Congratulations! You’ve found a new home and are on the move. Start your homeownership adventure with a smooth and seamless moving day into your new Signature Homes with these handy tips, tricks and hacks that will have you moving and packing like a pro!

General Moving Tips:

– Make a ‘Packing Supplies’ basket with packaging tape, labels, scissors, Sharpies, a screw driver, baggies, and a utility knife.

– Find free moving boxes online from neighbors or local stores.

– Color-code your boxes by room so you will know exactly where everything goes.

– Label your boxes on the side so when you stack them, you will always be able to see what’s inside.

– You can number the boxes to eliminate the mystery of missing boxes.

– Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.

– Pack a small bag with all of your basics in case you don’t unpack everything the first day.

– Pack the items you will need first in a clear plastic bin.

– Use Ziploc bags for small items like screws to make reassembly a breeze.

– Use a Moving Day App.

– Give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.

– Use masking tape to place a large X on your mirrors and glass frames. It won’t prevent it from breaking, but it will absorb shock and keep the glass in the frame in the case that it is dropped.

– Find empty spaces, stretch wrap pillows and blankets to your couch, it will protect and utilize space.

Electronics

– Snap a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember where all the wires go.

– Keep wires organized by wrapping each cord up and stuffing it inside an empty toilet paper roll.

– Remove any bulbs before packing your lamps.

– Let your computer acclimate itself to room temperature before plugging it in.

Bed & Bath

– Slide clothes on hangers directly into garbage bags.

– Roll up your clothes vs. folding to save room.

– Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.

– Put a cotton ball or pad in your makeup compacts so they don’t break.

– Avoid messy explosions by covering all bottles of liquid (shampoo, cleaning supplies, etc.) with plastic wrap before putting the top on.

– Designate a box for sheets and towels plus basic overnight essentials so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.

Kitchen Hacks

– Pack plates on end vertically like records or stack with Styrofoam plates in between one another.

– Double duty. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing or blankets and sheets to save on bubble wrap.

– Ask local stores for wine boxes to use for glassware.

– Pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.

– Wrap silverware trays and appliances in plastic wrap.

– Use Ziploc storage bags to pack your utensils and spices.

Heavy Lifting

– Put towels underneath heavy furniture to avoid ruining floors.

– Use suitcases for your heaviest items, the handles and wheels will make for easy transportation.

– Cut handles into the sides of cardboard boxes for easy lifting.

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