This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have moved A LOT in my life, ever since I was 7 years old. I’ve come up with a stress free moving list because, well, moving is never a fun thing to do. I am always looking for ways to make it easier on everyone involved.
I hope to have my current house sold in a couple of years, before my daughter starts school so I will be using these tips to make it a smoother transition.
Do Your Research
There are so many things I wish I knew before I bought my first house. If this is your first move, or you haven’t done this in a while, make sure you do plenty of research on the location, crime rate, commute time, etc. Most people live in their homes 5-10 years so make sure it is a place you won’t regret moving to.
Use a Moving Calculator
You can make the move as stress free as possible by preparing for any financial hits you may incur. Use a moving calculator to help you budget and save as much as you can for any moving costs. There are several ones online that are free to use.
When you are moving, make sure that you keep any important documents like passports, deeds, contracts, etc. in a folder or file cabinet that you will be moving yourself. You don’t want these to get lost during a move. It is also a good idea to scan the documents and keep a digital copy just in case anything happens to them.
Set Up your Bed First
The first thing that you unpack and put together should be your beds. Put the sheets, comforter, and pillows on them so that when you are ready to call it a day, your bed will be ready. You will be so exhausted by the end of the day that you don’t want to fuss with getting it ready then.
Add this to your moving budget and save yourself the time and headaches that come along with moving everything yourself. Use movers to get everything moved in a safe and timely manner.
It’s tempting to save money by asking friends and family to help with the moving but save them for after the move. Ask your friends to come over and help you do the tedious task of unpacking. The quicker you get things unpacked, the sooner you can relax and enjoy your new home.
You can save yourself a lot of money by using a furniture rental like, CORT Furniture Rental. If you move frequently, are relocating for a new job, or moving into your own place while going to college, rent furniture from CORT instead of buying may be a better option for you.
Not only is it cheaper than buying a brand new piece of furniture you may only use for 6 months or a year but it takes the hassle out of getting rid of the furniture. You don’t have to sell it when you are ready to move, just have it returned.
It is basically furniture on demand: there when you need it and gone when you don’t. This makes your move stress free and much more convenient.
Make Detailed Lists on Boxes
This may be a little OCD but take a sheet of paper and make a detailed list of everything that is in that box. This will help the movers know exactly where to put the boxes and if you are looking for something that you need right away, it will be so easy to find. No more ripping open 20 boxes to find the forks that you need to eat dinner with.
Pack a Suitcase
Pack a suitcase for every member of your family with a week’s worth of clothes and all the toiletries you will need. You won’t be a stressed trying to unpack everything that first week. You can do it at your own pace.
Get a Lay of the Land
Before moving day, do a Google search to find out where the nearest grocery store, pharmacy, and good restaurants are to your new location. If you need to go grab a few things when you get there, you won’t have to be searching that day. Don’t forget to read the reviews to find the best places!
If you have any other stress free moving tips, please let us know what made things easy for you. I will be sure to add them to my moving list.
Dollar Engineer says
Good tips here, I definitely agree with hiring movers. Sure it’ll cost you more money, but I think it’s definitely worth it when you think about the time and hassle saved. Plus as professionals usually your items will be insured if any damage does occur.