Moving Tips: 7 Things to Do Before You Start Packing

Are you or is someone you know moving soon? Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there are a few things you should do before you start packing. Here are some simple moving tips that will help you get organized and on your way.

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Moving Tips

1 KEEP ALL MOVING INFORMATION TOGETHER. With all the activity surrounding a move, it’s easier to keep track of everything if it’s all in one place. By organizing at the onset, it will help ease a little of the anxiety as the move progresses.

2 MAKE A LIST. If you want to remember something, write it down. Make a to-do list, write down information and keep track of important numbers.

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3 MAKE A VISUAL RECORDING OF YOUR VALUABLES. Take pictures of valuable items, so that you’ll have a record of them. If possible, video tape each room of your home before things are packed and use the photos for additional close-ups and records. Store a copy of these recordings in a safe deposit box or with a trusted friend/family member. Keep another in your possession. Don’t pack your copy; carry it with you.

4 DON’T PACK ITEMS YOU WON’T BE KEEPING. The time to get rid of things is before you move. This saves you time, energy, space and money. Declutter your home before you start packing. Toss, donate, or giveaway anything you don’t want to take to your new home.

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5 HAVE RUGS AND DRAPERIES CLEANED BEFORE YOU MOVE. Any rugs or draperies that you plan on taking with you when you move should be professionally cleaned before the move. After you pick them up, don’t take them out of the protective wrapping. They’ll be packaged for the move and clean for your new place.

6 DON’T REFINISH FURNITURE BEFORE THE MOVE. Certain products can leave the wood soft and more susceptible to damage.  Any scratches sustained during the move can be repaired when you have the piece refinished.

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7 ARRANGE IN ADVANCE FOR A STORAGE FACILITY. If you find that you need temporary storage before moving day, make a list of all items you place in storage including box numbers and contents. Appliances, draperies and rugs should be clean and dry before being stored. Don’t store items to which you will need to have regular access.

If you have any tips that have helped you when you were moving, I’d love for you to share them with me. Just leave me a note in the comments section.

Peggy
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  1. 1

    says

    Peggy,

    The last thing that you need is to add “Follow Through” with your plan. Haha, it always works nice in theory, but when you wait to the last minute, the hustle and bustle just leads to everything being tossed in the back of the u-Haul. As we grow older, we grow wiser about moving. This is true.

  2. 5

    says

    Your tips are very helpful and can help people on a budget save a lot of money (avoid spending for casualties) when moving. Great article!
    ~ Мan With Van Archway Ltd.

    • 8

      says

      My pleasure, Luke. If you have any tips you’d like to add, it’s always great to have a professional mover join the discussion. 🙂