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20 Best Tips for Moving

May 3rd, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Do you need helpful tips for moving?

Moving long-distance can be a tough job; especially if you’ve never done it before. What better way to make it more manageable than by learning from other people’s experiences! Over the past decade and a half, we’ve been involved in moving more than 500,000 shipments over 600 million miles (that’s a lot of shipments and a lot of miles!). In that time, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with customers from all walks of life, moving from locations all across the U.S., due a variety of unique circumstances, and with a wide range of needs and budgets. So let’s take a look at what many of these customers would say are the best tips for moving.    

The 20 Best Tips for Moving

  1. Start Early. It’s never too early to begin planning for your move. Start getting moving quotes to compare prices and services, and start planning how you’ll pack your home.
  2. Purge before you pack. Typically, the less you move, the less you pay. So sell, donate, or throw away belongings you no longer need or want.
  3. Research moving companies. Look at consumer review websites like the Better Business Bureau or Epinions.com, and ask questions on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to find reputable moving services. Then, make sure to ask the right questions. Here are 15 questions to ask every moving company.
  4. Move on an off-peak day. You’ll find that moving on a weekday during the beginning of the month will typically be cheaper than moving over the weekend during the end of the month.
  5. Pay for the space you use. Consider choosing a flexible moving option that lets you pay for exactly how much space you use. The less space you use, the less you pay for your move. Use U-Pack’s space estimator tool to see how much space you should need.
  6. Calculate the cost of fuel. Before you decide on a rental truck, check how much you will pay for fuel with this rental truck fuel calculator.
  7. Make a moving binder. Keep important documents, receipts, and your moving quotes all together in a moving binder.
  8. Follow a moving checklist. There’s no better way to stay on task before, during, and after your move than with a checklist. Download U-Pack’s printable moving checklist.
  9. Get moving supplies. Experienced movers recommend using boxes that were designed for moving household goods rather than used “grocery store” boxes.
  10. Learn what not to move. There are certain things you cannot move in the trailer, like live plants, cleaning fluids, and antiques. Click here to read the full Do Not Ship List.
  11. Pack efficiently. Brush up on your packing skills with these great packing tips.
  12. Label everything. The key to knowing which boxes goes where is a permanent marker. Label boxes according to what room each one holds. Or, number the boxes and keep up with what number goes with what room in your moving binder. Remember to label each side of the box so you can read the labels when the boxes are stacked.
  13. Create an “Open Me First” box. This includes things you will need immediately for moving in, like paper plates, cups, and napkins, plastic cutlery, paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet food and bowls, scissors, toilet paper, soap, tool box, etc. Keep this box with you as you travel to your new home, not in the moving trailer.
  14. Forward your mail. Fill out the change of address form at your local post office or online at usps.com.
  15. Leave your contact info. Even though you’ve filled out the change of address form, some pieces of mail might not make it to your new location. Cover your bases and leave your forwarding address at your former home. If you feel uneasy about letting the new owners know where you’ve moved, get a post office box in your new city for a few months.
  16. Tell your friends you’re moving. Keep everyone in the loop of your move by sending them a free change of address e-card.  
  17. Transfer utilities. Click here to learn tips on connecting and disconnecting utilities when you move.
  18. Make moving fun for kids. It can be hard for kids to fully understand why they have to move. Read these tips on how to make moving fun for kids here.
  19. Don’t forget Fido! If you have pets, you’ll want to ensure that they are prepared for moving day, too. Read these 10 must-know pet travel tips.
  20. Gather records. This includes medical, dental, veterinary, and school records. Keep these records in a safe spot during the move so you can easily transfer the records to your new doctor, dentist, vet, and school for your children.


Do you have tips for moving to add to this list? Let us know by commenting below! We’d love to hear from you.