Having just moved my family and all of our belongings into a new home just across town here in Raleigh, I learned a few new moving tips and life hacks! I learned the type of things that no one talks about with their girlfriends over a glass of wine or with family during the holidays… but that are totally need-to-know. Things like where to buy boxes on the cheap and how to make better use of bubble wrap. So I’m not holding out on you like your friends who have recently moved have – I’m sharing my top 10 “to dos” to make your next move easier right here!
1. Buy a Big Thing of Perforated Bubble Wrap
And when I say “big thing”, I mean like 300 feet! I used every single bit of it. I’ve always packed all of our art in boxes, but I was trying to save some time since this was a local move. I ended up bubble wrapping all the art (think of it like wrapping a gift), then we stacked each piece neatly in our SUV. It worked PERFECT! Here’s the bubble wrap I purchased for this move that did the job wonderfully.
2. Tape & Label
Another great time saver I used this time around was taping all the nails and hanging apparatuses to a piece of construction paper and labeling each. It made it super easy to hang things at the new house because I wasn’t spending any time or getting frustrated searching for what I needed to hang each item with.
3. Boxes: Uhaul in Raleigh is Great
On boxes, honestly the best place I found around here were Uhaul facilities – they have big stores. Here is the one I went to in Garner, just south of Downtown Raleigh. This is the location that is off South Saunder Street and Highway 401. They were by far the most reasonable for paper and all types of boxes. Bonus Tip: Buy more paper than you think you need – we went thru over 2,000 sheets!
4. Boxes: Compare Buy vs. Rent Options
Most movers will charge to use their wardrobes. For us, that made the most sense at $10 per piece to rent. To purchase wardrobe boxes, they were closer to $12 per piece, but then the idea of getting rid of them or worrying about selling them didn’t appeal to us… so we passed on that option. Plus, with the movers… they came to us already put together! 🙂
5. Boxes: Order Online and In Bulk
When I didn’t have time to run over to the nearest Uhaul location, Uline.com was always a good option, too. Plan ahead to do a bulk order on their website though to save on the shipping.
5. Recruit Friends
Depending on your time and stress level, boxes from friends are always good… or in my case clients, too! You’d be amazed how many people have extras in their home or stored in their garage that they just can’t wait to part with.
6. Hire Movers
It is definitely worth the expense to let the pros do all the heavy lifting – literally! Save your back and save the headache of renting, hauling, and everything in between.
7. Understand How Movers Quote the Job
I had three movers quote our most recent move, but what I found interesting is that I could only find one company that would quote the full move on a fixed-cost basis. This was important to me as my last move almost cost double because it took more time than they were expecting!
With all our random hobbies we have a lot of “stuff”.
Two movers quoted us 10-12 hours, which I thought was odd as my last move took that long with less square footage, not as much furniture, etc. Be smart when you are choosing who you want to work with when it’s all said and done. This move took 17 hours, which if I would have gone the hourly route… well, it would have cost even more! I learned that valuable lesson a couple moves ago and would love if I can save you from having to endure that same sticker shock that I received!
8. Consider a Pod
If you aren’t moving directly from one place to another, check out portable pods. This is a great option if you are building a new home or dealing with extensive renovations. We recommend Zippy Shell.
9. Pack Important, Urgent Items Separately
Pack an overnight bag, valuables, and medications in an easy-access place. We packed a few things that we would need in the kitchen immediately as well to make our lives easier.
10. Plan to Visit Your Favorite Restaurants
Speaking of the kitchen, you’ll be eating a few meals out so be prepared to do that. Consider it a great excuse to take a break from the hustle of moving and what seems like endless unpacking to relax and let someone else do all the work… even if it’s just for an hour.