Home Checklist

Congrats on the new home! You’re probably excited, exhausted, and in need of somewhere to start – sounds like a job for our new home checklist.

Let’s cut to the chase, the new home journey can be overwhelming. You’re excited to start your new life, but getting there can feel like a lifetime of preparation. From cable to comforters to crockpots, there’s a lot that goes into moving into a new home. If you don’t stay organized, move-in day can be a total bust. It’s common to worry, but lucky for you, this ultimate new home checklist will put your mind at ease and simplify the moving process.

We’ve prioritized the essentials and picked our brains over the important details that are often missed. Whether you’re in a hurry to move in or have some time still before the big day, start checking off this list and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new home — whether an apartment, a condo or a co-op or even your first house!

The New Home Checklist: Pre-Move Essentials

Before you move, there are a couple of big tasks you’ll need to prioritize. If you knock these off your new home checklist, the rest of the process will run smoothly.

1. Transfer utilities

Before you can move into your new home and get comfortable, you need to set up your physical utilities: water, gas, and electricity. Depending on where your new home is located, you may or may not have some say in which company you work with. Although physical utilities companies are usually timely about activation, the sooner you notify them of your move-in date, the better. This is especially true if they’re in the midst of moving season when they’re working with a ton of accounts.

2. Connect TV and internet

No one likes moving into a dead zone. Make sure you’re up and running before move-in day by setting up services that work for you. Do your homework in order to know where you stand in order to compare pricing and figure out what service providers will best suit your needs. Schedule installation at least 2-3 weeks in advance to ensure that your services are activated in a timely manner and to also get the appointment slot that is most convenient for you.

3. Update your address

Your address is connected to so many aspects of your life that you may not even realize. From forwarding your mail, to maintaining subscriptions and loyalty programs, to banks and credit cards, to insurance, to checkbooks, to car registration and driver’s licenses… We think you get the point. When you update your address, you update your life! Not sure how to go about doing this? No worries, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about updating your address.

4. Gather important documents

You know those super important documents that sit and collect dust in your filing cabinet? They have to come along for the ride too. We’re talking birth certificates, social security cards, medical records, insurance policies, and anything else of that nature. Now’s the time to purge what you don’t need and label and organize everything that you do. Grab your shredder and some banker’s boxes and get to work! Important documents are items that cannot be overlooked on your new home checklist.

5. Take photos of valuable items

Moving your valuables is nerve-racking, but if you take proper precautions you’ll be more than fine. A good method of damage control is creating a valuables inventory and taking photos of each item. This could be anything from your grandmother’s antique mirror to your TV and computer monitor. By taking photos of these items, you have proof of their original condition in the event that they are damaged during the move. No matter how careful or responsible your moving company is, accidents can happen so moving insurance is worth looking into.

6. Research local businesses

When you move to a different town or state, it’s good to get the lay of the land of local businesses. Chances are you won’t be frequenting the businesses you usually do anymore, so you’ll want to explore your new options. From a new doctor, to a new hairdresser, to new landscapers, you’ll have to do quite a bit of research. Apps like Yelp can show you reviews, recommendations, and photos of local businesses to help you make educated decisions.

7. Take off from work

Within the first few days of your move, not only will you be unpacking a sea of boxes, but you’ll also be waiting on deliveries, repairs, and installations. It’s a good idea to notify your employer that you’ll be moving so you have ample time to coordinate these appointments before you head back into the office. The 48 hours post-move is crucial to getting (somewhat) settled, so make sure you plan and schedule accordingly.

8. Schedule a cleaning

Before you move your furniture, it’s a good idea to clean all the nooks and crannies of your new home. Chances are, the previous owner didn’t take the time to thoroughly clean it for your arrival (at least not to your standards), so schedule a cleaning service to come in and do a thorough once-over. With all the effort that you’re putting into your new home, you deserve a spotless canvas!

9. Schedule home improvements

Repairs and home improvements are an inevitable part of moving into a new home (whether an apartment or a house). There are some repairs that require more attention than others (i.e. leaky plumbing, windows that don’t lock, etc). It’s necessary that these are taken care of beforehand by either the previous owner or your property management company. If they aren’t, get on that ASAP! But maybe you just want to paint an accent wall or install built-in bookcases, these are the kind of home improvements you’re in charge of. You should schedule these improvements ahead of time so you’re not worrying about them come move-in day. Get the messy stuff out of the way first, it’ll make your life way easier.

10. Prepare to pack

As you inch closer to move-in day, start to throw out or donate things you don’t need and take note of what needs to be replaced. Keep the layout and measurements of your new home in mind as this could mean more or less space for your belongings. Save money by collecting free moving boxes from local businesses and retailers or use laundry bins, suitcases, and large bags to transport items. It’s also a good idea to label or color coordinate all boxes according to what room they go in to expedite the process for your moving company. Lastly, an open-first box is a must! You should include in this box everything you need to survive the first 24 hours in your new home. Think air mattress, a fresh outfit, a toothbrush, some snacks, water, and extra cash. You will thank yourself when the time comes. Trust us, it’s a not-to-be-missed item on your new home checklist!

The New Home Checklist: Post-Move Essentials

You’ve finally got all of your belongings into your new home, but don’t lose steam now! You’re in the final stretch of your new home checklist and there’s just a couple more essentials to get through. It’s a good idea to set a daily (or weekly) goal for yourself when it comes to these final steps. Be realistic, stick to your schedule, and you’ll be settled in before you know it.

1. Recruit family and friends to unpack

The more hands on deck the better. Those first few days of unpacking can be made a whole lot easier if you recruit (or rather, entice with food and drink) a couple of close friends for the first big haul. To make the process run smoother, set deadlines and figure out the most logical order of unpacking. Before you know it, your new home will actually start looking like, well, a home.

2. Change your locks

Who knows what the previous owners did with their keys? Whether you hire a locksmith or reinstall the locks on your own, it’s a simple task and it will give you peace of mind. You’re always better off safe than sorry.

3. Locate shut-off valves

In the event that there is an emergency leak or you’re doing repairs and you need to shut off your water, it’s necessary to locate your shut-off valves. Many houses and apartment buildings have a number of cut-off points to stop the water at its source. From your own shut-off valve, to your water company’s shut off valve, to the water meter, there many locations to get familiar with both inside and potentially outside your home.

4. Locate the circuit-breaker

Although uncommon, every once in a while you may need to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker. If there’s a power outage, you don’t want to be searching through the dark to find it. Common locations for circuit breakers are outdoors, in basements, in storage closets, or in hallways. Also be sure you know the difference between a circuit-breaker and a fuse box, in the event you need to restore power.

5. Decide on a lock-out solution

You will get locked out of your house every once in a blue moon, it happens! What’s important is that you have a backup plan for when the time comes. Some common ideas are to hide a key under your doormat or to install a garage code (that is if you have a garage), but you can be as creative as you’d like. Maybe you have a buddy down the street who holds on to an extra set, or you’ve slid it under a planter. Whatever the case, be prepared!

6. Test your smoke detectors

Installing a smoke detector is an easy and inexpensive way to protect you and your loved ones in the event of a fire. However, smoke detectors can fail you when you need them most if you don’t address their malfunctions. This is why testing your new home’s smoke detectors is so important. Light a match or spray a smoke test aerosol in front of its sensor every month to ensure it’s working.

