Preparation Tips for Moving

Successful planning of a move can greatly increase the potential for making the actual process of moving go smoothly. Many elements go into planning a move, though specifics will depend upon factors like how far, how much and how many are involved. Efficiency and cost saving can be factored into the process by determining whether you should move yourself or hire others to move things for you.

  1. Prep Time

    • Begin planning as far in advance as possible. The more time you give yourself to prepare, the less likely you are to forget important considerations, have trouble finding packing items and get a good deal on transport costs.

    Labeling and Inventory

    • Label your boxes as specifically as possible, and pack them accordingly. The most effective method for packing is to place items in boxes according to the room in which they will later be unpacked and stored. Give each box a number or letter, or create an inventory that can quickly lead you to the exact box you are looking for when unloading or searching for a specific individual item.


    • Don't overpack your boxes. Invest in buying additional boxes is better than overstuffing what you've got. Both the packing and unpacking process will be much less taxing on you physically, and you also reduce the risk of the boxes falling apart or falling over and breaking the contents.

    Checking out Professionals

    • Contact the Better Business Bureau if you decide to hire professionals. At you can find out information such as whether the company is bonded and if any complaints have been lodged against them. Even if the BBB doesn't indicate a problem with the movers, you should request and contact at least three different references.

    Downsizing Opportunity

    • Moving is the ideal time to start reducing the number of things you own. If you start the process early enough, you will have plenty of time to go through all your stuff with the aim of getting rid of things you no longer want or need. The result will be less stuff to cart out of one house and into another.

    Estimating Truck Space

    • Once you have gotten about three-quarters of your items packed, measure the cubic area of the boxes, which will give you a fairly precise measurement of your overall moving needs to provide you with enough information to rent a moving vehicle that is neither smaller nor larger than you will actually need.

    Taping Drawers and Doors

    • Drawers and dresser doors are subject to opening and closing during the moving process. Not only can this result in damage to the furniture, but it also can result in any items placed inside to take advantage of the storage space also getting damage. One of the best ways to avoid this situation is to tape the drawers and doors shut. The best tape to use for this purpose is blue painters' masking tape because it is likely to result in less trauma to the finish than other types of tape.

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