Moving & Relocating Info & Advice

Tips, Lists & Information on Many Real Estate Topics
  • Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical. 
  • Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle. 
  • Don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it. 
  • Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. 
  • Decide what if anything you plan to move yourself. Precious items, such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move, should probably stay with you. 
  • Use the right box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage. 
  • Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to lift. Keep weight under 50 lbs. if possible. 
  • Don’t over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break. 
  • Wrap every fragile item separately and pad bottom and sides of boxes. 
  • Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked and you don’t want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what’s there. 
  • Use color-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in. Color-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers. 
  • Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, driver’s name, and van number. Also keep your address book handy. 
  • Back up your computer files before moving your computer. 
  • Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives. 
  • Remember, most movers won’t take plants.