7. Check out your HVAC system

Your HVAC system, (A/C and furnace) is a necessity, and an expensive one at that. For the sake of heat, cooling, and big bucks, it’s important that yourself, a property manager, or a technician checks out your HVAC system in the weeks following your move. Inspect your heating and cooling units, insulation, and ducts, for warning signs that something’s off. If it looks like repairs or replacements are needed, get on top of them as soon as you can. Although it’s a pain, it’s a worthwhile investment!

8. Create a home maintenance checklist

It’s a good idea to perform seasonal maintenance checks to ensure your new home is in good shape. Some of these maintenance checks you may not have had to do at your previous home. Things like cleaning the gutters, landscaping, unclogging bathroom drains, or checking up on snow plow services may be relevant to you now, so you should gather the contact info from local services for when the time comes.

9. Find a spot for a safe

Remember those important documents we mentioned before? They’ll need a new home too. If you don’t already have a trusty safe or filing cabinet, it’s a good idea to invest in one. Even more so, it’s important to find a spot for them. Some common areas for safes are in closets, attics, basements, but there’s room for creativity here also. Hardcover books, freezers, brick walls – whatever sneaky spot will keep your private information on lock. Even if you live in an apartment and don’t have room for a massive safe, it doesn’t mean your valuables should be left unsecured. Use your imagination and protect your possessions.

10. Start a take-out menu file or drawer

We guarantee that you will be ordering a lot of take-out within the first few weeks of your move-in. Any free time you have will solely consist of unpacking and redecorating, not cooking. Treat yourself and get a taste of local eats take-out style. Save menus and bookmark your favorites in a take-out file for you to reference later on. Or just throw all the menus in a drawer. That works too.

11. Throw a housewarming party

Last but not least on our new home checklist, the infamous housewarming party! Once you’re done unpacking, save any energy you have left for this shindig. Setting a date for a housewarming party also sets a great unpacking deadline for you to follow. So many new homeowners beat themselves up over tiny improvements and repairs instead of celebrating their hard work. Don’t make that mistake. Trust us, you’re going to have plenty of time in your new home to put in more work. Instead, invite your closest family and friends over for a great time. Start making memories!

We hope our new home checklist helps you stay organized and avoid moving mistakes as you prepare to transition into your new digs.

Apartment Checklist

While you dream up how to decorate your new home, we’re here to bring you the ultimate first apartment checklist. With this comprehensive list in hand, you’ll be sure to have everything you need for your first apartment. Get excited, because we’re going shopping!

First Apartment Checklist: What You Should Buy Before You Move In

Think of this section as a condensed version of your first apartment checklist: everything listed here is a must-have. Period. Make sure that you’ve checked off all these items before you move — whether purchased, commandeered from your parent’s basement, or found for cheap at your local thrift store. Then, keep everything on this list close by when you move. After all, who wants to be rifling through boxes for a shower curtain when you should be out the door and on your way to work or class?

1.  Mattress, mattress topper, pillows, and bedding

A mattress should be one of the first items you buy after signing your apartment lease. That’s why it’s #1 on our first apartment checklist. Yes, you would be fine sleeping on the floor, but life gets crazy busy, and that first night on the floor could easily turn into a month before you find the time to purchase a mattress. Before you move, don’t forget to also buy a mattress topper (a.k.a. mattress pad), new pillows, and any other bedding that will make your place feel like home.

2. Toolkit, nails, and wall hooks

Whether it’s to take apart a bookshelf or put it back together, you won’t regret having a screwdriver and a hammer on moving day. Once you start unpacking, you’ll also want to have wall hooks and nails on hand. There’s nothing as frustrating as being in an unpacking and decorating groove, only to find you have to stop and buy these items.

3. Step stool

Whether you’re short or your new apartment has high ceilings, a step stool will be extremely valuable during the early phases of unpacking and is a must-have for your first apartment. We recommend something light and easily portable. Extra brownie points if it’s easy to store.

4. Shower curtain

Unless you want to ruin your brand-new apartment floors, it’s a good idea to get a shower curtain before moving. After a long day of moving, you’re going to be dying for a hot shower. Pack your toiletry items with the other items in this section of your first apartment checklist and you’ll be ready for some much-needed self-care.

5. Toilet paper

Some may argue that toilet paper is one of the most important things you need for your first apartment, and it’s hard to disagree. Make sure you buy plenty of toilet paper to place in your new apartment bathrooms as soon as move-in day begins. Isn’t it the one thing in life you can never have enough of?

6. First-aid kit

Unfortunately, accidents do happen when moving. Whether you trip down stairs and sprain an ankle, or cut a finger opening boxes, you’re going to want a first-aid kit in an easy-to-access spot on move-in day. Here are a few items to include:

  • Ace bandages
  • Anti-inflammatory such as Advil
  • Band Aids and antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze pads and antiseptic wipes
  • Cold medicine and cough drops
  • Cold pack and muscle pain relief ointment

7. Cleaning supplies

Cleaning supplies are essential to any first apartment checklist. As you move in, you may find spots the previous tenants overlooked. Make sure your cleaning supplies are in easy reach so that you can scrub those spots before the messiness of unpacking begins.

  • A Swiffer with both dry and wet pads and a vacuum
  • Multi-surface cleaning spray, paper towels, and trash bags
  • Multi-surface cleaning wipes and stainless steel cleaner
  • Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and stain remover
  • Toilet scrubber and toilet bowl cleaning solution
  • Dish/dishwasher soap and sponges
  • Air freshening and disinfectant spray

8. A few kitchen essentials

You could stick with paper plates and cups until you buy a full dish set, but we recommend going ahead and purchasing a few of these items before you move in. Not using paper plates is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. That way, if it takes you a few weeks to pick out kitchenware you love, you’ll at least have the essentials on hand.

  • Water glasses and mugs
  • Plates, cereal bowl, and utensils
  • Frying pan, pots, and cookie sheet
  • Toaster, microwave, blender, or toaster oven
  • Sandwich bags and one or two food storage containers
  • Spatula and any other cooking utensil you think you’ll need

9. Coat/clothing hangers

Purchase coat hangers now, and you’ll feel settled into your new place in no time. The sooner you can get your clothing unpacked and put away, the sooner your first apartment will feel like home!

10. Batteries, power strips, and extension cords

As you start to place things throughout your new home, you won’t want to come back later to plug everything in. If you purchase power strips, extension cords, and batteries before moving, you’ll be able to finish unpacking quickly and efficiently. Just make sure you don’t forget to set your electricity and other utilities!

First Apartment Checklist: Living Space

Whether you’re in a studio or a two-bedroom, you won’t want to forget to cross these items off your first apartment checklist. They’ll make your living room the perfect place to relax, catch up on some reading, and host friends and family.

11. Comfy couch

The centerpiece of any living room is a great couch. Whether you want to host movie nights or classy cocktail parties, you’re going to need seating that matches your style, while being functional at the same time.

12. Coffee table

A coffee table is essential for your first apartment. It’s a great place to put drinks when hosting a party, but also provides a way to express your personality in your home. Just don’t forget to keep it looking pretty by also purchasing coasters!

