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Tips From A Serial Mover To Make Your Next Move A Success

Hanna KielarOctober 16, 2019

Moving can be stressful, to say the very least. Whether you’re going to a new neighborhood minutes away from your current house or heading across the country, there are several strategies that can help increase your chances of a smooth experience. To help you out, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks from serial movers who know what it takes to take the Hassle out of moving.

Join Local Groups On Social Media

Thanks to social media, you don’t have to spend money on moving and packing supplies.

“There are almost always people in local, neighborhood Facebook groups that have recently moved and are willing to give away their moving items for free,” explains Celeste O'Connor of UniKeep Organizational Products, who has moved frequently in her life.

You’ll find that many people on Facebook are more than willing to give you their cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers and other moving-related supplies without charging you a dime. They get to declutter their homes and you get to save money on moving. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Get Rid Of Things You Don’t Need

“Are you really going to fix that old combo CD player/cassette deck? When was the last time you used your VCR? What about those clothes you haven’t worn in years? Go through your attic, basement and miscellaneous drawers to see if you really want (or need) to take everything with you,” suggests Bryan Crist, who has moved over 10 times in 12 years.

So, what can you do with the things you don’t want to bring to your new home? Well, you have a couple of options. You can donate them by finding a local, non-profit organization that will come to your house and pick up your unwanted items. “This will save you a great deal of time and effort on dropping off your items at thrift stores,” says O’Connor.

If you want to earn some extra cash before your move, you can also sell your items. Host a garage sale, or better yet, post them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, LetGo, or other online outlets. If you’re not interested in donating or selling your items, consider gifting them to friends and family members. Remember, something you may think of as trash may be a treasure in their minds.

Pack An Overnight Box

Put all your toiletries, medications and other personal items into a special suitcase that you take with you to your new home. “This way you can easily find your toothbrush and other essentials after an exhausting day of moving,” explains Ryan Carrigan, avid mover and co-founder of moveBuddha.

You should also consider packing other items you use on a daily basis like coffee makers or phone chargers in a designated box that you can easily transport on your own. This will allow you to go about your life as you normally would and make the moving process a bit less chaotic.

Hire Movers At The Earliest Time Possible

If you decide to invest in movers, schedule the earliest morning time slot available. “The moving crew will be fresh and be able to get the job done in a more efficient manner,” says Carrigan. By hiring movers early, you’ll also be able to spend the rest of the day organizing, relaxing and exploring your new neighborhood.

Invest In Professional Packers

“My No. 1 tip is to hire professional packers if you can afford to. They are worth their weight in gold. I was hesitant to hire packers but I am so glad I did it,” explains Rae Dolan, a REALTOR ®who has moved both nationally and internationally multiple times.

If you do hire professional packers, ask them to unpack in your new home as well so you won’t have boxes all over your new space, months after moving in. They can get the job done in one to two days and take your trash and boxes with them when they go, giving you one less thing to worry about.

Allot 50% More Time Than You Expect To Declutter And Pack

Getting ready for a move always takes longer than you think it will. “Plan extra time because those items in our cabinets are like gremlins. They multiply when we're not looking,” explains Ali Wenzke who moved 10 times in 11 years and wrote the book “The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness.”

Also, unforeseen circumstances like a sick child or longer days at work may come up, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and start moving early.

By following these tips, you can make your life easier during a move and get settled into your new home as soon as possible.

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    Hanna Kielar

    Hanna Kielar is an Associate Section Editor for Rocket Companies focused on personal finance, recruiting and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.