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6 tips for the smoothest move possible

Moving can be a daunting task, especially when you’re moving out of state. But if you plan ahead and keep a few important things in mind, it can make the process of packing, moving and unpacking go a lot more smoothly. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get ahead of the big moving day.

1. Take inventory as you pack

Label your boxes by room, giving each room its own color and each box its own number. If you make a list of what’s in each box, it will make it easy for you to know what order to unpack them in. Also, color coding the rooms will help your movers out, so they know where to unload each box in your new space.

2. Take pictures of complicated wiring

That way, you’ll have a reference point when you go to set up your TV, stereo system or other electronics in your new home.

3. Pack a suitcase of a couple days of clothes, toiletries and other essentials

This will give you a little wiggle room so you don’t have to open everything up on your first night after moving, and you can be a bit more strategic about what you unpack when.

4. Don’t overspend on bubble wrap

You probably already have a lot of soft things that you need to pack anyway: sheets, pillows, blankets, and so on. Save money (and the environment) by using these things first to wrap your fragile items before you switch to bubble wrap and other traditional packing supplies.

5. Figure out your utilities ahead of time

Make sure you have everything set up and paid for so you aren’t stuck without the essentials like gas and electricity. It’s also a good idea to set up your internet and cable – check with your provider to see if they have moving options already in place.

6. Find the right moving company

This is a crucial step, because you want to find movers you can trust to handle your stuff, and who won’t overcharge you. Use our helpful form on this website to get an instant moving quote for great moving companies anywhere in the United States.

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