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Tips on Relocating Your Life

Moving is an inevitable part of life.

Check out some of my tips to consider when you’re moving out.

Packing the Goods

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. Rent a Home Depot truck for $20/hour for in-town moves.
  2. 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.
  3. If you’re in a large metro area, rent a truck for any trip that’s 50 or so miles outside of town.
  4. Shrink-wrap everything that can be shrink-wrapped.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

  1. Door lock-sets to swap out any doors that lead to the outside (if allowed)
  2. Swap out your toilet seats
  3. Change your address with the post office (you can do this online easily)
  4. Clean & disinfect fridge
  5. Consider where the outlets when moving furniture in
  6. Deep cleaning or replacing carpets or refinishing hardwood floors.
  7. Get the furnace inspected and repaired.
  8. Hire an exterminator & open windows to air out afterward
  9. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (or replace batteries)
  10. Installing wiring for your home network.
  11. Painting and wallpapering: first, the ceilings, and then the walls. Don’t forget about kitchen cabinets or inside the closets.
  12. Set up gas, electric, water, garbage, sewer, & internet service.

I hope some of these tips are useful to you!

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