8 Hacks to Quickly Clean Your Apartment Before Moving Out


Trying to quickly clean your apartment before moving out doesn’t have to be a chore. 

Not only can decluttering make your move less stressful but cleaning your apartment can actually save you money.

It’s true: 

Usually, if you leave your apartment in super clean condition, you can earn your deposit back!

Most leasing companies and landlords reserve your initial deposit for cleaning and repair fees after you move out.

By cleaning it yourself, you save them money and time while getting back the cash you put down in the first place!

It’s a win-win situation, right?

So, for this Spruce Your Space post, we sat down with our friends at Berry Swift Cleaning for their most helpful apartment-cleaning hacks EVER.

Take note of these 8 expert-approved cleaning tips that will help you move fast—and get your deposit back—when you’re moving out of your apartment.

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1. Start With a Clean Canvas

You probably think starting with a “clean” canvas sounds like a contradiction, but it’s really not. 

Larger pieces of furniture, kid’s toys, shelves, and cabinets full of items you haven’t used in ages… 

Who wants to clean around all of that

It’s a recipe for disaster. (It makes it easy to lose all motivation, procrastinate, or totally skip cleaning altogether!) 

Instead, Berry Swift Cleaning recommends making sure you prepare to clean your apartment by removing all the clutter in the way.  

“Get everything out—including trash—before you start to clean,” says Jazzmine Berry, co-owner and Brand Ambassador for Berry Swift Cleaning.

This could mean doing a deep declutter or moving your furniture out completely.

And, you know who can help with that?

That’s right.

Movers.

So, first thing’s first: schedule your move a day or two before your apartment lease officially ends. 

Doing this will give you an extra 24 hours to deep-clean your apartment, request repairs, and leave everything a little better than you found it.

It’s much easier to clean your apartment after your furniture and any debris are gone. Plus, you can call maintenance to fix any minor dings or problems for FREE. 

  • You won’t be charged for damages…
  • You will (most likely) get your deposit back…
  • Your leasing office will be happy…

It’s a total win for everybody!  

You can space out your responsibilities rather than trying to clean at the same time as your move—an already super stressful day. 

Takeaway Hack:

Move out 1-2 days before your lease ends so you can clean and schedule apartment maintenance without anything around.

2. Completely Clean From Top to Bottom

Sure, this is an old saying, but Berry Swift advises you to take this advice as literally as possible: 

“Start at the top and work your way down,” Jazzmine says.

It seems obvious, but for people who hate cleaning or who get easily distracted or overwhelmed, it’s a great way to streamline and track what to clean next.

If you don’t find cleaning enjoyable on its own, scrubbing down your apartment before a move can be extra stress on top of an already hectic time. 

That’s why picking an area and cleaning it from top to bottom is so important. 

Chunking parts of a room into smaller, more manageable sections and cleaning it from top to bottom will help you:

  • Easily tackle dirty areas—even if they’re a huge mess
  • Ensure you don’t miss cleaning any spots before moving on to the next 
  • Manage your breaks, especially if you get interrupted or have helpers
  • Document any parts that need to be replaced or repaired (doorknobs, lights, stove drip pans, cabinets, etc.)

Even if you’re not sure how long it will take to clean your whole apartment, it’s so much better and faster to clean from top to bottom, one area at a time.

Takeaway Hack:

Focus on one area of your apartment at a time, and clean it from top to bottom before moving on.

3.  Cut Through Dusty Layers With a Dryer Sheet

What do mini-blinds, stove vents, air conditioner vents, cabinets, and baseboards have in common? 

First of all, they’re common areas where dust tends to accumulate. 

And when dust accumulates over long periods of time, it can tend to be a bit, well, greasy.

This is especially common in areas with higher levels of moisture (like bathrooms or kitchens). 

Gross, but true. 

It can also be pretty difficult to clean sticky dust, particularly if the thing you’re cleaning can’t be sprayed with liquid or a chemical. 

Yes, sprays are great for disinfecting, sanitizing, and imparting a fresh scent, but they just won’t do for certain areas. 

Sticky stove hood vents, dusty blinds, and furniture made from delicate, natural materials all need a different touch. 

In such places, Jazzmine recommends using dryer sheets to get rid of caked-on, dusty layers. 

“Try using a dryer sheet for dust, especially if it’s caked-on,” she says. 

“Especially for buildup on mini blinds, use dryer sheets. Dryer sheets also work for a buildup of grease on cabinets or stove covers!” 

Since dryer sheets are designed to reduce static and they’re coated with a thin layer of wax, they have the added bonus of actually repelling dust, too.

Try swiping a dryer sheet over areas that attract lots of dust, spattered oil, and pet hair. 

Places like electronics, corners, upholstery, shelves, and above-the-stove kitchen appliances are perfect spots.

Takeaway Hack:

Use dryer sheets to remove caked-on or greasy dust and pet hair.

4. Sweep Apartment Baseboards With a Broom

Jazzmine highly recommends using a stiff broom to clean baseboards. 

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a broom, but whatever you use should have stiff bristles. 

“Hand-wiping alone doesn’t work,” she explains. 

