving is a competitive industry, and you can use that to your advantage.

Moving companies may provide deals or discounts on everything from packing supplies to full relocations.  This is especially true if you have a specific job (teachers, military) or if you fit a certain demographic (college students, seniors).

Keep an eye on your local movers for deals on packing supplies and boxes.  You might be able to save some cash by booking your truck early or by ordering everything you need (like a trailer hitch or vehicle towing equipment) in a bundle rather than ordering them separately.

Your mileage will vary, but it’s possible to get everything from packing tape to original boxes at a discount if you keep an eye on it.

09.  Take things step by step.

If you look at your move as a whole, it’s easy to get lost in the incredible amount of work it takes to fully relocate from one location to another.

Rather than taking in everything all at once, do your best to break your move down into smaller pieces that you can complete over an extended period of time.

Here’s an excellent guide to show you how it’s done.

Moving is a marathon, not a sprint.  It’s a project that can take months of research and planning before the packing even begins.  The last thing you want to do is find yourself throwing everything in large boxes the night before you have to move.

So take it slow.  Get organized.  And then get to it.

10.  Keep essential documents together.

When you’re moving, you’ll want to make sure that your important documents are always close at hand.

This includes tax forms, home sale and buying contracts, employment records, identity information, and other essential documents that you need but never really think about.

While you’re packing, sort these documents into a separate container and store them in an out-of-the-way place where they won’t be harmed.  During your move, keep that container in your car or close at hand in case you need those critical items.

Bonus points if you also digitized these files.

YHM Top Tip

While sorting your essential documents, keep in mind that some documents are more immediate than others.

For example, if you’re in the middle of buying a house, you may need to produce things like your proof of employment or bank statements before you need your college diploma.

While all of these documents are important, make sure that the most critical items are close at hand and within easy reach.

11.  Set aside time for your move.

Those boxes won’t pack themselves!

Once you’ve made up your mind that it’s time to move, be sure to set aside a little time every day to work on things.  Depending on your lead time, working for thirty minutes to an hour on packing or logistics is perfectly reasonable.

Of course, the closer you are to move day, the more time you’ll need to spend in order to have everything ready for your relocation.

By carving out a little time each day to work on your move, you’ll avoid the last-minute stress that comes with trying to pack when your deadline is right around the corner.

12.  Use distinct household supplies.

In order to avoid confusion, use household items that are different from the ones you use on a regular basis.

Smart movers can get by using common household items like clothes hangers and garbage bags to pack and store their items.  Making sure that these items are different will prevent you from accidentally mistaking one for the other.

For example, if you’re using garbage bags to pack your towels and linens, make sure that you use a different color or size compared to your kitchen garbage bags so that you don’t get them mixed up.

There is nothing more frustrating than throwing out the wrong bag only to discover that you’re missing towels, bedsheets, or something even more important!

YHM Top Tip

Many movers sell moving supplies, but many household items can perform just as well as specialized equipment, especially for things like

13.  Plan for breaks.

It’s critical that you plan to take breaks throughout the duration of your move.

You probably couldn’t pack everything in a day — even if you tried.  There are too many things to put away.  Breakables and fragile items need extra time and care.  And the same is true for unpacking and settling in after your move is complete.

Rushing to get the job done can result in broken glass, box cutter injuries, mislabeling, and plain old forgetfulness.

If you’re having trouble breaking away from the stress of moving, try the Pomodoro Technique to stay rested and on target.

14.  Celebrate your accomplishments.

Have you ever heard of it taking years for someone to finally unpack that last box?

Horror stories like that happen because moving is a difficult and time-consuming process that requires a ton of motivation.  It takes willpower to start packing early.  After the move is complete, it takes additional effort to stay focused and completely set up your new home.

Throughout the moving process, take time to celebrate your accomplishments.  Stack boxes and keep score.  Shoot balls of used packing tape into an empty moving box.  Find a way to keep your friends and family engaged as they get everything done.

By doing so, you can keep stress low and stay motivated and get that last box unpacked in record time.


Early Stages

Time frame: 6-8 weeks before your move.

15.  Create a master checklist.

When you’re in the early stages of your move, take the time to sit down and create a moving checklist to help you stay on track.

Checklist items might include what rooms to pack, a list of people you need to contact prior to your move, a shopping list for moving supplies, and more.

Depending on your situation, your checklist will vary.  Self-moving checklists require more DIY while full-service moves might require more phone calls and negotiation to secure service.

Once you have your checklist, actively maintain it throughout the move.  Use the same list when you pack and unpack to make sure everything is accounted for.

Even a simple move requires keeping track of dozens of tasks.  Take the time to build a list so that nothing slips through the cracks.

16.  Figure out your budget & resources.

Determining your budget will give you some key insights into what resources you have when it’s time to start packing.

Full-service moves are less painful but considerably more expensive.  On the other hand, DIY moves might be practically impossible without some help.

Boxes and packing supplies — not to mention the moving truck — will all cost money.

Determine how much you’re willing to spend, and use that to determine what resources you can take advantage of well before the move even starts.

17.  Hire moving labor (if needed).

Generally speaking, there are three separate types of move you need to consider:  DIY, professional, or labor-only moves.

For the majority of people, DIY or labor-only moves are the best fit due strictly to cost.  Professional moves can cost tens of thousands of dollars, especially over a long distance.

For many people, those costs put a professional move completely out of reach.  On the other hand, many movers offer labor-only assistance, meaning that the moving company will send movers to help you load the truck for an hourly rate.

This is a great compromise that many DIY-ers don’t know about. If you’re willing to drive the truck, a few hundred dollars can save you hours of heavy lifting without breaking the bank.

18.  Review your rights & responsibilities.

If you’re planning to hire movers, it’s important that you take the time to understand your rights and responsibilities as a customer.

These regulations don’t come from the mover; they come from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

You can find them here.

Per the FMCSA’s regulations, movers are required to supply you with specific information.  Likewise, you have specific obligations as a customer — such as being onsite and available during pickup and delivery — that you’ll need to fulfill during the moving process.

Make sure that you’ve read up on any federal, state, and local regulations as well so that you know what to expect before your move gets underway.

