Tips to Make Your Move Smooth

Horse Power Movers will take care of the heavy lifting during your move, but these simple tips will help get you prepared and organized for the big day.

  • Sort your items by category rather than by room. For example, spend an afternoon organizing and gathering all your clothing- from your bedroom, the closets, storage. Once you have it all in one place, you can decide what to keep or donate. Then pack and label the clothing. Repeat with other items such as books, pictures, etc.
  • Get rid of things you don’t use anymore. Donate, when possible. There are many local organizations and charities that will gladly accept clothing, furniture, and other household items in good condition. 
  • Before you move, you may also want to have a garage or yard sale. This is a great place to get rid of more valuable items that you do not want to donate. You can use the money you earn during your move. There are many online platforms to sell items and apps on your phone. Or, you can have a traditional garage sale at your home before moving day. If you have clothing that is still trendy but no longer fits, you can take it to consignment stores in your area to trade it in for cash or store credit. 
  • Call Horse Power Movers and book your preferred move date. This will allow you to create a moving day countdown and ensure you make it to your destination on time. 
  • Create your master To Do List. You will inevitable think of 1,000 things to do- write them down so they don’t slip your mind. To make this list even more effective, add your To Dos to a calendar so you don’t miss important dates.
  • Need smaller boxes? Most new cardboard boxes are too large to wrangle smaller items during your move. If you need smaller boxes, try stopping by your local liquor store. They get shipments in many times per week and actually encourage people to come take the empty boxes off their hands. Check the boxes to make sure they are only slightly worn. Use these for lightweight, smaller items. Please recycle these after your move!
  • Do you still have your electronic equipment boxes such as the packaging your TV came in? If at all possible, use these original boxes to move such fragile cardboard. Most electronics come in boxes with Styrofoam padding cut to perfectly hold the equipment in place. This is the safest option to prevent damage.
  • Head to the hardware store to stock up on the items you will need before your move, such as packing tape, new cardboard boxes, paper to wrap fragile items in (or bubble wrap), extra screws, putty to fill in holes, measuring tape, a broom… Keep these on hand so you don’t need to rush out in the middle of packing. You can also pick up emergency or “just in case” items such as lightbulbs, batteries, and extension cords.
  • Don’t forget about your utilities! Not only do you want to be sure and sign up with your new utility company- or transfer services- but be sure to give your utility company ample notice for shut offs, too. Be sure that you schedule service shut off AFTER you’ve moved out, rather than the day-of or you may be packing in the dark! Notifying them ahead of time will also give you time to gather anything that needs to be returned such as power cords, remote controls, or cable boxes.
  • Need help during your move? While Horse Power Movers will take care of the heavy lifting and transport, be sure to enlist friends and family to help you with other needs during your move such as babysitting, dog walking, or providing a spare bedroom during your trip!
  • We suggest packing little by little, starting as far out as possible. Waiting until the last minute to begin packing for your relocation will only add to the stress. A good place to start are the items in storage or off-season yard decor. Household knick-knacks and art can also be packed weeks before a move. 
  • Change your address with the post office at least a week before your move. 
  • Label your boxes with details! Make notes beyond just “Kitchen” or “Bedroom”- be sure to indicate the contents (“Guest Towels – ½ Bathroom” or “Lego Sets – Joey’s Room”). Label the tops AND the sides of the box, as they may be stacked and the top hidden. If you prefer, you can purchase color-coded tape. 
  • Pack heavy objects in smaller boxes.
  • We recommend that you use packing tape to seal your boxes rather than the folded-tab method. Be sure to protect your items with bubble wrap, packing paper, or blankets. 
  • Handy tip? If you plan to move toiletry items (such as shampoo or body wash), use saran wrap or a plastic baggy to prevent leaks. Unscrew the lids, cover the opening with the plastic, and then screw the lids back on. 
  • Gather things that you will need right away and pack them together. Label the box and set it to the side so it won’t get lost with other items. Also, pack an overnight bag for yourself and your family.
  • Take photos of the back of your electronics and all the cords before you unplug and pack them. This will help you in your new home as you try to plug everything back in!
  • Also set aside cleaning items to use on moving day. Gather a broom, dustpan, mop and duster, sponge, cleaning products, paper towels, and old rags for cleaning all the hidden surfaces you could not access when all your stuff was in the way.
  • If you are moving into a rental, take pictures of your new home before you move any of your items in. This will show existing damage and save your security deposit at the end of your lease. 
  • Last tip? When you get to your new home, the first thing you should do is make your beds. After a long trip or day of unpacking, you’ll be grateful for a place to crash.

Call Horse Power Movers today to book your move date!