Get Tech Savvy for a Smooth Move
How to Pack for a Big Move 03:43
Moving is not for the faint of heart. Shutting down one home, getting another one up and running, and packing everything you own into boxes is overwhelming, to say the least.
And in a classic case of life imitating art, I packed my family up and we moved to a new house just a month after we shot this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved. So how to move well was already on the brain, and I've learned a thing or two (from research? and mistakes!) about how to smooth out that bumpy ride from Home A to Home B.
The first step to packing up is scaling down. Use thredUP to shed a few pounds of clothes you don't wear anymore. Simply order a special shipping bag and fill it with name-brand, good quality clothes. Mail it back at no charge to you and receive 40 percent of the clothes' resale value once it's processed. More money, less to move? Yes, please.
The concept of a yard sale is wonderful; the practice of a yard sale is exhausting. Skip the early morning set up and lemonade stand. The Yardsale app lets you list items for sale easily and conveniently. People in your community can poke through your stuff from their own living rooms, and you don't have to deal with that crazy lady trying to buy your dog.
The Visual Inventory app from MoveInsure is perfect for those of us who tend to think with our eyes. Simply take a picture of each room in your house, tag individual items and state their value for insurance purposes. Now you have a list that hasn't missed a thing. You're ready to pack!
There's no need to use half a forest to complete your move. When you rent Green Boxes for your next move, you'll reduce waste and stress. They'll drop these sturdy stackable boxes off at your old place and pick them up at your new digs once you've unpacked. Brilliant!
Maybe you need extra manpower to pack and clean your house, or perhaps you could use someone to go get your dry cleaning while you pack and clean. With TaskRabbit, you have an army of helping hands at the ready. Name your price and assign your to-do list to a willing "rabbit" who could use the extra cash. Everyone wins.
You used a broker to buy your house, so why not find one to help you move? With the Moveline app, just take a video of your stuff or show them live on video chat. They'll get you several quotes from reputable moving companies based on your specific inventory. They'll also appoint a moving captain who'll hold your hand all the way to your new home.
When a moving truck pulls out of the driveway, it can be really unnerving to realize everything you own is in the hands of someone you met a few hours ago. MovingScam is a web service that's chock full of reviews, information and tips for finding the right company, keeping your stuff secure and your mind at ease.
When we humans move from point A to point B, the most important papers can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Scan the most important documents and use Evernote to store and retrieve them effortlessly. Now you'll never lose your movers' contact info, the contract you signed with them, your new cable account number or other vital pieces of information.
First, I let technology do a lot of the heavy lifting with apps and services designed to make packing easier and ensure that nothing is missing (not even your mind). Plus, I'll share my favorite way to pack a special box to make kids and pets feel comfortable on that first night in the new digs.