Moving Tips

25 Easy Moving Tips & Tricks

So you found a new place! It's all wonderful and exciting until you start to think about how much crap you have.

From purging household items to packing your belongings, moving an entire household isn’t a simple process. Fortunately, with the help of these smart moving tips and tricks, it’s about to get a wee bit easier. Here are 21 oh-so-easy moving tips and tricks that anyone can use when moving to a new home. Best of luck and happy moving!

Find free moving boxes at recycling drop-off points

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 that have been tossed by neighbors. Other places to find free moving boxes include Craigslist, Nextdoor.com, Freecycle, book stores, liquor stores, offices and U-Haul Box Exchange – just to name a few. For more advice on finding free moving boxes, check here.

Reuse original boxes for electronics and appliances

Speaking of moving boxes, don’t forget to reuse your old ones. From the TV to the blender, most electronics and small appliances come delivered 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 the box, but it also saves you from having to spend money on boxes.

Schedule a donation pick-up for free

Purging heavy furniture, old clothing and other household items? Try scheduling a free donation pick-up with a local charity such as Goodwill, Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity. Having them pick up your donations will save you from having to haul everything yourself, which means you’ll have more time to focus on the move.

Obtain quotes from at least three different moving companies

Don’t hire the first moving company you interview. Instead, try to obtain quotes from at least three companies to compare prices and services. When interviewing a moving company, make sure they are properly licensed and insured. For more advice on what to ask your movers when interviewing them, check here.

Have lots of water bottles on-hand when moving

Given the sheer number of tasks involved when moving, it’s easy to forget the simple things – like the fact that you and your movers will need a lot of water on moving day (especially during the summer). So come moving day, we recommend bringing a pack of bottled water with you to the new house. Trust us – your movers will thank you.

Take photos of your belongings before packing them

Hiring movers? Prior to packing your belongings, be sure to take “before” photos of all fragile and/or valuable items. If the mover breaks or damages your items while moving, you may need these photos in order to file a claim and receive compensation.

Choose a mid-week, mid-month move date

The easiest way to save money when moving is to opt for a mid-week, mid-month moving date. Moving on the weekends when demand is highest will undoubtedly be pricier. Moving company and truck rental rates tend to be lower Monday to Friday. They also tend to be lower in the middle of the month as opposed to the first and last weekends.

Place a fully-charged iPad or other iOS device in a box to track your move

The easiest way to save money when moving is to opt for a mid-week, mid-month moving date. Moving on the weekends when demand is highest will undoubtedly be pricier. Moving company and truck rental rates tend to be lower Monday to Friday. They also tend to be lower in the middle of the month as opposed to the first and last weekends.

Color-code your moving boxes and household items with post-it notes

Don’t waste money on fancy moving labels. Use simple colored post-it notes to color-code your boxes when moving. For instance, place a pink post-it note on anything you wish donate and a green post-it note on anything you wish to sell. Place orange post-it notes on boxes containing kitchen items; place blue post-it notes on boxes containing office items, etc.

Use 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 everything from dinnerware to glassware. All you have to do is slip the item inside the foam pouch and place it inside a box. You can find an example of a foam pouch here.

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