YHM Top Tip

The FMCSA website also contains a ton of helpful relocation tips as well links to the Registered Movers Database.  Avoid scams and bad brokers early by verifying your mover using the search tool.

19.  Notify the right people.

Before you try to move, make sure you tell the right people that you’ll be leaving.

This may include your landlord, whom you’ll need to notify by issuing a move-out notice. You’ll also need to contact all utility companies in order to shut off or transfer ownership of the services attached to your current residence.  Forward your mail.  Tell your employer.

Be specific with your dates when planning your move to avoid logistical issues in the days before you move out.

20.  Find & book movers well in advance.

It’s always a good idea to book your movers well in advance of your move date.  Once you have a good idea of when you intend to move, go ahead and start calling around to check quotes and availability.

During peak season (May to September), a minimum of two weeks is recommended.  But, if you want the best movers and the best prices, booking months in advance is key.

While you could potentially book later during off-peak seasons, it’s always a gamble.  If the company you want to book is reputable and in high demand, give yourself plenty of leeway and get the process started with time to spare.

YHM Top Tip

Though it may not align with your schedule, moves booked in the middle of the month tend to run a little cheaper than those booked at the end of the month.

21.  Book your truck early.

Moving by yourself?  Don’t wait to book your truck.  Many companies give discounts if you book your moving equipment well in advance.

As soon as you know your moving dates, start looking for companies that supply moving vans and get a quote.  Often, this is possible using an online platform.  Other times, you’ll need to contact the company for assistance.

Remember:  You never have to commit to a reservation until you’re ready.  Once you know which service you want to use, secure your vehicle along with your pickup and drop-off dates.

22.  Learn what you can’t take with you.

While it’s better to leave some items behind when you move, some things are simply outside the scope of the law when relocating over a long distance.

For example, certain species of plants simply aren’t allowed to move across state lines or over 150 miles from their current location.

Guns, ammunition, drugs, and other regulated items may also have restrictions as soon as you cross state lines.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws and guidelines of the state where you intended to move to make sure that you aren’t outside the law by importing specific items.

23.  Figure out pet transport.

You’ll want to look into this during the earlier stages of your move because pet transport can require some work to set up.

Typically, pets aren’t the best travelers, especially for extended trips.  In order to ensure that they have a good experience, you may need to plan paths of travel where your pets will be able to get out of the car and stretch their legs.

If your pet hates to travel or needs to fly, sedation may be an option.  Be sure to check with your vet to learn how your pet can be more comfortable while in transit.

24.  Buy boxes & supplies in bulk.

From packing tape to plastic wrap, there are a ton of great packing and moving supplies out there.

But some of those supplies will work better for you based on what you need to move, how you need to move it, and what you feel comfortable lifting and moving around your house.

Take the time to assess your space and your own personal fitness, then try to buy the boxes and supplies that you intend to use in bulk.  Sometimes, you can get supplies much cheaper when purchasing in bulk from companies like Uline.

For boxes especially, keep in mind that you need boxes that you can lift, that will fit most of your stuff, and that are uniform enough to pack well together into the moving truck.  Buying huge boxes might seem great in theory, but trying to lift them once full can be a recipe for disaster.

25.  Service your vehicle.

Depending on how you decide to move, your vehicle may play an important role in towing and transport.

Before you do anything with your vehicle (including driving on a cross-country road trip) schedule a checkup with your mechanic to make sure that everything is in good, working order.

The last thing you’ll want to deal with is car trouble while you’re on your way to a new house with a car full of valuables, house plants, small boxes, and family members.

If your vehicle is pulling a trailer, double-check all of the connections to ensure that everything is working properly before you hit the road.

26.  Settle on personal transport.

One important thing to figure out early on is how you plan to transport yourself to your new destination.

Are you driving the moving truck?  Taking a plane?  Driving in your car while professional movers handle the rest?

Depending on how you plan to move and who’s planning to help, your needs will vary.

For example, if you’re flying or you have multiple cars, you may need to inquire about transportation services for your car.

Typically, movers contract with an auto shipper for this service.  They may be able to recommend a provider or you may need to find one on your own.

On the other hand, if you’re moving yourself, you may need to add a vehicle trailer to your rental in order to tow your car safely behind your truck.

Make the decisions early so that you know what to do with your vehicle. 

27.  Get a plan for your glassware.

Glassware, dishes, antiques, and other fragile items are hard to pack and easy to break.  Take the time to review your most breakable items and put together a game plan for how to pack and store them.

There are multiple ways to care for these items, including wrapping them in bubble wrap or paper, using foam plates to separate them, or getting specialized moving boxes with dividers that are designed to keep kitchen items and glassware from shattering.

No matter what you choose, keep in mind that moving is always a risk.  A badly packed box can lead to shattered glass if it falls from a great height or is crushed by a couch.

Plan for this early, and consider keeping your most valuable and more breakable items in your personal vehicle, if possible.

28.  Road trip to your new place.

Whether your new home is near or far away, take a road trip as soon as you know where you’re going to live and check out the area.

But this isn’t just a tour for sightseeing.

Take a little time to understand the routes of travel.  Get a better feel for any obstacles you might encounter when you or your movers show up with your moving truck.

Where can you park it?  Are there one-way streets you should be aware of?  Where is the dropoff point for your vehicle?

Figuring out these logistics can be a huge help prior to moving day.

29.  Insure your valuables.

Before you start throwing everything in boxes, assess and insure any high-value items that could be lost or damaged during transit and insure them.

When using movers, federal law mandates that movers need to offer both Full Value Protection and Released Value insurance options.

You can get a better understanding of each type on the FMCSA website, located here.

Essentially, Full-Value Protection means the mover is liable for the replacement value of lost or damaged goods in your shipment.  On the other hand, Released Value compensates you based on the weight of the item — usually at no more than $0.60 per pound.

YHM Top Tip: While we always recommend taking Full-Value Protection, this process takes longer because the value of your goods needs to be estimated in order for the mover to generate a quote.


Packing & Prep

Time frame: 3-6 weeks before your move.

