Whether you’re an all-star packer or this is your first move, there are some basics to keep in mind as you’re getting started that will help you successfully (and peacefully!) move into your new spaces. Families often find that they’re missing critical items on the first few days which ends with you scrambling to find “just the right box” or making emergency trips to the store to get pet food or plates. Here are a few tips from the pros that will help boost your moving IQ and help you get ready for a stress-free move!

1. Invest in “Real” Packing Materials

It may be tempting to try to make do with whatever materials you have around your home, but investing in real packing materials such as bubble wrap, packing blankets and the right size boxes will not only save your valuables — it will likely save your back! Picking up and carrying boxes that are too large and have been overstuffed with heavy items is one of the key ways that people can get hurt while they’re moving.

2. Create a To-Do List

While a good old-fashioned piece of paper works, there are some apps that will help you stay organized during a move, too! Google Keep is a simple app that you can share with members of your family so that everyone can be adding to the same checklist — and view each other’s additions in real-time. This is particularly handy when you’re packing over time.

3. Pack Room by Room

Looking at your entire home as a project to be packed can feel overwhelming. Think how much worse it would be if you arrived at your new home and had items from your living room packed in with bed linens for a different part of the house? When you pack room by room, you’re able to more easily keep things organized.

Label everything! This may seem like a simple idea, but it's all-too-easy to get interrupted during packing and forget what you've put into a specific box when you return to the task a few days later.

4. Labeling

Label everything! This may seem like a simple idea, but it’s all-too-easy to get interrupted during packing and forget what you’ve put into a specific box when you return to the task a few days later.

5. Pack an Essentials Bag

There are certain things that you’ll need on your first night in your new home. This could be everything from dog or cat food to medicines, paper plates and dishes (and your microwave!). Having one bag or box that includes all these essentials will make your first day or so in your new place much easier.

With these suggestions in hand, you’re ready to make your next move a successful one! The pros at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling are always looking for ways to make the process of building or remodeling your home easier and less stressful. Learn more about the options available from Middle Tennessee’s Best Custom Home Builder as voted by “Best of Hendersonville” when you contact us today at 615-822-8042 or via email to info@hannahcustomhomes.com.