The Ultimate Moving Checklist: 7 Top Tips to Help You Prepare

Moving to a new home may be both exciting and stressful. There are many considerations to make, ranging from packing and arranging to transferring all of your goods. Yet, with proper planning and preparation, you can make your relocation as stress-free as possible. Here are the 7 moving strategies to get you started:

1. Make a comprehensive moving checklist

One of the most important things you can do to ensure that your move goes as smooth as possible, is to create a moving checklist. This should include a comprehensive list of everything you need to do before, during, and after your move.

2. Declutter Before You Pack

Before you begin packing, it’s a good idea to first declutter. Spend some time sorting through your belongings and getting rid of whatever you no longer want or need. This not only decreases the amount of goods you’ll have to pack, but it also simplifies organising and unpacking at your new home. Good condition items should be donated or sold, while broken or unusable items should be thrown away.

3. Pack Efficiently and Effectively

When packing, it’s important to be efficient, organised and use quality packing materials. Finding reputable packing suppliers is the best place to start. While packing, each box should be labeled with its contents and the room to which it belongs. This is a huge time saver and will help you when unpacking and organising your new home. Futhermore, stacking boxes containing similar contents together, will make moving to and from the moving truck easier, saving you time and energy.

4. Find a credible moving company

Hiring a trustworthy moving company can make your relocation far less stressful. Look for a company that has positive reviews, is licensed and insured, and has handled relocations similar to yours. Get referrals from friends and family or do some online research to find a moving company that meets your demands.

5. Prepare for your first night in your new home.

Remember to make arrangements for your first night in your new home. Make an “essentials” box with items like bedding, toiletries, and a change of clothes. You won’t have to search through your belongings to find everything you need for a comfortable first night. Additionally, be sure that utilities such as water, electricity are switched on before you move in.

6. Label your boxes correctly.

As mentioned previously, when packing, it’s vital to precisely mark your boxes. This makes it easier to find goods when you’re unpacking in your new home. Select a labeling technique that works for you, such as a colour-coded system or simply writing the contents of the box on the outside.

7. Take Pictures of Your Electronics

Before disconnecting and packing your equipment, take pictures of the cords and how they are attached. This will make it easier to set them up in your new home. It’s also a good idea to label and divide the cords. Moving can be a stressful occasion, but it can also be a smooth and successful process with appropriate planning and preparation. With the right combination of quality packing materials, decluttering and a custom labeling system, you’ll be off to a good start when moving into your new home.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.