30.  Start packing & organizing early.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to start the packing process early — but the true organization and prep should have taken place weeks before.

The reason to start this process well in advance is simple: Packing a little each day is far less stressful than trying to do everything all at once.

This is especially important if you have children, work a full-time job, or have other major responsibilities and obligations to consider.

Start by packing nonessentials and items that you don’t plan to use, like off-season clothing or previously read books that you don’t intend to throw out.

YHM Top Tip

Packing early also gives you a chance to take things slow and get distracted.  Digging up old scrapbooks and looking through old photographs is a common consequence of packing your life into boxes.

31.  Learn what movers won’t move.

Movers may also decline to move items that are considered valuable, precious, or sentimental in some way.

This could include anything from jewelry or government bonds to irreplaceable card and coin collections.

These items are risky for transport because of their value.  Keep your truly irreplaceable or high-value items with you when you move so that you can ensure their safety during the trip.

32.  Figure out what can’t go in the moving truck.

Based on federal hazmat regulations, there are some objects that neither you nor your movers are authorized to move.

This may include household chemicals, paint, flammable liquids, fireworks, and other dangerous or regulated substances.  If you’re using a moving company, check to see if they have a list of prohibited or refused items.

As a rule, plan to move without chemicals.  Safely dispose of them or give them to neighbors and friends who can use them in their homes.

YHM Top Tip

Transporting hazardous materials in unprotected containers isn’t just life-threatening.  It can also come with some serious financial consequences if you’re caught.  If you’re working with movers, the presence of hazardous materials may also limit or void your moving insurance.

33.  Label and/or color-code your boxes.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to streamline your moving process is to label your boxes as you pack them.

This process doesn’t have to get overly complicated.  For most boxes, all you’ll need to do is label the box based on the room that it should go in.  The only time you’ll need to be precise is if the box is holding something you might need sooner than expected.

For example, during the unpacking process, you probably won’t need to know where your dishtowels are at all times.  But if you packed toiletries, you might need to find them in a hurry!  

Sometimes, labeling your content is as easy as writing on all sides of the box using a permanent marker.  You could also use colored stickers to quickly identify which box goes where.  Use common sense as you label your boxes and create a system that works for you.

34.  Clean everything before you pack it.

Moving is a great time to deep clean all of your belongings before storing them in boxes.

Even the tidiest home has some dust in those hard-to-reach places.  As you pack, nearly everything you own will make its way into a box.  Take the time to dust it off, and wipe it down before you store it.

Be sure to wrap your items tightly so that no dust can get in as the move gets underway.  Once you’re sure that you won’t need to dig something out of a box, go ahead and seal it up so that no dust can get inside.

35.  Pack your guest room or garage first.

As your move gets underway, you’ll need a place to store your boxes, packing paper, and other moving supplies.  You’ll also need a place to store the boxes that you’ve already packed.

Your guest room, garage, or other unused spaces are perfect for this.  When you start packing, prioritize these rooms first so that you have a place to put everything else.

While the guest room is preferable because it’s temperature-controlled, a dry basement, empty garage, and other empty, open spaces are great candidates that can be converted into usable storage.

36.  Put your knickknacks away early.

From home decor to unused toys and games, knickknacks play a special role in making your house a home.

During the move, pack these items first — especially if you don’t intend to use them for anything while the packing process is underway.

Pulling photos off your wall, packing up your game trophies, or putting away your collection of odds and ends can be done without impeding your daily life.

As an added bonus, it can also get you in the mindset to move by making your house a little less cozy.

37.  Use trash bags to pack hanging clothes.

The easiest way to pack clothes on hangers is to leave them on hangers and drape a trash bag over them.

Cut a small hole in the bottom of the bag, remove your clothes from the closet, and feed them through the mouth of the bag toward the top.  Then slip the hangars through the hole.

Kitchen garbage bags can work, but plastic lawn bags work best.  Be sure to seal your clothes by clasping the extra length of the bag with a rubber band.  This prevents dust and dirt from slipping through the opening while in transit.

38.  Take pictures and bag screws when disassembling furniture.

If you’re like most people, you throw out boxes and installation instructions once you’ve assembled your furniture.

But that’s a problem if you want to break down your furniture in order to move it.

While you might be able to find downloadable instructions online, a surefire way to make sure you can reassemble your item is to take pictures and video while disassembling your furniture.

Bag screws, dowels, Allen keys, and other required materials, then tape or tie them to a part of your furniture so that they can’t be misplaced.

When it’s time to reassemble the item, you’ll have everything you need — including homemade instructions — for how to put it back together.

YHM Top Tip

Typically, movers will only reassemble basic furniture and the cost of basic disassembly / reassembly is factored into the cost of your move.

Many movers will help you with more complex installations but may bill you for the extra time.  The mover may also decline if they have other moves scheduled, so be as clear as possible when booking.

39.  Take a photo of any connected cords & cables.

When was the last time you connected your stereo system to your TV or hooked up your modem to your router in order to get your home wifi up and running?

If you have devices that are connected using cables and wires, take a photo of how everything is connected before you unplug!  

This can save hours of troubleshooting and frustration.

At your new place, reference the photo and plug everything back in exactly as it was before.

40.  Don’t pack your drawers — move them!

Thinking about packing your clothes in a box or a plastic bag?  

If your clothes are packed in a dresser or chest of drawers,  don’t bother!

Leave your clothes inside the drawers.  On moving day, pull the drawers out of the frame — so that it’s easier to carry out to the moving truck — then put the drawers back once the frame is loaded.

This approach actually saves time and space because solid furniture items like this take up the exact same amount of space in your moving truck whether your clothes are inside them or not.  By transporting your clothes in drawers, you don’t have to take up extra space by loading your clothes into boxes.

YHM Top Tip

Don’t forget to wrap your furniture using plastic wrap, blankets, and other padding to prevent damage.  By doing so, you’ll also prevent the drawers from sliding open during transit.

41.  Pack spices using pots and pans.

Similar to the tip above, your pots and pans will take up a set amount of space regardless of whether you put anything inside them.

Make use of this space by filling up your pots and pans with spices from your spice rack.

