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6 Quick House Moving Tips

Are you moving from one house to another? It may seem like an overwhelming task.

It kinda is.

But we’re here to help. We’ve moved thousands of homes, and distilled some of our experiences into a bunch of moving tips.

Here are some of the most important tips to making your house move smooth and stress free.

Move the toughest items first.

We specialize in gun safe moving, piano moving, and pool table moving, but ironicaally some folks tell us not to move those items.

“My friends and I will get that”, many reply, when we ask them about difficult items or packing lamps, TV’s, and glass, the items we most frequently find unpacked.

We’ve found that it’s best to eat the frog and get those items done first, and the rest of the move is easy. I have no problem showing folks how to move difficult items even if they aren’t going to have me move them. In fact, I made a whole collection of moving youtube videos to show people how to correctly pack and move any difficult item they might come across.

Tell the movers everything.

We have folks almost every day that forget to tell us about a shed or a gun safe that must be moved that day. This just makes it more expensive, because we have to return for another trip or more equipment and movers.

We have it happen so often that now we have the movers directly call the customers on moving day and fill out a full Customer Needs Sheet (CNS).  We verbally walk through each room and make sure we are bringing the proper supplies for protecting each item. You can use it too.

Plan a prep day.

I always try to plan a prep day. It’s hard to overstate how much easier a prep day makes moving day. A prep day is different from a packing day.

We prep and wrap everything on a prep day. We basically do everything except move it on to a truck. So all the furniture gets taken apart, wrapped in blankets, all the appliances get disconnected, and anything not packed gets packed. Most of the time it is Lamps, Tv’s and Mirrors that aren’t packed.

This process usually takes about 2-4 hours for a 2-3 bedroom home or apartment, depending on how much is done already.

On moving day, all we have to do is place the items on the truck and away we go to the new home.

It is so much easier this way.

Smooth and stress-free, its what we all want, isn’t it?

Don’t try to hop closings.

I’ve written a guide on how to manage a move if your closings are on the same day. It’s the same approach if you’re selling one house, have to have everything out, and then don’t close on the new house for a few days. This all assumes you can’t rent your old house back from the new owner until the new house is yours.

There’s a few ways to go about it:

One is to rent a trailer from us or a place that rents them like Warehouse Options. You can load everything in there, they store it, and then just have it brought to the new house for unloading.

Another is to rent a Uhaul for the span of days. A 26 foot Uhaul has a hard time holding a 3 bedroom house in one trip. It has to be packed really tight. Especially if there is any patio furniture.

You can also put it in a storage unit, but then it has to be unloaded and loaded again, and you have to pay for the unit, most of the time costing more than just renting a trailer. It costs around $150 for a month trailer rental in the Springs area, and $75 a pop to bring it to and fro. At $100-155 an hour for moving, it is almost always cheaper to rent a trailer than to do an additional unload and load at a storage facility.

Leave the sheets on the beds.

I always leave the sheets on mattresses, even if I’m using mattress bags or mattress boxes. It’s much easier to put sheet in the wash,  than to get a mattress cleaned.

Get plenty of tape.

The number one problem I see on most moves when I get there is that there isn’t enough tape.

I bring a whole case with me. Tape makes everything better.

You can use tape longitudinally and horizontally around a box to make sure it stays together.

You can use tape, flipped around to the non-sticky side, to hold drawers in on desks and dressers.

 

House Moving Tips

Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.

4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
5. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.
In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.
And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.
6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.

This is a great tip for traveling in general.
8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.
This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
9. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.

10. Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.
Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.
Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents.
It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
11. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

12. Buy a roll of stretch wrap.
It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
13. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to.
ALSO: Use this method with the cords for your electronics.
14. Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
15. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
16. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.
Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.
Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
17. The fastest way to pack a closet:
The fastest way to pack a closet:
This also keeps your clothes on their hangers, for much faster unpacking.
18. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.
Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.
Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.
19. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.
Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.
It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.
20. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move.
Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move.
Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.
Another note: If you have enough friends, split them up into shifts — one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.
21. Enlist the color-coding system.
Enlist the color-coding system.
Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.
22. It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes.
It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes.

Make a detailed corresponding list of what’s in each box by number. This makes it easier to make sure you didn’t forget any boxes, or god forbid, someone stole one. AND, if there’s anything valuable in there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down right there on the box.
23. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.
If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.

Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you. You might want to weigh the pros and cons though — they won’t want to be responsible for a television that isn’t properly packed in its original box and could end up charging you upward of $150 to pack it as they see fit.
Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
24. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules.
If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules.
For instance, some movers will only move things in boxes, not garbage bags. Which means you’ll be paying them extra for unnecessary boxes at a marked-up price.
25. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.
If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.

This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
26. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

27. If you’re doing a cross-country move and you don’t need your stuff immediately, consider shipping via train in a storage container,
It’s an inexpensive shipping option for large items. Just remember to pack your stuff really well — your boxes WILL get a little beat up along the way.
28. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.
Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
29. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.
If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

It’s an easy way to make you feel like you aren’t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself.
But it takes time for things to sell on Etsy and eBay, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.
30. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

It’ll save you the trouble of having to take it there yourself.
31. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.
Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
32. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.
For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.
33. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.
Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

Or else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.