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Whether your last move was across the country or across the street, it probably ended with two words Never again, but you don’t have the luxury of staying in the same place forever. Later, you find yourself surrounded by cardboard boxes and packing tape again.

Here, you’ll learn how to hire a mover (or move yourself), pack your belongings properly, and do it all with relative ease. Take this advice―and maybe the two words that end your next move will be, simply, “I’m home.”

Choosing a Mover

Of course, there is more than one way to move. Depending on the size of your home, the distance of the move, your budget, and the amount of time you have to get yourself situated, you might choose to rent a truck and move yourself, hire a mover to do the job, or use a “you pack; we drive” service. Here’s the lowdown on each option.

Do it yourself. Are you comfortable driving a big truck on busy highways and narrow streets? Do you live in a fairly small home and have a few strong, very good friends you can recruit to help you? If so, moving yourself might be a good option, and an economical one, since you’re not paying a mover to load, drive, and unload your stuff. It’s also the option that gives you the most control.

Just be aware of hidden costs, such as insurance for the rental truck (your auto policy probably doesn’t cover this, and neither will the credit card you rent the truck with), gas, and the rental or purchase of special equipment you’ll need, like dollies and quilted furniture covers.

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 (26 feet for U-Haul, 24 feet for Budget) 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 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). See the Moving Checklist or download a printable copy for a detailed moving timeline.

Moving To A New City Can be Simple

moving in the new city will be more helpful with this step bellow. just following it :

1. Remind yourself daily how courageous you are.

 Although it may seem like moving is nothing out of the ordinary, changing space is a major shock to our emotional and mental equilibrium. Our homes are our safe places, our nests to hide and recover and escape the outside world, especially for those of us who are especially sensitive or clairvoyant. It takes bravery to decide that you are going to uproot everything, pack your life into tiny boxes, and then move into the unknown. You no longer have that safe space, and you are faced with the task of having to create it again from the ground up. Tell yourself that you are brave and strong, and believe it.

2. Lose your fear of solitude.

 You may be moving someplace completely new, where you know no one and have no connections, or you may be moving somewhere where you already have an established circle of friends. Regardless, don’t be afraid to explore on your own. The worst thing you can do is allow yourself to have a crutch; whether it’s relying on a beloved friend who knows the area to constantly show you around, or letting the fear of being alone keep you from experiencing your environment. Give yourself the gift of independence, and establish that quality from the start. You don’t need your friends or your significant other to be your chaperone. All you need is you. 

3. Foster an insatiable sense of adventure.

 One of the best things you can do for yourself is let yourself be adventurous. When we go through major life changes, our mind resets itself and regresses to the thought pattern of a child. It’s our mind’s way of assuring that we take care of ourselves. In the first couple of days or weeks, you often feel the aftershock of the major change and behave like a newborn baby would: you feel tired, needy, emotionally unstable and constantly feel the urge to sleep, eat, and lie down. But after that phase passes, you naturally move into the mindset of a toddler. You begin to feel a childlike sense of awe and adventure, and want to explore your surroundings. You begin really seeing the world around you for the first time with fresh eyes, and feel that aching to know, see, and do more. Nurture and embrace this feeling, it will take you far (both literally and figuratively).

4. Be gentle on yourself.

 Don’t be afraid to be afraid. One of the biggest things that I struggle with is accepting that fear or sadness isn’t weakness. I’m not any less of a person because I felt anxious and scared and questioned my decisions when I first moved to a new place. In fact, it takes strength to feel those feelings to the fullest and not just shove them aside to manifest themselves later in uglier ways. Be gentle on yourself and accepting of the way you feel.

5. Build your nest and make it your sacred space.

 I’m reading a book right now called SoulSpaces by Xorin Balbes that I found when I was traveling in Maui. He talks about how your home is your sacred space and a reflection of yourself. All your fears, desires, memories and dreams are reflected in the way you decorate your home. You have the power to make your home a sanctuary, even if your living space isn’t ideal, or the world just outside your door is chaotic and unforgiving. Build a home that is full of vibrant memories, places to fulfill your dreams, and space to grow. When you know you have a beautiful, warming, welcoming space to return to, you can have the courage to go out into the great, big world and face its trials and tribulations. Happy home, happy mind.

6. Appreciate the differences, don’t compare them.

 No living situation will be the same. When you transition to a new place and a new home, you are embarking on a completely unique adventure. Sometimes I find myself thinking, “I miss how quiet and peaceful my old apartment was. I miss the big, beautiful window in my room in my parent’s house. I miss having a lush backyard to garden and relax in.” While it’s wonderful to reflect on past living spaces or other homes, it’s unhealthy to pine away for what once was. Just as you do in meditation, acknowledge and recognize the thought or feeling for what it is, and then let it pass. Embrace all the new parts of your home that you will grow to love, rather than focusing on what it lacks.

