How to Prepare Your Home for a Move 

Packing and unpacking for a move is stressful, especially if you have a lot of things to prepare before the big day. Living in a new place is thrilling, but the preparation takes a while and is also exhilarating. One of the less exciting parts of moving is packing all the boxes. It’s also challenging when you load them in the trucks. You can, however, avoid this kind of hassle. The following are the things you can do to prepare your home and your family for a smoother move.


De-Clutter Your Home

Many weeks before the moving date, you should start sorting out all the things you need to pack. When looking at your belongings, ask yourself what you love, what you currently use and what you need. If all of these things matter to your belongings, then you should pack it. However, if you don’t use it anymore nor needs it, you can donate it, throw it away or sell it. This way, you will have fewer belongings in your inventory that you need to pack.

You can consider having a garage sage to get rid of the stuff you don’t want to bring with you, at least other people can make use of it and at the same you earn. Doing this garage sale will also help you save some money on your packing expenses. If you hire a moving company like Man with a van Gloucester the packing boxes would be on the list of charges, aside from the moving itself.

Consider Storage

If you’re selling the house or apartment, you can also put some of the stuff you don’t need in a vacant storage room. Leave the belongings that will benefit your future new home. This would be short term storage only while you’re still selling your house. Most of the time; your old belongings like furniture can still be use by the new owners.

Empty the Pantry

Before you move, make sure you empty your pantry. It means that you should use the frozen food and canned foods, and other items that won’t go well with the travel. Buy the foods that you will eat before, during and a few days after the move.

Pack Room by Room 

To make the preparation more efficient, you should pack room by room. You can start from the living room, then the kitchen, then the bedrooms and bathroom. Allocate different boxes for each room, and make sure you mark them. Pack the items you will need in a different box so you can use them once you arrive. Label them “open first”, most of the items are must-have like bath towels and toilet papers.

If you want to be more detailed, you can put numbers in each box. Track the items in a spreadsheet so you would know if the box is still complete or not. You can also use color-coding to make it more efficient for you.

Set Important Items

Like mentioned, you should set aside important documents like checkbooks, passports and other items. Keep them separately, and don’t put them in the moving truck. Carry them with you on your bag or luggage.