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BISSELL's Top Ten Tips for Moving

BISSELL’s Top Ten Tips for Moving

Summer is a popular time to move into a new home for a variety of reasons. So, what is the most efficient and best way to get through the move without pulling your hair out?  See our top ten tips for moving to help you get organized and into your new home without a hitch.


  1. Decide on the best way to move
    1. Are you moving a few miles or a few states away? Do you need professional movers or are you a DIY family? Thinking through the costs of both (in money and in work you’ll have to do) is important to do upfront. Can you trust your friends to show up with a trailer or is it better to leave that to professionals?
  2. Organize and purge
    1. Take time to sort through your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use, wear, or want. This will save you so much time on the flip side when unpacking. And you’ll have less stuff to move. Don’t know where to start? Check out this good advice from
  3. Get lots of bins and boxes
    1. Here it goes – you have to fit almost everything in your home into boxes. Lots of boxes. If you buy boxes, you can usually return the ones you don’t use, so buy a lot. Check online for bundles that include boxes, tape and bubble wrap. Or, try looking on Craigslist or FreeCycle to get boxes from someone else who moved recently. Just make sure the boxes you use are clean. That will save even more cleaning later.
  4. Pack non-essentials early
    1. In the weeks leading up to your move, slowly start to box up the things around your house that you don’t use or need daily. For example, books on your shelves, frames, your “fancy” tableware, and out-of-season clothes and shoes.
  5. Label boxes
    1. Pack up items and label boxes by room. Don’t put your kitchen utensils in a box with your bathroom toiletries That will cause chaos as you unpack. Be as specific as possible when you label. That way, when you’re unpacking you can find the most important boxes first.
  6. Update your address
    1. Go to and change your address so that your mail is forwarded to your new address. Then work through all the places to change your address: Amazon, credit cards, your kids’ school, your doctor’s office and banks are just a few places that need to be updated.  
  7. Pre-clean your new home
    1. Don’t wait to clean your new place. Clean it before you move in so that it’s ready to go and you know that those carpets are ‘your’ clean. Put toilet paper in the bathrooms and a few fresh towels in case you need to shower and your “bathroom” box is buried.
  8. Make lists!
    1. Not only are lists helpful to keep track of things, it’s always satisfying to cross those things off. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed – set reminders to do everything from transferring prescriptions or canceling garbage collection to getting quotes from moving companies. Create an inventory of those labeled boxes as you pack up. That way you are sure you have everything when you start unpacking.
  9. Make a budget and keep your receipts
    1. It’s easy for incidental costs to creep up on you while moving because so much is going on. Try to list everything you can think of, from carpet cleaner rentals to temporary storage and living arrangements. Will your pets need to be boarded during your move? Are you using a moving company or paying for friends and family with pizza and beer? All good things to think of before you start your move. And, by keeping track of the receipts, you may be able to claim some expenses on your taxes.
  10. Keep your most important things with you
    1. Make sure you don’t send your most important papers and valuables with your movers (or even your friends). Keep birth and marriage certificates, titles, deeds and valuable jewelry with you while in transit. It is also good to find out if your insurance company covers your assets while they are in transit (especially if you are moving long distances).


There are so many things to keep in mind while moving. But, if you follow our top ten tips for moving list, we hope it helps your move be easy and smooth. Best of luck! Enjoy your new home!

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