Use a few rubber bands to secure the lid and you’ve successfully transformed your cooking pot into a makeshift storage container!

You can also put other kitchen goodies in these containers — just make sure that you won’t destroy the cooking equipment in the process.  Pans with no-stick coating or pots with glass lids may require special attention.

42.  Stash essentials for pets & kids.

It’s important to consider moving day as an event unto itself.  For pets and kids, moving is a big deal — and with good reason!

While packing, make sure to set aside a special travel bag for your dependents.  Your pet may need specialized food or travel medicine, and children may want something to entertain them for the long hours on the road.

Make a conscious effort to store those items in a separate but easily accessible place prior to moving day so that all of your essentials are ready to go.

43.  Create a LIFO box.

LIFO is short for last in, first out.

As you might have guessed, your LIFO box goes into the truck last and is the first box you’ll unpack when you reach your destination.

Load this box with all the things you’ll need when you first arrive at your new place.  This could be bed linens, personal hygiene supplies, unpacking supplies like box cutters or painter’s tape, and similar essentials.

With the LIFO box, you won’t need to go digging through a ton of boxes to find critical items.  They’re all in one place, and you’ll be able to access them immediately.

YHM Top Tip

While your LIFO box is mostly intended for equipment to help with the move, it’s not a great place for items that need to be kept very close at hand.

For example, bed linens and box cutters make perfect sense because you’ll need these items as soon as you arrive.

But your toothbrush, shoes, and personal equipment won’t be a good fit for this box because it still needs to go in the moving truck and will be inaccessible while in transit.


Right Before Your Move

Time frame: 1-2 weeks before your move.

44.  Confirm time & date with movers & helpers.

It’s easy to lose track of important times and dates when you’re planning a move.

A few weeks before it’s time to pack the truck, take a few minutes out of your day to confirm the time and date of your move with your movers and/or any helpers.

This final confirmation is a great last-minute checkup to make sure that nothing has slipped through the cracks.

It’s much better to take the time to confirm everything now rather than learning on moving day that your helpers can’t make it or the company got your moving date wrong.

45.  Make a plan for moving day.

You can ensure things go a lot smoother on moving day by making a plan before everything gets underway.

Make a checklist of everything you need to do on moving day.  This may include picking up your moving truck and loading all your boxes.  It might also cover ordering food to eat or making arrangements for childcare or a pet sitter.

This plan doesn’t have to be comprehensive, but it should be thorough enough to give you a good idea of what’s going to happen when you’re trying to load the truck.

YHM Top Tip

Don’t forget to schedule breaks!

46.  Set up your utilities before you move.

Before you move, start making calls to get everything set up in your new place.

If possible, set up transfer dates for power, water, and other common amenities so that they cycle into your name on a specific date.  The same goes for internet and television services.

While you may have to wait in order to set up some of these services, it’s entirely possible that you’ll be able to connect services remotely so that everything is up and running when you reach your final destination.

47.  Photograph everything before the movers show up.

If you’re using a moving service, be sure to photograph everything before your movers arrive.

This can be critical if you need to file a claim later on.

While you don’t need to photograph every single object from every side, make sure you have sufficient evidence in the event that an accident happens.

Take photos of furniture, as well as breakable or delicate items, and store them with your other documents and data in the event that something goes wrong.

48.  Stop buying groceries.

About two weeks before your move, go ahead and suspend trips to the supermarket.

A two-week window will give you time to eat through your pantry and clear out any perishable items before they go bad.

As you get closer to the move, switch to takeout and start packing up your kitchen.

For diehards who don’t want to switch to takeout, get as close to move day as possible with home-cooked meals, but keep in mind that you’ll need time to prepare your appliances for transport.

49.  Maintain a daily routine for pets & kids.

To keep your pets and kids relaxed in the days leading up to your move, try to maintain as much of a normal routine and a normal environment for them as possible.

While you can explain some changes to children, pets won’t understand why their bedding, water bowl, or litter has been moved.  Leave these items in place as long as possible.

In order to prevent injuries and anxiety, consider separating your animals from the packing process as much as possible.  For kids, let them get involved and help so that their routine changes with household priorities.

50.  Safely dispose of dangerous chemicals.

Make sure you take the time to properly dispose of household chemicals that you can’t take with you.

Improper disposal methods lead to pollution, environmental contamination, and can even pose a threat to human health.

Where possible, neighbors may be able to take cleaning products and other hazardous chemicals off your hands.  If not, the EPA recommends contacting a hazardous waste program, state agency, or local community group that can help you safely dispose of these products.

51.  Prepare your vehicle for transport.

We spoke in a previous tip about making sure your car was ready for a long journey.  You won’t have much time to do that at this stage in the move.

Instead, you’ll want to get the basics out of the way.  If you’re driving a significant distance, get an oil change and check your fluids.  If you’re pulling a trailer and you don’t have a hitch, go ahead and get it installed.

Do everything possible to ensure that your vehicle is ready to load up on moving day so that, once the truck is packed, you are good to go.

52.  Start watching the weather.

Especially if you’re moving in winter, start keeping an eye on the weather forecasts about a week prior to your move.

Nobody wants to move in the middle of a blizzard or a heat wave, and anticipating those elements is critical to making sure that your move is a success.

Rainy weather may necessitate throwing down blankets to avoid tracking dirt into your old home.  Hot weather may call for extra hydration or sunscreen.

If you’re doing a DIY move and you’re caught in the middle of inclement weather, it might make more sense to get your truck a day early or delay packing by a day until the weather has passed.

YHM Top Tip

Many moving companies have bad weather policies that outline the conditions that necessitate a work stoppage.

Most companies will require you to maintain clear lines of access to your home.  If you’re in a snowy part of the world, this may include salting, shoveling, or plowing to clear walkways and driveways.

In extremely poor or life-threatening conditions, a move may need to be canceled or rescheduled. If you’re moving with professionals, be sure to get those specifics in advance and have a backup plan in case things fall through.

53.  Defrost your fridge before you move.

While you’ll want to conduct a final round of cleaning on any cookware before your move (see next tip), make sure you take extra time to defrost your fridge before moving it.