7. Find the beauty in small things.

 My boyfriend always reminds me of this. He constantly tells me to “stop and smell the roses” when I need to be grounded. It’s a wonderful mantra to live by. Whenever you feel like you’re forgetting to be grateful, take a moment to be appreciative of the things around you, no matter how insignificant they made be. I’ve made a practice of stopping and naming three things that I’m grateful for whenever I start feeling my attitude shift, even if it’s something as small as “I’m grateful for my turquoise nail polish, which makes me feel happy when I look at it.” It’s a simple practice, but it makes a huge impact.

8. Grieve the loss of the life you once lived gently and fully.

 I had to talk to a therapist to really grasp this concept fully. Grief comes in all shapes and sizes, it’s not limited to grieving over a physical death. When I first moved here and was having trouble adapting, I was still grieving the death of the life I previously had. I had to let go of everything that was comfortable and familiar for me. I had to let go of all the places that I loved, the restaurants I frequented, my university, my old apartment, my friends, even the proximity to my family. That, in some ways, was a death. I now had to learn how to stand on my own two feet in a completely different world, and I couldn’t really do that until I had let go of that old life and put it to rest.

9. Maintain your relationships.

ALL of them, not just the ones in close proximity to you. I sometimes forget this lesson, because all my friends and I seem to have an unspoken agreement that we’re allowed to go on our separate adventures and occasionally lose touch, but we can always come back to each other and pick up right where we’ve left off like no time has passed. But what I’m learning more and more is that friendships, even long distance friendships, will help you feel stable and grounded when your world is turned upside down. When you’re in a new environment, you’ll feel better if you take the time to reach out to your friends. You’ll feel close to them knowing that they support you and are there to listen, even when its through a phone call because they’re ten hours away. One beautiful thing about all these crazy advances in technology is that it allows us to stay connected and feel close to the ones we love when we’re far away.

10. Set time each day to do what you love and what inspires you.

 Although it pains me to admit it, a routine helps significantly in adjusting to a new place. If you loved to do naked yoga in your living room, or if you spent time relaxing after work by a peaceful lake in your old home, find a way to integrate those activities in your new home. Intentionally make time every day, no matter if its five minutes or two hours, to do things that you love and that make you genuinely happy.


The Timeline for Your Upcoming Move

Here’s the moving checklist you’ll need to prepare for your move:

1 Weeks Out

  • Get organized: Set aside a folder or file where you can put all your move-related paperwork. Dedicate a notebook as your moving notebook for all your notes.
  • Start sorting: Decide what to keep, discard or donate. If you’re moving to a smaller place, be aggressive in your decision making.
  • Research moving companies: Go online to check for moving companies with positive reviews. Ask friends and family if they have any references for moving companies. Take a week or two to research ? you’re not in rush mode quite yet.

2 Weeks Out

  • Get supplies: Buy packing materials ? boxes, tape, markers and bubble wrap.
  • Plan a garage sale: As you go through your possessions, you’ll find things you don’t want to move. It’s a perfect time to lighten your load. In the process, you’ll make a few bucks at the garage sale to spend on moving expenses.

3 Weeks Out

  • Notify schools: If you have kids, tell the staff at their schools of the impending move. Get copies of their school records and check into the enrollment process at the schools near your new residence.
  • Medical records: Check with your doctor to get copies of your family’s medical records.

4 Weeks Out

  • Book a moving company: Thanks to your research, you are ready to pick your movers. Pick a company you feel confident with and confirm the date, time, and details of your move.

5 Weeks Out

  • Start packing non-essentials: Begin boxing up the things you won’t need right away. Make sure to label the boxes.
  • Notify utilities: Start the process of closing out utility service at your current place and getting utilities set up at your new residence.
  • Notify your landlord: If you’re moving from a rental, let your landlord know. Find out when you can have your security deposit returned.

6 Weeks Out

  • Strategize your food situation: Use up food items that you don’t want to move. Plan ahead to have nothing left in your freezer by your move date. Same goes for your pantry ? make a plan to consume anything that’s already open.
  • Pets and plants: Make arrangements to get your animals and plants to your new home.
  • Change your address: Complete a change of address form on the USPS website.  Notify banks and credit cards of your new address.
  • Transfer insurance: If your current home is covered, check with your agent to transfer the policy to your new home.
  • Take care of your car: Have your car serviced, especially if you’re embarking on a long-distance move. Check with your car insurance company about transferring your policy.

