Moving Soon? 7 Essentials for Stress-Free Relocating
As if the stress of endless searching, packing, and logistical planning for a move wasn’t enough, the chaos of your actual move-in day can leave you scrambling. Instead of standing around wishing you had a certain item or running off to the hardware store to pick something up, create a move-in kit and be prepared with our handy list of seven relocation helpers to ensure a hassle-free transition.
After careful planning and expert packing, you’re ready to start unloading the boxes in your new space, only to realize you packed your scissors. Make things easy on yourself and ensure you can get started right away by having a separate box cutter on hand.
Ensure your sofa will fit through the door, your area rug is laid in the proper place, and there is enough space in the bedroom for both your bench and lounge chair, by having a tape measure in hand on move-in day. While you should have already thought about your furniture arrangement and general placement before the day of, once you’re in the space, some shuffling is expected. Be sure your items will definitely fit before heaving them up a staircase by double checking with your handy tape.
If your new home has wood or tile floors, avoid any damage by placing felt discs on the bottom of your furniture’s feet and legs to protect against scratches. Self-adhesive pads with peel-off backing make applying these a breeze. We recommend standing by the door as movers (or your nice friends!) bring pieces into the home and slap the pads on before the furniture crosses the threshold.
Too often we hear of people who move into a new home only to have their art and photos still leaning against the wall, waiting to be hung months later. Be proactive and have a set of assorted picture hangers on-hand, so you can get started hanging your items while you’re still energized by your relocation. Once the major furniture pieces are placed, get to work unpacking and hanging your art collection to truly make your new place feel like home.
We recommend removing the light bulbs from your lamps, sconces, and ceiling fixtures before wrapping and packing them to avoid breakage. Since bulbs are likely to get separated and find themselves at the very bottom of the last box you unpack, have spares on-hand to screw into your lighting, so you’re not spending the first night in your new home in the dark.
Sticky tape residue and other unwelcome slimes can make their way onto your furniture and packed items while in transit. Take care of these annoying adhesive pitfalls by arming yourself with a bottle of Goo-Gone to dissolve the residue right away, before the build-up collects dust and you end up in a bigger pickle.
Once your large pieces are placed, your art is hung, and you’re ready to start opening boxes, be sure you have plenty of eco-freindly trash bags to dispose of your packing materials. Throw these items away — and recyle the packing material that you can — as you go to avoid cluttering up your new home.