Owning a home for the first time is exciting — but without proper preparation, that excitement can quickly turn into stress. One the first hurdles you have to clear is the move itself, and that alone can defeat unprepared first-time homebuyers. How should you pack for this momentous event? How long should it take? Where do you start?
The team at Stor-It is here to help. We’ve put together a guide of moving tips and tricks that any first-time homeowner will find useful. Get reading, and get all of your moving and storage essentials here at Stor-It!
Tip 1: Make a Master List
First on our list of tips for moving into a new house is…a list. Only this time, we’re not making it. You are.
Moving is a lengthy and somewhat complex process. You need to account for items, book reservations, make purchases, and notify people. And you can’t do all this in a single day, or even a week. It’s a lot, and it’s easy to forget a thing or two.
To keep yourself on track, make a master list of everything you need to do to accomplish your move. We suggest breaking tasks into separate weeks, starting from a month or two out from your moving date. That way, you can move things around and make room for new tasks that may come up.
Tip 2: Pace Yourself
Once you’ve spent some time putting together your moving list, you’ll see how much you need to accomplish. Don’t stress. Take a deep breath. Moving is a marathon, not a sprint. You can attack each set of weekly items at a slow but steady pace of 30 minutes here and 30 minutes there. Stay consistent, but don’t overload any single day with moving obligations. Make small goals to keep yourself on track, and reward yourself when you accomplish them.
When it comes to the actual packing, we recommend going room-by-room to contain the chaos. Start with your less-essential rooms first and save things like your bedroom and kitchen for last.
Tip 3: Notify All Important Parties
Here’s one of our favorite moving tips that often falls by the wayside: Telling other people about your move. Your friends, family, and neighbors will want to know. What may seem like an incidental detail to you can quickly turn into major confusion and worry if they try to contact you.
You’ll also need to notify your employer, your bank, your utility providers, and the postal service. We recommend notifying these less personal parties several weeks in advance of your move, at minimum. That way, everything will be squared away by the time you bring the first box into your new spot.
Tip 4: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help (Professional or Otherwise)
Speaking of boxes — and bringing them from one place to another — moving is a lot of work. If you’re nice, flexible, and on top of your own schedule, you can ask your friends and family for help with moving chores like sorting, packing, and cleaning. You may even get somebody to lend you their truck.
If you’re unwilling (or successful) when it comes to recruiting those you know, you can also pay for help. Great labor-saving moving expenditures include professional movers, house cleaners, truck rentals, and storage units. Each of these has a benefit that can save hours of labor and hassle. Some might even save you money in the long run. Do your research before booking any of these services, so you can find one that fits your needs and your budget.
Tip 5: Practice Proper Packing for Your Possessions
This final tip is really a series of tips, each based on specific items that you likely own. Nothing is worse than finishing a move only to find out that one of your favorite possessions arrived in bad shape because of bad packing. Here are several item-specific packing tips for moving you should take to heart to ensure that your items stay in great condition during your move.
- Disassemble whenever possible (and practical). Quite a few of your belongings are meant to be disassembled. No, we’re not talking about your TV or kitchen appliances; we mean bed frames, dining room tables, and bookshelves. These big-ticket items can be partially or fully disassembled for preservation and space optimization. A few quick turns of your screwdriver can take a lot of stress off your move — and your space.
- Keep it cushioned. As you’re packing up items, ask yourself this: “If I drop this item from waist height, will it survive?” If the answer is no, the item needs some cushioning for the move. For many items, this can be a single towel or T-shirt. For more expensive or sensitive items, it may mean several layers of bubble wrap. All upholstered furniture should wear a cover to prevent tearing and staining.
- Get the right gear. There are a few supplies that simplify packing. Most important among them are boxes. We suggest going with heavy-duty cardboard boxes in one or two uniform sizes to maximize stability and space usage with flush stacking. Beyond the boxes, you’ll want bubble wrap, packing tape, and markers for labeling. This leads us to our next step…
- Label, label, label. Whether your boxes are going straight to your new home or into a storage unit, labeling them will make unpacking much easier and faster. Write a short, detailed, and visible list of contents on the side of each box.
- Stack smart. In the moving truck or the storage unit, your stacks of boxes should follow certain rules. Heavier boxes go towards the bottom of the stack. You don’t want to hurt yourself (or your stuff) trying (and failing) to lift a heavy box over your head. In addition, fragile items should not have too much weight on them. Even cushioned stuff can get crushed. Lastly, take care to prevent tipping. Make sure your stacks are arrow-straight and supported by a wall or adjacent stack. If you’re using a moving truck, you may even want to strap them to the wall for the drive.
Conquer Your Move With Help From Stor-It
Need more moving house packing tips? Ready to support the move into your new home with packing supplies or a full storage unit? If you live in the great state of Idaho, our team at Stor-It has you covered. As Idaho’s first and largest self-storage provider, we’ve helped thousands of Gem State residents store their belongings before, during, and after their moves.
Explore our Locations page to learn more about the many storage units available at our 16 storage facilities, and head over to our Packing and Moving Supplies page to learn more about the moving essentials we sell at each one. Have questions? Contact us to get them answered, and book with our team today!