Prior to loading your fridge, empty any remaining perishables and clean it before you pack it up.

Once you reach your new place, set the fridge up and give the gas a few hours to settle before you switch everything back on.

54.  Clean any cookware still in use.

If you’ve been using cookware up until the final weeks before your move, it’s time to clean everything that’s left.

Clear the crumbs out of your toaster tray.  If you have a grill, clear out the fat/grease tray before you load everything.  Clean and pack your microwave plate.

Trays and containers that store residual cooking items like grease and crumbs can spill during transit, creating a huge mess.  Review all other appliances and make sure you clear out any hidden containers before you decide to pack them. 


Moving Day

Time frame: When you’re moving from one place to another.

55.  Count & verify all moving boxes.

Before you load your boxes, count and recount all of the boxes that need to be moved, then write that number down.

Depending on the size of your move, it may make the most sense to break these numbers down based on the room where the boxes belong.

As you load your boxes into the truck, check to ensure that the number of boxes you move matches the number of boxes that you wrote down.  This ensures that nothing is missed, lost, or left behind.

When you unload, do the same thing.  Match the number of boxes you unload with the number of boxes you loaded.  If something is missing, you’ll know where in the process that something went wrong.

56.  Supervise your movers.

When working with professional movers, you or a representative are required to be available at the time of pickup and delivery of your shipment.  

Your movers aren’t expecting you to participate in the heavy lifting, but they may need you to answer questions or make a quick decision.

On top of that, even if you’ve packed and labeled everything correctly, you know the contents of each box better than your movers do.  If special care needs to be taken when moving furniture or specific boxes, staying onsite allows you to deliver those specific instructions.

57.  Pack a cooler with snacks and water.

Want your movers and helpers to love you?

Load up a cooler with hot water and snacks when moving day arrives.  No matter the temperature outside, moving is a great way to work up a sweat.

While not strictly required, professional movers will appreciate the foresight.  Plus, friends and family may need that pick-me-up after a few hours loading the truck.

58.  Keep pets & kids out of the action.

If you’ve made it this far into your move, you’ve probably already experienced at least one problem with a pet or a small child finding their way into the middle of things.

Avoid accidents and anxiety by keeping small children and pets well away from the move.

Leave cats with a friend or clear a room and then put them inside with their necessities.  Schedule a playdate for the dog or leave the child with a sitter.

YHM Top Tip

If you have indoor-only animals, have a plan to secure them before everything gets underway.

The path to your moving truck can become a revolving door, and the last thing you’ll want to deal with as you’re getting ready to leave is a lost pet who made a run for it when someone opened the door.

59.  Pack heavy stuff to the bottom & front of your truck.

Though you might not think much about it when your goods are spread out across your home, the total weight of your household goods adds up.

As you load the truck, load your heaviest boxes and furniture first so that they’re at the bottom front of your trailer — closest to the vehicle’s center of gravity.

Loading in this way will make your load more stable and will prevent fragile items from being crushed as you accelerate and brake while driving.

As you fill out your truck, continue to load the heaviest items on the bottom and use them as a foundation for lighter boxes.

60.  Lock up your truck.  (DIY)

If you’re spending more than an afternoon with your moving truck, be sure to lock it up when you leave it unattended.

Most truck rental facilities offer trailer locks to prevent tampering and theft.  Even though you may need to purchase these locks individually, they’re worth the small inconvenience to deter opportunistic criminals.

Be sure to lock up the cabin, as well, and keep the keys with you at all times.

61.  Track your valuables.  (Professional)

Unlike with DIY mover, when you use professionals, you’ll need to leave your goods in their care.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should forget about them.  If possible, use mover-provided tracking services to track the whereabouts of your goods and keep track of their transit.

Working with movers that allow you to track your goods is also important from a logistics standpoint.

Many movers provide a delivery window for when your goods should arrive.  If you can track your goods, you’ll have a much better idea of when the truck will arrive and when offloading can begin.

62.  Tip your movers.

Though it varies from company to company, most of the time tips are expected and not included in the quote from your moving company.

As a rule, 15% to 25% of the total cost of the move is a good baseline, but that may not make sense for full-service or highly-expensive moves.  In those scenarios, anywhere from $20 to $100 per man is considered acceptable.

Check with the company about whether or not tips are included in the final price.  Some companies reject tips completely.  Others build those tips into the quote.

But if you’re happy with the hard work your movers put in, a tip is a gracious way of saying thank you.

63.  Clean vital areas before you move in.

Take a little time to clean the empty walls and floors before you start offloading your boxes.

When you first arrive, you’ll have a once-in-a-move opportunity to clean your place without anything to get in the way.  If your place isn’t spotless when you show up, take the opportunity to give it a deep clean on the spot.

If you’re in a hurry to unpack, clean one room and have family members start unloading boxes and furniture into that room while you clean the next one.

This process should go quickly since you have unimpeded access to all corners of the room.


Right After Your Move

Time frame: 1 to 5 days after your move.

64.  Document the condition of your new house/apartment.

As soon as you arrive at your new place, take a few minutes to conduct a quick walkthrough of the location before you move everything in.

If you’re moving into an apartment or rental home, the landlord may provide a checklist so that you can document any issues before you take possession of the unit.  If you don’t receive a list, a homebuyer’s walkthrough checklist is a great tool for ensuring that you’ve covered all your bases.

Make sure that you note any outstanding issues.  Document them by writing them down and taking pictures.  If you’re renting, report any major problems ASAP.  If you’re a new homeowner, this list can become a repair or upgrade list once you’ve settled in.

65.  Find the fuse box, water valves & emergency shutoffs.

It’s easiest to find the key elements of your home before a disaster or emergency strikes.  Take the time to find critical shutoffs and emergency valves before you need them.

Depending on your home, your fuse box may be located in a basement, a garage, or a home utility room.

The emergency or master shutoff for your water valve is typically located near your water meter outside your house, usually on these of the house or at the front facing the street.  You might also need a knife or a meter key to actually use it, so be sure to familiarize yourself with these requirements.

66.  Check & organize exterior spaces.

While checking out your home, don’t miss the opportunity to review all exterior spaces as well.

