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10 Moving Tips To Save You Time and Money

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

Are you planning to move any time soon? If so, here are ten tips to make your move go smoothly.

Moving Day

1. Get quotes from several different moving companies

Don’t hire the first moving company that you find. Instead, try to get quotes from two or more moving companies so that you can compare prices and services. When interviewing a moving company, ask them if they are licensed and insured.

2. Take photos of your belongings before you pack them

If you plan to hire a moving company, take "before" photos of all fragile and/or valuable items. If a mover breaks or damages your items while moving, you may need these photos to file a claim and receive compensation.

3. Color-code your moving boxes and household items with Post-it notes

You don't necessarily need to purchase fancy moving labels. Instead, you can use colored Post-it notes to code your boxes when moving. You can use packing tape to secure the notes.

Tape roll and Post-it notes for moving

​4. Have door stoppers handy

You’ll need to keep the front door open on moving day to bring items in and out of the house more easily. You may also need to keep a back or interior door open throughout the day. To make your life easier, bring a door stopper with you on moving day.

5. Place heavy items in small boxes

It's best to put heavy items inside small boxes. This will prevent you from overloading a large box with heavy items. Not only will this make it easier to carry the boxes, but it will also prevent your items from falling out the bottom and breaking the box.

6. Stuff boxes that contain fragile items with pillows and blankets

Double up on packing space by stuffing pillows and blankets into moving boxes that contain fragile items. This will provide extra cushioning for items and prevent them from breaking, also allowing you to pack more items inside the boxes.

If you save bubble wrap and other packing materials from your Amazon shipments, you can use those for padding, too.

7. Flatten your moving boxes and store them for the future

Do you think you may move again in the next few years? After you unpack, we recommend flattening your moving boxes and saving them for a future move. This will save you from having to purchase or find boxes later.

8. Check all your cabinets, drawers, and even appliances before moving out

Leaving things behind is easy when you move out of a house or apartment. Double-check all kitchen cabinets, bedroom closets, and drawers. Look inside appliances (refrigerator, washer and dryer, etc.) before leaving for the last time.

9. Make sure to leave ample parking room for the moving truck

Whether you've hired movers or are renting a moving truck, make sure there's an easily accessible parking space ready and waiting. If you or the movers can't park nearby, your move will be much more difficult. The move could get more expensive.

10. Give away or sell items you no longer need

Moving is an excellent opportunity to declutter by getting rid of old furniture, clothes, and appliances. has a "Sell for Good" option, which lets you donate the proceeds of your item sale to a nonprofit organization as long as that organization is signed up with NextDoor. Many Goodwill locations are with NextDoor, including Goodwill Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada.

If you're looking for moving checklists, here is a good resource.



Moving is an essential stage in the life of a person or a family and stressful also when you have to move alone to a long distance. Nowadays, you needn't stress about these things as long distance movers can make your move easy and hassle-free.

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