As winter melts into spring there are a few distinct seasonal shifts: the days get longer, the birds chirp louder, and more and more people pack up their belongings and move into a new home. And while every move itself looks different, spring has always been a season of change, so it's no surprise that moves are more frequent in May and June.
So, no matter where your next move takes you—a new rental, a vacation home, or your first time as a homeowner—The Spruce is here to help. Read on for our best expert-approved tips and tricks to make your next move as easy as possible.
One of the benefits of moving is that it allows you to take major inventory of all of your belongings. It’s all too easy to accumulate clutter or hold onto items for “one day,” but when you’re packing your home into various boxes and suitcases, you’re forced to confront all of your possessions and evaluate which pieces are important enough to be transported to a new space. We spoke with designers to get the lowdown on the five pieces that truly can be left behind when you’re packing up your space—no feelings of guilt necessary.
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Moving into a new home is a life experience that few people describe as "fun." But with our tips for things to do before you move in, you'll be ready when the big day arrives. Packing may be top of mind as you prepare to call a new space home, but it's far from the only essential thing you need to do before actually moving. These five things are equally as important, and will set you up for moving success.
Before you move it's important to know exactly what is going to move with you. Items can be lost or damaged, but if you know exactly what should arrive at your new home, your insurance company should cover the loss/damage. These tips will keep you top of your inventory.
If you need one resource to get your home packed and moved, start here. We put together an easy guide that will help you pack up each room in your home. Each room has some unique issues and challenges, which is why it's important to approach each space differently.
Deciding it is time to tackle a move can be an exciting season of life—it marks the start of a new chapter and new experiences to be had in a different home. But, the excitement of moving is often dulled by the amount of stress that comes with it, unfortunately. As pros on all things home, we have tried a lot of moving materials and products in our day. That's why we are sharing the essential items that you should invest in before you begin packing to ensure a smooth move—and yes, it's possible.
Once your boxes arrive it can seem impossible to start the unpacking process. Fear not, these easy tips will get you well on your way to settling in and feeling at home. Read on for the tried and true unpacking tips we swear by.