Check the mailbox for problems like wasp nests.  Inspect any place where there might be animal burrows.  Check for external property damage that you may need to be responsible for.

All of these issues may be minor in the short term, but inspecting everything before you add your own goods makes irregularities that much easier to spot.

67.  Inspect boxes for damage.

As you or your movers bring boxes into your new place, check to ensure that they show no signs of damage.

While boxes that were soaked or torn will be obvious to notice, you should also check each box for creases and deformities.  If the box was struck with enough force to bend, the items within may be in jeopardy.

Take the time to check each box carefully and make a special note of any problems.  If you need to file a claim, these details will come in handy.

68.  Unpack essential items first.

Before you start unpacking random boxes, unpack your most essential items first.  This includes the items in your LIFO box, as well as any items stored inside any driven vehicles.

You’ll want to unpack these items first so that you have all the resources, materials, and creature comforts that you need for short-term success.

If you followed our guidance on packing your LIFO box, this box may also contain box cutters, painter’s tape, and other essential items that you need to make unpacking much faster and easier.

69.  Buy easy meals for the first few days.

In the first few days after you unpack, it makes more sense to order takeout or buy very simple meals.

This might be a challenge, especially if you’re a foodie or a chef, because it can be tempting to scratch that itch and break out all of the cookware.  Instead, give the move its priority.

Even though the kitchen is important, it’s not the most important room to unpack.  (More on that below.)  Don’t raise the priority of the room just so that you can go back to a home-cooked meal.  Give yourself a few extra days to get there.

70.  Return your moving truck with a full tank.

Rentals only last for so long.

Most rental companies will only loan you the truck for an afternoon or a few days.  Typically, these usage limits are factored into your price when you rent the truck online.

After you or your packers get all of the items off the truck, you’ll want to go ahead and return the truck with a full tank of gas.  This avoids overage fees and/or potential penalties that come with a late return.

YHM Top Tip

If you’re moving by yourself (solo) and you towed your car, one of the smartest ways to handle the return is to find the drop-off location before you unpack and offload your car.

This is especially useful when moving into apartments or buildings where parking space is limited because you won’t have to worry about taking up too much space while unloading.

If you take this approach, go ahead and return the vehicle trailer, then park your car in the lot.  Be sure to offload any valuables in your car since you’ll need to leave it unattended for a while.  When you return the empty truck later in the day, you’ll be able to recover your car and drive back home.

71.  Set up your bedroom and bathroom first.

Before you get started on common areas like the living room or dining room, take the time to set up your recovery space.

Setting up the bedroom and bathroom first are critical because these are places where you’ll go to rest, relax, and refresh.  Get your bed set up so that you’ll have a place to rest.  Stock the bathroom with toilet paper, and put up your shower curtain so that you can take a hot shower at the end of a long day.

The entire unpacking process will go much better — especially on that first night in your new home — if you have a place to rest and recover after a hard day.

72.  Map out emergency locations.

After you unpack your essentials, take a few minutes to map out the nearest emergency locations from your home.

These locations are places that you need to know about in the event of an emergency, such as a pharmacy, a hospital or walk-in clinic, and a local supermarket or grocery delivery service.  You’ll always want to find emergency contact numbers for electrical and water services in the event that something fails in the short term.

Depending on your lifestyle and your location, you might add additional items to this list.  For example, if you have a pet, knowing the location of the nearest 24-hour emergency clinic is also essential.

73.  Start a homeowner file.

No matter whether you’re moving into a new home or an apartment/rental, take a few minutes to get a homeowner file started before you start making changes to your current setup.

A homeowner file is just a running record that details when something happened or when changes took place.  Use your file to document any repairs, maintenance, or calls for service, filter change dates, appliance manuals, and specialized knowledge — like what type of fuses to buy and how your breaker is arranged.

The idea behind the file is that it’s cumulative and gives you (the homeowner) a single source of truth when it comes to managing your own home.  And, if you ever move on, you can simply hand this file over to the person who moves in when you leave.

74.  Take a lap around the neighborhood.

As appealing as it might be to keep your nose to the grindstone and unpack those boxes, set aside a little time in your first few days to take a lap around the neighborhood.

While your expedition into your local surroundings doesn’t have to be very far.  You’ll want to get a better understanding of your surroundings and figure out any tricky navigation so that you can come and go without difficulty.

Don’t forget to investigate digitally so that you can figure out any neighborhood schedules.  If you live in a new home, when is trash/recycling day?  If you park on the street, do you need to move your car regularly to avoid sweepers, snowplows, or city fines?

75.  Childproof and/or pet-proof your home.

While it’s mostly easy to stay safe while you unpack, the same may not be true for pets and smaller children.  Before you really get underway, take the time necessary to child- or pet-proof your home.

Kids and pets are both curious, and exploring a new home may feel like second nature to them.  Unfortunately, that can also be dangerous.  Kids might fall down a flight of stairs.  Pets might discover poison from a previous owner’s pest control methods and gobble it up.

Until you have a better handle on your surroundings, it’s best to confine your dependents into areas that you know are safe and ensure that they can’t harm themselves.  Take the extra precautions necessary to keep them safe.  Set up baby gates, cribs and playpens, and other devices until you have a chance to make your immediate area safe.

76.  File any moving claims.

The time you have to file moving claims will vary by moving company, but the sooner that you can file, the faster the process will finish.

As you offload your items and inspect everything, take special note of any damage or breaks.  Document everything through images.  If you took pictures of everything before your movers showed up, use the before and after images as proof of a mishap.

It’s likely that you’ll require some basic information in order to file a claim, including a bill of lading, your initial estimate, the shipping inventory, and pictures or descriptions of the damage.

YHM Top Tip

We always recommend that shippers take the Full Value protection offered by the shipping company so that the true value of the item is covered.

If you took this option, you may end up filing the claim through an insurance company, not your mover.  Familiarize yourself with this process and review your insurance documentation so that you know who to contact in the event of an incident.

77.  Change the locks.

While this won’t always apply if you’re taking possession of an apartment or rental, you should change the locks on any exterior doors within days after moving into your new home.

