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Ultimate Moving Out Checklist

April 17, 2024

It is always important to organize and plan your move ahead of time to ensure a smooth transition. The success of your move depends heavily on your preparation, ability to stay organized and manage your time effectively. Typically, this is where you will need to compile a moving out checklist. 

Whether you’re moving with a moving company or by yourself, efficient packing starts with picking the right moving tools and skillfully pairing them up with your items. At Stack Moves, we help make moving seamless for you with our moving box rental services by offering durable and eco-friendly moving boxes for rent. We offer a wide range of moving boxes that can fit all of your items!

Get in touch with us now by scheduling a free consultation so thet we can tailor your moving plan to best meet your needs.

In this blog, we will highlight moving essentials and guides on how to pack each room. We will also share how to create a detailed inventory list for your move. 

Pre-Move Preparation: Moving Essentials

Pre-Move Preparation: Moving Essentials

Are you moving to your first apartment, new house, or leaving your parent’s home? The first thing to do during such residential moves is to assess the size and scope of the move you’re making. It involves looking at the volume of your belongings and also considering the specific requirements of your new space. 

It is important to try and figure out how many boxes and what types of boxes you’ll need for the move. Understandably, it can be hard trying to get the exact figures. However, you can make use of the Stack Moves moving box calculator to get an accurate estimate.  

Nowadays renting moving boxes has become a rising trend, due to the various, different benefits that this service offers. Primarily, renting moving boxes is more cost-effective. However, renting doesn’t only save on the cost, it also saves you the stress of looking for storage space to keep the boxes if you buy them. However, if you do decide to go for renting instead of buying your moving boxes, there are some key factors to consider when choosing a box rental service. Firstly, you should consider the size variety being offered. Having a range of box sizes allows for more efficient packing as you would have the best boxes for moving. You should also look out for the quality and durability of the boxes offered as high-quality sturdy boxes can better protect your belongings.

Creating a Detailed Inventory List for Your Move

Creating a Detailed Inventory List for Your Move

Before you start your move to a new apartment or house, it is necessary to create a detailed inventory list of your items. This house/apartment checklist helps in organizing your belongings for packing and unpacking. In addition, if you ever need to file an insurance claim for lost or damaged items during the move, the list comes in handy. 

It’s generally suggested that you start early in coming up with the inventory list. This gives you enough time to decide what to keep, donate, or sell. It is also best to tackle one room at a time to ensure no item is overlooked. 

Using digital tools like a spreadsheet or moving app can be helpful in cataloging your belongings. Furthermore, you should also take pictures, especially for insurance purposes. It comes in handy when you have to provide proof of condition should anything be damaged. Most importantly, ensure that you clearly label each box with its content and the room it belongs in. It helps you with organization and also helps the moving company manage your belongings with care. 

Afterward, you should use this list to determine what and how many moving boxes you will need for your move. We recommend standard-size bins that measure 27” by 17” at the top,  24.5” by 14.5” at the bottom, and 13” tall. These are the best size boxes for moving as they are sturdy and provide adequate space for most household items. In addition, you will also need other supplies like packing tape, labels or markers, dollies or hand trucks, bubble wrap, furniture covers, moving blankets, etc. 

Moving cost usually differs based on factors such as distance, amount of belongings, and additional services required. For example, the moving costs for a 1 bedroom in CA aren’t the same as the moving costs for an office space. However, what matters is that you invest in quality packing materials to save yourself from potential losses due to damaged items. 

Moving Day: A Room-by-Room Packing Guide

Moving Day: A Room-by-Room Packing Guide

Packing for a move can be tiring and stressful. However, breaking it down room by room can make the process more manageable. Ultimately the best thing you can do when you are packing is to use quality materials. It comes in handy to invest in sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, and strong tape to secure your belongings. 

Once you have this aspect sorted out, you should go ahead and label everything. This includes adding instructions such as fragile or do not bend over. There should also be a separate box for your essentials where you’ll keep items that you need immediately when your move-in date arrives. These items could be toilet paper, hand soap, a first aid kit, light bulbs, paper towels, snacks, etc. 

