When you decide to make a move to a new home there are a number of things to accomplish including the dreaded task of packing. Not many people enjoy this process, but it can be a lot less stressful if you are organized and make a plan.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Plan ahead and budget for the move. Will you be moving yourself or will you require the assistance of a moving company? If you are planning to use a moving company it’s a good idea to price this out ahead of time by using a moving calculator.
  • Make sure you have plenty of the following: strong packing boxes (more than you think you will need), markers and tags to label boxes, rolls of packing tape, bubble wrap for fragile items, packing paper, scissors and a knife for opening boxes and a spiral notebook.
  • Use your spiral notebook and number pages to correspond to the packed box numbers.  Write the contents of each box on its numbered page.  This will allow you to easily find the things you need most in the unpacking process at your new destination.
  • Pack room-to-room keeping similar items together.
  • Use smaller boxes for heavier items so it is easier to lift.
  • Consider using towels, linens and curtains to line the bottom and sides of boxes with fragile items. All fragile items should be individually wrapped. Clearly mark these boxes FRAGILE.
  • Make sure that any opened boxes or jars are tightly sealed before packing them.
  • Use colorful tags to number and identify the contents of the box including which room it will be taken to in your new home.
  • Pack any rugs last so that they will be the first thing unpacked and placed in the home.
  • Make a master list of all household items and personal belongings.
  • Finally pack a box with all the essentials and mark it “Open Me First”. This box may contain items such as: a few basic tools (flashlight, pocket knife, masking tape, light bulbs), bathroom essentials (toilet paper, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes & paste, hand towel), Kitchen items (paper towels, coffee maker & filter, paper plates, cups, utensils, pet food, trash bags).

Planning ahead will make all the difference to an overwhelming move. Do your research and make a plan.

If you are considering buying or selling and the thought of moving is holding you back, please contact me.  I will walk you through the entire process and offer some great moving information.  Click here to download my free reports on moving.  I offer moving tips on how to move with children, pets and so much more.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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