Moving tips after buying Your New House

Congratulations on your new house!

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Moving needs planning and breakdown of action items in such a way that there is least mental and physical stress involved when actual move is done!

Keep a few dates in mind!

  1. The date when you will need to vacate your current premises
  2. The date when you are getting your new house keys
  3. How many days between these 2 dates and what is your plan for those days to stay and store your household items

If you want to do it yourself

If you are comfortable driving a big truck on busy highways and narrow streets then moving yourself is a good option to save money. If your home size is moderate and your friends don’t mind helping you out go for it by all means. You will have most control and least expense in this option.

Consider some factors and costs such as insurance, distance and states you are moving, city by- laws for truck parking, gas, dollies and small sundry items such as edge protectors, blankets, locks, etc.

U-Haul and Budget are the biggest and best-known truck-rental firms. Both have different-size trucks for long-distance and local moves. Their largest trucks are big enough to move six to eight furnished rooms (including up to four bedrooms). Be careful not to underestimate all that you have to move, though. Extra trips might require more money―for the truck rental, mileage, and gas (and refreshments for your friends).

To check rates, reserve equipment, and find rental locations near you, go to or You might get better rates if you rent your truck midweek and midmonth and reserve it as far in advance as possible (as soon as you have an exact date for your move).

Choosing: You pack and load; they will drive.

Several nationwide companies, such as U-Pack We drive, offer what they call self-move service. Such services deliver a trailer or a van to your house, where you load it. They then provide a professional driver, who takes your things to your new home, where you unload them. Depending upon the company they may have minimum distance moving condition or minimum charges that apply or may be both; so it is better to check.

This option saves you the hassle of driving a truck, and it is less expensive than using a full-service mover. You share the space on the truck with other customers (if you don’t need it all) and pay for only the space you use. You can get an initial quote by phone, fax, or e-mail, but be aware that actual charges will be higher if you exceed your estimated load.

Hire a full-service mover

If you are moving a considerable distance and will like to disassemble your belongings very carefully and have really less time in your hands; this is your best bet. Professional movers have the equipment and experience to plan and execute your move quickly while avoiding any kind of damage to your property or items. Professional movers also have a proper/valid liability insurance in-case something unforeseen happens. As per Jon Hollander, the owner of Hollander Storage & Moving Company; “The first thing we do is protect the property by putting down floor runners, covering railings and doors, and putting down floorboard if we’re moving heavy appliances.” A lot of moving companies also offer packing services at 20 to 30 percent of the moving price. This very a convenient to you especially if you have limited time.

Here we would also like to suggest you to be cautionary. Most of the professional moving companies provide top notch services because they want to retain their clients for the future and for the reference. But there are some bad moving companies. To get the hint; ask for the insurance. If there is no insurance; risk is all yours. Second; ask for 3 references and actually call those references. Now you will have a fair idea and an informed decision.

Items you will need

When planning your move, don’t forget the packing supplies. You can expect to spend around $200 on what’s needed to move the belongings of a family of three. And keep in mind, it’s always better to get over-supplies than under-supplies. You want to avoid last minute purchasing trips and the stress associated with it. Have following items ready at your disposal to execute a good move.

Simple boxes

If you’re moving good stuff―(There is no need to pay to move bad stuff J) ―you should use good boxes. If you have used boxes and they’re in decent shape (not bent, torn, or wet/damp), go ahead and use those. The moment you have decided and finalized the date of your move; you know that you will need the boxes. Start looking for the local small companies around your residence. They can provide you a lot of free boxes. After checking for the free options for boxes; don’t forget to check online where recently moved people might be giving away their used boxes for a fraction of price. Hollander, however, recommends that you buy new boxes, made of strong corrugated cardboard (with an edge-crush test rating of at least 32 pounds per inch printed on the box). Their cost can vary depending on the size, but are less expensive when you purchase them in bulk. Finally arrange to have boxes of different size so that your household items can be planned and packed properly.

So how many boxes do you need? For a regular house of 3 bedrooms; start with 125 boxes combined altogether of different sizes.

Specialized or Complex boxes

Get thick cardboard boxes with the strong corrugation support for the dishes and other breakable items of the house and kitchen. Provide enough cushioning with the packing paper. Try to collect and use free flyers that are dropped at your residence every week. Get some free community papers and after reading them; use them as packing cushions.

There are special wardrobe boxes with the options of a hanging bar that can accommodate hangers. They are designed to reduce the fatigue at the time of unpacking (You are already tired!). Even packing is simple with those boxes. Speak with your moving company as well. The company may provide you some free special wardrobe boxes for your move, and collect them back after you are done unpacking. It is also a great (Somewhat forced too) way to unpack in time!
Use flat frame boxes for artwork, paintings and other wall decorations with the edge protectors.

Tape and tape guns

Use packing tape and not the masking tape as it will not stick to the boxes.  Buy or get couple of heavy duty tape guns to speed up the packing process. Buy 8-10 regular size tape rolls, preferably in 4-6 and 2 in 2’s packing, so that you can return any unused pack tape.

Packing paper

This is a professional mover’s secret weapon. Although honestly enough it is unprinted newspaper so to save wherever we can; I suggest to use old flyers and newspapers. If you don’t have some; get it from the shops that distribute weekly flyers/free community newspapers. After reading them; use them in your packing.

Bubble wrap

Use bubble wrap to wrap expensive items of your house. If you unwrap it carefully; you can easily reuse/resale it.

Box cutters

Use box cutting knifes to open the boxes at the time of unpacking.

Permanent markers

Get permanent markers with the thick writing. Label 2 sides of the boxes. Don’t label top as it will be covered by other boxes.

Mattress bags and furniture pads

Depending upon if you have chosen to move by yourself or you have hired a full-service moving company, you will get furniture protectors to use for free or you will need to buy/rent them. Many truck rental companies do provide the mattress protecting bags and pads on rent/purchase basis.

Dollies and hand carts

One great way to considerably reduce physical stress is to use dollies and hand carts for moving the heavy items. Local companies do have these items for rent. Mostly the truck rental company you are using will have it. You can ask the rent/day and if possible negotiate it in overall deal. Also check online if an old used one is readily available to buy; This way you don’t have to rent it again at the new location; specially if you are moving long distance.


This is not at all a comprehensive list but just a guideline to help plan your move. Use resources as per your personal situation.

Have a nice move!



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