13. Extra lighting

Extra lighting for your living space is a must-have for any first apartment checklist. Trust us, no one likes living in a cave. Add both class and functionality to your space by picking out a cool floor lamp or two.

14. Television and DVD player, cable box, or streaming device

Whether you’re paying for cable or not, getting a television is a great investment. While it may not be absolutely essential, it is necessary for throwing awesome movie nights! Check on Craigslist, and second hand stores before buying just any flat screen. If you already have a television, follow these tips for moving electronics. And if you’re a film buff, you could consider skipping a TV and getting an awesome projector setup instead. Just don’t forget to pick up a DVD player or invest in a streaming service.

15. Storage solutions

Once your belongings are unpacked, you’re going to need somewhere to put everything. Whether that’s a bookshelf or a TV cabinet, make sure you take into account all your belongings (including the ones on this first apartment checklist), and then find the best storage for your needs.

16. Houseplants and beyond

While these items may not be essential, adding them to your first apartment shopping list will make your living room feel a little homier.

  • Side tables, extra seating, window treatments
  • Wall art, picture frames, coffee table books
  • Decorative pillows, throw blanket
  • Houseplants, candles, vases

First Apartment Checklist: Kitchen

For the kitchen section of our first apartment checklist, we’re going to break down what you need in your new home to cook like a boss, host awesome parties, and keep your takeout leftovers secure.

17. Kitchen furniture

Every apartment is different, so whether you need a kitchen table and chairs or just bar stools is up to you to decide. Take stock of the room and then get shopping!

18. Full set of dishes

You can purchase a boxed set of dishes from a retail or department store. Or, if you want to have a little more fun while shopping, you can follow our list of every dish you need for your first apartment. It’s a good idea to start with at least four full sets of dishware. However, you can always buy more if you plan on having larger parties.

  • Mugs, glasses, and utensils
  • Bowls of several different sizes
  • Serving spoons, serving platters, and a pitcher

19. Pots and pans

For your first apartment, we recommend keeping it simple and getting a kitchen starter kit from a department or retail store. However, if you’re more of the DIY type, here are a few pots and pans you should have in your first kitchen.

  • Large stock pot, straight-sided saucepan, 10-inch frying pan
  • Rimmed baking sheet, large baking/casserole dish, and muffin pan

20. Kitchen tools

To make great food, you need more than just pots and pans. Here are all the kitchen tools you need for your first apartment.

  • Small, medium, and large cutting knives, and cutting boards
  • Wax paper, parchment paper, aluminum foil, cling wrap
  • Toaster, toaster oven, hand mixer, and blender
  • Measuring cups/spoons, mixing bowls, and colander
  • Spatula, whisk, and mixing spoons
  • Bottle opener and can opener
  • Kettle and/or coffee pot

21. Miscellaneous kitchen items

Make sure you complete your kitchenware collection by marking these miscellaneous kitchen items off your first apartment checklist.

  • Silverware organizer, dish drying rack, paper towel holder
  • Plastic or glass food storage containers, sandwich bags
  • Dish towels, oven mitts

22. Spices

Spices can add something special to any meal. Mark these spices of your first apartment checklist, and you’ll be ready to cook like a pro!

  • Cayenne pepper, chili powder, ground cumin, paprika
  • Dried rosemary, oregano, thyme, bay leaves
  • Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger
  • Garlic powder or salt, onion powder
  • Salt and pepper

23. Pantry essentials

For a complete kitchen, you need a well-stocked pantry. Check off the items below according to your own preferences and cooking habits and you’ll be ready to cook just about anything in your new apartment. Make sure to pick up some groceries after you’re all settled in, too.

  • Granulated sugar, brown sugar, and flour
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla extract
  • Cooking oil (vegetable, olive, coconut, etc.)
  • Vinegar (white wine, balsamic, etc.)
  • Soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, ketchup, mustard, etc.

First Apartment Checklist: Bathroom

Bathrooms are pretty great. Bubble baths, face masks, and hair gel all find a home there. However, it’s not all fun and games. We’re here to make sure you don’t get so excited about choosing your hand soap scent that you forget to purchase a toilet scrubber! So before you order that bath bomb, double check that you have everything you need for your first apartment bathroom.

24. Toilet plunger, scrubber, and cleaning solution

Make sure that you can keep your toilet clean by marking these items off your first apartment checklist. Also, make sure to get a toilet scrubber and plunger for each bathroom, if you have more than one. After all, who would want to carry such an item from room to room?

25. Toilet paper and toilet paper holder

Though we already listed toilet paper, it can’t be emphasized enough! On another note, make sure to include a toilet paper holder on your first apartment shopping list if your new bathroom doesn’t have a place to put a roll.

26. Trash can

Don’t forget to mark a bathroom trash can off your first apartment checklist. A great option is a trash can with a lid that can help keep the bathroom looking sleek.

27. Bath towels

Moving into your first apartment is a great excuse to upgrade your old bath towels for something more luxurious. You can even purchase ones that match the color scheme of your new bathroom.

28. Hand soap, lotion, and towels

Make sure to buy some great smelling hand soap for your bathroom sink and place a hand towel nearby. Bonus points if you add matching hand lotion!

29. Storage solutions for your toiletries

Take stock of the toiletries you have in order to figure out what kind of storage solution you should purchase for the bathroom. You could use a set of plastic drawers, a rolling cart, or an entire cabinet. It’s up to you!

30. Candles, potpourri, and beyond

Cross these items off your first apartment checklist and your bathroom will feel like an oasis that even your guests won’t want to leave.

  • Candles, potpourri, and air freshening spray
  • Countertop storage, small vanity mirror, and additional lighting
  • Bath mat and bathroom rug

First Apartment Checklist: Bedroom

All you need in a bedroom is a bed, right? Nope! Here’s everything you need to make your first apartment bedroom a cozy, restful place to fall asleep at night.

31. Bed frame and box springs

Though you could technically sleep on the floor with just your mattress, you’re probably going to want a bed frame and box springs. There are so many options for bed frames, so make sure you take a look at them all, consider the size of your apartment, and choose what best fits your needs.

32. Closet storage solutions

Make sure to consider taking advantage of closet storage solutions, like a hanging closet organizer or shoe rack.

33. Full-length mirror

Add a full-length mirror to your first apartment checklist, and you’ll be prepared to make sure all your outfits look great.

34. Window treatments

Unless you want to wake up with the sun, you should take care of this checklist item ASAP.

35. Laundry hamper

Whether you love laundry or hate it, you’ll need somewhere to put your dirty clothes at the end of the day.

36. Trash can

You probably won’t want to walk to the other side of the apartment to toss your garbage, so make sure you add a stylish bedroom trash can to your first apartment shopping list.

37. Final touches

Your bedroom is where you begin and end each day, so give a little extra attention to this room. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Vanity or desk, comfy chair, and nightstand
  • Reading lamp, alarm clock, and your favorite books
  • Decorative pillows, cozy blankets, rug, and wall art

That’s it! 

So that’s your ultimate apartment checklist!


Pack Your Jewelry For Moving

Have you thought about how to pack your jewelry for moving? In the midst of hiring movers, researching the world’s best moving tips, and daydreaming about decorations for your new home, it’s easy to forget about transporting these delicate items. Nevertheless, we know that whether your jewelry is worth $5 or $5,000, you don’t want to lose track of it when you move. So prepare to get creative, because we’re bringing you our best jewelry packing hacks.

