Moving is a daunting task whether you can afford to hire a moving service or getting friends that are willing to help you for some pizza and sore muscles. It can be overwhelming just thinking about how to pack up your life! It doesn’t have to be! The key to a successful move and reduced stress is organization. Creekbend Property Management has provided some tips and suggestions to help you get started for moving day:
MAKE A LIST
Get a notebook to make a list of things you’ll need to do and have before you move.
- Call the utility and cable companies to schedule turning off service and transferring service to new place.
- Go online to fill out change of address form or get a form from the post office.
- Schedule carpet cleaners for after the move out
- If you need a rental truck, make sure you reserve a vehicle at least a month ahead of your move
- Call friends and family to ask for their help
- Make arrangements for child and pet care on moving day
Start Collecting Packing Supplies
- Packing tape with dispenser gun,
- Black marker,
- Boxes (start collecting boxes from neighborhood liquor stores to save money)
- Packing paper; newspaper, bubble wrap, plastic grocery bags (recycle, recycle!)
- Purchase plastic storage boxes that can be reused again
- Coolers for refrigerator and freezer items (or fill a plastic bag with ice and put in packing box)
Have tools ready
- Masking tape (wrap around rolled up carpets, tape cabinet doors closed, use on loose cords on electronics)
- Sandwich bags (put nuts, bolts, and screws in and tape to their designated items)
- Box cutter
- Screw drivers
- Measuring tape
- Purchase or rent a hand truck that can handle at least 150 lbs., you’ll be glad you did!
Have Cleaning Supplies
- Broom and Dustpan
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Glass Cleaner
- All Purpose Cleaner
- Paper Towels
Helpful Tip: Measure all of the large pieces; couch, beds, dressers, etc… and write the measurements on masking tape to adhere to pieces. You want to make sure your furniture will fit into their new spot and fit through doorways.
START BY SORTING YOUR STUFF!
Tackle one room at a time; you’ll need to decide what to get rid of. Put these items in three separate categories: keep, donate, and throw out.
- Pack up wall hangings, photos, paintings, books, knick-knacks, etc…
- Pack up cd’s, dvd’s, vinyl records, etc…
- If you have window blinds, pack up curtains/drapes, if you don’t and want to maintain privacy; leave them up until moving day.
- Pack electronics last; wrap in televisions and computer monitors in bubble wrap or towels before packing in boxes.
- Throw out empty bottles or expired medications.
- Store shampoo bottles in large freezer bags to contain any spilling during the move.
- Leave boxes in bathroom for shower curtains, rugs, wastepaper basket, and cleaning supplies
Go through closets and drawers to sort into keep, donate, or throw out piles. Pack out of season items first.
- Take down wall hangings, knick knacks, curtains/drapes (only if you have blinds for privacy until moving day) pack up and label boxes.
- You can also put clothing and bedding in large garbage bags as well as towels and sheets.
Helpful tip: Prepare an Essentials Box for Clothing and Toiletries. Pack as if you’re going on a trip for a couple of days. Put everything you need in a suitcase a couple of days before the move and live out of it.
Last but not least! The kitchen is the most difficult room to pack up. Go through cabinets, drawers, pantry, closets, etc… and sort items into keep, donate, or throw out piles. Don’t forget to clean the oven!
Pack Items Not Frequently Used
- Mixers, blenders, toaster ovens, etc…
- Big bowls, serving trays
- Cookie sheets, pizza pans, large soup pots, crock pots, etc…
- Formal dinnerware; china
- Crystal ware
- Special utensils; tongs, mallets, garlic press, barbeque forks, etc…
- Extra kitchen linens; oven mitts, napkins, towels
- Pictures, wall hangings, and refrigerator art
Go Through Pantry Pack Unopened Bottles and Canned Goods and Boxed Items
LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE MOVING DAY, PACK THE REST OF THE KITCHEN
- Pots & pans
Helpful Tip: Prepare Kitchen Essentials Box
Put aside necessities you’ll need for your last two days in your current home and for the first two days in your new home; all purpose cooking pan, paper plates, cutlery, food items, coffee maker, paper towels, dish soap, and sponge. Don’t forget pet food, medication, and first aid kit. These will be the last to pack and the first to unpack.
GARAGE, SHED, PORCH, ETC… Sort in three piles; keep, donate, and toss
- Pack tools and sports equipment
- Spray off outdoor furniture
- Gather up plants
DEDICATE THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS TO CLEANING BEFORE THE MOVE
Once the rooms are nearly empty it’ll be easier for a thorough cleaning.
GENERAL CLEAN: What to clean
- Window sills
- Ceiling fans and light fixtures
- Smudges on doors, light switches, walls
- Bathroom cabinets and medicine cabinets (sanitize tub/shower, sink and toilet on last day of move)
Don’t forget the laundry room! If your rental has a washer and dryer make sure they are wiped off and lint free
MOVE ON TO THE KITCHEN: What to clean
- Oven (pre-treat with oven cleaner the night before)
- Stove top (soak dip pans in hot water and de-greaser over night)
- Refrigerator and freezer
- Cabinets and drawers
OUTDOORS: Sweep or use leaf blower
LEAVE SWEEPING, VACUUMING, AND MOPPING FOR THE LAST DAY OF MOVE!
Start in the furthest room and work your way out. Remember to sweep the outside front and back steps and walkways.
DISPOSE OF TRASH
The sooner you began preparations the better your move will be! Creekbend Property Management wishes you a successful move and recommends treating yourself to a pint of ice-cream at the end of moving day!
Creekbend Property Management is located in Charleston, SC specializing in rental properties in downtown Charleston, James Island, Isle of Palm, Johns Island, Kiawah, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, and West Ashley. We are licensed and insured, providing leasing services, management services, maintenance, and most importantly; giving our property investors peace of mind!