7 Weeks Out

  • Pack with a vengeance: Now’s the time to start boxing up most everything left in your home. Again, make sure to label everything to ensure a smooth transition at your new place.
  • Coordinate your valuables: If you have jewelry, heirlooms or other valuable items, sequester them from the main move. You don’t want valuable items mixed up with your other packed items. Keep them in a safe place so you can transport them yourself.
  • Make a clean move: If your new place needs a thorough cleaning, make arrangements to have it scrubbed before you arrive.
  • At your disposal: Properly dispose of any items that can’t be moved such as cleaning materials, propane, or paint.

Moving Tips without headache

  1. images (10)Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.

Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access, including a change of clothes if you’re going back to work the next day as well as all your toiletries. It’s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting stolen during a move.

  1. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
  1. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.

Two birds, one stone: You’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.

  1. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
  1. In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.

When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable.

And remember to label the SIDES of the boxes, not the tops. This way, you’ll be able to identify them even if they’re stacked.

  1. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.

Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

  1. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.

This is a great tip for traveling in general.

  1. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.

This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

  1. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
  1. Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal.

Dresser drawers are like their own moving boxes — this will keep you from having to unpack and refold their contents.

It’ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.


Must be attention for this step if you would like to move in a new place

Before you do all and move at the new place wherever you are. you must be attention about this step. it will be more to help you


What are the must-have home items that you want to take when you start fresh? Some may have sentimental value. Others, like appliances, are still fully functioning and will fit perfectly in your new home. Be sure that any large pieces of furniture that you plan to keep fit in your new living space and that you have storage for anything that you want to keep, but may not display right away.


Part of the fun of moving is shopping for your new home! From décor and furniture to curtains and mattresses, there are many household items you might want to update or replace. First, start with a list “must replace” items. For example, did you know if your mattress is 8 years or older, it has accumulated dust, sweat and dust mites over those years? Here’s how you know when to get a new mattress: check your mattress tag to find out how long you’ve had it and if it is over 8, it’s time to replace! Better yet, if you buy a new mattress you can have it delivered to your new home, rather than having to haul it yourself. A comfy bed is the best complement to the new bedding and headboard and it will instantly make your new place feel like home. Once you’ve designated the “must replace” items, make a wish list for items that don’t need to be replaced as urgently, but that you can purchase over time.


With all the excitement of shopping for your new home, don’t forget that you can donate or recycle plenty of your old household items. Find organizations in your area that accept furniture, clothing and other items that you don’t want to take with you. Upgrading your mattress? Mattress Firm will haul away your old mattress and recycle it while dropping off your new one. Other organizations will also come by your home and pick up your donations! As you are packing up, place donation boxes around your home for things that you wish to donate and keep a running list of these items for tax purposes.

This checklist are useful for your move

Keep the simple of your moving :

  • Make arrangements for pets and kids; it’s best, if possible, to keep them off-site and pick them up once the move (or at least its individual legs, if it’s long-distance) is complete.
  • Clear your schedule so you’re present for the entirety of the move; trying to be in two places at once can cause all sorts of delays and disasters, while being on site can alleviate them.
  • Compile important documents in advance to keep handy in case they’re needed.
  • Make it as obstacle-free as possible for the movers to do their job; reserve an elevator, secure a loading zone, and do what’s necessary to clear a path to the truck from your door.
  • Have drinking water and snacks on hand, particularly if the move is complex and it’s hot outside.
  • Keep a few extra boxes handy, plus a roll of tape and magic marker in case you forgot to empty a cabinet or drawer (or two, or three… hey, we’re all human, right?)
  • Be sure your boxes are clearly labeled with the room they should be delivered to, plus a basic listing of the contents inside, especially if you’ve done the packing yourself.
  • To save time and keep the setup process simple in the new place, mock up a basic map of where the furniture should go and share it with the movers. (Check out our recommendations on the best moving and floorplan apps if you want to do it digitally).
  • Do a sweep of the home you’re vacating and make sure the appliances and lamps you’re taking with you are unplugged with light bulbs removed. For entertainment centers and computers with advanced setups, take a photo of the wire configurations to make life easier when you’re hooking it all back up.
  • Hit the ATM before the movers arrive so you’re prepared with a tip when they’re finished ($20 per mover is standard if they’ve done a decent job; more is appropriate for exemplary work).
  • Have a kit prepared for your first night (or several days) in the new place.

A Guide for Moving to a New Place

unduhan (9)There’s really no way around that, but it can be a lot less stressful. Here’s a look at our best recommendations for an easier and more efficient move.

