The less stuff you have to pack and transport, the simpler your move will be. Clear out the basement, the attic, closets, the junk drawer and the shed. Have a yard sale, sell it on Craigslist, take it to Goodwill, or throw it away. If you’re moving far away, consider getting rid of furniture, too. Unless you’ve got really high-end or heirloom pieces, it could actually be more expensive to transport them than to buy new ones.
START PACKING EARLY
Pack books, off-season clothes and unused items, starting a couple of months before you move. That way, you can collect boxes and packing materials gradually without having to scramble for them at the last minute. It also gives you time to go through all your stuff and decide what to purge. Leave essentials like kitchen stuff, your kids’ favourite toys, and key home office items for the last few days.
SHOW WHAT’S INSIDE
As you pack each box, write a detailed list of the contents. Don’t just write “kitchen.” Be more specific; a box labeled “coffee maker, toaster, bread maker” will save you from rooting around six or seven boxes to find what you need. Put the list right on each box and make a master list in a notebook or on the computer.
Yes, they’re more expensive than a DIY move, but if you’re looking to reduce stress, hiring pros is the way to go. Just make sure you hire a reputable company – shadier outfits have been known to entice customers with a really low hourly rate, then hold their property hostage until the customer agrees to pay more. Need help finding someone you can trust? Get a referral from your REALTOR® or a friend. And always ask for a written estimate.