This is a good practice to ensure your personal safety, since you have no idea how many copies of the keys to your new home actually exist.  The previous owner likely made copies and may have distributed them to family and friends.

Changing a lock doesn’t need to be a tedious or time-consuming process, but it does take a few basic tools and a little know-how.  While this won’t be the most important thing on your to-do list when moving in, you’ll definitely want to prioritize it as you get settled.

78.  Replace batteries and test all essential appliances.

When you’re just moving in, go ahead and make the executive decision to replace all of the batteries on critical appliances like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire alarms.

These life-saving devices will typically tell you when their batteries are low, but it’s often best to start completely fresh when you’re moving into a new place.  Swapping the batteries ensures that none of the devices are dead or malfunctioning and allows you to visually inspect them for problems.

If you’re moving into an apartment building, these detectors may be hardwired to your power supply.  If that’s the case, don’t forget to test them just to make sure they’re working properly!

79.  Label your light switches and fuses.

When you’re new and still trying to figure everything out, taking the time to label your light switches can save you a ton of time and trouble while you unpack.

Light switches can be connected to all kinds of circuits and devices, including lights, fans, electrical sockets, and more.  Grab a sticky note or some painter’s tape and label what each switch does when you flip it on and off.

Once you’ve done this, turn everything on and head down to your fuse box.  Flip each breaker one by one and see what lights went out and/or what appliances stopped working.  Label each switch so that you know what goes where in the event that you need to shut down power to a specific section of your home.

YHM Top Tip

While we recommend painter’s tape for labeling light switches, label makers are great tools for labeling everything in your fuse box.  These labels are smaller, more legible, and far more permanent than low-adhesive tape.

While you’re in your fuse box, consider taping or otherwise securing an extra set of fuses somewhere in the box.  That way, if a fuse blows, you don’t have to fumble around in the dark looking for a replacement.

80.  Cancel or update your local memberships.

Once you’ve relocated, it’s time to review memberships to any regular services and see if you should cancel them.

While this sounds like something you might be able to do before relocating, it’s actually harder than you would think until you’re in a new place and you have a better lay of the land.  Once you understand your surroundings, place calls to update or cancel any memberships that you might or might not use.

For example, if you moved across town, your old gym might be too far away.  But if they have a location closer to you, moving your home location might be a breeze.  On the other hand, if you moved to a completely new city and your membership-only supermarket doesn’t have a local store in the area, it’s probably time to cancel your membership.


Unpacking & Organizing

Time frame: 1 to 3 weeks after your move.

81.  Create an unpacking plan.

Unpacking can be tedious, boring, and painful.  Most people struggle unpacking in a timely fashion, especially if they don’t complete the unpacking before they get back to work and/or resume their daily lives.

To prevent this from happening to you, create an unpacking plan and put in a place where everyone in your home can see it.  Your plan can include the order in which rooms should be unpacked, a dedicated daily schedule that divides up tasks, and more.

As we talked about during the planning and packing phases, moving is a huge job.  Creating a plan early and up front will help keep everything manageable so that nobody gets overwhelmed.

82.  Figure out where things should go before you unpack them.

Before you start dragging things out of boxes, take a minute to figure out where everything should go before you unpack it.

If you used movers to relocate, they may have asked you specifically where you wanted your heavy furniture to go when they unloaded the item.  If you need to rearrange it before you unpack, consider placing tape on the ground to create a rough outline of the room before you shuffle everything around.

Get an idea of the space using your largest piece of furniture for each room, like your bed, couch, or entertainment center, and then add the rest.  Taking this approach and getting items in the correct space early will make your life a lot easier in the coming days.

83.  Unpack one room at a time.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of unpacking at random.  All the boxes have to be unpacked anyway, right?

While that’s true, it’s faster and easier if everyone focuses on unpacking one room at a time.  This approach concentrates all hands on a specific location and allows you to get through the boxes quickly.  For shared spaces, like the living room and dining room, a concentrated approach is best.

There are some rooms you’ll probably want to exclude from this strategy.  Teenagers may want to unpack their own room and set it up in a way that they prefer.  If someone has a home office or a workshop full of tools and specialized equipment, leaving them to do their own setup probably makes the most sense.

Whatever you do, don’t unpack one room halfway and then jump into the next room.  Unpack one room to completion before you move on.

84.  Designate a space for your leftover boxes & clutter.

Find a location — like an unpacked guest room or an empty garage — and designate that space for your leftover boxes.

This space is also ideal for the post-move clutter that will begin to accumulate as you try to fit your old life into your new space.

Go ahead and set that location aside.  You can reclaim it at the end of the moving process.  For now, it can serve a better purpose by storing used moving supplies and things that won’t quite fit with your new home setup.

85.  Break down boxes as you go.

As you unpack your home, don’t forget to break down boxes as you go.

By themselves, boxes take up a huge amount of empty space.  While you might want to leave one open as a trash container for packing paper, tape, and other moving supplies, breaking your boxes down is the best way to get them out of your immediate living area.

It’s important that you break your boxes down as you go so that you immediately free up all that open space.  Otherwise, you’ll be trying to navigate around empty boxes that only serve to get in the way.

YHM Top Tip

If you took our advice earlier in the guide and purchased uniform moving boxes that were the same size and shape, leave one box built and stand the other boxes up inside as you break them down.

By doing this, your full box becomes a storage container for all of your other boxes.  When the box is full, drag it to your dedicated storage area until it’s time to dispose of or resell your boxes.

This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to store your boxes after you move. 

86.  Declutter (again).

Most of the time, the contents of your old won’t fit perfectly into your new home.  When that happens, it’s time for a final round of decluttering.

If you’re downsizing or moving into a home of near-equivalent size to the one you left, you may find that your furniture and home goods simply don’t fit well in your previously allotted space.  Maybe the closet is a little too small or that extra chair in the living room makes the entire ensemble feel too claustrophobic.

Take anything that won’t fit in your space and set that aside for donation or resale.  While you should have gotten rid of the majority of these items in your pre-move purge, follow the same steps here to remove the rest.

87.  Make a list of minor upgrade opportunities.

As you unpack, take a few minutes to make a quick list of minor changes that you want to make after you finish up.