Take Inventory of Your Jewelry

Moving is the perfect opportunity to take inventory of your jewelry. Whether you have a massive collection of fine jewels or just a few sentimental items, you need to make sure you have an accurate record of your belongings before deciding how to pack your jewelry when you move. With your list in hand, you won’t have to worry about accidentally leaving something behind on move-out day. You can just double check your records!

You can inventory jewelry quickly by taking photos of the pieces and uploading them to an online storage provider, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. For expensive jewelry, consider getting an appraisal. Then, keep a spreadsheet that contains details like value, description, and how long you’ve owned it. If you’re getting moving insurance, find out what information is required to make a claim and include those details on your jewelry inventory list.

During the inventory process, it’s a good idea to purge items you don’t want anymore. Remember, the less you own, the less jewelry you have to move!

After you purge, it’s time to decide exactly how you will pack your jewelry for your move.


Want to keep your necklaces from becoming a jumbled mess? Use straws! Simply slip the chain through the straw to the other end until you can clip it at the other side. Ta-da! No tangles here. You can do multiple necklaces in one straw, but be careful. You could end up tangling the chains.

Toilet paper roll

Similar to the straw method, just slip your necklace or bracelet through the toilet paper roll and clasp it on the outside. This method works great if your necklace or bracelet is on the chunky side or if you want to pack several jewelry pieces together.

Egg cartons

This is one of the best ways to pack jewelry for moving. An egg carton works great for moving necklaces, completely tangle-free. Just string the sides of your necklace through the holes in the top of the egg carton, clasp the chain there, and keep the rest of the necklace inside the egg carton. Then you can wrap the whole thing in paper or bubble wrap, and you’re set! The best part is that you can do multiple necklaces in one cart without fear of the chains getting tangled.

Plastic kitchen wrap

If your jewelry is already organized neatly in a tray or bowl, you can simply stretch some resealable kitchen wrap, such as saran wrap, across and around the container. Once you arrive in your new home, unpacking will be as simple as taking off the plastic wrap and setting the jewelry organizers wherever you want!


Buttons are a simple, cheap way to pack earrings securely. Just stick the earring post through the buttonhole and place the earring back on the other side of the button. This is a great way to keep pairs of earrings organized.

Business cards

Business cards provide the most room for creativity when it comes to packing jewelry for moving. For necklaces, you can cut holes through the center of the card. Then, loop the necklace through and clasp the chain at the other side. For earrings, you can just poke smaller holes through the business card and fit multiple pairs of earrings on one card. This is such a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to pack jewelry for moving. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t have tons of unwanted business cards lying around?

Sandwich bags

Once you’ve looped, strung, and poked your jewelry through a variety of different materials, you need to keep it organized. You definitely won’t want to just throw your business cards and straws into a box and call it a day. To pack your jewelry for moving, try organizing the jewelry by size or type. Then, place the pieces into a few different resealable sandwich bags. You can put rings in a smaller bag, the business card full of earrings in another (in case the earrings fall out of the card), and then combine all the bags into one larger sandwich bag. Your jewelry will be organized, easy to sort through, and ready to move!

Jewelry box

Though it may seem obvious, a jewelry box is a great way to pack your jewelry for moving. If you want to be extra safe, you could place all your sandwich bags into a jewelry box to ensure the items don’t get shaken around or the bags busted open. However, a more environmentally friendly option is to just take your toilet paper rolls and buttons and place them in a secure jewelry box. Just make sure the box is convenient to transport yourself on move-out day!

Hold A Successful Garage Sale Tips

Knowing how to hold a successful garage sale can help you make some extra cash during the expensive moving process. Although it seems like an easy task, holding a garage sale can be a total waste of time if you don’t properly plan and prepare. From permits to pricing, there are certain details you simply cannot miss if you want to turn a profit. To help you reap rewards from your odds and ends, we’ve put together some easy tips to show you how to hold a successful garage sale. Follow along to ensure your efforts (and unwanted belongings) don’t go to waste!

Plan for Your Successful Garage Sale

Check for permits

You can’t hold a successful garage sale if there are laws that prevent you from doing so in the first place. In many cities, it’s illegal to hold a garage sale without a permit. Check with your city clerk or town hall to avoid getting fined or shut down. Most cities have this information available online, so be sure to do your research before you set up shop!

Pick a date

Once you get the green light from your locality, it’s time to block off your calendar for the big day. Just as there are better times to plan your move, there are better times to plan your garage sale. The key to picking a date for your garage sale is to ensure it doesn’t interfere with customers’ schedules. For this reason, the weekend is the optimal time to hold your garage sale. It’s also a good idea to plan for a multi-day sale. The more options buyers have, the more likely they are to come around.

It’s also critical that you take weather into consideration when picking your hours of operation. In other words, if your garage sale is in the middle of August, you shouldn’t be opening and closing between the hours of noon and five o’clock when the sun is at its peak. Knowing how to hold a successful garage sale means knowing your customers’ needs.

Pack, sell or donate

Now it’s time to organize your inventory. As you pack up each room, be sure you’re separating the items you want to sell or donate from the rest. Label boxes and group together items based on their purposes. For example, your old china and toaster will go into “kitchen” and your old speaker and headphones will go into “tech.” It will save you from any confusion down the line and will keep displays organized when setting up for your garage sale.

Gather supplies

Knowing how to hold a successful garage sale means knowing the value of preparation. Just as you would create a moving checklist, create a garage sale checklist! Start gathering the supplies you’ll need in advance so you’re not scrambling the night before. It’s easy to do this without breaking the bank as you probably already have a lot of the things you’ll need. Folding tables, chairs, shelves, or even crates and a piece of plywood will suffice as displays. Grab some tablecloths for nice presentation, and open up an umbrella to cool down in the outdoor heat. Bright posters, price tags, permanent markers, bubble wrap, and a cash box (or a manila envelope) are just a few supplies you’ll need.

Promote Your Garage Sale

There’s no way to hold a successful garage sale if no one knows about it! Start advertising your garage sale by posting in the local paper, community bulletins, and on social media. Hang up some bright eye-catching signs around town (you may need a permit for this too!) and get the word out. Include enticing taglines like, “New and barely-used condition” and “Prices on valuables that can’t be beat!” Half the battle of holding a garage sale is getting people to come. Make it happen!

Prep for the Garage Sale

Recruit friends or family for help

Try to talk a couple friends into coming to hang at your garage sale for the day. It’s nice to have some backup in the event that you draw a bit of a crowd and need some help with transactions. Folks may need some assistance carrying larger items to their car or someone might have a question about an item. Not to mention, what happens if you need a drink of water or a bathroom break?

It’s smart to have at least one other person there with you to hold down the fort. Garage sales can also be a big threat to home security if you’re preoccupied and don’t have enough eyes and ears looking out for you. Bottom line, having a sidekick is how to hold a successful garage sale 101.

Set prices

Before you open for business, make sure you have your prices set straight. Take into consideration the true value of each individual item and don’t set them at outlandish prices. Most people come to garage sales on the hunt for a good bargain, so it’s important to understand where they’re coming from and be realistic. Whip out some price tags and a permanent marker and get to work!