A lot of moving generally takes place over the next few months, and while everyone’s experience and needs vary a little, a lot of the work involved in moving is the same no matter who you are. There’s a lot to go over, so feel free to skip around:

  • Preparation
  • Packing
  • Labeling and Managing Your Inventory
  • Moving In


There is so much to do in preparation for your move: set up mail forwarding, change over your utilities, acquire packing supplies, and so on. The move, itself, is really the easy part as you’ll spend most of your time packing and unpacking. If you want everything else to go as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to prepare well. It’s a time-consuming and detailed process, but it’ll ultimately make your move significantly more simple and less stressful.

Transferring Your Information
Before you move, be sure you know all the utilities you’re responsible for and make the transfers. The further in advance you can make the call the better, as sometimes certain utility companies will not be able to come out the next day to make the switch. Another switch you can make in advance is filling out a change of address form, which you can do online. If you change your address online, be sure you have a credit card that uses your current address as the billing address, since that’s how the postal service verifies the request.

Finding Packing Supplies On the Cheap
There are a lot of places to buy packing supplies, but boxes and tape can add up to quite a bit of money. You can avoid this additional cost by hitting up one of quite a few places handing out free boxes. Most retailers receive a lot of shipments, but your best bet is to contact furniture stores. While your average retailer may be able to provide you with some used boxes, you’ll be able to find a greater range of sizes from furniture stores. Be sure to call them up at least a week in advance of when you want to start packing, however, as box disposal isn’t necessarily a daily task. If your friends are moving before you, another way to get used boxes is to ask them to give them to you when they’re finished. You may also be able to find boxes in the office you work in, or ask a friend to bring home any boxes they can find at the office. For more ideas, check out these tips on scoring free moving boxes.

The downside to reusing boxes is that they’re not always in the best condition. If you want brand new boxes (and other packing supplies), you can get a pretty good deal through ULine. They offer moving kits and will deliver to your door. Generally I don’t like to plug a single place, but I’ve used ULine for my last four moves and they’ve been consistently helpful and inexpensive. One recommendation, however, is to avoid their cheap tape. When packing, good tape is surprisingly important, and the tape you get in ULine’s moving kits is far from good enough.

In addition to packing supplies, you’re going to want some tools for the actual move. It’s fairly inexpensive to rent a hand truck and furniture dolly—both of which you’ll want to have—from a truck rental company, but if you’ve got room to store them in your new place, it’s not much more expensive to buy them. You can generally find these items for around twice the cost of rental at online retailers, hardware stores and discount clubs like Costco. When purchasing, just be sure to get a hand truck that can handle at least 150 lbs. and has a pretty solid build construction. Thick, solid wheels are also a plus, as you won’t have to worry about deflation during the move. When the move is complete, a good box cutter is also helpful. It’s an inexpensive tool and makes things a bit easier than a pair of scissors or a regular knife.

Taking Measurements

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Everything you own may fit wonderfully in your current home, but it may not in your new one. It can be easy to make assumptions and forget to measure, so be sure to set aside some time to do it. Make an appointment at the new place, if necessary, to be absolutely certain your furniture will fit the way you want it. All you need to bring is a tape measure and the measurements of your furniture. If you really want to prepare, consider templating your furniture.

Also, if you’re planning on applying wallpaper (or hiring someone to do it), you’re going to need to know the measurements of your walls. The same goes for hanging various items on the walls. What looks nice in one space may look awkward in another. You’ll never be completely sure until you’ve moved and tried it out, but you can measure and estimate in advance to get a pretty clear picture.

If you want to go all out, AutoDesk HomeStyler is a great, free webapp that helps with the layout of your new home. If you want a complete plan, this is the way to go. Here’s how it works:

Getting a Truck

Maybe you prefer to have a moving company help you out, but I’ve always found that my moves go faster without one. If you’re taking the DIY approach, you’re obviously going to need a truck. UHaul tends to be the commonly recognized brand for local moves, but you should be sure to look at your options. There are a few things you’re going to want to consider when renting a truck:

