Top Moving Tips from an Expert

| May 7, 2013 | 5 Comments

Seeing your Moving Moments images on Instagram has been a blast, and the contest isn’t over yet so keep them coming!  While you have been planning your move, ForRent.com has reached out to a veteran moving expert, Jamie, from C.R.A.F.T. to share insider tips and tricks to make your next move a successful one!

Jamie has moved 6 times in her adult life, and they were big moves at that.  She moved from Texas to New York City, back to Texas, followed by a move to Florida and then back to Texas – just to name a few.  Shew, we are tired just by reading this!  Having moved across the country so many times, she knows what it takes to stay organized during a move and how to make the process as painless as possible.

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You can’t start organizing and getting ready early enough.  “I start collecting boxes the day I realize I will be moving!  Once I have secured the boxes, I’m a pretty speedy packer,” exclaims Jamie.  Once you begin packing, she recommends beginning with your closet.  Start with all the different items on your closet shelves that you rarely use, or out of season clothes.  The first items packed should be things you won’t need immediately.

You probably have more stuff than you think.  It may not look like a lot at first glance, but once you start packing it away, the boxes seem to fill up quicker and quicker.  Jamie urges you to get more boxes than you think are necessary.  She has some great tips on ways you can secure free boxes, which is a huge money and time saver!

Once you are at your new place, she recommends unpacking your kitchen items first.  It’s a great way to empty a lot of boxes quickly because you know exactly where your pots and pans are going, as opposed to other items around the house.  Plus your instinct to survive comes into play, and you will need to eat!

Save some time and boxes by leaving clothes in your dresser.  Also, if you are moving across the country, hiring a moving service is a huge help; however, if the move isn’t far, recruit some friends and bribe them with food!  It will save you some serious coin.

Once you are moved into your new space, you need to familiarize yourself with your new area.  Jamie recommends going out into town and just getting lost.  Discover what the area offers or use a service like MeetUp.com for some great ideas.

When it comes to decorating your new space, get creative and make it fun.  DIY projects can help personalize your new apartment while saving money (since you’ve probably just spent it all on your move), and give you a break from all the unpacking.

Hopefully Jamie’s extensive moving history and expertise has helped steer you in the right direction for your next or upcoming move.  We would like to thank her for sharing her awesomely helpful moving tips!  What is the most important thing that you have learned from a move?

 

Jamie Dorobek CRAFT

Category: Apartment Life

About Jason Potts: Hi! I'm Jason, and I'm the Social Media Coordinator for ForRent.com. I am a part of an awesome social media team that keeps this blog running in addition to the other social media outlets for ForRent.com! When I'm not posting for ForRent.com, I like to play music with friends, cook, and travel as much as possible.

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  1. Meredith Slavens says:

    Great moving tips! I really enjoyed looking at your DIY Pinterest board. As a blogger and social media specialist for a full-service moving company, I’m always looking for fresh information and inspiration.

    As far as what I’ve learned from my own personal move as well as working at a moving company: as you said, organization. Pack room-by-room. I can’t stress the frustration of not being able to find certain items when you need them most. It’s also helpful to write the contents of the box on the outside so you don’t have to go digging through countless boxes.

    Feel free to check out my blog too – there are tons more helpful moving tips for any type of move!

  2. James Harrison says:

    Hiring a mover is really a big support. It may increase moving expense to some extent, but it will definitely make a move less hectic. Thanks Jamie for your expert advice. These points really peaks my interest.

  3. Mike Loshe says:

    Thanks for e share. It is also extremely important to check and see if the moving companies you are researching are insured. I myself have always used Arpin so I have never had a problem but a friend of my hired a company without insurance and well we know how that goes!

  4. Diah Dee says:

    Thanks for the moving tips. This is what I need right now. Gonna get some more boxes, then. ;)

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