So you’ve found the home of your dreams. Congratulations! Now you need to pack up all your belongings and transport them to your new house. Packing and moving can be one of the most daunting tasks of a move.
Fortunately, Pepine Realty, the #1 real estate company in Alachua County, has a lot of experience helping new homeowners move. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help make your move easier whether you’re buying a new home in the Gainesville and Alachua County area or elsewhere.
1. As you begin to clean out your home, designate two piles: one for trash and one for donating.
You can place these items into garbage bags. Get rid of whatever you don’t want or don’t use. Doing this will allow you to reduce the amount of items you’ll need to transfer and will reduce the clutter in your new space.
You should also consider selling a few items as well if you think you’ll make a profit. Depending on the amount of time you have before you move, you could make some extra money. Sell items on the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
2. Take photos of shelves, electronics, and tabletops.
Taking photos of how everything is set up can help you remember how to reposition everything after moving if you’d like everything to be in the same place.
3. When you box items, use clear plastic bins for the essentials and keep in mind the weight of the boxes.
Don’t put a lot of heavy items like hardcover books into the same box. Your average cardboard box can hold 32 lbs. of weight which is about 30 books. While this might fill the box, make sure you or someone else is willing to carry that much weight around. You can always use smaller boxes for heavier items as well to make them easier to carry.
If you don’t want to buy boxes, you can visit local liquor stores or other local retailers and see if you can use their recycled boxes.
4. Sort boxes by similar items and use labels.
Label boxes based on what is inside and what room they should be in so when you move you can place them in the room they’re supposed to be in and reduce clutter.
You can buy special tape with room labels on them that allow you to secure the boxes and identify where they belong. Additionally, you can work out a color coding system for each room to make everything even easier.
Numbering your boxes will also ensure that you have everything you packed and need
5. Use household items as DIY padding for breakables like glasses, décor, and tableware.
You can use clothes, bedding, and even towels to protect your belongings. Stick glasses inside of socks for extra protection. You can also use newspapers and magazines; just be mindful of the ink.
6. Before the move, make sure you have a toolbox or a few tools on hand if you need to disassemble furniture.
Most items of furniture can be taken apart and put back together. Screwdrivers and wrenches will help you accomplish this task. You won’t necessarily need to buy these items if they’re not required, but before your moving date, check all the items in your home and decide whether you want to take them apart. If you do, make a note of what you’ll need to make that happen.
On the same note, keep small baggies and label them for screws and small items so you can easily reassemble the items after you move. You could get a small box to keep all the baggies in so they stay organized.
7. Wrap multiple clothes items in a plastic bag or coat and zip-tie the hangers.
Bundle multiple items of clothes in your closet together and tie them up in a plastic bag. Then zip-tie the hanger handles together so you can easily move these items and then transfer them to the closet in your new house.
Wrapping your clothing in a large coat and then zipping the coat up will serve the same purpose as the bag with added durability.
8. Tape up or seal dresser drawers to save space and keep your items in place.
To further reduce the headache of putting your items away when you move, keep clothes and other items in your dresser. Make sure they’re secured with strong tape or a sealing material like plastic wrap.
9. Pack for the first few nights.
You probably won’t finish packing the first day there or even the first few days there. Prepare by packing a suitcase or other larger bag with what you’ll need for the first few days night. This includes clothes, shower supplies, hygiene materials and anything else you think you’ll need. You won’t have to hectically run around opening boxes to try to find what you need the morning before you go to work.
10. Consider a moving company for more convenient moving.
You can look up moving companies on Google. For moves to and from the Gainesville and Alachua County area, Pepine Realty has always trusted 2 College Brothers Moving and Storage. 2 College Brothers is a local professional moving company that employs University of Florida students as movers and University of Florida graduates on their management team. It is the top ranked local moving company with 4.9 stars on Google and 209 reviews.
We hope this list will alleviate some of your moving stress. If you’re planning on relocating to Gainesville or moving within Gainesville, we can help you find the perfect home to buy or rent. Pepine Realty was the top rated real estate agency in the Gainesville area, and we’re dedicated to finding you the perfect home. Schedule a free consultation today online or by phone and learn why we’re the best real estate agents in Gainesville.