We Asked Pro Movers for Their Top Moving Tips. Here’s What They Told Us

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Let’s face it: Moving days are never easy. After all, no one looks forward to lifting heavy boxes in and out of trucks, up and down stairs. However, moving day doesn’t have to be completely chaotic, either. All it takes is a little planning and forethought to make the day run smoothly.

With that in mind, we decided to go straight to the source. We asked pro movers to share their best advice on how to accomplish a painless move. Incorporate some of these moving tips into your packing plan to help this would-be-stressful process go off without a hitch.

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Schedule your move strategically

“If you’re hoping to get a better rate on a moving company or rental truck, avoid scheduling your move on weekends or at the end of the month. These companies are usually slower during the week/mid-month and are willing to give deals,” says Ryan Carrigan, co-founder of moveBuddha.

“If you’re hiring a moving company, try to book the earliest morning time slot available. The moving crew will be fresh, so they’ll typically get the job done more efficiently.”

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Have the right materials on hand

“Most people know that they’ll need plenty of boxes, packing tape and bubble wrap for the move. However, shrink wrap can be your best friend when it comes to moving,” advises Tieece Gordon of Affordable Removals. “Take furniture, for example – it may be expensive, but it’s also fragile. Drawers and doors on wardrobes, dressers, etc. can also be securely fastened shut using this cost-effective material. Plus, it never hurts to buy more of everything than you think you’ll need.”

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Pack non-essential items first

“Don’t just start boxing up everything in sight,” says Kelly Tenny, Content and Social Media Manager with Zippboxx. “Pack up your belongings in a strategic manner. Go room-by-room and begin by packing up items that you do not use very often, like décor and accessories. Leave the things that you use frequently for last. This will save you time scouring boxes you already packed for that one item you need!”

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Watch the weight of your boxes

“Be careful not to pack boxes that are too heavy,” suggests Emil Perushanov, owner of Top Removals. “Not only will they be a literal pain for your movers on moving day, but they’ll be difficult for you to move around while packing.”

As for a general rule? “Try to stick to a 30-pound limit for each box and, when packing heavier items like books, use smaller boxes. This will keep you from overloading.”

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Prep your appliances in advance

Kate Windleton, Relocations Manager at Strong Move, recommends planning ahead when it comes to appliances. “Your fridge needs to be defrosted at least a day earlier. Your washing machine, your oven, etc. should be turned off, cleaned and, if possible, put in their original boxes. Secure their cords and seal their doors so they don’t open accidentally while inside of the truck.”

Have you moved recently? What moving tips can you share from your experience? Tell us in the comments.

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4 Brilliant Ideas to Save Money When Moving

#1 Cut down what you pack up.

Get rid of the things that you don’t want or need a few weeks before you plan to move — including the old furniture you intend to replace, the clothes you’ll never wear again and the kitchen items you rarely use. One great way to unload your unwanted belongings for a small profit is to hold a yard sale. Other ways to sell your stuff include:

  • Craigslist
  • eBay
  • Consignment shops

Donate the stuff you can’t sell to secondhand stores and throw the stuff you can’t donate away. Whatever you do, DON’T try to hold onto something in the hopes of selling or donating it at a later date (unless it’s a major antique or valuable family heirloom).

#2 Get a good moving service.

If you’re moving out of an apartment, you can probably DIY your move. But if you live in a large single-story or multi-level home, you’re better off hiring movers. Hiring movers doesn’t have to entail extravagant costs and extras; in fact, there’s a good chance you can find a local moving company within your budget. Remember, you want to get everything to your new home in one piece — preferably in the least amount of time required.

#3 Check the moving quotes.

When shopping or comparing local companies, you need to get at least three quotes, just like you would any other local service. You can also negotiate with movers, depending on how close their quotes are in price. This is especially true in the offseason, between fall and winter, when they’re most likely to lower their rates.

#4 Don’t overspend on packing supplies.

Never buy packing supplies from a moving truck rental store. Get boxes from friends and family members if you can. If not, buy boxes from local home improvement stores. Some websites also sell packing supplies at an affordable rate.

Move without the stress.

Moving shouldn’t have to be stressful, expensive and time-consuming. By preparing, finding ways to save money and planning appropriately, you can make a smooth transition from your old to new home while keeping your sanity intact.

Moving Hacks!

Each color of duct tape should indicate a room or “zone” in the house. Assign each room in your house a color. For instance, all my kitchen boxes received a red piece of duct tape. After I finished packing a box with kitchen items, I would put a piece of red duct tape somewhere on one of the four sides of the box. Do not put it on the top, that doesn’t help when all the boxes are stacked a mile high in the moving van or shipping container. Put it on one of the sides so you will see at first glance.DIY-Moving-Tips-Color-Coded-Boxes.jpg