Ah, moving. While we enjoy our work, we know it can be a rather tedious task. There’s a lot to take care of before moving out, and just as much to do after the move. Here are some moving tips to help you make your move as smooth as possible, and some fun ideas to lighten things up.
One of the Most crucial Moving Tips: Organize!
At least two weeks before moving, change your address. Just fill out the Change of Address form at your local post office or online.
Make a shopping list for your essentials. Toilet paper, paper towels, snacks. These are things you absolutely need to have as soon as you move into your new place. Make it easier on yourself by planning your list ahead of time. You don't want to be caught without these items in a pinch.
Put together a box of useful cleaning supplies. Keep this box handy, and use it to clean the old place and the new one.
Clean and Prep Your House
Clean your stove the night before leaving. Cleaning stovetops is WORK, and it takes time. Trust us, you don’t want to get stuck doing this on move day, so take care of it the night before.
Clean your fridge, microwave, and other appliances. Your landlord likely expects them to be clean, and you can face a fine if they're not. Cleaning your old home is not the way to begin your fresh start, so get it done the day before.
Disconnect water valves to appliances and defrost freezers. Doing this the day before will allow for a safe and stress-free move.
Remove fuel from lawn equipment. It is dangerous to transport flammable items, so remove the fuel to prevent spills, messes, or accidents.
Color coordinate. Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for the kitchen, or orange for the dining room. Apply colored stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, put a matching sticker on the door to each room. This way, the movers will know where to put everything when they unload. It's also helpful to post a sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked. This keeps boxes out of the way of furniture and high-traffic areas.
Keep things together. Keeping similar items together will help you stay organized when it’s time to unpack. For example, keep all linens together, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. You can use tape to attach small, loose parts to the item they belong to, or place them in small envelopes to prevent them from getting misplaced.
Keep valuables in a safe place. It's a good idea to keep valuable possessions with you at all times. These items may include jewelry, money, passports, marriage licenses, birth certificates, silverware collections, or antiques. Pack a box of these items, and keep it in a safe place.
Make a personal box, and keep it handy. Make an essentials box for each person to fill with the necessities they’ll need right away like. In our personal box, we might add: a change of clothes or pajamas, set of sheets and towels, extension cord, phone and phone charger, toilet paper, toothpaste and toothbrush, pens and paper, and so on.
Being organized goes a long way in making the moving and packing process as headache-free and stress-free as possible. It never hurts to start early, or to review our top 10 packing tips. Have a plan, stick to it, follow these moving tips, and enjoy your new place!
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Things to do after you move in
It's never to early to start thinking about what you are going to do once you get moved in at your new place. Before you throw away all those moving boxes, check out some fun crafts and ideas to recycle them into.
Feeling creative and need to fill some of those empty spaces in you new home or apartment? Get some great DIY furniture ideas on the Ameritex Houston Movers DIY Furniture Page.
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