No doubt many people find moving to be a stressful event, but if we’re asking how stressful it is, we’re asking the wrong question.
Rather, we should be more concerned with why moving is stressful. Once we understand that, we can begin alleviating that stress.
And that sums up our entire mission here at Move.org: understand why moving is stressful, then make your move as stress-free as we can.
We’ve compiled a list of the best moving tips and tools on the web. Some are from us, many are from others, and all are going to help you make your move enjoyable, the way it should be.
- Chapter 1 – Budgeting Your Move
- Chapter 2- Researching Your New City
- Chapter 3 – How to Get the Best Moving Quotes
- Chapter 4 – Moving Tools, Apps, and Gadgets
- Chapter 5 – Selling and Donating Your Stuff
- Chapter 6 – Packing
- Chapter 7 – Cleaning Your Old Home
- Chapter 8 – Moving Hacks
- Chapter 9 – Moving Your Pets
- Chapter 10 – Setting Up Your New Home
- Chapter 11 – Planning Your Housewarming Party
Budgeting Your Move
Moving can break the bank, but it certainly doesn’t have to. There are things you can do to keep the hit to a minimum. Even if your relocation expenses are being reimbursed on the other end, you’ll need to pay close attention to keep from going over the set budget.
And if you’re not lucky enough to get a “relo package,” then budgeting is vital to keeping your sanity during (and after!) the move.
- How I Made a Cross Country Move on a Budget
- Moving on a Budget? Follow These Steps to Keep Your Spending in Check
- Don’t Forget to Budget for These Unexpected Moving Expenses
- Moving For Cheap – How to Relocate on a Budget
- How to Watch Your Budget When Moving
- Don’t Forget These Line Items in Your Moving Budget!
- Moving Budget Checklist
- (Slam Head on Desk) Planning a Cross Country Move on a Budget
Researching Your New City
Pulling up roots can be pretty painful. It’s difficult to leave the network of friends or family that you’ve built up. But by properly researching your new city, you can be prepared to put those roots back down in the best way in your new city.
Researching a city goes way beyond home prices and crime statistics. If you do it right, you’ll match yourself to a neighborhood with the right people and the right personality to make you feel at home as quickly as possible.
- Teleport – Move to Your Best Place to Live and Work
- BestPlaces.net – Compare Cost of Living, Crime, Cities, Schools and More
- NeighborhoodScout – Neighborhood Search for Home Buyers and Real Estate Investment
- StreetAdvisor – Best Cities to Live In, Best Neighborhoods and Streets
- City-Data.com – Stats About All US Cities
- Family Watchdog – a Free Service to Help Locate Registered Sex Offenders in Your Area
- SpotCrime.Com – City and County Crime Map Showing Crime Incident Data Down to Neighborhood Crime
- GreatSchools.org – Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community
- SchoolDigger.com – the Easy Way to Evaluate K-12 School Performance
- Airbnb Neighborhoods
How to Get the Best Moving Quotes
Getting a good moving quote is a lot like buying a car: you don’t just take the first one you see. This calls for lots of research. Not just into prices, but into the moving companies themselves, their reputations, and the tricks that some of them might use to scam you.
With the right tools and a bit of know-how, though, you can get all the way across the country for a fair price.
Moving Quote Providers
Moving Tools, Apps, and Gadgets
We don’t yet have robots to do all the heavy lifting for us, but there are plenty of tools and tech that can do to get you moving quickly and easily. It could be as simple as packing tape that’s paper instead of plastic, or as slick as a powerful home inventory app.
Either way, make sure you’re taking full advantage of the available tools to make your move as easy as possible.
Tools You’ll Need
- Hand Truck
- Forearm Forklift
- Racheting Screwdriver Set
- Moving Blankets
- Paper Backed Tape
- Furniture Sliders
- Plastic Wrap
Apps and Websites
- Find a Reputable Mover
- Packing Calculator – How Many Boxes Will You Need
- Moving Inventory App
- Lugg.com – On-Demand Moving and Delivery with the Push of a Button
- Box Organization App
Selling and Donating Your Stuff
Moving gets harder as you acquire more stuff. So one way to make it easier is to get rid of some of that stuff. And as a bonus, you can offset the cost of the move itself.
Determine what you want to sell, then use the links below to help you figure out what you can sell (and for what price), and then how to go about selling it.
Don’t pack haphazardly, and don’t leave it until the last minute. It can be heartbreaking to reach your destination only to find your possessions in pieces.
One of the best ways to make a move stress-free is to be organized and deliberate with when and how you pack. These links will help you with best techniques for packing each room in your house.
- How to Pack and Move Your House
- 33 Moving Tips That Will Make Your Life so Much Easier
- 12 Packing & Moving Tips: Pack Your Home Like a Pro
- 33+ Helpful Moving Tips Everyone Should Know
- Advice for Moving: Tips on Packing Your Car
- 21 Expert Moving and Packing Tips
- 7 Packing Supplies You Must Have to Make Your Next Move Stress-Free
Cleaning Your Old Home
Renters have to clean on their way out if they want any of that security deposit back. But did you know that homeowners need to clean their old home as well?
It’s generally stipulated in a purchase agreement that the house will be left in a reasonably neat state. Here are some tips for renters and homeowners to make the cleaning process as easy as possible.
- How Clean is a Seller Required to Leave the House After Moving Out?
- 10 All-Natural, DIY Cleaners to Scrub Every Inch of Your Home
- 28 Clever Ways to Deep Clean Your Tiny Apartment
- 27 Ingenious Tips for Deep Cleaning Your Home in a Jiffy
- 19 Ways to Conquer the Hard to Clean Things in Your Home
- 19 Simple Tricks You Need to Know for Speed Cleaning Your Home
Some solutions are to obvious problems. But some of the most unexpected and interesting solutions are to problems you didn’t know you had or didn’t know could be solved.
Making box handles, filling nail holes quickly and easily, packing clothes in seconds, and many more tips that will have you thinking, “I wish I’d thought of that!”
Moving With Your Pets
Your four-legged family member has got to come with you, whether you’re driving or flying to your destination. Besides that, they have to make it through a packing and unpacking process that can be confusing and stressful for a human, let alone a cat or dog.
Use these links to learn from the wins and fails of those who have moved with pets before.
Setting Up Your New Home
Once you’ve arrived at your new home, it’s tempting to try to make it look like something out of a catalog.
But you’ll only move into this place once, so it pays to take some time to consider exactly what you can and should do with your new place. Check out these links for inspiration as you move in.
- Moving Into a New Home? How to Set up Your Kitchen
- How to Set up a New Home When You’re on a Tight Budget
- Check It Off: Checklist for the Smoothest Move & Setting up Your New Home
- Setting Up a New House With Kids
- 36 General Household Essentials for Your First Apartment
- Setting up Home: Tips for Unpacking & Settling In
Planning Your Housewarming Party
Neighbors and friends can make or break the experience at your new home, so it pays to be a good neighbor and friend yourself. As you get settled in, schedule a get-together so that you can get a feel for your new neighbors, and they can get a feel for you.
It doesn’t have to be an extravagant party, but with a few of these tips, you can make it feel that way.
- DIY Housewarming Party Decorations and Take Home Gifts
- Tips for Throwing a Housewarming Party + Invitation Ideas
- Care-Free Housewarming Decor
- Hosting a Housewarming Party
- How to Fake a Lived-In Look for Your Housewarming Party
- Moving & Shaking: Tips for a Modern Housewarming Party
- Tips for Throwing a House Warming Party in a Small Space
- 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Housewarming Party
- 12 DIYs for the Ultimate Housewarming Party