22 Handy Moving Hacks

22 Moving Tips | Hacks to Help You Move Like A Pro!

In case you haven’t noticed, these moving tips are in no particular order… much like your new home will likely be immediately after the movers have left.

I thought about trying to arrange these chronologically or in order of importance, but the order I do things (and how important things are to me) might not be the same as how others would. Therefore, I decided to keep them in more of a random order.

Donate What You Don’t Want/Need

Moving Tip #12 Purge Unwanted Items

Moving is a fantastic opportunity to purge stuff that has been sitting in storage for many years. There’s no point in moving stuff to the house if you don’t want it or need it.

Purge your closets, storage areas, donate canned goods to the local food bank. Create ongoing donation boxes (if you’re anything like me, you’ll need several of them).

You can either take them to a local donation center or contact one of the charities that will pick clothing and household goods from your home.

Start Packing Even While Your House is On the Market

Moving Hack 13 Pack While Selling Your Home

Don’t waste precious packing time waiting for your house to sell.

Even if your current home is on the market, you can still pack. Just make sure to stack boxes neatly in one corner of the room and try to keep them out of line of site from the front door.

This is also a great way to declutter and stage your home, making it more presentable to prospective buyers.

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Pack an Essentials Box for Moving Day

Moving Tip #14 Pack an Essentials Box

Keep the emergency/essentials in a separate box or storage tote and bring it to the new house first, that way you have what you need at your fingertips, just in case. Keep things such as bottled water, toilet paper, paper towel, Band-Aids, Tylenol, hand sanitizer, a box cutter, your child’s favorite teddy bear, etc. in the essentials box.  You just want enough to survive for the first few hours until you can start unpacking.   

Move it with you (don’t put it into the truck) and use a box or tote that looks unique or mark it with big, bold writing so that you can easily spot it if it ends up in the wrong place.

Once, not that long ago, I was in the middle of moving into my new home.  As the sun set and I went to turn on the lights to be able to see what I was doing, I realized that the previous owner had removed and taken with them every single light bulb in the entire house.  Since then, I always include light bulbs in my essentials moving day box as well.

Keep Track of Incoming Mail

Moving Hack 15 Track Your Incoming Mail

Make a running list of all mail that comes in over a 30 – 60-day period. This will help you remember the important places that will need your new address.  After the fact, your “forwarded” mail from the old address will let you know who you might have forgotten.

Change Your Address with the Post Office

Moving Tip #16 Change Your Address with the Post Office

No matter how hard you try to remember everything, or how much your convince yourself that you get everything digitally now, you will forget at least one (or more) important piece of mail. I’ve had checks arrive at my house for the old owner MONTHS after they moved out. 

By putting a change of address in with the United States or Canadian Post Office, they will forward your mail to you and you can then catch and update anything you missed.

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Move Valuables and Extremely Fragile Items Yourself

Moving Hack 17 Move Precious Items Yourself

If you get possession of your new home before move day, you can do some of these things early, such as moving valuables and very fragile items, setting up your utilities, and changing the locks.

Change Your Keys, Not Your Locks

Moving Tip #18 Get Your Locks Re-Keyed Instead of Replacing Them

Take your existing locks (and the keys) to the local hardware or home improvement store and they can change the locks for FAR less than it would cost to hire a locksmith or replace the entire lock set.

Give Away Your Old Moving Boxes for Free

Moving Hack 19 Give Away Your Used Boxes

Flatten boxes as you unpack them and collect them in one place. You can post them on Craigslist or a local classified site for free pickup by another mover.

Not only does this help someone else save time and money finding or buying moving boxes, but it also keeps your boxes out of the local landfill.

Keep Last Minute Boxes Handy While Movers are Loading

Moving Tip #20 Keep Last Minute Boxes Handy

Keep two or three open but unpacked “last minute boxes” so that you can easily pack up anything you find during your final check.

No matter how thoroughly you thought you had packed, there’s almost always about 3 boxes worth of stuff that you find at the last minute.

