Moving Checklist

Getting started and having a plan will save you a lot of pain later..

You can download our detailed checklist here: Moving Checklist

Now, let’s hack our way through the rest!

1.  Boxes The best place to find boxes isn’t alwas through the alley of your local Walmart.  People post free boxes all the time on Craigslist.  After you are done you can pass it forward as well!

2. More Boxes and Bubble Wrap Speaking of boxes, may people these days have a steady supply coming in the mail from Amazon and other online sources.  Yes, they may sometimes be odd shaped, but thats a good thing.  Smaller boxes are best for heavy items.  If you don’t believe me, go put all of your dishes in a single box.  I’ll be awaiting your call from the Emergency Room.

3. Important Items  Grab them first and place them together in a single box and don’t lose sight.  Having the family birth certificates in 3 separate boxes is a bad idea. This is especially if you lose your “Social Security Box.”  Good luck getting a beer at the next Rick Astley concert without your ID.

4. Kitchen Items I dare you to look in your pantry and browse the use by dates of spices.  A few months or a year past due isn’t so bad, but the used by 2012 are the ones to look out for.  This is a great opportunity to not only replenish items, but to also discard.  There’s nothing like freshly stocked shelves in a new house.  Also, it’s agreat opportunity to donate items to a food pantry.  If you’re going to move food then why not move it for a good cause?

5. Luggage Use it for packing all of the items that you will need for your first night.  Pretend you’re on an overnight vacation where everything is in boxes and…Ok, maybe that’s not the most exciting idea, but at least you’ll have a change of clothes, toiletries, towels, and other items to make it through the night.

6. Don’t Rush  Part of packing is arriving.  Many times our buyers want to make simple changes like paint the walls, change out a fixture or two, and sometimes install new carpet.  It’s much easier and faster to do these things before you unpack.  So, take some time to get these things done before you move in.


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