Moving Out Tips for First Timers: 8 Things To Do to Make it Less Stressful

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Moving from one home to another can be very stressful because it’s a tedious task that needs to be accomplished all in a matter of months or weeks. Nerves are rattled as you try to foresee all of the items you need to do in order to move in a timely manner. There are some tips that will help your move go much more smoothly though.

8 Moving Out Tips for First Timers - Here's How To Prepare

1. Plan Ahead

You should start packing at least two weeks before you plan to be moved out. This gives you time to pack properly. Start with one room of your home to pack it and then move to another after the first one is completely packed. Bedrooms and bathrooms are good rooms to start packing first. You can leave out items you will need over the next two weeks, such as clothing, shoes, and personal items like toothbrushes and hairbrushes as well as towels and washcloths.

2. Label Everything

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It’s important to label every single box that you pack with what is in it and what room it goes in when it arrives at your new home. This saves you countless time when you are searching for a certain item to get out of a box after your move.

3. Use Appropriate Boxes and Supplies

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Make certain to use sturdy boxes and packing supplies to protect your belongings while they are in transport. Use small boxes for small but heavy items like books, canned goods, and kitchen items, as well as hand tools. Medium-sized boxes are good for packing electronics, small kitchen appliances, games, and toys. Large moving boxes work well for bulky items that aren’t heavy like pillows and bedding.

4. Use Specialty Boxes

There is a large assortment of specialty boxes available for moving that make it much easier and faster. Hanging wardrobe boxes allow you to simply hang your clothing on metal hanger bars, sort of like a mini closet. Lay down wardrobe moving boxes hold your clothing that’s folded as a dresser does. Dish packing boxes hold your glassware, crystal, and china in separate cells inside of the cardboard box to protect them during transportation.

5. Pack Heavy Items on the Bottom

Pack all of your boxes with the heaviest items from that room and area in that room on the bottom and lighter items on the top. This helps to keep your boxes in an upright position when they are being moved, so they don’t topple over and spill the contents.

6. Keep an Inventory List

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As you pack your boxes, keep an inventory list of all of your belongings. Make certain all of your furniture and valuables are listed out, so that if something is damaged or lost in transit, you will have the information your need for the insurance process and a claim.

7. Hire a Moving Company if You’re Not Up for it Yourself

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moving company can take care of all the heavy lifting for you. After your boxes are packaged, they can load them on the truck and then unload them into the correct rooms at your new home.

8. Double Check Your Rental Agreement


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If you have a renter’s lease, read over the agreement in depth before moving. Some have stipulations in them when you need to be moved out by a certain time of day or other items that you want to be mindful of and not cause yourself more stress.


Moving is both an emotional and memorable experience, and even if you plan far ahead, it can still be stressful. We recommend leaving the backbreaking work and the coordination to expertly trained and highly skilled movers at Dielman Moving & Storage, Inc. As a licensed and insured moving company, we can provide you with peace of mind and a safe relocation in a seamless move. Contact us today for all of your moving needs!

Charles Price

Charles Price

I am the president of Dielman Moving and Storage and a veteran in the moving business with a focus on quality service. Owns and operates all trucks, prioritizing safe, reliable moves. Specializing in challenging spaces and long carries.