Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Dated: January 27 2020

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With over 3,100 total transactions and over $1 billion in sales since 2010, LW Reedy has been a part of quite a few moves. Over the years, we’ve gathered tips to help our clients’ moves go just a little more smoothly.

Get Organized

  • Start a binder or folder to store all the printed paperwork for your move. Prefer to go electronic? No problem! Keep those paper files, too, just in case of technical difficulties on move day. 
  • Start an organized, easy-to-access digital folder for all your move paperwork. Wait ... didn't we just say to print it? Yes. Duplication is key on moving day. You're going to be on the move - literally, and if your printed paperwork gets lost or is not easy to access, you'll want to access your digital files. Share with your spouse or roommate. 
  • Schedule vendors early, including movers, painters, and cleaners. You'll get better deals and more control over timing if you plan in advance. 
  • Get your utilities in line. Find out timing both for canceling and setting up utilities. If you cannot schedule immediately, make a note on your calendar as a reminder. Include electrical, water, heat and internet service. Don't delay. Some services, even electrical, can have long waiting lists. 
  • Start a list of people and places to notify about your change of address. Include utilities, banks, other financial institutions (credit cards, loans), print subscriptions, and the post office (for forwarding mail). Decide if you're going to send out change of address notes to friends and family.   
  • Find out if you need to reserve parking spots for yourself and moving trucks at both your old and new locations. 
  • Check to see if your new residence has any restrictions on moving dates and times. 
  • Rent storage space in advance if it will be needed.

Hire It Out

  • Before you decide if you want to hire movers or do it yourself, get quotes from at least three movers.
  • Make sure your movers are licensed, and insured.
  • Have valuable items like expensive electronics, plasma tvs, computers and art professionally packed.
  • For insurance purposes, take pictures of valuables before movers pack them. 


  • Rent a truck, furniture dolly, furniture pads or covers, and tie-down straps or rope.
  • Rent a truck with a ramp. It's worth the additional expense. Even if you're doing all your own packing and moving, have valuable items like expensive electronics, plasma tvs, and art professionally packed.


  • Schedule free donation pick-up with Goodwill, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, or another charity.
  • Save donation receipts for tax purposes. 

Gather Supplies

  • Find free moving boxes at recycling centers or on social media/website give-away sites like Freecycle, book stores, liquor stores, offices and U-Haul Box Exchange.
  • Purchase or locate used dish-barrel boxes and other specialty boxes like boxes for hanging clothes. 
  • Use original boxes for your appliances, electronics and computers when possible.
  • Gather Sharpies, packing tape, tape gun, newspaper or packing paper, and bubble wrap.


  • Start early with items you use infrequently, like off-season clothing, books that aren't in your to-read pile, and holiday decorations.
  • Pack heavy items like books in small boxes and light items like pillows and linens in big boxes.
  • Pack heavy items on the bottom of the box and light items at the top.
  • Don’t mix items that will go in different rooms in one box.
  • Label boxes with room destination and contents.
  • Label different rooms with different colored Sharpie or duct tape. For example, use a green sharpie/duct tape for the kitchen and red for the master bedroom. Color-coding makes unloading into the house much faster. 
  • Wrap breakables in bubble wrap. Pad bottom and top of box with paper or pillows, towels or blankets.
  • Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. Use dish-barrel boxes.
  • Fill partially-empty boxes with towels, pillows, and blankets.

Don't Put Everything on the Truck

  • Keep expensive items, like jewelry, laptop computers, and electronic devices, with you.
  • Pack your treasured family memorabilia to travel with you. 
  • Set aside your important paperwork, like birth cerficiates, to take with you on moving day.
  • Pack medications, toiletries, change of clothing, pet supplies, and other essentials like the kids’ favorite stuffed animals to travel with you. 

Create a Moving Day Basket

  • Supplies, including Sharpies, tape, garbage bags, cleaning solutions, box cutters, and paper towels. 
  • Tools for anything you've may have forgotten to uninstall. 
  • Bottles of water and snacks for you and for your movers, whether they’re professional or not.
  • Chargers for electronics.
  • Door stoppers.
  • Toilet paper. 
  • Cash to tip movers and other vendors.
  • A corkscrew or bottle opener for moving night and coffee supplies for your first morning in your new home. 

Moving is a busy time and is typically filled with at least a touch chaos and stress, but with these tips, you'll be on your way to an organized, calmer moving day. 

Thinking of moving soon? If you have any questions about the Elmhurst area or are planning to buy or sell a home, contact one of our LW Reedy agents today. Our commitment will move you. 

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