Map out displays

Instead of fumbling around the day of, map out how you’re going to display your items for your garage sale beforehand. To give your customers a clear view of what’s available, section off each display based on the item’s category. Be mindful of fragile items like good china or vases and ensure that they’re safe. Maybe you need to invest in some bubble wrap or dig through the basement for a bigger box. Take inventory and make sure every item for sale has a place.

Get cash

Having change available is an absolute must when holding a successful garage sale. Don’t be caught off guard when your first customer of the day hands you a 20 dollar bill and you now have to give them change. Make a stop at your bank and set aside at least 20 dollars in quarters and a bunch of ones and fives for good measure.

Have an inclimate weather alternative

Once again, knowing how to hold a successful garage sale means knowing the value of preparation. Be ready for a rainy day and figure out how the display of your sale will change. Perhaps you have an old tent that you can pitch up over some tables, or you’re able to clear out a section of the garage for cover. Bad weather doesn’t have to be a damper on your garage sale.

Sell, sell, sell

Feel out pricing strategy

As your customers start to roll through, it’s a good idea to feel out their sensitivity to pricing. Is that a reasonable price for a pair of oven mitts? Would lowering it a bit more help you lock in a sale? Sometimes we are a tad biased towards belongings of our own, so it’s important to be conscious of this. There is no harm in bargaining a little. When in doubt, talk your belongings up and try to convey why they’re worth the original price.

Donate leftovers

No matter how successful you are at selling, you’re bound to have a couple of items leftover. What’s the second best thing to knowing how to throw a successful garage sale? Knowing how to donate unwanted items. Not only will donating relieve you of unwanted clutter, but it also contributes to a good cause, and can even earn you some tax deductions! When it’s time to close up shop, pack up those leftovers and donate accordingly.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be an expert at knowing how to hold a successful garage sale in no time! If you’re going to do it, make sure you’re doing it right.

What To Pack First When You’re Moving

The most difficult part of any undertaking is often just getting started. By planning what to pack first when moving, you can avoid procrastination and stay organized during a chaotic time. Just follow this guide, and you’ll be organized, stress-free, and fully packed before you know it!

What to Do First Before Packing

Before you can even think about what to pack first when you’re moving, you need to get a few foundational moving tasks out of the way. The items on this list will help you organize your move and set yourself up for packing success.

Get a moving checklist

The moment you know you’re moving, you should grab a moving checklist. With dozens and dozens of moving-related tasks to complete, you don’t want to let anything slip through the cracks. Your checklist should give you a timeline of all these tasks so that you know, for example, when to change utilities versus when to decide what to pack first for moving. Lucky for you, we’ve already put together the most epic moving checklist in the history of checklists.

Take inventory

Before figuring out what to pack first when moving, it’s smart to take inventory and see just how many belongings you have. Create a spreadsheet or a simple pen-and-paper list of everything you own. Then, break it into categories. How many sets of sheets do you have? How much fine china? How many boxes of out-of-season clothes? Having this list on hand will help you figure out what exactly you should pack first when moving.

Purge your belongings

Hopefully, as you took inventory of your belongings, you realized that you have a lot of stuff to get rid of. Before you begin packing, take the time to get rid of old or tattered clothing, recycle books you won’t read again, and toss other items that are taking up unnecessary space in your home. Once you’ve done that, you’ll have a clear mind (and home!) and you’ll be ready to get packing.

Call Us

Okay, one final step before you choose what to pack first when moving.  Your moving company is one of the most important pieces of your move, so don’t push this task off. To be properly prepared for an in-home estimate, start packing after the estimate – call us today. To ensure the most accurate estimate, you won’t want half-packed boxes scattered through your home. We’re the moving company that fits your needs.

Items in storage

Items in storage should be one of the first things you pack when moving. Whether packed in a storage unit, your garage, or deep in your walk-in closet, these items are easy to pack first when moving since they’re most likely already in boxes. Just make sure to take things out, get rid of what you don’t want, and try to consolidate boxes as much as possible. The fewer boxes on move-out day, the better!

Out-of-season clothes

Out-of-season clothes are easy to pack first when moving because like items in storage, out-of-season clothes may already be in boxes. Plus, these clothes may not need to be accessed for several months. On day one of packing, you can go ahead and get them out of the way, giving you enough packing momentum to tackle more difficult parts of your home!

China and other rarely used dishes

There’s a strong chance you won’t be hosting fancy dinner parties during your move. This makes fine china the perfect item to pack first when moving. Just make sure to pack these dishes very carefully and clearly label the boxes as fragile. While you’re at it, you might want to go ahead and pack other dishes and cookware that you rarely use. You can always spend the last few weeks in your home using paper plates!

Artwork, wall hangings, and picture frames

Though wall hangings can be tricky to pack, they’re a great place to begin. Most likely, the only practical use for your artwork and picture frames are as decorations, and you don’t need decorations up while you pack. Not to mention, it’s easy to forget to take them down when the chaos of move-in day rolls around. Avoid forgetting about wall hangings by prioritizing these items when deciding what to pack first when moving.

Any and all knick-knacks

No matter how special they are to you, you’ve got to pack your knick-knacks first when moving. If you procrastinate on packing knick-knacks, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the last minute by these small pieces scattered throughout your home. Whether it’s an old souvenir or a trendy jewelry dish, make these items a priority when you start packing.

Extra towels and linens

Extra towels and linens are the perfect belongings to pack first when moving. A big move is not the ideal time to change your sheets or keep a large pile of dirty towels around. Instead, plan on washing the same few dish and bath towels so that you can keep your laundry basket empty and ready for move-out day.  


Choose a few books you want to keep easily accessible and pack the rest of your books first when moving. Just make sure you return borrowed books to their respective owners, whether it be your friends or the library. You don’t want to be liable for those books if they get lost during your move!

Deciding what to pack first when moving can seem intimidating, but with a little help, you’ll find that it’s not too difficult once you know where to begin.

There you have it – your complete list of what to pack first when you’re moving.

Tips For Packing Moving Boxes

Packing for a move may be laborious and time-consuming, but unlike other highly complicated aspects of the relocation process (such finding an appropriate new home, for example), it seems like a simple task – all you need to do is put your items in a box, seal it shut, and tape a label on it. And while this is true, of course, you should have already realized that nothing is ever as simple as it seems at first (especially when it comes to moving house).

But what is so special about packing moving boxes? It’s easy to guess – if a box is not packed correctly, it won’t provide good enough protection to your items during transit. Some of your cherished possessions may get broken or damaged only because you failed to pack a moving box the right way. To avoid such undesirable situations and ensure the safety of your belongings during the relocation process, you need to know how to properly pack boxes for moving.

Take a closer look at the packing guidelines below to make sure you don’t miss an important step when packing a box for shipping.

What kind of boxes to use for moving?
New, corrugated cardboard boxes are your best option when it comes to safe, practical, and convenient moving containers. If you want to save on packing materials and use old boxes for your packing needs, at least make sure they are clean and sturdy enough to support their contents without any risk of breaking. Every single box you intend to use for your move has to be rigid and in excellent condition without rips, tears, or damage to the corners.

