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Syracuse Moving Tips To Make Your Relocation Easier

Moving day can be stressful! Whether you are moving across town or across the globe, being organized ahead of time will make your move go much smoother.

Before You Move

Don't wait until the last minute! Start planning as soon as possible to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Organize and declutter

  • Start one room at a time and begin to organize and declutter.
  • Set aside anything that can be donated, sold, or thrown away.
  • The less stuff you have, the less you'll have to pack!

Lighten the load

  • Host a yard sale, or use eBay, Craigslist, Facebook, or Nextdoor to get rid of unwanted items, then donate anything left that is in good condition.
  • Unneeded home improvement items can be donated to organizations like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
  • Unwanted books can be donated to a local library or school.
  • Unexpired non-perishable food items can be donated to your local food pantry.

Change your address

  • It usually takes a few weeks for the post office to process your change of address and start forwarding your mail, so request it early.
  • We have a great online tool to make changing your address easy and painless. Included in the service providers are utilities, post office, and banks, to name a few. If you're interested, contact our office for a free subscription.

Handy Packing Tips

This advice was given to us by a teammate who moved with the military regularly and often. Her tips really helped us keep our sanity when our company moved to new offices.

Reinforce

  • Use sturdy, reinforced boxes.
  • Don't be afraid to get friendly with bubble wrap and other packing material for fragile items.

Innovate

  • Pack dishes, bowls, plates, and other glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
  • For extra padding, pack glasses and stemware inside socks.

Pack Small

  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so they're easier to carry and less likely to be dropped.

Prevent Leaks

  • Remove the tops and cover the openings of soaps, shampoos, and lotions with cling wrap, then twist the caps back on. You can also use cling wrap around dresser drawers or jewelry displays to keep them intact, or around furniture to prevent scratches.

Prepare

  • Create an "Open Me First" box containing personal items that you will need immediately, such as toilet paper, soap, instant coffee, tools and box cutters, and paper plates.
  • Most movers will not take paints, caustics, lawn care chemicals, etc. They also will not take houseplants. Plan out how you will move these yourself. And for things you aren’t taking, be sure to contact your county for proper disposal of chemicals.

Label, label, label!

  • Pack boxes according to room and label accordingly and/or color-code according to room. Think: red for kitchen, blue for dining room, etc.
  • Be sure to number each box sequentially as well, so you can easily tell if any boxes are missing, and you can reference the contents in each box.
  • Mark boxes that need to be opened first and separate from others. Our teammate would draw a square around the box number so she would know that those were immediate-use items. She also listed the contents right on the exterior of the box.
  • Keep a separate list of box numbers and contents for easy reference. It doesn’t need to be a fancy Excel spreadsheet—just having it listed on a memo pad is extremely helpful. You'll find taking the time to label and list will save you lots of time and aggravation later.

On Moving Day

Packing can be overwhelming itself, but moving day can be much worse if you aren’t organized and properly prepared.

Keep important things with you

Don't pack your most important essentials and emergency prep items —like first aid supplies, medication, financial records, medical records, IDs, and other important documentation or high-value items. Always keep them with you.

Take an overnight bag

If you make it to your new home before the moving truck, make sure you're prepared with things like sheet sets, pillows, a change of clothes, your toiletries, and a phone charger.

Keep phone numbers handy

Keep your moving foreman's contact information with you in case you need to contact your movers for any reason. It's also a good idea to have your Bill of Lading and shipment registration number with you.

And Finally...

Clean first

It's much easier to deep-clean your bathrooms and kitchen before they're loaded down with all your stuff (or before you're too tired to clean!). Clean first, unpack second.

Unpack by room

Make the seemingly endless process smaller by breaking it down into several smaller projects, and do them in order of importance. If you’ve properly organized the contents by room, it's a cinch to store them in the corresponding rooms and closets. Don't forget to put some energizing music on—it will make the chore go that much quicker!

Enjoy your new home

Relax! It doesn’t all have to be done at once. Unpack the bedrooms and kitchen first and enjoy your new place. Welcome to your new home!

Still Have Questions or Ready to Buy a Home in Syracuse?

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