  • Your mileage may vary from move to move, so figure out approximately how far you’ll be driving and how much you pay per mile. All truck rental companies will charge you around $1 per mile, but some include a certain number of miles in the rental price. If you’re not going too far, you may save some money by going with a cheaper rental rate that charges for every mile you drive. If you’re going a longer distance, you may find that included miles and a pricier rental rate will actually save you money. Additionally, if you’re moving between cities and there are rental locations in both, you may be able to pick up the truck in one city and drop it off in the other. This will prevent accruing additional miles and the nuisance of driving back just to drop off the truck.
  • The cost of the rental is one thing, but you also have to consider the cost of the truck should you find yourself in an accident. Rental companies offer insurance at different levels that often exceed the cost of the rental itself. Be sure to check how much insurance is going to cost you and what it actually covers. In most cases the insurance you’ll receive from the rental company will come along with a high deductible and only cover certain kinds of damage. For example, roof damage is frequently left out and is unfortunately common. A low-hanging tree can open the truck’s roof like a sardine can, so be aware of what you are and aren’t liable for and choose the insurance that’s best for you before you go in to pick up the truck.
  • Shop online and browse deal sites. Often times there are online specials available you won’t get via phone reservation. Keep your eyes peeled and you can sometimes save as much as 50%.
  • If you’re a student, several truck rental companies offer student discounts. If they don’t specifically, you can sometimes negotiate a deal anyway. If you can come up with a good reason—say you’re a film student who will need a truck for numerous student film projects—you can often get a better price. Just be sure to refer your friends if you can’t repay the rental company with frequent business of your own.
  • Reserve your truck as far in advance as you can or you may not get one. The day you move is also relevant to truck availability. Most people move in the Summer and on the weekends, so if you’re one of those people you’ll want to book as far in advance as you can.

Getting Help

Moving is not something you should do alone—it’s not impossible, but it can be a miserable experience. Moving with friends is a lot more fun, and it makes everything go much faster. This isn’t news, but if you’ve tried to coerce your friends to help you move, you may have found it’s not the easiest thing to do. While you can win over some with the promise of free food and help with a future move, many people do not want to commit to a full day of physical labor. Instead of asking for the full day, make it easy on them and schedule your friends in shifts. For a one or two bedroom apartment, you won’t really benefit from more than four or five people helping you. If you have enough friends, ask some to come in the morning and some to come in the afternoon. With less of a commitment you’re more likely to find the help you need.


More than anything, I hate packing boxes because of how long it takes to do it well and how many things there are to consider. On top of that, you have to think about what you can’t pack and actually need on a day-to-day basis. When you’re surrounded by everything you can’t yet pack, it gets a little stressful, so let’s take a look on how to break up this enormous undertaking.

Pack Like You’re Going on Vacation

We’ll get into the big stuff next, but first things first: set aside the essentials. You’re going to need mainly clothing and toiletries which should fit pretty easily into any standard carry-on suitcase. While you may want to wait until the week before you move to do this, put everything you need in that suitcase and live out of it. This isn’t as comforting as having everything in its usual place, but you’ll know where your necessities are and you won’t accidentally pack any of them. When all your other packing is complete, you can just zip up your suitcase and drive it over to your new home.

Sort First

Packing by room is an ideal worth pursuing, but it’s not necessarily realistic. Some of the time you’ll have electronics from the living room fraternizing with the soft pillows and sheets from the bedroom in order to save on packing materials. At times you may want to wedge a book from another room into a box that has just a little extra space left. There are all sorts of situations in which you may want to mix contents from room to room, but it makes keeping track of what’s where a lot harder. If sorting by room does work for you, stick to it. If you want more flexibility, there are other options.

If you have a lot of extra sheets, pillows, blankets, and soft items, you should put them all in one place. Assume you’ll be using one for each box, so as you unpack you’ll know the first thing you’ll need to do is take that soft item to its appropriate place. Be sure to set aside bedsheets and the minimal number of pillows for their own box so you have them ready to go as soon as you move in. If you have room, include these items in your essentials suitcase.

You’ll also find that you have a lot of miscellaneous items that don’t belong to any particular room but just happen to be wherever they are. Find all of these items first, set them aside, and use them as filler for any box. Packing these items in a particular way (such as placing them in a plastic bag with a specific marking on it, such as a star) will help you keep track of what’s miscellaneous filler and what isn’t.

Overall, however, you’ll want to keep boxes as room-specific as possible. Even if you’re moving to a small apartment and not a multi-floor home, having everything in its correct place when it’s time to unpack will prevent unnecessary stress. You’ll be in a new environment and won’t know where you put every single thing you’ve moved. Staying very organized while packing will save you a lot more time and effort in the long run. Know your system and stick to it.

Labeling and Managing Your Inventory

Unmarked boxes are no fun when unpacking, but there are so many ways to keep track of your stuff—and label it informatively—that it can be hard to find the best system. The most common method involves a black marker and room names on your boxes. I find this method really annoying, however, because you generally have to bend yourself in an awkward position to write on the box. Space to write is also a concern, especially when it comes to smaller boxes. Searching the list for what you’re looking for can also be more difficult since 1) you have a lot of items on the box and 2) you can’t search hand-written text. I think inventory and labeling is one of those things best handled on a computer—or at least electronically in some way. With my most recent move, I explored some new options.

