Moving? Tips for Packing

Jan 17, 2020

Moving offers a range of exciting new opportunities. You’ll have a new home, potentially in a new geographic region.  With all the excitement of moving to a new home, you’ll want to be prepared for your move.   Here are a few tips for packing and what to consider when planning your move.

Prepare for the Cost

Planning your move? Start by setting a budget. Consider the following as you plan your budget.

  • The cost for a mover. Professional movers vary in price.  Request an itemize list of services a moving company will provide to avoid potential hidden cost or fees.
  • The cost of renting a truck or storage container for your move.
  • The cost of handling  special items such as, art and appliances.

As you plan for your move, contact multiple moving companies for estimates before settling on a mover. The right company can make a big difference in your overall costs and services.  If you choose to hire a company to handle your move, a licensed mover is a safer choice.  To gain an idea of cost for movers try this calculator to understand potential expenses.

DIY Move

If you plan to handle the move on your own, consider the following costs:

  • Rental trucks (fees typically are based by the hours used and miles traveled)
  • Boxes and tape
  • Packing paper and bubble wrap
  • Moving lankets
  • Dolly, hand truck, moving straps

Additional supplies to keep on hand

  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Markers for labeling boxes
  • Screwdriver set

Recruit Family and Friends

Planning a move takes time and coordination. Recruit your family and friends to help pack, you can coordinate and have them work in shifts. Friends and family members can also help with childcare or final cleaning tasks.


Limit the weight for boxes

Keep in mind as you pack the number of items in a box and weight.  You’ll need to keep in mind that your will have to load and unload during the move, therefore it’s recommended not to exceed 50 lbs. per box.   As you consider what to pack, consider the following:

  • Mark a box for donations and/or a box for a yard sale in each room as you move through each room and thin out closets, kitchen cabinets, etc.  Consider items items that you no longer need or want to move to your new home.
  • Donate, this is a great way to gain a tax deduction

Label all boxes clearly

 As you pack, label boxes by room.  By labeling boxes, it will prove to be helpful for the movers and or family and friends as you’re packing and unpacking.

Also include a note on the boxes which one to “open first” to ease with unpacking into your new home.  What to consider for the boxes you are labeling “open first”:

  • Kitchen supplies i.e. Coffee maker, dishes
  • Bathroom supplies, toiletries and towels
  • Bedroom linen

 Change your contact information

It’s important to update your contact information.  Here are a few reminders.

  • Complete change of address form at the US Post Office
  • Friends and family
  • Creditors and banking institutions
  • Your employer
  • Utility companies
  • DMV


By using these tips as a guide for your upcoming move, you can make the process easier and an enjoyable transition to your new home.