Standard moving boxes
Different items require different size packing boxes, so you’re going to need an entire collection of cardboard cartons for your relocation:

Small packing boxes are ideal for heavy objects like books and tools or fragile items that should be packed separately (glassware, pieces of art, etc.);
Medium-sized cardboard boxes are good for clothes and shoes, toys and games, small appliances and electronics, cookware, etc.;
Large moving boxes are best for blankets, pillows, linen and other bulky lightweight items.

Specialty moving boxes
Standard cardboard boxes may not be strong enough (or may not have the right shape) to ensure the safety of your more delicate and valuable possessions. That’s where specialty boxes come in handy:

Wardrobe boxes are perfect for transporting clothes;
Dish boxes are very strong and especially designed to protect fragile items;
Mirror/picture boxes are custom-built to fit framed artwork or large mirrors and come with special frame protectors for added safety;
File boxes, lamp boxes, crib boxes and various other kinds of specialty boxes are also available to meet particular packing needs.

How many moving boxes do I need?
The number of moving boxes you’re going to need for your relocation depends on the size of your move, as well as on your ability to optimize the space inside the boxes.

To get an approximate idea of how many moving boxes will be required for your packing needs, you have to make a detailed inventory of the items you intend to take with you. Then, you can use a moving app to calculate the exact number of boxes that will accommodate your stuff – just input the type and number of household items you’re going to relocate and the app will do the math for you.

As a rule of thumb, you should be able to pack the contents of one room in about 10 small boxes, 7-8 medium ones and 5 large ones. However, you are strongly advised to provide some extra packing boxes, just in case (you may decide to pack a few more items in the last minute or you may damage a box or two in the packing process, etc.).

Where to get moving boxes?
Get the moving boxes you need well ahead of time, so that you can start packing as early as possible (not being pressed for time will reduce the moving stress and will allow you to pack at your own pace and with greater attention to the details).

You can:
Purchase brand new moving boxes from local moving companies, mail service stores, and office supply outlets or order the packing materials you need online. Make sure you compare the prices and look for special deals, discounts, promotional coupons and other ways to cut down the cost of packing supplies;
Get used cardboard boxes for free from local shops (supermarkets, bookshops, appliances and home electronics shops), copy centers, or recycling centers. It is also a good idea to ask around your neighborhood and use the social media to get in contact with people who have recently moved and have plenty of packing materials they won’t need any more. Popular websites, like Craigslist and Freecycle, can also help you get free cardboard boxes for moving.

Of course, you can also pack your belongings in whatever containers you have in your home (suitcases, crates, bags, buckets, etc.) instead of using professional moving boxes. Have in mind, though, that such improvised packing containers won’t provide the safety and convenience of specialized packing boxes.

How to pack moving boxes?
Now that you are ready to start packing for your move, you need to make sure that you won’t make a rookie mistake and put your cherished possessions at an unnecessary risk. To do so, you have to strictly follow the golden rules of packing and pack each and every box with utmost care and attention. But how to pack a moving box the right way?

1) Reinforce the bottom and the corners of the box with packing tape. This will ensure that the carton won’t break easily under its own weight during transit;

2) Line the bottom of the box with crumpled paper or some bubble wrap to create a protective cushion for your items;

3) Wrap individual items with packing paper or bubble wrap for maximum protection (Any old towels or other soft fabric materials will also do the trick. Avoid using newspaper, though, as the ink may leave stubborn stains on more delicate surfaces);

4) Place larger and heavier items first and lighter ones on top of them;

5) Fill the box to the brim as half-empty boxes may easily cave in or dent during the loading and unloading processes or when they get stacked in the moving truck. Be careful, however, not to overload the moving container as this may also result in damage to your items or make the box too heavy;

6) Provide plenty of cushioning among the items in the box. Use crumpled paper, bubble wrap, foam sheets, packing peanuts, or even old clothes and towels – just make sure there are no empty spaces in the box in order to prevent the items inside from shifting during transportation.  Also, don’t forget to line the top of the box for some added protection against caving;

7) Seal the box tightly to make sure that no items will accidentally spill out if the carton gets turned sideways or upside down during the moving process. (Needless to say, there should be no items sticking out of the top!) Use quality packing tape to tape both ends closed and run several circles around the entire box, just to be on the safe side;

8) Label the box with its contents and destination room so that the movers know where to take it when you reach your final destination. (Proper labeling will also make things easier for you when you start unpacking your items.) Don’t forget to write any specific handling instructions, such as FRAGILE, HANDLE WITH CARE, etc., directly on the box as well (make sure you use a permanent marker). It’s advisable to put labels and write your instructions on at least three sides of the box, so that they are clearly visible even when the boxes are stacked.

Good to remember: Always pack heavy items in small boxes – putting weighty objects in large moving boxes will make the containers extremely heavy. (Boxes heavier than 40 pounds (18 kg) are too difficult to lift and carry and very likely to tear or give out at the bottom.)

When packing for moving, have in mind that different items have their own specifics and require different packing approaches. See our expert tips on how to best pack books, dishes, glasses, clothes, shoes, toys, pictures, jewelry, electronics, and furniture for moving.

Have Fishing Rods, Lets Pack Them Right For Moving

Fishing is almost always a lot of fun… but packing fishing gear for moving seldom is. Naturally, the major problem when moving fishing equipment from one home to another comes when you have to protect your fishing poles during the house move. But why?

It’s fairly simple to guess why – fishing rods 1) are uncommonly long, 2) have delicate parts that can be easily broken, and 3) can be super expensive.

In fact, you may have already realized the great significance of owning and using high-quality fishing equipment. And if that is the case, then you will really want to make sure your expensive and valuable fishing rods stay perfectly protected throughout the move.

So, how to pack your fishing rods for moving? Read on to learn the best way to protect your fishing poles.

What’s the best way to transport your rods and reels?
To keep your fishing rods safe during the house move, you’re going to have to use the proper packing materials. The idea here is to make your own DIY fishing rod carrier so that you can save money from having to purchase specialized fishing rod cases that are sold anywhere between $20 and $70, or even more.

The special fishing rod cases you can buy on Amazon, for example, or from any specialized fishing gear website, are designed to transport fishing equipment with minimum risk of damage to your investment. A decent case for fishing rods will provide a good level of protection for your poles and will keep them from getting beat up, scratched, or broken. The extra padding inside those protective cases will keep your favorite fishing poles safe.

The cheaper types of fishing rod storage cases are fairly soft and are made of durable fabric. The more expensive ones are the so-called Bazooka-style tube cases – they are hard on the outside in order to provide the ultimate protection for your fishing gear. Most of them are airline-approved and are safe to be transported by air travel.

However, you may not be willing to spend extra money to purchase specialized transportation cases, especially if you’re moving on a budget. The solution?

Make yourself a DIY fishing rod carrier from a piece of tube or pipe.

What materials do you need to pack your fishing poles?
To avoid having to spend extra money on special fishing rod cases, let us show you how to make one almost for free.

The materials you will need for packing your fishing rods are:

Bubble wrap
A heavy-duty cardboard tube or a PVC pipe, plus a couple of end caps
Packaging paper
Packing tape
Also, you will need a measuring tape and some kind of a saw (usually a hacksaw) to cut the pipe or tube to fit your fishing pole or poles.

