Getting your home ready for a move: step by step

When you are moving, your life can start to feel a bit out of control. Having a plan of action for getting your home ready for the move can help you feel more in control, and thus reduce a lot of the stress which comes with moving to a new place. Start early and follow these steps to get your home ready for the move!


This is tough for a lot of people but, let’s be honest, if you haven’t worn that sweater in three years, you probably aren’t going to wear it ever again.

Don’t try to get rid of all of your stuff in one day. That might put you on an emotional roller-coaster. Also, by the end of the day, you might be so fed up that you throw away stuff which you should really keep. Instead, try to do one room per day (or week, depending on how much time you have). Put the items for donation or your garage sale in some unobtrusive place.

2. Box Some Things Up Early

Don’t try to pack anything in rooms like your kitchen or bedroom early. You will probably just end up tearing open the boxes to find that object when you need it later. However, there are some things which can be boxed up early. For example:
• Holiday decorations
• Winter clothes (or summer clothes, depending on the season)
• Sports equipment you aren’t using now
• Garage and basement items

3. Clean and Organize As You Go

As you purge your home and box up things you won’t need anytime soon, clean your home. This will make it a lot easier on you later. You should also organize everything as best as possible – like returning books to their shelves and tools to their box.

4. Use Up All of Your Cleaning Items

Did you know that you usually can’t pack and bring household cleaners such as bleach with you in the moving truck? If you do, then any insurance on your belongings might be voided. So, refrain from buying any new cleaning items before you move and use up the ones you have. The same goes for many other items, like perishable foods and toiletries.

5. Create an Inventory of Valuable Items

You probably don’t need to take an inventory of all of your belongings. You should, however, make sure to inventory your valuable belongings. Take a picture of them and write down their serial numbers (if they have one).

6. Make Sure You Have All Vital Documents

Start gathering up all vital documents, like birth certificates, medical records, social security forms, tax forms, etc. These should all be boxed together and taken with you, NOT on the moving truck!

7. Get Moving Supplies

You will probably need a lot more boxes than you realize! You will also want to buy labels for boxes, sharpie pens for writing on the labels, packing tape, and tissue paper and bubble wrap for breakables.

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