The boxes should be assembled with the tape gun and moving labels handy so you can pack those forgotten items and get them onto the truck likety split.

Pack a Travel Suitcase, Enough for One Weekend (or Two Days at Work)

Moving Hack 21 Pack a Suitcase or Overnight Bag

Pack a set of clothes, toiletries, and other essentials to last for two days in a suitcase and move that with you (not in the moving truck) and place it somewhere handy in your bedroom.

What you pack in the suitcase will depend on what you need to do over the next two days, so it can be casual clothes if you have the time off or work clothes if you immediately have to return to the office.

That will give you enough to stay freshly cleaned for the first day or two while you locate and unpack the rest of your stuff amidst a sea of boxes.

Take a Digital Photo Inventory

Moving Tip # 22 Take a Photo Inventory

Before you start packing, take digital pictures of EVERYTHING in your home. At least everything of value. That provides a digital inventory in case disaster strikes and allows you to prove the condition of an item should something get damaged in the move.  

That can include furniture, jewelry, clothes, tools, your collection of vintage books, etc.

The pictures don’t need to be fancy – you’re not trying to become InstaFamous here – just something that shows what you had before the move started.

You can also take pictures of your electronics and how they were connected so that you have a reference point when you are trying to reconnect them at your new home.

Moving Tips, Learned by Trial and Error

It has taken several moves (more than I care to count) and several moving disasters to put together this tried and true list of moving tips & packing hacks.

We hope these moving tips & packing hacks help you have a safe and easy move, and that your new home brings you nothing but joy and happiness!

Before you start packing, don’t forget to download your free PDF copy of  The Ultimate Moving Checklist.

Download your free copy of the Ultimate Moving Checklist

Free Printable Moving Announcement Cards

As a thank you for spending your time with us today, we have pulled together a few Free Moving Announcement Cards that you can customize with your family name and your new address to let friends and family know about the big move!

Simply click on the image of your choice to open the printable PDF file and right click to save the file to your computer. Then add your family name, address, and housewarming details (if you wish).

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Have More Moving Tips to Share?

If you think we’ve missed something in this list of moving tips, please add your own hacks to the comments below! (We reserve the right to blatantly steal your ideas an update this list accordingly!!)

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22 thoughts on “22 Moving Tips | Hacks to Help You Move Like A Pro!”

  1. This is a wonderful article that gives me plenty of necessary information for the upcoming moving day. I have no previous idea about relocating but reading this awesome blog gives me valuable ideas.

  2. Your content really makes the moving process smoother and easier. Moving out and in can be really stressful and exhausting. Thanks for the great advice. Keep up the good work.

  3. Great tips! I remember the first time someone showed me how to simply slide a garbage bag over clothes, keeping them on the hanger, and how mind blown I was!

    1. I know what you mean about the hanging clothes. It’s so much easier to just wrap and tie with a garbage bag. And easier to unpack as well!

  4. I love all the moving tips you are providing in this article and I have used most of them myself, the only one I haven’t done and LOVE it is the color coded labels.

  5. These are great moving tips. Being a military family we move a lot so these are definitely tips that are gonna be coming in handy.

  6. Nice pointers for those who are moving, we are planning to move by the end of the year. These will be helpful for sure! Thanks for the post.

  7. I find it very helpful. My moving plans are still in disorder and this article managed to organize my helter-skelter plans.

  8. Those are some great tips when you are planning to move. Those are quite helpful, will keep this in mind for future use.

  9. This post is just full of useful information for movers. My neighbor is hopefully moving soon and I’ll her these tips.

  10. These are all excellent tips. Love best the color coded tags for the boxes. Did that when we moved from another house and it has been a great help.

  11. For me, the colour coded labels are a fantastic idea. I struggled with this when we last moved. Should have done something like it! I ended up going nuts trying to figure out what was in each box a month after we had moved in.

  12. All of these are great tips. It’s the little things that people don’t think about that make the biggest difference in a move.

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