These upgrades should be easy and accessible, like adding door hooks or a shoe rack beside the door you use most.  These small updates and quick fixes require no major renovation.  All you’ll need are the parts and a screwdriver or drill to get the job done.

Every house is a little different and may not mesh perfectly with your preferences.  These quick-fix opportunities are simple and easy ways to make your house or apartment feel more like a home.

88.  Renovate & fix small problems as you unpack.

While you don’t necessarily want to get started with major renovations while you’re still in boxes, you can fix small issues and minor problems as you go along.

For example, if the previous tenant left nail holes in the wall for their picture frames, using white ivory soap, toothpaste, or other items to fill them is fast, simple, and easy.

You might also want to take the time to solve issues that would become major problems later on.  If you can’t stand the color of a room, it may make sense to save yourself a headache and repaint the walls before you bring everything out of boxes.

YHM Top Tip

When you start unpacking in earnest, a trip to the hardware store is inevitable.

But rather than rushing out a half-dozen times to pick up a few items, create a list and head to the store once you have a complete understanding of what supplies you’ll need.

This approach reduces the amount of time you’ll spend away from your boxes so that you can unpack faster.

89.  Leave games & TV for last.

As much of a pain as unpacking can be, it becomes even worse as soon as everyone has an excuse not to do it.

In addition to setting aside time each day for unpacking and organizing, it’s best to unpack the TV and video games last.  At the very least, leave them stored for as long as possible to avoid temptation and distraction.

This can be a real challenge, especially if everyone uses some form of entertainment to unwind.  Unpacking is hard work, but if everyone doesn’t pitch in, it will never get done.

90.  Avoid new purchases before unpacking.

Every new home is a great opportunity to redecorate and refresh your living space — but you should hold off on making any major purchases before you completely unpack.

Get everything out of boxes before you start making major upgrades or conducting huge renovations on your home.  This is true even if you went into your moving planning to purchase new furniture items when you arrive.

If you left your couch behind because it was old and lumpy, don’t run out and buy a new couch until you know how much space you have and what model will work best for your home.  The only way to know for sure is to unpack and see how everything fits.


Finishing Up

Time frame: 3-6 weeks after your move.

91.  Update your records.

Once you’ve got everything unpacked, take the time to update your personal records.

For most people, updating records means a trip to the DMV, finding a doctor’s office and forwarding any medical records, or working with telecom companies to move service profiles from one location to another.

Some of this work can be done before you move, but other tidbits can only be handled once you’re at a new place.  Make a list of all the things you need to do, from getting a new post office box to making an appearance at your local DMV and set aside time to update those important records and documents.

92.  Get out of the house for a while.

As you’re nearing the end of your move, don’t forget to get out of the house for a while and explore your surroundings.

Find a park for your dog or have a fun day with your spouse or kids.  Do something to get out of the house, away from the move, and get a breath of fresh air.

If you’ve moved to a new city, take a day trip or explore a museum.  Find something to do — even if it’s just going for a long walk — and get a fresh perspective on things.

93.  Research and explore your new area.

Every new place has something new and interesting to explore, but you may not find the best spots unless you search for them.

Dig around online using mapping tools, vacation planners, and city tourism pages to find interesting events and hidden locations nearby, then head out and take a look for yourself.

As you become more familiar with your new home and your city, you’ll be able to stretch your legs and see what your town has to offer — but it may take a little legwork to really find those hidden gems.

YHM Top Tip

When you’re new in town, act like a tourist.  Go to all the major hotspots that the city has to offer.  This is your only chance to experience your new home in the way that visitors will see it.

After that, start digging a little deeper and look for those cozy, out-of-the-way spots that cater to locals.  You get to experience an entirely different take on your new place as you settle in for the long haul.

94.  Start looking for handypeople.

Once you’re mostly back to normal, start searching online and in local papers for handypeople who can help you in a pinch.

Especially for new homeowners, electricians and plumbers are a must.  You may also want to find pet care, childcare, lawn care services, and other providers who can help you if something comes up.

You’ll want to have good contacts in some of these industries before something goes wrong.  Check online sources like Angi or talk to your neighbors to find reliable vendors in your area.

95.  Thank your friends for helping.

If you did a DIY move and it’s been a few weeks, close out your move by sending a thank you to any friends and family who helped you move.

Still in the same town?  Invite them over for dinner at your place or take them out to a nice restaurant.  If you’ve moved to a different location, a gift card or thank you card is always appreciated.

Moving is a big job.  If someone offered free labor or agreed to work on the cheap to help you pack and load your home, they’ll appreciate a thank you for their efforts.

96.  Decorate your new home.

Once the major unpacking is done, you can start on the fun part of moving:  Decorating and updating your living space.

From hanging pictures to finding new furniture, now that you have a handle on how your current goods fit in your new space, go ahead and pick up things to make your house a home.

97.  Recycle or sell your moving boxes.

Moving is a process, but it also has a life cycle of its own.  

Just as you’re finishing up your move, someone else in your area is probably getting ready to start with theirs.  If your boxes and moving equipment are in good condition, try to sell or recycle your boxes using online groups and communities.

Planning to move again in a few years? If you have the space for it and your move is temporary, it might be worth hanging onto your boxes until you need them again. Just be sure to keep them in a cool, dry place.

98.  Review your moving company.

If you used a moving company to relocate, don’t forget to review your movers!

Tell other customers about your experience, what worked and what didn’t, and whether you’d move with the company again.

As you might have discovered in your research, finding a moving company can be hard work.  The market is competitive and everyone does things a little differently.  Your experience may be critical in helping someone else have a great move.

Make Your Next Move Your Best Move

And there you have it:  The complete list of tips for moving in 2021.  If you’re planning a move, we hope you found this list useful.

Considering professional movers?  Work with a team that knows what moving is all about.  Request a quote today to get started!

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As a professionally licensed and insured local moving company, Your Hometown Mover offers high-quality, full-service moving and storage at half the major van lines’ cost. We are so committed to proving we are the best local mover in the Hudson Valley that we offer a PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE.

Call Your Hometown Mover today!

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