Check recycling drop-off points for free boxes
Don’t fork over your hard-earned money for cardboard boxes. Instead, look for free moving boxes at your local recycling drop-off points. Chances are, you’ll be able to find plenty of cardboard boxes!
Reuse original boxes for electronics and appliances
Speaking of boxes, don’t forget to reuse your old ones! From the TV to the blender, most electronics and small appliances come in cardboard boxes. If you happen to still have these boxes, we recommend reusing them for the move. Not only does this ensure that your items will fit perfectly in their boxes, this also saves you from having to spend money on boxes.
Color-code your moving boxes with post-it notes
Instead of wasting money on fancy moving labels, use colored post-it notes to color-code your boxes when moving. For instance, place a green post-it note on anything you wish donate and a red post-it note on anything you wish to sell; place a yellow post-it notes on boxes containing kitchen items; place blue post-it notes on boxes containing office items, etc.
Get foam pouches for plates, bowls, and glassware
Covering items in plastic wrap and cushioning takes time and a lot of packing tape to secure. Instead, try using simple foam pouches to hold dishes and glassware.
Get a door stopper
You’ll need to keep the front door open on moving day in order to bring items in and out of the house more easily. You may also need to keep a back door or interior door open throughout the day. To make your life easier, we recommend bringing a door stopper with you to the house on moving day.
Acquire small boxes for heavy items
While it’s tempting to place heavy items in large boxes, it’s always best to put them inside small boxes instead. Not only will this will make it easier to carry the boxes, it will prevent your items from falling out the bottom and breaking the box.
Stuff blakents and towels in boxes containing fragile items
Provide extra cushioning for items and prevent them from breaking while packing more of your items inside the boxes.
Save donation receipts for tax season
Donating household items to charities? Save those donation receipts! Come tax season, you should be able to claim a deduction on your income taxes using these receipts.
Check cabinets, drawers, appliances, and closets before calling it a day
When moving out, it’s easy to leave things behind. We recommend double checking all kitchen cabinets, bedroom closets, drawers and appliances (think: your fridge) before handing over the keys.
Rekey your new home as soon as possible!
From handymen and cleaning services to friends and family, there’s no telling who was given a copy of the keys from the previous owners. For safety purposes, we recommend rekeying your entire house prior to moving in. All you have to do is call a locksmith to come out to the house to change the locks. They should be able to do so in a matter of hours.
Pack a moving day essentials box for yourself
This box should contain anything and everything you might need on moving day (and the following few days). Essentials could include toothbrushes, medications, toiletries, clothing, important documents, baby necessities, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning spray, trash bags, a tool kit, pet food, bottled water, wallets, and extras shoes.