80+ Moving Tips, Tools, and Tutorials

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

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.

Chapter 2

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.

Chapter 3

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

Chapter 4

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

Apps and Websites


Chapter 5

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.

Chapter 6

Packing Up

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.

Chapter 7

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.

Chapter 8

Moving Hacks

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!”

Chapter 9

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.

Chapter 10

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.

Chapter 11

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.

About Christa Baxter

Christa Baxter
Christa Baxter has worked as an editor for more than seven years. She leads the Move.org content team in producing whip-smart moving tips and recs. After relocating four times in the last calendar year, she’s got strong opinions about moving best practices. (Just don’t ever pull a Marie Kondo and suggest she whittle down her personal library.)
  • HobbsAndCalvin

    This guide is dope!

  • Susan

    What a great resource for anyone who is moving! Pinning now. (and thanks for including my how to layout your kitchen tips).

    • Move.org

      Thanks for sharing Susan!

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