Mobile Inventory Software
Back in April we looked at the Five Best Home Inventory Tools and, as you can see, they’re all over the map. In fact, only two of the five are actually designed for home inventory, and Delicious Library specializes in media rather than handling everything. While there are some specific options for keeping a detailed database of your stuff, not much handles moves. After looking around for awhile I almost opted to write a web app to handle everything, since there wasn’t anything simple, easy and cheap/free. While I still feel there’s a bit of a void, I found an option for the iPhone that works pretty well.

Labeling by Weight (and Other Information)

Labeling by room (i.e. Living Room, Kitchen, Bedroom, etc.) is a given (even some nifty tape can help), and labeling boxes with their contents can also be helpful. What most people don’t consider when moving a box is actually moving it. A box is a very basic-looking object that doesn’t tell you too much about itself just by its form. Relevant to moving, you don’t know know which side ought to be upright and how much it weighs. When physically moving the boxes from one place to another, weight and orientation are important. For example, you don’t want to place a heavy box on top of a light one. Labeling your boxes with relative weight (light, medium and heavy) will make each trip to and from the truck a lot easier.


A few years ago I tracked my box inventory in a text file. In some ways it was great: I could print it, view it on mobile devices, search it and easily move an item from one box to another if I entered it in prematurely. On the other hand, when it came to labeling, I found it difficult to fit the entire inventory on a label. Additionally, there are certain circumstances where you might not want the contents of your box exposed to the world—for example, if there’s something expensive in the box and you can’t watch the moving truck every single second of the move or if you just have a few things you don’t want your friends to know about (like your ultimate Justin Bieber collection).

While they introduce their own inconveniences, I found QR codes to be a decent solution. What you can do is manage your inventory in a text file and then copy the contents of the boxes to a QR code generator like this one. A single QR code can handle 250 characters and that’s often enough for the contents of a single box. If not, fitting 2-3 on a standard size shipping label is no problem either. Using the QR codes keeps the contents of your box relatively hidden and provides a way to fit the contents of the box into a much smaller space. You can then read the codes easily with one of many mobile phone apps, such as QR App (iPhone, free) and Barcode Scanner (Android, free — browse to Google Shopping on your phone, choose “More” and then “Scan Barcode” to install). While this solution is pretty geeky and certainly not for everyone, it’s a fun way to label your boxes that actually solves some issues as well.

Be smart on your move

Before you move out, use the Money Smart budget planner to create a budget. The budget will help you add all the costs of home moving and your new living expenses.

You need to be honest with yourself when you do a budget so you can plan for any unexpected and ongoing expenses.

Budget planner

The TrackMySpend app can help you track your spending before and after you move.


Ongoing costs

Renting a house or flat can be expensive. Make sure you have enough money to support yourself because you’ll have lots of ongoing costs once you leave home: rent, bond, renter’s insurance, utility bills like gas, water and electricity, food, entertainment and transport, just to name a few.

And don’t forget if you have a credit card or a personal loan too, you’ll need to keep up those regular payments on top of your other bills.

One-off costs

Before you leave home, think about the one-off costs of moving: removalist fees or costs of hiring a moving truck, rental bond, connection fees for phone, internet, gas and electricity, parking permits, furniture and furnishings, linen and kitchenware, just to name a few.

In most cases if you’re renting, you’ll be asked to pay 2 weeks rent in advance and a bond (usually 4 weeks rent) as a security deposit.

Case study: Ryan thinks about moving out

Ryan studies full-time and works part-time at the local newsagent. He takes home about $250 per week. He is currently living at home but looking to rent a furnished single room in a shared house for $400 a month. He wonders if he’ll have enough money for entertainment, let alone emergencies, after he pays his expenses. The only way to find out is to do a budget. After bills, living expenses and rent, he works out he’ll have $12.50 a week left over. Things will be quite tight for a while.

Choosing a place

Smart tip

Try to save 10% of your pay for emergencies  like not being able to work for a week, unexpected bills or extra travel costs. You’ll be glad of those spare dollars.

The location of your rental property could affect your budget, depending on how close it is to public transport and shops. It could mean you end up paying more for a lot of taxis or for petrol.

Here’s where to start looking for places to rent:

  • Visit real estate websites (You can search by suburb, price, number of rooms and type of accommodation (e.g. unit, townhouse or house)).
  • Call real estate agencies in the area to get a current rental list
  • Check rental lists in newspapers or on student notice boards and magazines
  • Ask your friends or work mates

Sharing with flatmates

Smart tip

Put aside some cash to buy groceries and stock up your food on the day you move into your new place.

House sharing is one of the easiest ways to save money when you move out of home. For example, splitting rent and household expenses for a four-bedroom house with three other flatmates could end up cheaper than renting a one-bedroom unit by yourself.

