As your move-out date approaches, anxiety starts moving in. You have to decide what to keep, donate, sell, or throw away. You need to clean your home before the new owners arrive. There are repairs to make and furniture to disassemble.
Who has time for all of these tasks?
Before the panic sets in, take a deep breath and read our tips below to make your move a breeze.
1. Make a move-out schedule.
Well before your move, create a timeline for your move. Mark your calendar for dates that you’re going to pack each room, reach out to moving companies, host a garage sale, drop unwanted items off at a donation center, and more. Be realistic about how long you’ll need to complete each task, and check your calendar often to make sure you’re still on track. Don’t be shy about asking friends and family for help on days when you know you’ll be pressed for time.
2. Gather your supplies.
Take an inventory of how many boxes, bubble wrap, garbage bags, rolls of packing tape, and other moving supplies you may need. Other items to keep on hand include:
- A tool set to break down furniture
- Labeling and color-coding materials (such as sticky notes) to organize your boxes
- Mattress and sofa protection sheets to keep your upholstered furniture clean
- Dollies and hand trucks to make moving large items easier
- Cleaning supplies to freshen up the house for the new owners
3. Keep, donate, or trash.
Before or during the packing process, decide which items in your home need to be thrown away, donated, or moved on to the next house. This will prevent unwanted items from taking up precious room in your moving boxes and creeping into your new home. If you have a substantial amount of items to throw out, rent a roll off dumpster
so you don’t have to make multiple trips to the landfill.
4. Pack in the right order.
Not sure what items to pack first? Start with the items you rarely use, such as items in the basement, closets, garages, and attics. You’ll be less likely to miss these things before you move into your new house. Next, pack non-essentials, such as decor, extra linens, books, DVDs, and out-of-season clothing. Finally, pack essential items in open boxes so you can easily get to them, and wait to tape those boxes until moving day. You can even pack a suitcase full of items you’ll need right before, during, and after moving, such as clothes, toiletries, and important documents.
5. Label everything.
As you pack, mark each box with a list of contents and what room it belongs in. This will make it easier for your moving crew to know where to drop off boxes in your new home and make your job of unpacking painless.
Effortless Dumpster wants to make your move out process simple and hassle-free. Call us today at (855) 304-4007
for complimentary trash-removal advice and to learn about our services.