How to pack fishing rods for moving in 10 steps
Save money by making a makeshift fishing rod case that should do an excellent job of protecting your expensive fishing equipment on the road. Here are the 10 steps to packing your fishing poles for a move:

Step 1. Select the rods. Figure out which fishing rods you’re taking with you – this should be fairly easy as you’re the one who knows best the condition of your fishing gear. Maybe some of your poles are already too worn out or even broken, so now is the perfect time to decide whether packing and transporting those pieces in question will be worth the trouble.

The good news in this situation is that the house moving process can be a good excuse to get rid of useless items and then get brand new or better second-hand ones after the move is over.

Step 2. Get a cardboard tube. You want the best protection for your fishing rods while spending as little money as possible, right? A cost-effective fishing rods packing technique is to use a heavy-duty cardboard tube – around 5’’ in diameter and roughly 12’ in length.  Simply go to a local carpet store and ask for a cardboard tube that is used to roll carpets. Chances are you’ll get that tube for free.

Another way to do it is to get a PVC pipe around 4’’ in diameter. Check your local tackle and fishing shop for a suitable PVC pipe, while Home Depot or Lowe’s is another good option to find one. Expect to pay no more than $10 for a single 10-feet pipe.

Step 3. Cut the tube. If you don’t know the length of your fishing rods, then measure them up – you only need to know the length of the longest one. Usually, that’ll be the 7-foot fishing rod.

Then, add a clearance of 2 inches on both ends and mark the tube or pipe so that you’ll know where to cut it. Finally, cut carefully the tubular container using the saw.

Step 4. Remove the rod reels. Make sure you take off the reels off your fishing rods because they won’t fit into the cardboard tube or PVC pipe. Wrap them in bubble wrap and place them safely into your travel bag.

Step. 5. Bubble wrap each rod individually. Use sufficient amount of bubble wrap to protect the entire length of each fishing rod you’re moving. Remember that the tip of a pole is its most fragile part, so be extra careful when protecting those sensitive areas. Use packing tape to secure the bubble wrap.

Step 6. Match the fishing rods. When moving several rods, it’s important that you arrange them properly before inserting them into the tube. The two longest fishing rods should be facing the opposite way, and then the next two longest poles should also face the opposite way. When you’re ready, bundle together all your rods using packing tape.

Step 7. Slide the rods inside the tube. There’s nothing complicated here – just insert carefully the bubble-wrapped fishing rods into the cardboard or PVC casing. If your measurements were correct, then there should roughly be an inch or so of free space on either end.

Step 8. Do a quick shake-up test. To make sure you’ve packed your fishing rods properly, shake the tube or pipe back and forth. Ideally, you won’t feel anything moving inside and you won’t hear any sound either. If you do, then add more bubble wrap as a cushion in order to fill up nicely the space inside the container.

Step 9. Place the end caps. It’s time to finish packing your fishing equipment for moving. Place a PVC cap on each end and secure it with tape. If you don’t have such caps, then you can improvise a little bit. One way to do it is to cut two circle-shaped pieces from the thickest cardboard you can find in your home and then use those pieces as end caps – just make sure you use plenty of packing tape too to create strong seals.

Step 10. Label the container. Label the cardboard tube or PVC pipe with your name and content if you plan to entrust your fishing rods to a moving company. If your fishing equipment is really expensive, then do consider moving it by yourself or discussing with your movers the necessity to purchase additional insurance.

Bonus tip: By following the above tips for packing fishing rods for moving, your favorite fishing gear should survive the house move intact. Still, you may wish to find a much quicker way to protect your fishing equipment in the future. If you enjoy frequent fishing trips, then you should definitely consider investing in a high-quality fishing rod case.

How To Motivate Yourself To Pack When Moving

The following 7 tips will show you how to get motivated to pack for moving.

1. Break packing into manageable mini tasks
Packing an entire home for a move is a huge project that can get you discouraged just thinking about what lies ahead. It’s relatively easy to lose your motivation to pack when you know that it’ll be many days before you can finish what is often viewed as the moving task that requires the most time and effort to complete.

The trick to packing for a move without getting overwhelmed is to break down the big project into smaller packing tasks. This way, you will find the resulted task division easier to accept and even encouraging as you keep marking as complete one mini packing task after the other.

Boost your motivation to pack for a move by setting up smaller projects while packing the contents of a single room. This way, each completed mini packing job will give you a reassuring sense of progress.

2. Promise yourself a reward after you’re done packing
If that’s any comfort for you, you’re not the only one who can’t get motivated to pack for moving. Whenever faced with a must-do job that will require many days of hard work, it’s only normal that a person’s mind will start searching for a way to save themselves the trouble.

One proven way to stay motivated when packing for a move is to promise yourself some kind of a reward when you complete the task. It can be something you’ve wanted to get yourself for some time – booking a full-scale spa treatment or maybe buying a fancy watch. Why not organizing an exciting adventure of some sort with your friends?

In case time and money won’t let you have that post-packing reward, then try to come up with smaller rewards after completing a mini packing task – for example, go see a good film at the local movie theater after packing up your clothes.

3. Start packing from the right room
With little or no motivation to pack for a move, it’s very important that you organize the packing process in the best possible way. Any mistakes when packing for moving will slow down your overall preparation progress, but it’s starting to pack from the wrong rooms that may prove to be rather damaging in terms of time, energy and of course, incentive to pack up your home.

Initiate the packing job from the rooms that are the most difficult to pack. This is logical in a way – how can you get motivated to pack for moving when you know that the harder stages of the project are yet to come? It’s impossible.

This is why, you should pack up your storage areas first, followed by your kitchen. Only then will you be encouraged to urge yourself on, appreciating the fact that as you get more and more tired, the rooms that remained to be tackled are relatively easy and straightforward to pack.

4. Follow a good packing checklist
Increasing and maintaining a high level of packing efficiency is important because you will be able to finish the packing job faster this way. And completing a moving task earlier than schedules means a number of bonuses for you: more time to rest, less stress and worries about whether you’ll make it on time or not. And, of course, you won’t have enough time to demotivate yourself in the process.

It sounds pretty hard to be able to do all that, but in reality, all you need is a good packing checklist to follow. A packing timeline will guide you what to pack and when to pack it from Day 1 so that you don’t lose valuable time by randomly starting and interrupting moving jobs.

A printable packing checklist will help you first get organized to move house, and then stay motivated throughout the arduous job of packing simply because you’ll know what to do in each given moment. Ultimately, a packing timeline will lead to a guaranteed packing progress!

5. Eliminate all harmful distractions
Getting motivated to pack when you’re moving house can be a problem when you’re forced to deal with frequent interruptions and constant distractions. It can be really discouraging and demotivating to have to stop in the middle of packing a box in order to do something else in the meantime.

Phones ringing, disturbing noises coming from various identified or unidentified sources, pets running around the house begging for food or asking for a walk… while you’re making every effort to pack your home quickly, distractions can come from literally everywhere.

Do your best to limit any distractions while packing so that you don’t fall too much behind your pre-set packing schedule. You may consider yourself good at multitasking, but doing more than one thing at one given time will only drain your energy faster. And less energy to work will automatically mean lower motivation to pack as well.