In addition, you should keep important documents in a safe and accessible place. These documents could be your moving contract, driver’s license, medical records, school records, etc. Putting all these into consideration significantly reduces the stress that comes with moving day.

Bathroom Packing List (for 1 or multiple)

The bathroom is an essential part of the house that you need to pay attention to when moving out. You need to ensure that you pack all toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors, and skincare products. You can use ziplock bags to pack these items to prevent leaks. Towels and washcloths are also necessary to consider when packing bathroom items. Ensure that you keep a few out for use right up until the moving day. 

If your shower curtain and liner are in good condition and you plan to use them in your new home, then you should also add them to your bathroom packing list. However, let them dry completely before packing to prevent mold. Similarly, when packing your bath mat, make sure it is dry before placing it in your box/bin. You may want to keep it accessible to prevent slips in your new bathroom. In addition, pack a separate box with bathroom cleaners, a toilet brush, and other cleaning supplies to clean the bathroom at your new place.

Furthermore, if you have a hanging mirror or a vanity mirror that isn’t installed, wrap it securely in bubble wrap and label the box as fragile.

Before the moving truck arrives, double-check by opening all cabinets and drawers one last time to ensure nothing is left behind. As you pack, clearly label each box with “Bathroom” and specify if it’s for a guest bathroom, master bathroom, etc., to make unpacking easier. Finally, make sure water and electricity are set up at your new home before you arrive, so you can use the bathroom right away.

Kitchen Packing List

Packing your kitchen can seem overwhelming due to the variety of items, from small utensils to large appliances. You will need sturdy boxes of various sizes for appliances, dishes, pantry items, and other items. For wrapping fragile items like dishes and glasses, you will need a bubble wrap. Packing paper also comes in handy for cushioning and wrapping items. Additionally, you will also need sealable plastic bags for small items and to prevent leaks. 

In the kitchen, you will need to pack your appliances like oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, blender, toaster, etc. You will also need to pack your dishes and glassware. For your frying pan, plates and bowls, ensure to pack vertically in small to medium boxes lined with bubble wrap or packing paper. For glasses and cups, wrap each piece individually and use divided boxes if possible. When packing pots and pans, nest smaller items inside larger ones to save space. 

Furthermore, you should sort your silverware into sets and roll it in packing paper or place it in cutlery trays. Then, knives should be safely wrapped and secured with protective covers. You should only pack sealed food and non-perishable items. It is best to donate or consume perishables before the move. It is also important to seal the tops of spices and oils with tape and place them in plastic bags to prevent spills.

Bedroom (for 1 or multiple) Packing List

Bedroom (for 1 or multiple) Packing List

Packing your bedroom or bedrooms for a move requires thoughtful organization and careful planning to ensure your personal belongings are safely transported to your new home. You will need regular packing supplies including garbage bags. The garbage bags would come in handy for non-fragile soft items like pillows and linens. 

In creating a packing list for the bedroom, the furniture should be considered. Here, we have the bedframe and mattress. The bed frame should be disassembled if possible to make packing easier. For the dresser, consider leaving the clothes in the drawers if the moving company allows it. However, ensure that the drawers are well secured. In packing the nightstand, we recommend you empty, clean and pack the contents. If the nightstand is small, wrap the entire nightstand in bubble wrap for protection. 

Wardrobe boxes should be used for hanging clothes to ensure easy transportation. For shoes, you can pack them in their original boxes or wrap them individually before placing them in a larger box. You should also use original boxes if available for TVs, and computers. In cases where original boxes are not available, wrap securely with bubble wrap and pack in boxes with cushioning.

When packing personalized items, you should pack them in small manageable boxes. These could be books, photos, jewelry, medical records, etc. 

Livingroom Packing List

Your living room packing list will most likely consist of furniture like a coffee table and sofas, electronics, and decorative items. As living room furniture is rarely broken down, you will use moving blankets to protect your items from any damage that might occur during transit. To have an efficient move, start packing ahead of time. Begin with items you use less frequently to reduce last-minute packing stress. You should also label boxes clearly and state the room they belong to. This will make unpacking easier. 

