20 Tips to Minimize the Stress of Moving

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions

Minimize the stress of moving day with these plan-ahead ideas.


You’ve decided on a house and everything is moving smoothly towards settlement, so the next logical step is to break all of the moving parts into easy to follow steps to make it a success.

Here are some tips to help you avoid, or minimize, moving day stress:

1 Organize early

Try not to leave anything until the last minute. Unless you have to move in a few days time, which is highly unusual, chances are you have 30- 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Try to create a list that breaks everything into small tasks to complete week by week. This will help avoid having to face everything at the day of the move.

2 What’s your move strategy?

How are you going to get from point A to point B on moving day? For shorter moves, you can either count on family or friends with trucks or consider renting a truck for the day. If you have a big household, or will be moving a long distance, you’ll want to price out moving companies.

3 Keep your movers in the loop

If you go with a mover, make sure to let them know what to expect. If you have heavy furniture, like an armoire or piano, or know the place you are moving into has access restrictions (like a small elevator, walk-up only or narrow driveway) or whether you will need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture, for example, make sure your mover will know as they have to be able to have the right equipment ready and be able to estimate the total time and cost to move you.

4 How to pick the right transportation

If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with making more than one trip. But, if you are moving a longer distance or have more items, you’ll need to make sure you have the right size of truck to cart your belongings in one go. Below are some simple guidelines when determining the size of your truck:

• In general, the contents of a one-bedroom apartment will fit in a 16′ cube truck.

• Two to three fully furnished bedrooms will require a 24′-26′ truck to ensure your move is completed in one load.

• The contents of most houses can be moved in the same 24′ truck with one or two trips.

5 Time to purge

Working room by room, weed out items that can be thrown away or donated. Dispose of any items that have not been used in two or more years. The less you have to pack, the more you’ll save in moving expenses. You can either hold a yard sale, or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to Goodwill, put furniture up for sale on a site like craigslist, recycle old magazines and catalogues and shred old documents.

6 Assemble a packing kit

If more than one person is packing, stay organized by establishing a system. Have blank inventory sheets prepared so one person can tackle each area or room – this way you’ll know exactly where your items are and if anything is missing. Makes unpacking a breeze. Arm each packer with a pen, black marker, and packing materials, like newspaper, a packing tape dispenser and boxes.

7 Green your move

Instead of cardboard, consider packing in reusable containers – items will be better protected and you’ll be able to use them as storage in your new home. Ask friends if you can borrow any containers they aren’t using. Consider packing clothing and lines in vacuum sealed bags – saves space and protects items from water damage. Out of season closing will be storage ready. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables.

8 Reuse boxes

You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit. A few weeks before you start packing, grab a few each time you visit the grocery store or wine store (these boxes in particular are compact and sturdy, making them easier to carry.)

9 Take inventory

This is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then, assign each box a number and all you have to do is write that number on each side (maybe with the appropriate room listed, as well).

10 Label everything!

Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.

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Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Charles ... Thanks for your good article and valuable advice to reduce the stress of moving.  I am going to check out your tips more carefully and bookmark your article.

Apr 24, 2014 07:01 AM #32
Karen Gray Plaisted
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Excellent tips Charles, here are similar ones, a little different than yours but with the same message http://designsolutionskgp.com/your-house-sold-now-what/

Apr 24, 2014 08:23 AM #33
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Twenty excellent tips Charles... I especially like #10...

Apr 24, 2014 09:05 AM #34
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

A great list, but I'm a little puzzled over the pet transport. Surely you need to take your vehicles. Wouldn't your pets go with you?

By the way - I don't know about other places, but our local liquor store saves their boxes and makes them available to people who ask for them. They're good and sturdy, and have dividers inside that can be used or pulled out.

Apr 24, 2014 12:28 PM #35
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

And the box that has all the essentials of life....from toothbrush to toliet paper....when you are toooo tired to look at one more box.

Apr 24, 2014 07:07 PM #36
George P. Cruz Sr.
Premier Brokers International - Port St Lucie, FL

Thanks for essentials for moving day great tips for a least stressfull closing day.

Apr 24, 2014 10:11 PM #37
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great tips for home buyer's moving is another step which needs to be organized to run smoothly. Thanks for sharing the tips.

Apr 25, 2014 02:30 AM #38
Brian Olsen
Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn & Dunthorpe Neighborhoods, Waterfront, Luxury & Floating Homes - Lake Oswego, OR
Cooper Jacobs Real Estate Group | Keller Williams

Stress is most associated related to moving...it can be exciting and sad so your BLOG is helpful to all the ActiveRain followers.

Thank You Charles

Apr 25, 2014 10:28 AM #39
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Very useful suggestions, full of experience as well. Thanks for the post!

Apr 27, 2014 03:32 AM #40
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

This is another great blog from you.  It really has great information that I will be using in the future and I will pass on this great info.

Apr 28, 2014 12:56 AM #41
A. J. Zaki
REMAX Realty Pros - Boca Raton, FL
Home Finder In Florida

Thank you for sharing. I like to share things like this with the agents. Keep them coming! Have a great week!

Apr 28, 2014 01:08 AM #42
Tarris Rogers
Cascade Sotheby's International Realty - Bend, OR
Bend Oregon Real Estate

Nice list of reminders when moving.  I especially like the purging idea while you're packing.  

Apr 28, 2014 04:18 AM #43
Jack Whiteside
Realty Executives of Northern Arizona - Sedona, AZ

I like how orderly you have made all of this. I would like to keep this on my website for my sellers. Nice. Keep these ideas coming.

Apr 28, 2014 01:40 PM #44
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

This is a really well written blog. Keep up the god work.  I will use this usefull information in the future.

Apr 28, 2014 09:10 PM #45
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Nice post, Charles.  Really helpful information all nicely organized for anyone having to make a move.  

Apr 30, 2014 05:11 PM #46
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

Very thoughtful post that can help any seller to prepare there move. Being organized seems to be the summation of a good post.  Thanks

May 01, 2014 01:49 PM #48
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

You are on fire lately.  Another great blog.  I love your articles.  Can't wait for another amazing one.. Liz Harris

May 02, 2014 10:51 AM #49
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

This is very useful and well written information.  Another amazing blog from you.  Keep up the good work.

May 02, 2014 10:45 PM #50
Bill Carroll
Corcoran Real Estate - Westhampton, NY

Outstanding post Charles sellers would be wise to read this one.

May 05, 2014 08:05 AM #51
Anne Kaplan
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove, IL

This is a great list. In fact, I am going to use this as a checklist for my own upcoming move. 

May 06, 2014 08:06 AM #52
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