6. Invite friends over to make it more fun
Everyone who has decided to pack their things without hiring professionals will need packing motivation from time to time – the process takes forever and can become extremely boring at times. And when that happens to you too, you’ll be glad to know that you have a good option to solve this problem: ask friends to help you out.

Any activity, no matter how tedious and repetitive, can be fun when you do it together with good friends. Reach out to your pals as early as you can to minimize disrupting their own plans. Be open with them, tell them exactly what type of help you need, and promise to return the favor when the need to do so arises.

Play music in the background, provide good food and refreshing drinks, and try to make it fun as you’re boxing up your stuff. You’ll never get overwhelmed when packing for moving with great friends around you.

7. Remember that you’re saving tons of cash
If you’re still wondering how to get motivated to pack for moving, then try this simple yet effective motivational trick: think about all the money that you’re going to save by packing it up by yourself.

Hiring movers to pack your home will be the easiest option for you, but you will have to pay for that service. In fact, one of the best cost-saving advice when moving home is to pack whatever you can by yourself and leave to the pros only special items that require professional packing services.

So, whenever you feel like you’re lacking the motivation to pack for moving, simply think of all the hard-earned money that stays where it’s supposed to stay – in your wallet and bank account – and you’ll definitely feel a resurgence of motivation to finish packing without or with minimal professional packers’ aid.

Where To Park A Moving Truck If You’re Moving To Boston

From the beginning of time, man has fought to move where he must live!

Planning a move to Boston (or moving from Boston) is going to have a number of complications that will need to be figured out. One pertinent task that must be tackled is determining the proper place to park a moving truck while you are loading or unloading your belongings. Depending on your location, you may need to obtain permits, reserve a loading space, or just clear the time with other tenants. Whatever situation you may find yourself in, today’s post is all about helping you legally and safely park your moving truck on moving day.

When Do You Need Parking Permits?

The City of Boston offers parking permits for moving trucks. Street occupancy permits reserve a specific length of parking for a specific day (sometimes a range of dates). Permits need to be obtained at least three days prior to your move (in person at City Hall), or 2-4 weeks prior to your move through the City of Boston website; it is imperative that you seek out the permit on time if you should need one.

Anytime that you need to park a moving truck (or van) on a street in Boston (any Boston neighborhood), you are going to want to seek out permits. Permits will do two main things for you; first, it reserves your parking space so you don’t have to worry about where you need to park, and second, it will prevent you from getting potentially expensive parking violations. If another car is in your reserved parking space, you just call BPD and they will attempt to contact the owner or have the car towed, if necessary.

The typical fee for parking permits is $69, but that could change if you have a particularly large truck, or if you need parking on consecutive days, or if there are parking meters (which are bought out for $20/day/meter).

What If You Have A Driveway?

If your house has a driveway, there is a good chance that you will not need to get parking permits for the truck. It is important that your driveway has ample clearance for whatever moving vehicle you may be using; often times a large box truck or tractor/trailer is simply not going to be able to get into a very narrow driveway, or one with branches or other objects hanging <13′ high. If you are uncertain whether your driveway will be sufficient, you can consult with a moving expert to get a professional opinion on the matter.

If your driveway does have the required clearance, you may need to clear time with your landlord, property manager, or other tenants. Whatever needs to be done to make sure that the parking space is vacant when the moving truck arrives should be done.

Parking In A Commercial Loading Zone or Loading Dock

Many buildings, particularly the larger buildings, will have access exclusively for trucks loading/unloading. Whether this is a ‘loading zone’ or a ‘loading dock’ usually doesn’t make a big difference, the process is almost always the same. You will need to speak with the property management to clear a date and time for your move. Usually a simple call to the building’s front desk will be able to put you in touch with the right person to reserve your appointment.

Failure To Obtain Parking Spaces On Time

In some circumstances, it can be impossible to obtain the required parking on time for the move. Moving has ways of being unpredictable, and sometimes you just have to get out and didn’t have the proper time or ability to reserve parking for your move. Can you still move? Of course. But there are some additional risks that you could be facing.

For one thing, you could be stuck wasting time trying to find a safe place to park the truck. Safe doesn’t always mean legal, so you could also potentially face expensive parking violations. There is also the possibility that the safest place to stop the truck could be a considerable distance away from where you are moving from/to, which is going to add time and cost to your move. In extreme situations, we have been forced to postpone a moving job because there simply was no place to park, and BPD was actively blocking our truck from stopping at all; in these last-minute postponement jobs, the customers are unfortunately required to pay a cancellation fee, and oftentimes they have to wait at least three more days before they are able to get the parking permit and park legally.

No matter what your situation is, if you are moving within Boston, you have to take time to make sure that you will have a place for your truck. Any location that you have to park at (if you are loading or unloading at multiple addresses) should have parking arrangements made in advance. Failure to do so is taking on additional risks that are easily avoided.

Boston’s Top Rated Moving Company In Boston For 2016!

Better Business Bureau Certificate of Customer Satisfaction Excellence - 2016

Better Business Bureau Certificate of Customer Satisfaction Excellence – 2016

We are just delighted to have received yet another award for excellence in customer service from the Better Business Bureau this year. We had a perfect ‘customer loyalty score’ of 100, which reflects on our commitment to providing the best possible service to everybody who works with Big City Moving Co. We also, for the first time ever, received ZERO complaints from customers for all of 2016! We have a special promotion brewing to help celebrate…please read on for details!

Customer Loyalty, Perfected

We work very hard to make sure that every customer that hires us is satisfied with the service that they received. We go out of our way to make sure this happens. Every move that we do is unique and different, and we strive to get all the minor details just right so that you have a perfect, stress free moving experience. Call us today and find out what we can do to help with your moving, packing, or other labor needs!

Zero Complaints For 2016!

This might be the most remarkable stat for us of 2016 – we had zero complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau for all of 2016. In most years, there may be a couple of these, as every customer does have unique needs, and fulfilling those needs is a constant challenge. I think that this signifies that we as a company have grown and learned a lot about the different things that people need, and how to chisel out a handcrafted solution for every individual client.

I wouldn’t say that every customer that we had loved us and rated us five stars, but the fact that nobody had anything negative to bring up to the BBB is just outstanding. We are so proud of our movers for taking the time and care to get things right while we are on the job, and not needing to rectify issues further down the road. This is how we always strive to run our business, and it’s a very gratifying place to be in! We are just delighted that nearly all of our customer experiences are overwhelmingly positive. We take pride in being a contributing member of our community, and this just shows that our message is being received perfectly.

Maintaining Quality Control

We will always find things that we can improve or streamline for our customers. If you have any feedback or tips for us, we would love to hear it! Please contact us and let us know what you think, whether we’re hitting all the marks or if there’s room for improvement, we love to hear from you! We try to follow up with every customer to make sure that their moving experience was as flawless as possible.

Special Celebratory Promo!

In honor of this great designation, we would like to run a special, limited-time promotion. All you have to do is mention the promo code ‘BBB’s Best Movers‘ and we will happily discount your moving service by 10%! That is 10% off the hourly rate, 10% off the travel fee, and 10% off any materials used. You don’t have to compromise – you can have Boston’s Best Moving Company at discounted rates! Offer available through April 30, 2017.