Packing in order to move to a new home is a big job, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In order to make packing manageable and run as smoothly as possible, here are eight tips any homeowners can use to prepare their things to move into their new Northville home.
1. Start Early
Even before the home is sold, the homeowner should begin packing things away. Not only can it help make the home neat and tidy, which is appealing to buyers, but starting sooner is a good strategy that can help relieve stress later on. Just make sure that the boxes aren’t laying around the home during showings.
2. Use Luggage
Many people have suitcases in their home for vacations and weekend getaways. Instead of packing them up, fill them with clothes and other small items. This will make it easier to transport those things because this is exactly what suitcases are intended to do.
3. Keep Valuables On Hand
As a security measure, it’s always best to transport valuable items without the help of a moving company. Things such as medications, important legal documents, jewelry, and family heirlooms should be transported by hand rather than passed off to the movers to make sure they aren’t accidentally broken in the truck or “lost” in transit.
4. Label Boxes
This may seem like a no-brainer for some people, but it’s essential to save time while unpacking. On every box, write which room it should go into and a basic description of its contents such as, “KITCHEN: plates, bowls” or “BEDROOM 1: books”. This will make it easier to organize as boxes are being moved into the new home and find particular item.
5. Use Clothes as Protection
Instead of packing all clothes separately, try using them as a substitute for bubble wrap when packing fragile things like glasses and other tableware. This can save money on traditional packing supplies while also helping to pack both clothes and other items at once. Just be sure to make a note on the box that there are clothes in the boxes so they don’t accidentally go into storage.
6. Pack One Room at a Time
In order to relieve packing stress, try splitting up the job by doing one room at a time. Start somewhere that isn’t used very often, like a guest bedroom or linen closet, then work up toward the highly trafficked common areas like the living room and bedrooms. This can make the job of packing feel much easier to handle and also create a feeling of progress.
7. Separate the Necessities
Be sure to keep things like toiletries and a fresh change of clothes somewhere they won’t get lost in everything else. This is especially essential for long trips like moving across the country. No one wants to spend multiple days wearing the same clothes because they forgot to set some aside for the trip.
8. Use Smaller Boxes
When purchasing cardboard boxes to load all of a home’s contents into, it can be tempting to get big ones. After all, the bigger the box, the more things that can be fit into it. However, big boxes can get heavy very quickly, and they can be difficult to move because they’re unwieldy. Instead of the big boxes, try getting smaller ones. Yes, it means more trips back and forth from the car, but it also means being able to safely carry them.
These have been eight essential tips packing up to move to a new home. Don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with more—homeowners need all the help they can get when it comes to such a big job, and things like life hacks can help keep them sane while they do it.