“Elbow grease is required to clean baseboards in your apartment. If baseboards need to be wiped down after dusting, you can use water and mild soap and clean them.”

Just don’t be too overzealous when trying this hack…

The stiffer the bristle, the more damage you risk on painted baseboards. 

Brooms typically aren’t coarse enough to scratch through paint. 

You should still be wary of the potential for paint damage if you use anything stiffer than a broom to clean baseboards.

If you rub or sweep too vigorously with a rigid brush, it could scrub off the paint. In turn, you’d have to call maintenance to quickly paint it before you move.

A move is enough to worry about. 

So, you definitely don’t want a lot of avoidable mistakes when cleaning your apartment before moving day. 

Try not to be too rough on your baseboards with this hack.

Takeaway Hack:

Gently clean the baseboards in your apartment with a broom, then wipe down with soap and water.

5. Take Advantage of a Self-Cleaning Oven, (or Use This DIY Recipe Instead)

When’s the last time you even thought about cleaning your oven? 

(Yes, your oven needs to be cleaned, too!)

Jazzmine admits that this hack is more akin to a reminder, but only because so few people actually recall to do it before moving out of their apartment.

“Self-cleaning ovens offer a lot of convenience,” she stresses, “Oven cleaner isn’t required!” 

Lack a self-cleaning feature on your apartment oven and don’t have any oven cleaner?

Berry Swift Cleaning even has a remedy for that.

“Even if you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can remove gunk at home,” Jazzmine says.

Below is her do-it-yourself solution for a greener style of oven cleaner:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda with 1 part dish soap
  2. Spread it all over the interior of your oven, especially on the inner door
  3. Scrub off with a rough sponge or scouring pad  
  4. Wipe it off again using a microfiber cloth and white vinegar

Let’s be honest, it’s also a great idea to clean your oven before in your new place, too. 

I mean, who knows how many years’ worth of splattered food particles is in there?!

Takeaway Hack:

Use the self-cleaning setting on your apartment oven, or clean it with a #DIY baking soda + dish soap + vinegar recipe!

6. Remove Everything From Your Fridge Before Cleaning It

If you’re planning to move out of your apartment, you will probably already have a plan for clearing out your refrigerator and consuming your most perishable food. 

But cleaning the actual fridge isn’t necessarily something you think about before moving out of your apartment.

It’s also one of the dirtiest areas for food spills, odors, and more. 

If you don’t clean it, someone else will have to, and that’s what your deposit is for.

But if your goal is to get your deposit back, don’t stop at packing up your food when it comes to your apartment fridge.

Luckily, our friends at Berry Swift Cleaning have a hack to keep it simple:

“Refrigerator cleaning is easiest if you remove all the food first,” Jazzmine advises. “Fill up your sink with soapy water to instantly remove, wash and dry each shelf as you go!”

Next, all you have to do is individually wash the shelves, drawers, and remaining caddies with a degreasing soap.

Simply dry the pieces with a microfiber cloth and place them back into the refrigerator. 

You’re done!

Takeaway Hack:

After tossing or packing your food, remove all drawers and shelves from the refrigerator for a more thorough clean.

7. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned

We love fur babies and kids here at 3 Men Movers!

Yet, for all their endearing charm, they can absolutely be messy

If you have children or pets, chances are that you’ve had at least few carpet mishaps.

For pet-parents who live in apartments, you’ve often paid the risk to your apartment upfront with a separate, pricey pet deposit… 

A deposit that exists largely to assume there will be animal-related damage to your flat.

And if they’ve ever left a lingering stain or odor, you’ll definitely be charged for it.

Even excessive pet hair can cost you (and we all know how notoriously pet hair clings to everything no matter what.)

In this case, the best and easiest remedy is to get your carpet professionally cleaned. 

You can certainly do it yourself, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth if you’re trying to simultaneously take care of other pre-move errands…

  • You’d be responsible for renting, maneuvering, and returning any equipment you borrow within the same day… 
  • Plus, it may not be readily available during peak moving season—meaning you could have to wait… 
  • Then, you’ll still have to remove any stubborn stains, odors, or pet hair from the carpet on your own if the rented equipment doesn’t work well enough. 

Not good if you’re on a tight moving schedule!

The good news is that professional cleanings are very affordable and include much more than just a vacuum and shampoo of your carpet.

For example, Berry Swift Cleaning offers a package that will handle 100% of your apartment cleaning needs for under $200. 

It’s a fantastic deal if you don’t have the time to personally clean your apartment before moving out.

Takeaway Hack:

Hire a team to professionally clean carpet to remove stubborn stains, odor, and pet hair.

8. Check the Most Forgettable Areas of Your Apartment

Finally, Berry Swift Cleaning suggests you make a special effort to check the most forgettable areas in your apartment. 

By that, they mean the spots most people completely forget to clean when moving out of their apartments.

The top places most people forget to clean before moving out are:

  1. Top shelves in closets
  2. Bathroom drawers, shelves, and medicine cabinets 
  3. The warming drawer at the bottom of your oven (which often doubles as extra kitchen storage)

Except for the bathroom drawers, these areas also tend to gather the most dust, and—for those with pets—hair, as well. 

It’s important to check them not only so you don’t leave anything behind when moving, but also to clean any grime that’s accumulated over the long term.

Takeaway Hack:

As you clean around your apartment, make sure to open drawers, cabinets, and closets in your bedroom, bathroom & kitchen. This will *visually* remind you to clean them.

Wrapping Up

Now that you’ve got some quick tips on the best ways to clean your apartment, you’ll be ready to move in no time!

Still need some guidance on how to get started? 

We recommend decluttering before you start cleaning. It will help you avoid getting too overwhelmed by trying to clean around items that you should discard.

Get ready to have less stress on your moving day (and more money in your pocket) with these 8 handy hacks for cleaning your apartment!

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How Much It Really Costs to Furnish Your First Apartment


Furnishing your apartment can be both amazing and nerve-wracking—especially when you’re trying to keep costs relatively low.

So where do you start?

What is it that you do and don’t need to be comfy in your new space?

How do you stay within your budget and on-trend?

Regardless of whether it’s your first or your fifth apartment, as movers, we realize that everyone’s furniture needs will differ depending on the reasons for moving.

So no, this isn’t a one-size-fits-all guide to furnishing your new apartment, because we know that your lifestyle needs are unique.

Even better: this Spruce Your Space post will help you create a plan and better understand the costs involved for every piece of your essential apartment furniture budget.

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How to Easily Furnish Your Apartment: Here’s What You Actually Need

Sure you’ll need a toolset (with a hammer, nails, drill, and screwdriver), but that’s a given. 

Here’s everything you may or may not have thought about getting in your new apartment—including what you do and don’t need right away.

 Basics: What You Absolutely Need to Settle In

Not only will you feel incomplete without these pieces of furniture in your apartment, but you may be in a bind. 

(After all, where the heck are you supposed to eat if you don’t have any seating or a table?) 

Here are the definite must-haves you’ll need in your new apartment:

  • At least one table (for eating/sitting)
  • At least two chairs 
  • At least 1 lamp each for living room & bedroom (in case of poor lighting)
  • Television (only if you watch TV)
  • TV stand (if you have a TV)
  • Sleeper sofa, loveseat, or sectional (depending on your living room space)
  • At least 1 nightstand
  • Clothing dresser
  • Standing wardrobe closet or rack (for lofts or studios)
  • Extension cords (handy for adding flexible lighting or electronics)
  • Bed frame (possibly with a box spring)
  • Clothing hangers
  • Mattress + pillows
  • Bedding with duvet/comforter + pillowcases
  • Extra bathroom storage drawers (especially if you have roommates or lack linen space)
  • Pots & pans
  • Cutlery 
  • Cooking utensils (measuring cups, tongs, spatulas, etc.)
  • Food storage containers
  • Kitchen dish towels & cleaning cloths
  • Cleaning tools & disinfectants for kitchen & bathroom
  • 2 trash cans (one each for your bathroom & kitchen)
  • Dishes, glasses & flatware
  • A dish rack (if you don’t have a dishwasher)
  • A microwave (if it’s not included)
  • Shower curtain + liner
  • Washcloths
  • Hand towels + bath towels

 

Nice-to-Haves: What You Can Splurge on Now or Get a Bit Later

No, you don’t have to have these items as soon as you move in… But, they’ll instantly make you feel more comfortable and right at home. 

When the timing is perfect for you and your budget, you’ll want to grab these pieces to completely furnish your apartment:

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Broom + dustpan
  • Barstools or extra chairs for a kitchen/dining area 
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper towel stand
  • Mixing bowls
  • Kitchen rug (memory foam or flat-weave)
  • Extra kitchen storage (baskets, under-cabinet shelves, and racks, etc.)
  • Curtains (nice, but not essential since most units already have blinds)
  • Coffee table
  • Living room area rug
  • 1-2 accent chairs (ya’ know, for company)
  • Working desk + chair
  • Bookshelf/storage
  • End tables (at least 2 for living room)
  • TV entertainment center (the kind with storage shelves)
  • 4 lamps (2 table lamps/1 floor lamp for the living room and 2 for your bedroom nightstands)
  • Floor-length mirror (once you have one, you’ll never go back)
  • 2 nightstands (if you want storage or lamps on both sides of your bed)
  • Bathroom caddy for toiletries, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Bathroom mats (memory foam is the best)
  • Balcony/patio furniture
  • LED lightbulb replacements (to save on your electricity bill)
  • Home décor & wall art 

 

How to Know What You’ll Spend on Apartment Furniture

It will cost the average person anywhere between $2,930 to over $5,000 to fully furnish an apartment with just the basics, even for first-timers—according to design & furniture brand, Furnishr.com.

And that’s not even saying much about the quality or longevity of your chosen furniture!

Figuring out how much you can expect to spend on furnishing your apartment is actually very personal

In fact, your apartment budget largely depends on several factors:

  • Your style preferences. Champagne taste? That means you’ll have to get creative—and zero in on furniture sales or consignment shops.
  • Your budget. This is—regardless of your style—what you can actually afford without racking up credit card debt.  
  • What you need + Where you’ll buy it. Already have furniture and only need certain pieces? You can snag discounted items from IKEA, HomeGoods, Ross or TJ Maxx. But, starting from scratch means you’ll need a lot more, so consider direct-to-consumer companies that will save you money by nixing the middleman. 
  • How long you’ll live in your apartment. Unlike temporary stays, long-term living means you’ll need to invest in better pieces to be comfortable. No matter your budget or length of your lease, stick with furniture that makes you feel cozy. 
  • The size of your apartment. You can’t fit as much furniture in a studio or loft as a 1-2 bedroom apartment. The smaller your apartment is, the more multifunctional furniture you’ll need to maximize limited space.
  • Whether you have children or dependents. If the person you’re living with is financially dependent on you (like a child) you may be responsible for at least some of their furniture—if not all of it. That’s something else you’ll need to factor in when budgeting for bedroom furniture or bathroom storage & linens.

 

6 Places You Can Shop to Buy Everything for Your New Apartment

As shocking as it seems, Target isn’t the top place most people turn to furnish their household. 

According to Statista, the top-ranked furniture retailers since 2019 are:

  1. Ashley HomeStore
  2. Amazon 
  3. IKEA
  4. Williams-Sonoma (its furniture subsidiaries are: Williams-Sonoma Home, West Elm, & Pottery Barn)
  5. Wayfair

Naturally, the top furniture retailers are going to be the most competitive in pricing and price-matching.

And that’s a good thing for you!

Price-matching and comparison-shopping are 2 key methods to help you stay on budget when furnishing your apartment. 

BUT, you’ll still want to save as much money as possible for your other moving expenses. Buying items in sets will really help you stay on track.

In our apartment furnishing breakdown, we’ll go room-by-room and factor in a lot of furniture sets to help your budget.

 

What Can You Expect to Spend on Essential Furniture for an Apartment? Here’s a Room-by-Room Breakdown!

Now that you’re clear on the basics and nice-to-haves you’ll need in your apartment, how much can you expect to spend?  

Next, let’s compare prices for essential apartment furnishings between 2 of these popular stores, plus a trusty favorite:

  • Overstock- an enormous marketplace that basically throws sale alerts and discounts at you (in a good way.)
  • Wayfair- seems like every Instagram home decor influencer has this retailer as a favorite for furniture & home décor.
  • Ashley HomeStore- they’re everywhere and great for shopping in person. 

To be mindful of your budget, we’ll focus on sets, which help you maximize your time and your money. 

By the end, you’ll have a better idea of what you can expect to spend and how to set your budget accordingly.

Before we breakdown the cost to furnish each room of your apartment from these 3 stores, let’s note a few things:

  1. This is NOT an endorsement nor review of any of these products. We haven’t tried them and they’re for illustrative purposes only.    
  2. Prices are accurate at the time of publishing this piece. And, they don’t include taxes. You can definitely find these items or alternatives for less or more, depending on when you shop and if you have a discount code. Based on that, please take these numbers as pre-tax estimates.
  3. Discounts will lower these totals, but the prices below do not include extra discounts. We ABSOLUTELY encourage you to sign up on these sites’ email/ text lists and social media pages to catch great offers and coupon codes!
  4. We tried balancing the furniture picks evenly between the following factors: a substantial number of great reviews/ratings, reasonable price points, or multi-piece sets to maximize your apartment furnishing budget. So while some pieces may not be the cheapest, they have higher rates of customer satisfaction.

 

Kitchen + Dining Area Essentials 

These days, most apartment kitchens have appliances like dishwashers, microwaves, and refrigerators (and of course, a stove). Luckily, you’ll often only have to worry about buying your cooking utensils and seating. 

Many apartments may or may not have an available kitchen island that can double as bar seating. If that’s the case, you don’t necessarily need a table (unless you just want one.) 

Regardless of whether you have a kitchen bar, some places actually have space for a dining table, while others won’t. 

If your place lacks a bar or island, you’ll definitely need a table with chairs—but not necessarily one that’s big enough for a traditional dining room in a house.  

Look out for dining sets, which include the tables and the chairs, or at least a pair of dining chairs sold together. 

For smaller apartments that barely have a distinct dining area, check out bistro-style table sets that are small, circular, and usually include 2 chairs. You’ll maximize your budget this way, even if it seems like a lot upfront.

  Overstock Ashley HomeStore Wayfair
Dining table set $516.37 (5 pcs.) $479.99 (5 pcs. + storage) $649.99 (5 pcs.)
Dishware $83.99 (16 pcs. serves 4) $91.99 (16 pcs. serves 4) $59.99 (12 pcs. serves 4)
Flatware/Silverware $51.49 (40 pcs.) $73.99 (20 pcs.) $29.99 (16 pcs.)
Glassware $24.99 (16 pcs.) $55.99 (6 pcs., for adult beverages or water) $29.99 (16 pcs.)
Food storage containers $35.99 (24 pcs.) $27.99 (14 pcs.) $41.50 (10 pcs.)
Pots & pans $159.95 (11 pcs.) $112.99 (12 pcs + cooking tools) $199.99 (20 pcs. + bakeware)
Basic cooking utensils $39.99 (24 pcs.) $27.99 (6 pcs.) $49.99 (12 pcs.)
Knives/Cutlery $79.00 (13 pcs.) $29.99 (10 pcs. + cutting board) $101.90 (12 pcs. + block)
Garbage can $134.99 (13 gal. & 2.5 gal., touchless, odor control. Use 2.5 gal for your bathroom!) $80.99 (30L & 3L; use the 3L for your bathroom!) $53.99 (30L & 8 gal.; use the 8 gal size for your bathroom!)
Totals $1,086.77 $953.92 $1,221.59
Total cost to furnish apartment kitchen

Living Room Essentials

The furniture you’ll need in the living room area will vary depending on the layout of your apartment, but be prepared to spend $$$ if you want it to look nice and cozy.

For example, studio and loft-style apartments lack a defined sleeping space. 

If you’re moving into one of these, you’ll probably want more flexible options like a sleeper sofa, or a loveseat plus a room divider to section off your bed for privacy. 

In these cases of limited space, having a lift-top coffee table is ideal so your living room can double as an instant workspace or eating spot. 

Have a roomier apartment with a bigger living room?

You can play around with more traditional-style coffee tables. Or, consider getting an ottoman that offers a place to kick up your feet or extra hidden storage.

If you’re the type who can live without end tables (or simply don’t have the room) then save your money. 

However, if you like the idea of having extra space for a drink or décor, then look into coffee table set that includes two side tables. You’ll get what you want at the most bang for your buck.

Sounds bonkers, but, A LOT of people are ditching TV in favor of their smart devices.  

TV prices can also vary wildly depending on various factors and highly personal reasons. For these reasons, we didn’t include a ballpark cost for buying a television. 

But, we did include the cost for purchasing an entertainment center or TV console. 

Regardless of what kind of TV you buy, you’ll need a place to store it. Mostly because it’s a major headache to try and mount a TV in an apartment on your own. 

Plus, it may not be allowed. And who wants to deal with damages?

With the calculations below, you’ll at least have an idea of how much a media center costs to house your television, should you choose to buy one at all. 

Since the furniture in your living area will vary so much, take the totals below with a grain of salt.

For example, if you have a studio or loft apartment you may opt for a lift-top coffee table. 

Conversely, you may want a roomier storage ottoman or larger coffee table if you have a bigger apartment living room. 

So, in the chart below, we included the estimated cost range of furnishing your apartment living room based on recommendations for your space. 

Totals include the price ranges of furnishing either a small studio/loft living room, or a larger apartment living room.

Ultimately, the cost of furnishing your apartment living room will be based on the style, quality, and lifestyle fit you prefer.

  Overstock Ashley HomeStore Wayfair
Lift-top coffee table (for smaller/studio living rooms) $199.99 $197.99 $319.99
Sleeper sofa (for studio/loft apartments) $819.99 (full to queen-size futon) $1,039.99 (seats 2 + chaise; queen-size sleeper) $919.99 (seats 2; queen-size sleeper)
Storage ottoman (for larger living rooms) $177.74 (Flip-top with tray) $399.99 $159.99
Sectional sofa (for larger living rooms) $1,351.34 (seats 3 + chaise) $1,679.99 (power reclining + chaise) $1,199.99 (removable & reversible cushions
Floor lamp $95.99 $88.99 $108.99
TV console/ entertainment center $219.99 $759.99 $839.99
Total Cost Range $1,335.96–$1,845.06 $2,086.96$2,928.96 $2,188.96$2,308.96
Studio/Loft Totals $1,335.96 $2,086.96 $2,188.96
Larger Living Rm. Totals $1,845.06 $2,928.96 $2,308.96
Total cost to furnish apartment living room

Bedroom Essentials

Ah, the sweet escape of your bedroom. If you’re going to be comfortable anywhere, it needs to be here. So don’t be afraid to invest well in your bedroom pieces

As far as mattresses are concerned, these are also highly personal based on your own likes/dislikes and needs. Costs for mattresses will range so widely depending on not only your own preferences, but also the brand, construction, and size. 

Naturally, the mattress costs also mostly depend on what you can actually fit into your apartment space—whether it’s a studio or multi-bedroom.

So no, we didn’t include the price for a mattress in our calculations below because there’s no way to choose between them all for you. 

However, according to the Sleep Foundation, you can expect to pay anywhere between $250-$3000+ for a mattress.

An excellent, cushy mattress doesn’t have to blow your budget, either! 

It’s a little-known fact that you can negotiate and price-match at most mattress stores, and we totally encourage you to! Sometimes they’ll throw in a free pillow. 

For this reason, we didn’t add pillows in the mix, but you absolutely need to have it on your shopping list. 

In fact, we encourage you to buy pillows and sheets at a brick-and-mortar store. Why?

The last thing you want to do is order exciting new bedding, only to have to return it later because it’s super uncomfortable.

You can avoid this by shopping around in person to touch and feel the pillows in the packaging. 

You’ll get a much better idea of whether a pillow is truly perfect for making your new apartment bedroom comfy. 

If you need new bedroom furniture for your apartment and are on a budget, we definitely suggest getting a set whenever possible. 

That means, at minimum, you’ll get a dresser, at least 1 nightstand, plus a bedframe all for one price

Just be sure to check if the bed frame requires a box spring for your mattress, because that could mean an added expense.

  Overstock Ashley HomeStore Wayfair
Laundry hamper $49.99 (3-bag sorter, rolling hamper) $29.99 (hamper with lid) $35.99 (rolling hamper)
Table lamp set $67.99 (2 pcs.) $133.99 (2 pcs.) $117.56 (2 pcs.)
Bedroom set $941.99 (queen bed, night stand, & chest $1,317.95 (queen bed + storage drawers, mirrored dresser, 2 nightstands) $1,369.97 (queen bed, mirrored dresser, 2 nightstands)
Clothes hangers $48.99 (100 pcs.) $29.99 (25 pcs.) $39.99 (100 pcs.)
Totals $1,108.96 $1,511.92 $1,563.51
Total cost to furnish apartment bedroom

Bathroom Essentials

Good news: 

Furnishing your bathroom is simple and straightforward. 

You will undoubtedly spend less on items for your bathroom compared to any other room of your apartment!

Depending on how much space you have in your apartment bathroom, you may need to buy a  small cabinet or drawers to store things like cleaning products, cosmetics, etc. 

If your space is limited, remember to always go upward in terms of the kinds of storage solutions you get. That means investing in shelves, tiered drawers, racks (even under the bathroom sink), etc.

All apartments will have a rack for rolls of toilet paper installed on the side of a wall or cabinet. So, although some people claim it’s a necessity when you move into an apartment, you don’t need a toilet paper stand. 

Not yet anyway… 

Unless you share your apartment bathroom with others or are the type who regularly ends up stranded during #2 without TP within arm’s reach. (In that case, PLEASE get one!)

But for now, you can do without and put that money where you really need it. 

You’ll need the following essentials, and as we’ve said before, it’s best to grab them in sets so you spend less and have fewer things to shop around for.

  Overstock Ashley HomeStore Wayfair
Plunger $49.99 (with toilet brush) $27.99 (no toilet brush included) $39.99 (with toilet brush)
Bathroom rug set $44.98 (2 pcs.; memory foam) $52.99 (2 pcs.) $47.99 (2 pcs.; memory foam)
Shower curtain (no liner) $29.98 $35.99 $54.99
Bath towels + washcloth set $35.10 (6 pcs.) $40.99 (6 pcs.) $47.99 (10 pcs.)
Small garbage can Nothing if you bought the set. (13 gal. & 2.5 gal., touchless, odor control. Use 13 gal for your kitchen!) Nothing if you bought the set.  (30L & 3L. Use the 30L for your kitchen!) Nothing if you bought the set. (30L & 8 gal. Use the 30L for your kitchen!)
Totals $160.05 $157.96 $190.96
Total cost to furnish apartment bathroom

So, How Much Does It Cost To Furnish Your Entire Apartment From Scratch?

Now that you’re clear on the ballpark costs involved to furnish each room of your apartment, let’s total it up by store based on the previous charts:

  Overstock.com Ashley HomeStore Wayfair
Studio/Loft $3,691.74 $4,710.76 $5,165.02
1-bedroom apartment $4,200.84 $5,552.76 $5,285.02
Cost of furnishing a studio & 1-bd apartment from scratch

Prefer rounder numbers?

Check out these estimates of how much you can spend at each store to furnish an apartment from scratch:

  • Expect to spend around $3,700 to $4,200 to furnish a studio to 1-bedroom apartment using Overstock.com
  • Expect to spend around $4,700 to $5,500 to furnish a studio to 1-bedroom apartment using Ashley HomeStore
  • Expect to spend around $5,200 to $5,300 to furnish a studio to 1-bedroom apartment using Wayfair.com

Wrapping Up

Whew, that was a lot to cover!

Now that you know:

  • Exactly what you’ll need right away in your apartment
  • What you don’t need to rush out and buy right away
  • General factors that impact your apartment furnishing budget
  • Your different options for buying new apartment furniture
  • The ballpark amounts you can expect to spend per room

…you’re ready to get to the fun part and start making your new apartment feel like home!

If the above retailers don’t really suit your taste, take heart!

We cover higher-quality, USA-based furniture options that cut the middleman and save you money in our next post. Plus, you’ll learn savvy ways to maximize your furniture budget.

How do you feel about buying furniture for your apartment now?

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Everybody Hates Moving – Here’s How to Make It LESS Stressful


Did you know that moving can be so stressful, some researchers rank it as the most stressful life event1?!

For most of us, moving leads to new chapters and new beginnings. It’s a time for celebration and looking forward to brighter days ahead. 

But to get to that point, you’ve got a LOT of preparation to do for the moving process. (And yes, part of this involves creating a shift in your mindset.

To help you get through this process unscathed, let’s dive into the causes of move-related stress, plus our best tips to relieve the common anxiety around moving.

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Why is Moving Stressful?

The cost. 

Scheduling. 

Shoving the entire contents of your life into boxes and dropping said boxes off with a stranger who will haul them across the country in a truck.

Picking up and moving your family across the country where you know no one — the list of why moving is so incredibly stressful goes on and on.

A survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that Americans are the most anxious about finances, safety, and health. Moving can trigger anxiety because it impacts your finances and safety.

Here are the top causes for move-related stress:

Moving Stress Trigger #1: Money

Money plays a significant role in moving stress. 

Moving is expensive. There are deposits, down payments, the cost of the movers and moving supplies, new furniture, and so on. 

This can lead to many sleepless nights worrying about whether you can realistically afford all the mounting costs.

Moving Stress Trigger #2: Planning

There’s a lot of planning to do when you’re prepping for a move… Including everything from finding a reputable company, coordinating the move day and other contractors, to finding new schools, doctors, and more.

Plus, you have to squeeze in all the planning between your daily routine of work, school, and your relationships! (Sometimes all three.)

Moving Stress Trigger #3: Packing

Packing up your entire life is one of the most dreaded parts of moving. 

It’s time-consuming and exhausting. But it’s also stressful. 

What if your great-grandmother’s tea set gets damaged? How are you going to live without all of your belongings until they arrive at your new place?

Moving Stress Trigger #4: Pets

Your pets need to accompany you on the move, but it doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy it. 

It can be stressful to coordinate their care. Once you arrive, you have the added stress of an unfamiliar location for your fur baby. You may spend more time soothing your pet than you expected.

Moving Stress Trigger #5: Fear of the Unknown

Another major moving stress trigger, and the one that’s most likely to have your thoughts racing at all hours of the night, is the unknown.

You’re likely moving to an unfamiliar place, and the list of fears that come with the unknown is endless.

This anxiety becomes magnified if you have children who must also adapt to a new place, new school, and curriculum, finding new sports teams and friends, and so on.

Stress and Moving—What the Science Says

Let’s dig deeper into some moving and stress-related stats and studies:

  • 34% of movers report feeling anxious during the move.
  • 40% of movers reported depression and physical illness during the move.
  • 60% of survey respondents have put off looking for a new home because of moving-related stress.  

The Impact of Moving

Change, even when it’s expected, planned for, and for a great purpose, is HARD.

As humans, we adapt to our routines and find comfort in familiarity.

When that changes as drastically as it does during a move, it can be a recipe for an emotional rollercoaster.

Helping Kids Cope with Moving Anxiety

Moving can be especially difficult for children who have to adapt to a new schedule and curriculum. They also have to adjust to new teachers, coaches, other authority figures, and find new friends.

These disruptions may even cause children to misbehave and act out when the stress and anxiety feel overwhelming. 

Here are a few ways to alleviate the stress and anxiety of moving for your kids:

  1. Explain why the move is necessary.
  2. Try to familiarize your kids with the new area as much as possible. You can use maps, photos, social media, and books if/when physical visits aren’t possible.
  3. Talk frequently about the “pros” the new location offers that your kids will appreciate, such as a state-of-the-art water park or a beach.
  4. If your child is a senior in high school, consider letting them stay with a close family member or friend until they graduate.
  5. Get the kids involved with designing and picking out furniture for their new room.
  6. Make sure your kids know they can stay in touch with their friends from their old neighborhood.

How Does Moving Effect Your Pets?

Effects of Moving Stress on Cats

Cats get stressed in unfamiliar locations. It’s important that you keep the same routine as at the old house as your cat adjusts, try to bring as many of their favorite toys or items with the smell of the old house on them with you, and when all else fails: catnip. 

Effects of Moving Stress on Dogs

Does moving stress out dogs? It definitely can!

Dogs are more stressed with unfamiliar noises and items in the house. So, get your pets used to these disturbances beforehand. 

Start acclimating your pets to the sound of tape and stacks of boxes a couple of weeks before you start the process. 

Stick to your routine and give them extra play and walk time. A new toy or bone at the new house doesn’t hurt either!

3 Expert Tips for Relieving Move-Day Stress

If you’re already feeling the stress of moving, here are a few tips that can help:

1. Keep Your Stress in Check

It’s important to take a step back and breathe every once in a while during the moving process.

Remember that, while it may be sad to leave the place where you made so many memories, you’re only leaving the physical location. You can take the memories with you.

Focus on self-care to keep your stress in check and make time to go on walks, take a bubble bath, or watch an episode of your favorite show.

These small serene moments will do wonders for keeping stress at bay.

2. Moving During a Difficult Time

Unfortunately, not all moves are under happy circumstances. 

Moving because of a job or family member loss can aggravate the already stressful situation. During these times, lean on your support system as much as you can. 

That may mean asking your friends to help lift boxes, storing some things in a family member’s garage, and looking for short-term housing solutions.

It’s important to take the moving process—like everything else—day by day if you’re moving during a difficult time.

3. Make a Long-Distance Move Less Stressful

The farther you’re moving, the more stress you’ll inevitably feel. 

