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The Ultimate Guide to Packing for Your Move

Let's face it, moving day is no picnic! Packing and moving is rarely easy, even if you're only relocating to Virginia's Hunt Country from Washington, DC. But don't worry. As real estate agents who've helped many buyers relocate to Virginia, we have collected plenty of tricks along the way. Use this moving guide to find creative yet effective ways to pack for your upcoming move.

household belongings packed in a box

Before You Move

The sooner you can start packing and planning for your relocation, the better. Not only will you have everything all ready to go on Moving Day, you'll feel much more relaxed in the days leading up to your move.

Clean & Declutter

Don't try to tackle your entire home in one weekend. Start one room at a time as you begin to organize, clean, and declutter your home. Be sure to 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 to get rid of any unwanted clothing, furniture, or decor. You can also consider donating any shoes or clothing that are in good condition to a local thrift store or charitable organization.

Change Your Address

Notify the post office, credit card companies, and loved ones of your move as soon as you know your new home's 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 at least two weeks before the move.

Handy Packing Tips

  • Reinforce: Use sturdy, reinforced boxes when packing your belongings. Bubble wrap or other packing material is recommended 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 of socks.
  • Pack small: Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so that they're easier to carry to and from your home.
  • 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 dishes. Make sure this box one of the first things off the moving truck.
  • Label: Whether you choose to color code your boxes or segment everything by room, create an organization system so that you know where everything is supposed to go.

On Moving Day

Moving Day is often one of the most stressful parts of relocating to Virginia. These tips, however, can help you prepare for your move and enjoy a much smoother experience.

Keep Important Info

Take the most important documents and belongings — such as first aid supplies, medication, financial records, medical records, IDs, and high-value items — with you instead of packing them in a box. In case of an emergency, these items will come in handy.

Take an Overnight Bag

Whether or not you plan to stay overnight at a hotel, make sure you pack a few essentials with you. If you make it to your new home before the moving truck, you'll thank yourself for packing a change of clothes, toiletries, and a phone charger.

Keep Up with Phone Numbers

Keep a list of emergency contact information with you, including your moving foreman's phone number. You may also want to consider keeping your Bill of Loading and shipment registration number handy.

After You Move

Clean First

Though it's tempting to want to unpack boxes as quickly as possible, prioritize deep-cleaning your home. It's much easier to focus on your bathrooms and kitchen while they are empty (and before you're too tired to clean!).

Unpack by Room

The same advice we recommend for decluttering applies here. Instead of trying to accomplish the gargantuan task of unpacking all of your boxes in a weekend, break down the project into smaller chunks. Choose the most important rooms to start with first, such as the master bedroom, kitchen, and tack room if applicable.

Don't Forget to Breathe

The hardest part of your relocation is over. Don't forget to take a break every now and again to enjoy your new home, meet your neighbors, and get to know Virginia's countryside. If you need any help after your move (or at any point in your relocation), feel free to give us a call.

Let's Find Your Dream Home

Have questions about relocating to Virginia's countryside? Looking for homes but not sure where to start? We are more than happy to talk with you about buying a home in Virginia. Call us at 703.966.9480 and we can provide you with all the information you need.

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