Top Moving and Packing Hacks to Make Your Move a Breeze

By Michael Pohlot, Pittsburgh's Hardest Working Realtor May 9, 2022

Whether you’re moving a few minutes or a few hundred miles away, the process of uprooting your life and all your possessions is rarely easy. Fortunately, a little planning can help you avoid common moving mistakes and ensure as smooth a transition as possible. Here are a few of the top moving and packing hacks to keep in mind:

- Do a purge of your possessions. The fewer items you have to pack, the easier your move will be. Moving is a great time to take a close look at everything you own—if something no longer brings you joy, or you haven’t used it in more than a year, consider selling it, donating it, or throwing it away.

- Make a moving file. During the chaos of a move, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for an important document. To avoid this, start keeping a moving file with any contracts, bills, or other key papers related to your move and the purchase or sale of your home.

- As soon as you can, pack anything you won’t need until you’re settled in your new home. For instance, packing off-season clothing and décor or any other items you’re not likely to miss can help ease the workload as your move approaches.

- Book early. If you’ll be hiring packers, movers, handymen, or other professionals to help with your move, schedule them as soon as possible. This is particularly crucial in the current environment when many companies are facing labor shortages.

- Separate your essentials. When it comes time to move, you’ll want to make sure that things you need on a daily basis—such as medications, eyeglasses, and other personal care items—are readily accessible. Therefore, designate a bag or box for these essential items and ensure that it stays with you wherever you go.