Packing & Moving Guide

Although most of us will move multiple times throughout our lives, most of us also feel unprepared in the face of packing and moving. The process can be long-winded, tedious, and generally tiring overall if you don’t have the proper know-how. However, the good news is that with the right tips, preparing for your relocation can feel like a breeze.

Looking for a comprehensive guide to packing and arranging for your upcoming move? Keep reading for your simple steps to a successful relocation!

  • Allow Plenty of Time

One of the most important steps for your move is also one of the simplest—starting far in advance of your move so you have plenty of time to get ready. When preparing for a relocation, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re rushing to get everything done in time. For this reason, it’s important to start well in advance so you can segment the tasks into smaller chunks for a less stressful moving experience.

  • Declutter Your Home First

Before you start packing your belongings, be sure to declutter your home first. Decluttering is the process of sorting through your items and deciding which belongings should stay and which should go. The items you get rid of can be sold, donated, or thrown away, depending on the quality and condition of them. Handling this decluttering process before you start packing allows you to minimize the time spent on packing and free up some space in your boxes and moving truck. Start this task by sorting through areas of your home where clutter frequently accumulates, such as closets. By doing this, you can start the process strong and more easily get your momentum going.

  • Create a Moving Binder

To consolidate your planning efforts, a moving binder is an excellent tool to have. This binder will contain everything pertaining to your relocation, from your schedule and to-do list to your budget to any necessary paperwork or documents that you want to keep safe. Having everything in one place will enable you to organize more effectively and keep everything in one central location so you can stay on task. 

  • Book Movers Early

When hiring a moving company, it’s crucial to get your move on the books as early as possible, especially if you’re moving in the busy season between April and September. Because movers are in such high demand, booking early increases the chances that a high-quality, reputable moving company will have availability for your requested dates. Otherwise, you run the risk of being unable to find movers to accommodate your desired schedule. Additionally, booking early sometimes results in discounts, which is another awesome benefit of handling the task in a timely fashion.

  • Update Your Address

Prior to your relocation, make sure to update your address with all necessary parties well in advance of the move. Doing this ensures you won’t miss any important mail in the meantime. Reach out to places such as the post office, your employer, your insurance providers, your doctor’s office, any educational institutions you or your family attend, and many other important parties. Additionally, it’s important to take care of your utilities with plenty of time to spare so you can have services disconnected at your old place and activated at your new home promptly.

  • Get High-Quality Supplies

When you pack for your relocation, it’s best to find high-quality supplies to ensure your belongings will be safe and secure. Be sure to stock up on sturdy cardboard boxes, packing tape, resealable plastic bags, bubble wrap, packing paper, moving blankets, and any other materials that are needed for the items you’re moving.

  • Pack in Small Increments

Packing can be an extremely exhausting process, especially when you try to tackle hours of packing at once. Typically, people end up opting for this route when they need to rush to get everything packed in time. Instead, avoid this by starting early so you can pack in smaller increments. One great technique to handle the process in small doses is to set a timer each day when you pack. This keeps you focused on packing for the allotted amount of time and stops you from going overboard all at once. When segmented into manageable doses, packing can feel infinitely easier.

  • Don’t Overfill Boxes

As you pack your boxes for the move, be mindful not to overfill them with heavy items. The weight should be evenly distributed both within and throughout all of your boxes, and the heaviest items should go on the bottom. Be sure to keep each box at a reasonable weight so they aren’t overly difficult to carry and so they don’t run the risk of breaking open when lifted. Plus, keeping the weight evenly distributed minimizes the chances of any boxes crushing each other when stacked in the moving truck.

  • Label Thoroughly

Labeling is an essential part of packing your home. As you fill your boxes, make sure to write detailed labels on each one. These labels should be on more than one side of the box, and they should provide a good amount of details about the contents inside. This will ultimately make the unpacking process much easier, as it will allow you to know exactly what box contains the items you’re looking for.

  • Protect Your Fragile Items

When packing, one of the top priorities should always be to use an ample amount of protection for your fragile and valuable items. From glassware to electronics, we all have items that need extra consideration when packed. For this reason, it’s important to have the necessary protective materials, such as bubble wrap and packing paper. Another great option is to use items you already have, like blankets or towels, as they can provide sufficient padding to your fragile belongings.

  • Work Room by Room

Working through your home room by room is a tried and true technique that provides the best results when packing. First, packing one room at a time allows you to segment the task into smaller chunks as you focus on one room instead of trying to tackle many at once. Next, it also prevents you from placing items from different rooms in the same box. As a rule of thumb, your boxes should only contain items from one room in the same box, as this allows for better results when unpacking. This tactic empowers you to stay organized as you pack your belongings.

  • Consider Your Specialty Items

Have specialty items such as fine art or antiques? Take extra special care when you’re packing these items. For these valuables, it may be in your best interest to consult the experts and ask your movers about special crating or other measures they recommend for specific types of items. This can reduce the risk of damage in transit, maintaining the condition of your belongings.

  • Pack an Essentials Bag or Box

On moving day, it’s crucial to have a bag or box of your essentials that stays with you instead of going into the moving truck. Whether you’re moving local or long distance, this is important to have and can be adjusted to meet your needs. From toiletries to changes of clothes to basic kitchen items, this essentials kit will aid the transition to your new home by preventing you from needing to dig through boxes as soon as you arrive. All of your necessary items will be easily accessible to you in this kit.


Make the Most of Your Move!

With this guide, moving can be an easy, worry-free experience. Looking for a moving company to help simplify the process even further? Trust Coral Springs Moving and Storage to handle your relocation with high-quality, dependable services. Our team of moving professionals is committed to providing the very best to our customers so they can experience their easiest moves ever.

We have been the premier South Florida movers since 1974, and we continue to offer trusted solutions to Broward County and beyond. Request a free quote online, or call us at 954-752-7366! The Coral Springs team looks forward to working with you.