Truepad Home Buyer Tips: Moving Made Easy

You bought your first home! Way to go! If I were standing next to you, I’d ask for a high-five, but I’m not. So, this will have to do ✋. And now, you are moving.

So, we will accept is 🍕 as payment for our services. And by the way, this is the preferred payment method should you use your friends to help you move.

Ok, now that we have the pleasantries out of the way, you need to think about the move. And we all know everyone loves moving. Hopefully with these insights and tips, moving will be an easier effort!

How many boxes are too many boxes?

Stop me if you have heard this before.

“We need more boxes.”

“Oh wait, no we need even MORE boxes.”

Making multiple supply runs not only takes up a lot of your time, but it also will drive you slightly insane. Be sure to count out the amount of boxes needed

A nice way to think about moving is that one shelf in a cabinet or one shelf on a bookcase receive one small box. A pot or pan combination will require a medium box. Large boxes should be used for anything light, like towels, clothes or sheets. DO NOT put heavy things in large boxes. Outside of causing a lot of back pain for the movers, it takes more time to move heavier larger things.

Also, be sure to use wrapping paper for everything! Glass is, obviously, fragile and you don’t want to ruin anything. Take extra precaution when packing those items.

What is the proper order?

No magical order exists, but you will probably want to go after things you don’t use every day. Think of anything in a spare room, closet or storage space. Definitely keep the boxes and packing to a room-by-room approach. Don’t mix and match kitchen items with bedroom items.

What day and time is the best?

In case you haven’t noticed, it is summer time in the city, which means block parties, lots of foot traffic and lots of regular traffic. Oh, and this increases on the weekend, so avoid Friday and weekends if you can. Aim for the middle of the week if possible, as movers tend to charge by the hour, it would be better to not make them sit in traffic for 4 miles.

What is the thing to avoid when preparing to move?

Avoid keeping all the stuff you don’t use, want or need. It ends up costing you a lot more time and energy to unpack all of the things you shouldn’t. Don’t think of this as of getting rid of sentimental things. Look at the expiration dates on food items or old clothes you no longer wear.

How many moving estimates are recommended?

The idea here isn’t to get too many, because then you will be overwhelmed with information. However, you don’t want to receive too few as well. Aim to get three solid estimates. You will want to provide them a highly detailed inventory list or have them come to your home to evaluate your items.

What is a common mistake made on moving day?

I am guilty of this and have learned the hard way. Be sure to pack an overnight bag the day before you move. Everything you need for work, sleep or whatever occurs in a 24-hour period for you, be sure to have. What this does is allow you a bit of relief in unpacking, as you won’t feel rushed to get a toothbrush or a clean pair of clothes.


And there you have it. The key tips to making the right move. If you are looking for a moving company to use and you are reading reviews, you may notice quite a mix between large companies and smaller ones. In the positives, try to find the specifics of what made the move go well. If you are reading a negative review, take it with a grain of salt and measure it against the positives to ensure you have the best move ever.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a writer, researcher, editor, and publishing consultant with a decade of learning in the field. For Truepad she covers real estate trends and develops knowledge base articles that help people learn about the process of buying as they’re looking for a home. She went through the process herself two years ago and is a proud homeowner in Logan Square.

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