The Ultimate Guide for a Smooth Move


Moving from one home to another can be a very exciting experience! It takes a lot of organization to get it right, but with enough planning you can experience a smooth move in a timely manner. Do you need some help planning and executing your next move? We’ve put together this Ultimate Guide for a Smooth Move to help you with one of the most exciting changes in life. Read on for 13 of the most helpful tips and tricks!


1.       Sell Unneeded Items

Organize a garage sale to get rid of décor, furniture and other memorabilia that you don’t want to bring with you to your new home.  De-cluttering will make the process much easier, as it will lessen the load you need to move and give you more space in your new home. If you’d like you can also donate old clothes, toys, etc. to families in need.

2.       Prepare the Kids

If you have children who will be making the move with you, it will be important for them to understand what is going on if you want a smooth move. Explain to them where you’re moving, why you’re moving and tell them all of the great things that they can look forward to there.

It’s also a good idea before you move to take them to the new property and show them their new rooms, and other details that will get them excited about the move. To ensure they remember their address, give them the address to memorize and write it in their favorite book or somewhere that they can refer to it if necessary.

3.       Bring a Phone Book

Take your current phone book with you to your new home, just in case you need to call residents or businesses back in your former hometown. This way if you used any of their services during your move, you can speak with them easily if you’ve moved far away.

4.       Draw up a Floor plan

Before you move into your new home, create a simple blueprint of the home’s floor plan so you can decide in advance where furniture should go. This will also help you to see what fits in specific rooms and what furniture can be donated.

5.       Keep Important Items Close By

You should always keep important items with you during a move to avoid any problems. Keep them with you in the car so you always know where they are to avoid loss, damage or theft. Items like prized jewelry, money, passports and more should be kept close together in a specific location so you always know where they are and that they are safe.

6.    Keep all Receipts

Remember to keep all of the receipts you have gathered that pertain to your moving process. You may be entitled to tax deduction at the end of the year so do not forget to keep them all in a file and in a safe place.

7.    Make Necessities Accessible

Not everyone likes to unpack everything the moment they move in. It may take you a few days to get everything organized, so make sure that you have some “must-haves” available to you. These items can include cleaning supplies, water, snacks, paper towel, power cords, toiletries, etc.

8. Empty the Fridge

Before your move, it’s a good idea to plan meals around the already existing food in your fridge. This way you can avoid having to move all of the food and keep it cool in transportation, and you can also create an easier time of cleaning the fridge out when the day comes to move out.

9. Label Everything

Label the contents of all packed boxes and try to give them a specific room to go into when you move.  You might also want to label boxes and bags with information such as “OPEN FIRST/LOAD LAST” to easily identify what needs to be accessible, what is breakable, heavy, etc.

10. Pet Planning

Don’t forget your furry friends when it comes to moving! If necessary, set them up at a kennel for the night while you’re moving everything into the home, or set up the new backyard so it’s ready for them when they get there.

You can also give someone the responsibility of driving them over when you’re ready for them, but try not to get them too worked up-have their favorite bed/blanket available when they get there so there is something familiar for them.

11. Contact & Schedule 

Contact utilities to schedule disconnection of services on the day after your move, and have connections schedule to put turned on a day or two before you move into the new home. This can include cable, heat, Wi-Fi, etc. This will ensure that when you get there everything is already up and running.

12. Review

When the movers arrive, review all details. Review your floor plan and accompany the movers through the house to explain any special requests or locations for certain items. Ensure that you have the movers for a certain amount of time and make sure they’re careful with boxes that you’ve marked with specific instructions.

13. Update Addresses

Cancel any delivery services such as newspapers to your old address andif possible re-locate your subscriptions to your new location. You will also be responsible for contacting your children's schools and arranging for records to be forwarded to their new school districts.

Update your address on all government cards and make sure that mail is forwarded to your new address.

Your moving experience doesn't have to be stressful! Use this list to make sure you’ve covered all of the most important components and to keep yourself on track. Already moved in? Check out these tips to help you decorate your new home like a pro!

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay