Central Ohio Moving Tips

Let's get you ready to move into your brand-new home! Clayton Lewis has the relocation tips and tricks you need to take moving day from stressful to simple. Our essential checklist is sure to help you create an easy, hassle-free moving experience.

Before You Move

Our biggest moving tip? Start early! The sooner you start preparing, the easier the rest of the move will be. Here are the first few actions you can take to get your move underway and ahead of schedule.

Organize and declutter

Start one room at a time and begin to organize and declutter. Set aside anything that can be donated, sold, or thrown away. The less you have, the less you'll have to pack!

Lighten the load

Host a yard sale to get rid of any unwanted clothing, furniture, or decor. You might also consider donating any shoes or clothing in good condition.

Change your address

It usually takes a few weeks for the post office to process your change of address and start forwarding your mail, so request it well before the move.

Handy Packing Tips

  • Reinforce: Use sturdy, reinforced boxes. Make sure to use bubble wrap and other packing material for fragile items.
  • Innovate: Pack dishes, bowls, plates, and other glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked. For extra padding, pack glasses and stemware inside socks.
  • Pack small: Pack heavier items in smaller boxes so they're easier to carry.
  • Prevent leaks: Remove the tops and cover the openings of soaps, shampoos, and lotions with cling wrap, then twist the caps back on. You can also use cling wrap around dresser drawers or jewelry displays to keep them intact, or around furniture to prevent scratches.
  • Prepare: Create an "Open Me First" box containing personal items that you will need immediately, such as toilet paper, soap, instant coffee, tools and box cutters, and paper dishes. Make sure it's one of the first things off the moving truck.
  • Label, label, label! There's nothing worse than trying to unpack a disorganized mess! Make the transition to your new home seamless by carefully organizing and labeling boxes by room so you'll know just where to put them in your new house.

On Moving Day

The big day is here! There are a lot of little details that can feel overwhelming, so staying organized is key. Here are some tips to make your move a breeze.

Gather your valuables

Instead of packing your financial records, IDs, and medical items, keep them portable and with you throughout the move.

Take an overnight bag

Get a good night's sleep on your first night in your new home! Have a travel bag packed with toiletries and any other essentials.

Know contact info

Keep your moving company's contact information with you, along with any shipment information or numbers.

After You Move

Clean first

A little extra cleaning during move-in will make you love your home even more! It's much easier to clean before your belongings are unpacked.

Unpack by room

To avoid disorganization, make sure to unpack room by room. It also breaks the task into more manageable pieces of the larger process.

Enjoy your new home!

It's officially time: sit back, relax, and enjoy life in your new home! There's so much to explore in Central Ohio (Columbus and surrounding cities)—what are you going to do first?

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