As you prepare for moving day to your new address, confirm the moving date and details with your professional moving company ahead of time. Make sure your new home is ready for move-in by checking utilities like water, electricity, and Wi-Fi are set up by the respective utility companies. 

Balcony Packing List

Items to pack from the balcony would be furniture, plants, and outdoor decorations. In packing furniture like chairs and tables, ensure to clean and dry all pieces and disassemble if possible. This helps to free up space and make packing easier. 

For your potted plants, water them a few days before your move-in date to ensure they’re hydrated but not overly wet on moving day. If they’re fragile, you can wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper. This also applies to other outdoor decorations. 

Labeling for Efficiency for Your Move

Labeling for Efficiency for Your Move

When it comes to labeling your moving boxes, you should use a broad permanent marker. It should be in a highly visible color like black or blue to ensure that your labels are easy to read and won’t smudge or fade during the move. It is also necessary to write on at least two sides of each box as well as the top. This makes it easier to identify the contents no matter how the boxes are stacked or oriented in the moving truck or your new home.

Instead of vague labels like “kitchen stuff,” list the specific contents of the box (e.g., “Pots & Pans,” “Dishes & Glassware”). This specificity helps when you’re searching for particular items during unpacking. Furthermore, consider numbering each box and keeping a corresponding inventory list. This strategy helps in tracking all your belongings, ensuring nothing gets lost or left behind.

It also helps to assign a different color label or tape to each room (e.g., blue for the bathroom, yellow for the kitchen). This visual cue is an efficient way for you and the movers to identify where each box belongs quickly. Including written instructions also comes in handy. For example, if a box contains items needed immediately upon arrival (e.g., “Open First” boxes with essentials like toilet paper, hand soap, a first aid kit, or a coffee maker), label these boxes clearly and load them onto the moving truck last.

For boxes that contain daily necessities, it might be helpful to list the items on the outside. This can save you from frantic searching for essential items like your frying pan, bath towels, or phone charger on the first night in your new home. In addition, as you pack and label, keep an up-to-date inventory list. This can be a physical list or a digital document that includes the box number, contents, and the room it belongs to. This list is invaluable for keeping track of your belongings, especially important documents like medical records, school records, the lease or purchase agreement for your new home, and contact information for your moving company and utility companies.

Last-Minute Checks

Last-Minute Checks

As your moving day approaches, you go through a checklist of last-minute tasks to ensure a smooth transition to your new home. It is particularly important to ensure that all utilities are set up at your new home and confirm the moving day logistics with your box rental or moving company. 

To set up utilities at your new apartment, you should first make a list of necessary utilities. Then, reach out to the utility providers in your new area, pick a suitable provider, and schedule services. A day or two before moving, confirm with each utility company that your services are scheduled for activation. 

If you’re using a box rental or moving company, ensure that you check the details of your service agreement. It’s important to know will the moving companies pack for you. The answer to this question would be outlined in the service agreement. 

After reviewing your order, reach out to the company to confirm what time the movers or the rental boxes will arrive at your current home. This helps in planning your day effectively. Also, confirm who your primary contact will be on the moving day. 

List for Moving out FAQs Section

How early should I start packing for my move?

You should start packing for your move immediately after you make reservations with a moving company. Once you have agreed on a moving date, it’s best to start packing ahead of time. This way, you won’t forget to pack little things like extension cords, cleaning supplies, and all the items that are easy to overlook.

Can I rent boxes for an international move?

At the moment, you cannot rent boxes for an international move. Although Stack Moves is scaling nationwide, we only operate in certain locations like Florida, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee for now.

What should I do with the rental boxes after unpacking them?

After unpacking, you should keep the rental boxes in a safe place. Then, contact the moving box rental company to arrange pickup for the rental boxes.

Need Moving Boxes For Rent?

A well-organized move makes for a seamless transition to your new home. It not only reduces the stress associated with relocating but also ensures that your belongings are safely and efficiently transported. 

At Stack Moves, we offer a convenient and eco-friendly solution with our moving boxes for rent. Unlike traditional cardboard boxes, our reusable boxes are sturdy, stackable, and designed to protect your items during the move. 

We have different moving boxes to solve your moving needs at the best pricing. Contact Stack Moves now to find the best package for your move!

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