03/19

5 ways to make your move less mad

Let’s get this truth out of the way. Any move you make can feel like mayhem if you’re not prepared. So that’s why our teams thought March – a month known for basketball madness – was the perfect time to present our readers with another list of moving tips, whether you’re moving this homebuying season or sometime in the future.

While you might be familiar with some of the basics of moving, like labeling your boxes and trying not to leave things behind, several lesser-known tips can help make your move more magical and efficient. As your title company, it’s our job to make sure everyone involved is ready for Closing Day, so providing this tipsheet to our buyers and sellers seemed natural. (We’ve even included some extra advice for after your move, too)

Don’t forget an “Open-First” box. One of the most stressful parts of moving is the first night in your new home when everything is packed away. But here’s a wonderful solution: Pack a clearly labeled “Open-First” box with essentials like toiletries, a change of clothes, basic cookware and perhaps a coffee maker for the next morning. Make sure this box is the very last one on the moving truck so that it can be the first (or maybe only) one you unload for that first night.

Photograph your electronics. Before you start disconnecting, take a moment to snap a few pictures of the setup with everything plugged in. This simple step is a real lifesaver. With these photos in hand or on your phone, you won’t have to rely on memory or trial and error to figure out which wire goes where. It’s especially helpful for more complex setups like home theaters or computer workstations.

Use soft items for padding. Instead of spending a small fortune on bubble wrap, use your soft items for padding when packing. Items like socks, towels, and bed linens make excellent padding for fragile items. This tip can help you save money while reducing the amount of packing supplies you use and the number of boxes you’ll need, as you’re packing two things at once. For example, you can wrap your dishes in T-shirts or stuff glasses with socks for extra protection. (Just make sure they’re clean socks).

Color code your boxes. While labeling your boxes is a given, adding a color-coding system streamlines the moving process even more. Assign a color to each room (like blue for the bathroom, green for the kitchen, etc.) and use colored stickers or tape on the boxes—this way, movers or helpers can easily identify where each box belongs without needing to read detailed labels.

Don’t forget your kids and pets. We don’t mean this literally. (But don’t do that either.) It’s just a reminder that moving day can be chaotic, and it’s easy for pets and kids to feel stressed or get in the way. If possible, arrange for them to stay with a friend or family member during the heavy lifting. If that’s not an option, set up a safe and comfortable space away from the action with enough toys, snacks and entertainment to keep them occupied. If this is your first move with little ones, be prepared and build in some extra time. As with everything in life, moving is a whole new ball game when children are involved.

When you choose us to be on your team, you get the perfect point guard to lead your transaction home. Reach out to us anytime you need us! 

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