10 Ways To Make Moving Easier

Peak moving season is underway. While moving can be a stressful undertaking, there are simple ways to make the process more organized. CityLab recently asked moving experts to share some of their top tips to make moving easier. Feel free to share these moving tips with your clients. 

First steps

  • Document all of your cords: "Take photos or make notes on how all of your media equipment is set up: television, sound equipment, modems and computer equipment," says Lior Rachmany, CEO of Dumbo Moving + Storage in New York City.
  • Update your address: Streamline the change of address process by using Updater, which can save time and money by forwarding mail and also updates numerous businesses including alumni associations, charities, and professional organizations with the new address. Updater even shares moving announcements with friends and family.
  • Create a pet plan: The moving process can be stressful for pets too. Consider leaving pets with a friend or a boarder until the move is complete. If that's not an option, this checklist lists 10 tips for keeping pets safe during a move.
  • Schedule touch-up paint jobs: If you're renting, you will need to see if you're responsible for paint job touch-ups before moving out. If that's the case, schedule a painter before the move. "Once you have a moving date set, get a painting bid and plan for the painter to be the last person in before you turn the keys over," suggests Brendon DeSimone, author of Next Generation Real Estate. "Waiting until the last minute could be a logistical nightmare."
  • Recruit some help. Not using a mover? Make sure you repay family and friends for their help in some way (pizza is always a good incentive!)

Packing 101

  • Plan a "first night in the new house" box: The last thing you'll want to do after moving all day is to dig through numerous boxes to find your toothbrush. Designate a box for your toiletries, medications, deodorant, and a change of clothes so they're easy to find.
  • Your suitcases are your friends:  Use your large suitcases as easily transportable storage! Fill them up with clothes, towels, and light-weight items.
  • Be mindful of important documents: Don't toss your birth certificate or other important but easy-to-lose documents in random boxes. Make a folder with anything important and carry it with you.


  • Strategize your layout: Put labels on items for movers so they don't put them in the wrong room. You can also make signs showing where large items need to be. 
  • Save all receipts: "In many cases, moving expenses are deductible from federal income taxes," says Rachmany of Dumbo Moving + Storage. "If you're moving because of a change in employment, you may be able to claim this deduction even if you do not itemize." Try to keep track of all moving costs for your accountant.

Source: "13 Tips to Make Moving Slightly Less Hellish," CityLab (Aug. 6, 2015)

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