If you’re sharing, set ground rules with your flatmates at the start, even before you move in together.

You and your flatmates should decide how to:

  • Pay for bills
  • Share the cost of rent and utilities
  • Share responsibility for household chores
  • Withdraw from the rental lease when someone moves out
  • Pay a shared cost for food as a group, or shop individually

Formal living arrangements

Sharing a lease with your flatmates is called a formal living arrangement.

There are different contracts you will need to sign when you live in a formal arrangement. You will need to sign the rental agreement as well as any contracts for services that are connected to the property like electricity, gas, water and the internet. These contracts are legally binding, so you and your housemates will be legally responsible for paying bills for these services.

Make sure you understand the contract before you sign it. Can you afford the repayments? Check the small print and obligations of the contract. Can you cancel the contract and what happens if you do? Unfortunately, you cannot cancel some contracts just because you have changed your mind.

If you can’t pay your rent or bills it may affect your credit report. A poor credit report can affect your ability to borrow money in the future.

Informal living arrangements

Smart tip

In shared households, try not to have your name on all the bills. If the bill is addressed only to you, even if you are sharing the costs, you are legally responsible.

There are times when you rent part of a house from another tenant but have not signed the lease. This is known as an informal living arrangement. You will still need to pay for your rent and for services like electricity and gas. However, there is no legal contract as you have not signed a lease.

In a situation like this, the tenant you are renting from will have signed a written tenancy agreement with the owner of the house or unit. This makes them the ‘head-tenant’.

If you are in this situation you should get a written agreement with the head-tenant that covers things like how much rent you will be paying and how shared household costs will be divided and paid. A written agreement can help set agreed rules and can be used to resolve disputes.

Be careful if you allow a housemate to live with you and they are not on the lease or you do not have a written agreement with them. If things don’t work out and they move out or stop paying rent, you could end up out of pocket without any way to get the money back.

Moving out checklist

Here is a checklist of things you need to do before you move out for the first time:

  • Utilities – Set up electricity, phone, internet and pay TV connections.
  • Furniture – Find out if the place comes furnished, or budget for new or second-hand furniture.
  • Renter’s Insurance – Get online quotes if you want to insure your home contents. If you have car insurance, this will also need to be updated as the new address may mean your insurance premium will go up or down.
  • Budget – Complete a budget for your moving expenses, making sure you have enough money to cover the one-off and ongoing costs.
  • Removalists – Book and pay for a removalist, or arrange to get help from family and friends.
  • Research the area – For example, where is the closest bus stop or train station, supermarket, ATM, petrol station and doctor? Are they within walking distance?
  • Bills and loose ends – Pay off any existing bills before moving, and return DVDs or library books and cancel your memberships if necessary. You don’t want late fees hanging over your head.
  • Sell unwanted items – Get rid of any unwanted items you have to raise extra money for items at the new place.
  • Redirect your mail – Make a list of everything that has your address on it or organisations that will need to be notified of your new address in order to send mail to you, such as your driver’s licence, your bank statements, your employer and your Medicare card. Moving Services contains a comprehensive list of who to notify.
  • Look into medical and ambulance cover – Once you move out of home and begin living independently, you may no longer be covered by your parents’ medical insurance.

How to turn any house into a home that you like to stay

Let’s look at some things that can often get overlooked when creating a home things. It is not only create a kind of things for you, but are also easy and free is of course.

Letting Go: It’s possible to focus so much on decor, design, and picking the perfect furniture to reflect your personality and interests that can turn your house into a place of stress. How about taking a quick breather and switching gears for a sec and not allowing that stress to enter your home? Trust it will all eventually come together and just let it all happen when it does. Try cherishing your home in all its different quirky stages. Your mind and wallet will thank you for it in the end.

Make It a Refuge: Do you have a place you go to in your mind that’s a no-stress zone? A place that you sneak away to that just calms you down and clears your mind? For me it’s when I step into a yoga studio — the outside world just seems to melt away. Now wouldn’t it be incredible if that place was your home? How can you make that happen for you? Maybe try taking a few deep breaths before you open the door, or leaving all the negativity outside on the front steps. What can you do to eliminate stress and worry from your house and make it a peaceful, happy place?

Spend Time There: This seems like a no-brainer, right? But it’s not all that easy. How much time do you just spend in your home enjoying it? Do you hang out there and get to know it better? Or do you run out every chance you get? The more time you actually spend in your house, the more you may grow to love it. Even if it’s not your ideal space, you can start to appreciate it and make it work for you.

Share It: Do you share your home with others you love? Do you have friends over often for dinner or a movie? Or do you very rarely invite guests over because your house isn’t perfect? The more happiness and laughter that enters your house, the more it is going to feel like a home.

