Tips on how to make your move less stressful

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Research has shown that moving is more stressful than divorce. It really does not have to be.  If you take time to prepare, pack and hire the right moving company, move can be a smooth transition to your beautiful new home or apartment.  We have had plenty of experience with moves small and large, and there are a few common threads, that make the process painless. Follow our lead and we will walk you through the process.


Get Organized Early

Avoid leaving packing to the last minute. Start planning 60 days ahead and make a list of rooms and items that can be packed earlier.  This usually is your guest room or a hall closet, with items you don’t need every single day.

This is also time to purchase all of the packing necessities like boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap for fragile items.


Two Words that Matter: Declutter and Donate

Image: a woman holding wool blankets to declutter moving

If that couch is not going into the living room in your new home – do not bring it with you.  This is your time to organize your life and remove all of the items you have been holding onto for way too long.  It’s not just your unwanted furniture, it’s also your clothing, shoes, books, and kitchen utensils that got stuck in your back kitchen drawer for years.

Doing a preliminary cleanup will have the biggest impact on your moving process.  It will be less to pack and more new space to enjoy.

Here is a link to organizations accepting furniture donations. 


Hire your Movers

Saving money by moving everything yourself is only a good idea if you are a college grad and all you have to move is your pillow and a suitcase. Hiring movers is totally worth it. The move happens fast and is well organized.  The furniture leaves your apartment or home and makes it to the new location unharmed.

Professional movers are insured and they have experience in moving heavy and awkward objects and securing them safely inside the moving truck.

If you need help finding the right company or a interested in a quote – click here. 

Image shows Busy B's crew member using a trolley for a residential move in Madison, WI

Create Inventory

It does not have to be a color-coded spreadsheet, but a simple list of boxes and items to move is very helpful in the moving process.  You can label the boxes with reference numbers and give movers clear instructions – which room the box should be placed in.

Creating an inventory helps you to keep an eye on all your belongings to make sure nothing is lost throughout the whole moving house process.

Your moving company can also create an inventory for you if they have been hired to pack your belongings.


Schedule disconnect times

Call your cable, internet, electricity, and gas providers at least a week ahead of your move to schedule the day your utilities will be disconnected.  Don’t forget the same goes for reconnecting at your new location.  If you want your internet up and running the day you move in, make sure to schedule the service visit ahead of time.


Label, label, label and take photos

Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Label the boxes by category and by room, for example – Books/ Bedroom.  This will be helpful in the unpacking process.

Try to find original boxes for your large electronics. Take photos of your cable connections before you take them apart and pack them up.  You will thank us for this later.


Pack with Care

Protect fragile items with packing paper, bubble wrap, or blankets. Even with the most caring movers accidents can happen and if you were the one packing your boxes, make sure you don’t have loose items that can break inside during the truck ride to your new home. Make sure you wrap each of your fragile items separately, so they’re fully cushioned.


Find a pet sitter for the day


If you have a pet that gets uneasy around strangers, arrange to have them stay somewhere during moving day. The door to your home will be open most of the day and the last thing you want to be occupied by is your pup or a cat. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transport to your new home.


Set Aside your Cleaning Supplies

Your furniture and appliances don’t always get moved for cleaning.  Once they leave their spot, you will most likely want to do a wipe down of the surfaces. Set aside a broom, mop, dustpan, duster, sponge, cleaning products, paper towels, and old rags.  You may also want to do a quick wipedown when you get to the new place.


It’s Moving Day

Pictured: Busy B's moving crew loading large furniture into moving truck

Load heavy furniture into the moving truck first. Organize your boxes by the room they will be going into to make the job easier for yourself and the movers. Use your inventory list to make sure everything arrives and nothing is left behind.