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Moving Day: Tips and Tricks to Make Your Moving Day a Success

Moving Tips and Tricks

Buying a new home can be very exciting, but actually moving is seldom much fun. Although moving day is never going to be entirely painless, it helps if you can break the job down into smaller parts. Here are a few helpful hints to make your move go as smoothly as possible:

  • Take your time. It's not unreasonable to start packing up to a month in advance of when you plan to move. Start packing just a few boxes at night, things you really don't need every day. Once you get closer to "M-Day," your task will be made much easier by all of the prep work you've already done.
  • Moving is a perfect opportunity to de-clutter. Sure, it's always hard to get rid of things that you might need or want someday, things you've been hanging on to "just in case." But when it comes to having to pack those things and load them into a truck, or worse yet, paying someone else to move them and store them, it just isn't worth it to hang onto every little thing. Weigh the cost of moving and storing your "maybes" against what it may cost to replace them when and if you decide you really do need them. Then call the Salvation Army and arrange for a pickup of everything you can do without.
  • Get lots and lots of boxes, markers, and tape. It's Murphy's Law of moving: You always need lots more boxes (and tape) than you think you will. You can get nice sturdy produce boxes for free from the grocery store, so you need not spend a fortune on them. And although they're not elegant, sturdy plastic garbage bags are just fine for packing t-shirts, sweatshirts, and jeans. Just be certain everyone knows not to throw them out!
  • Mark your boxes! This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be incredibly frustrating once it comes to unpacking if there's a box you've skipped or just listed as "Misc. Stuff." You can start packing things by room and mark boxes "Kids' Bedroom," "Bathroom," etc., but if you have a mixed box or one with particular items you'll be needing first, be sure to mark that on the box as well. You may have a dozen or so boxes marked "Kitchen," and you don't want to have to dig through every one looking for the coffee pot.
  • Keep clothing in drawers. Some moving companies will allow you to keep clothing in dresser drawers, as long as the drawers are removed from the dressers before these are loaded on the truck. You can wrap the drawers in garbage bags to make sure that nothing falls out. You don't have to pack this clothing, and you don't have to unpack it either!
  • Make sure everything stays together. If there are cords that belong with particular appliances, tape or rubber-band them to that appliance so they don't become separated. The same goes for any hardware from items that need to be disassembled. Nothing is more frustrating than having things you can't use because some necessary component has gone missing.
  • Pack your suitcases. You want to use up all of your available space, so instead of leaving suitcases, trunks, etc., empty, fill them up. Be sure to fill them with clothing, sheets, pillows, or other very light items, though, as you do not want these to be any heavier than necessary.
  • Pack personal boxes, bags or suitcases for each member of the household (including pets). These should contain items you will be taking with you in your car, not packed in the moving van. They should not only include necessary clothing and toiletries (pack enough for a week, just in case) but also any needed medications, important paperwork (health records, etc.), valuables, favorite books and toys. You should also pack a set of bedding for each person (and pet beds, if they use them) so you'll have somewhere to sleep once you arrive, exhausted, at your new home (assuming the beds have been delivered).
  • Leave a box of cleaning supplies for last, along with a broom, mop, and vacuum cleaner. You'll need these to go over the place and give it a last good scrubbing before you go, unless you prefer to arrange for a cleaning service to take on the job for you. Even if you do, though, you'll still want to make sure the cleaning supplies will be readily available as soon as you arrive at your new house, in case the previous occupant was not as considerate.

At, it is our number-one priority to make your real estate transaction a success. For more tips and tricks on the moving process, as well as information on buying and selling a home in Tampa Bay, please contact us immediately.