Make Memories: This is a direct result of the previous tip. If you fill your home with people and laughter, you will be making memories all along the way. Filling your house with memories will quickly turn it from a mere dwelling into a home. You may not look back and remember this house for its amazing picture windows, or french doors, or balcony to the pool, but you will remember the birthday party where your best friend baked their first three layer cake and then the dog promptly knocked it off the table resulting in impromptu ice cream cookie sandwiches with candles stuck in them.

Make your move so simple

How do you know these tips will make your move so simple ?

Asked expert movers, packers, and professional organizers to share their best tips.

So sit back, grab a snack, and dive in!

  1. Get rid of everything.

Okay, maybe not everything, but the more unused and unnecessary items you eliminate from your home, the less stuff you’ll have to pack up, haul across town, unload, and organize.

Certified professional organizer Ellen Delap recommends decluttering your home as soon as you know you’ll be moving.

Be ruthless with your stuff. That coat you think is cute but haven’t worn in four months? Donate it.

The very first coffee maker you ever bought that flavors your morning brew with little pieces of rust? Trash it.

Doing a massive preliminary purge will have the single biggest impact on the efficiency and ease of your entire packing process.

  1. Sort things by category.

Take a cue from Marie Kondo and organize your belongings by category, not by room (note that the category part only applies to the organization process, not the unpacking — that’s a whole separate ordeal).

Instead of spending a day cleaning out your entire bedroom, spend an afternoon sorting through every article of clothing you own.

Scour every coat closet, dirty clothes hamper, and laundry room until you’ve got all your clothes in one place. Then sort.

Do the same thing for books, shoes, important papers, and the like.

Free Bonus: Download our step-by-step KonMari Cheat Sheet so you can easily organize everything in your home just like Marie Kondo.

  1. Schedule a free donation pickup.

Save yourself a trip to your local Goodwill and schedule a free MakeSpace pickup. In addition to picking up and storing practically anything (including furniture), we’ll also pick up your donation and drop it off to Goodwill — at no extra charge.

Pro Tip: If you’d like to donate to a different charity, use donationtown.orgto schedule a free pickup at your home.

All you have to do is put your giveaway items in boxes and leave them on your doorstep.

The good men and women of Donation Town will then pick up your stuff and deliver it to a local charity of your choice.

  1. Set aside stuff to sell.

You probably have a few items you no longer want, but would love to get a little money for. If that’s the case, set these items aside and determine where you can sell them.

If it’s furniture, Craigslist or AptDeco might be your best bet. If it’s brand name clothing, you could try Poshmark or a local consignment store.

For specialty items like a gently used Coach purse or your collection of 90’s Beanie Babies, get on eBay.

Once you have everything sorted, set a date on your calendar to visit the nearest Buffalo Exchange or craft descriptions of the items you plan to sell online.

  1. Research professional moving companies.

Research is never fun. Yelp and Google will overwhelm you with the sheer volume of choices for moving companies to hire, but don’t give in to the pressure and pick the first four-star rating you see.

A moving company can often make or break your entire moving experience, so it’s important to get it right. The more effort you put into finding a reputable company with excellent customer service ahead of time, the less hassle you’ll have on moving day.

Lift NYC recommends double-checking that the moving company you want to hire is licensed with the state you’re in.

“There are tens of thousands of people claiming to be a ‘moving company’ when in actuality it’s just some guy with a van trying to make some extra money,” says Mike Sulkowska of Lift NYC.

Make sure to read the company’s list of services, fine print, and refund or damage policies, too. For example, some companies don’t lift items that aren’t in boxes (so your stuffed-to-the-brim duffel bags won’t make the cut), while others ask for full payment several weeks early.

Find out the specifics so there are no unwelcome surprises come moving day.

Pro Tip: Use Unpakt to find trustworthy moving companies, compare prices, and book your move online in minutes.

  1. Pick the right moving day.

Hire your movers at least a month out so you can plan accordingly. If you have a flexible schedule, play around with potential moving dates and try to find the cheapest time of month to make an appointment.

Moving companies are busiest on weekends, so if you can skip the Saturday chaos and schedule your move for a Tuesday, you might get a significant discount.

  1. Map out the best way to get to your new home.

Whether you’re moving to NYC, across the country, across state lines, or just to a neighboring town, you’re going to need an efficient travel route so you don’t waste your move-in day sitting in gridlock traffic or pulling over three different times to type an address into your GPS.

Figure out the easiest, most efficient way to get where you’re going. Look up potential highway construction schedules ahead of time. And take traffic, detours, and necessary stops into account when you’re making your plan.