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15 Tips for an Easy Move

Are you about to move? Do you want a way to make it quick and easy? Too bad I can’t give you that.

But I can give you some tips that I’ve learned. Hopefully these will help your move go a little easier.

  • Throw away – Do it early and do it often. We all have more stuff than we need, so get rid of some.
  • Sell – Some of your extra stuff might be valuable, so get a little money out of it. Craigslist is your friend here.
  • Donate – Be sure to donate some of your unused stuff to charity, like Good Will or the Salvation Army. You could even give it to your church’s rummage sale.
  • Start early – Don’t wait until moving day to pack. Begin packing early, especially things you don’t need daily.
  • Buy baggies – Get sandwhich baggies & larger freezer bags. Use them to keep hardware together for the bed or for storing items such as shower curtain rings.
  • Hire help – Give yourself and your friends a break by hiring temporary labor for loading & loading.
  • Reserve equipment – You can’t rely on equipment availability, especially during heavy moving season. Reserve your truck or trailer to save stress on moving day.
  • Fill holes with caulk – Don’t bother with a putty knife and spackel. Fill sheetrock nail holes with a squeezable tube of caulk. Less mess, and easier cleanup.
  • Get a dolly – For only a few dollars, you can rent a utility dolly. Don’t even try moving boxes without one.
  • Extra boxes – You don’t want to run out of boxes, so get more than you think you’ll need. Many places give 100% of your money back for unused boxes.
  • Barter for help – If hiring laborers is too expensive, barter with your labor. Help someone else move, in return for them helping you.
  • Split it up – Even if you’re moving locally, load and unload on separate days. That spreads out the work and gives you more time for the move.
  • Label clearly – Buy several Sharpies and label every box you pack. Include the room where it goes, along with a couple words about what’s inside.
  • Hardware box – Keep all your furniture hardware, picture hangers, and other gizmos in one box. This will make setup at your new place much quicker.
  • Toilet paper – Make it findable! Even if you think you’ll remember which box you put it in, label it clearly. Put a couple rolls in another box. Put another roll in the truck cab. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find a roll at your new place.

Do you have any great moving tips? Let’s share them with each other. What else are the comments for?

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  2. Stephanie
    August 21st, 2007

    Hello, there are some really great tips on here, thanks for the info! My company just posted some tips on our blog about moving fragile items as well. They might be useful to anyone who is moving valuable items.


  3. Andrew Flusche
    August 22nd, 2007

    Stephanie – Thanks for posting that link. You guys have some nice tips online. I’m just hoping I won’t need to use them for a while. :)

  4. Tampa Real Estate Agents
    September 29th, 2008

    Throwing away and donating is something that I can do.

    Do you think the bartering system will work though? Everyone wants money….

  5. Home Inspection NJ
    July 31st, 2009

    Very useful tips… I remember when I moved into my new place, it took me a good 3 days to get everything done… Sheesh…

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