Moving is an inevitable part of life.
Check out some of my tips to consider when you’re moving out.
Packing the Goods
- When packing boxes, create a Word doc or Excel sheet and record the items that end up in that box. Label each box A-1, A-2, A-3 (e.g.- kitchen 1, kitchen 2, kitchen 3, etc,) and pop that info next to the list of items in the box. When you need to find something specific, just ctrl-F to figure out which box it is in if you’re not ready to open every box.
- Pack bathroom & kitchen essentials last. Include items such as toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils. A quick trip to the dollar store before the trip should fulfill these items easily. Make it the last box you put in your car.
- Consider putting together a moving toolbox. It’ll contain all the tools you need to make the move as smooth as possible. It doesn’t need to be in a physical toolbox but definitely consider a sturdy box that can hold everything. Use the image below to get you started on making yours:
Transporting Your Goods
- Rent a Home Depot truck for $20/hour for in-town moves.
- If you know someone who has a truck, reimburse them fair and square. Some people will be happy with pizza and beer, some just want gas money. Don’t be a jerk; do the right thing.
- If you’re in a large metro area, rent a truck for any trip that’s 50 or so miles outside of town.
- Shrink-wrap everything that can be shrink-wrapped.
- If you’re trying to save money on overnight trips, pack everything around the bed. Park at truck stops and climb into the back of the truck to sleep on the bed.
- If that’s not possible, try to find a wall or building that you can park as physically possible to the wall against for the night. Use a padlock to secure the back. Don’t make it easy for people to steal your stuff.
- For any long-distance coast to coast moves, consider shipping everything. A good rule of thumb is to see your home goods at $1 per pound. Before you consider packing up everything you have in your current location, screen EVERY item. Sell or donate everything that’s below the net worth of a dollar per pound.
- PODS are an option but make sure the city you are moving to or from permits them. Generally, big cities like San Francisco and Chicago won’t allow you to park a POD on public streets.
Your Honey-Do List After You’ve Moved In
You don’t have to do these in order.
- Door lock-sets to swap out any doors that lead to the outside (if allowed)
- Swap out your toilet seats
- Change your address with the post office (you can do this online easily)
- Clean & disinfect fridge
- Consider where the outlets when moving furniture in
- Deep cleaning or replacing carpets or refinishing hardwood floors.
- Get the furnace inspected and repaired.
- Hire an exterminator & open windows to air out afterward
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (or replace batteries)
- Installing wiring for your home network.
- Painting and wallpapering: first, the ceilings, and then the walls. Don’t forget about kitchen cabinets or inside the closets.
- Set up gas, electric, water, garbage, sewer, & internet service.
I hope some of these tips are useful to you!
Let me know in the comments if I missed anything!