However, there are some things you can do to relieve long-distance move stress, including:

  • Prepare early. Don’t expect to pick up and move across the country in two weeks. Coordinating a move in a faraway place requires much more time and planning. As soon as you know you are moving, start the planning process. Map out each stage of your move in writing so you can see what needs to be done and when. Move backward from your moving date and note what needs to be accomplished in order of priority.
  • Lighten your load. When you’re making a long-distance move, it’s best not to keep everything. You’ll be more stressed trying to cram everything on the moving truck, and your moving costs will escalate. Plus, the time spent packing and unpacking will only add to your anxiety and frustration.
  • Do a home inventory. Take inventory of your house and figure out which items are worth keeping (items with sentimental value, the kids’ favorite toys, items you love, etc.), and which items you should sell or donate. 
  • Get professional moving & packing help. One surefire way to make your long-distance (and local) move a lot less stressful is by leaning on an expert team of professional movers. Movers will handle the logistics of the physical move as well as the heavy lifting. Entrust an experienced moving company to get your goods safely from point A to point B for your own peace of mind.

Wrapping Up

Moving doesn’t have to be a stressful, dreaded experience.

If you give yourself enough time to prepare, get organized, and rely on a team of moving experts, you can safely move your belongings to your new home without the added chaos.

Ready to get started on a stress-free move? Choose trustworthy movers with superb training and thousands of great reviews! 

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  1. “Moving Is More Stressful than Getting Divorce, Becoming a Parent, Survey Finds.” Study Finds, Oct. 2020, www.studyfinds.org/moving-more-stressful-than-divorce-having-kids. Accessed 28 Apr 2021.
  2. “APA Public Opinion Poll – Annual Meeting 2018.” Psychiatry.org, 2018, www.psychiatry.org/newsroom/apa-public-opinion-poll-annual-meeting-2018. Accessed 28 Apr 2021.

62 Easy, Room-by-Room Decluttering Tips to Refresh Your Home + [CHECKLIST]


Wondering how to declutter every room of your home? 

Are you overwhelmed with where to start first? 

Decluttering your room is an essential part of spring cleaning which instantly makes you feel better and makes your home look better. 

Although it’s frustrating, decluttering room-by-room is your ideal first step before scrubbing down your place. Once you’re done, you’ll have more space and fewer items to clean up or around.  

In this Spruce Your Space post, we’ve got you covered with a guide on how to declutter room by room—including a FREE printable PDF decluttering checklist!

So read on for our tips on tidying up the most crowded parts of each room, as well as where to start and what to consider as you declutter every room in your home or apartment.

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Use This Ultimate Declutter Your Home Checklist PDF + Calendar to Organize Without Stressing

Make decluttering your home easy with this printable PDF checklist! 

This simple checklist guide will also help you declutter each room fast and stay organized with:

  • Cut-out labels (Donate, Discard, or Sell) to tape on each box or bin as you sort through everything
  • A calendar to help you plan when to declutter each room—especially if you’re planning to move and need to start weeks ahead 
  • Checkboxes for each room to track your progress on the most commonly cluttered areas
  • Space to add notes for each room (great for adding tasks you may have to circle back to for some reason)

How to Declutter Your Bathroom

Bathroom Areas to Declutter:

  • Countertops
  • Under sinks
  • Cabinet shelves and drawers
  • Linen closets
  • Product storage areas in your shower or tub 

What to Declutter First in Your Bathroom:

Under your sink and other storage compartments are where you should declutter first.

It makes sense that bathroom storage areas are usually the most crowded since this is where your everyday hygiene products are kept (especially for product junkies out there!) 

Heat and moisture degrade active ingredients in your cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and even your medicines, making them decay or become ineffective at a faster rate. 

So you’ll want to pay attention to anything that is past its expiration date and ditch it. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering the Bathroom:

  1. Do my appliances and accessories still work? Do I still use that curling wand or blow dryer, or can I give it to someone who needs it more?
  2. Is there anything here that I can put into smaller containers? 
  3. Are my makeup and skincare products past their expiration dates (or, over 2 years old)? If so, it’s time to ditch them, especially if they’re in dark glass bottles, meaning the contents are light and heat-sensitive, and therefore more likely to decompose faster!
  4. Do I have products that are almost empty? Prioritize using them up first, or dump out what’s left and recycle the containers.
  5. Do I have duplicates of items that do the same thing? If so, scale down, choose the preferred brand and stick to one—not multiples). Then, discard what’s left. 
  6. When did I last replace—or at least disinfect—the shower curtain, loofahs, sponges, or bathmats? Now’s a good time to check for any moisture traps that could lead to mold or bacteria overgrowth.

How to Declutter Your Bedroom

Bedroom Areas to Declutter:

  • Nightstands
  • Closet
  • Drawers
  • Under your bed
  • Floors

 

What to Declutter First in Your Bedroom:

Many people will vouch for starting out with decluttering your closet.

But, since a closet is practically a whole different room with its own challenges to tackle, we suggest focusing on decluttering the drawers in your bedroom furniture first

Drawers are often full of junk and items we don’t actually need. They function as places to put away things we don’t want to see, or things we’re saving for later, rather than storage.

Clearing out your drawers first helps you quickly figure out what you don’t need. In turn, it ultimately lets you make room for what you’re going to keep and how to organize them within your drawers.

One thing to keep in mind when decluttering your drawers is never to simply shove items inside. 

Decluttering is pointless without organization. With an unorganized drawer, you’ll be tempted to add more items, viewing it more as a junk drawer which ultimately invites—you guessed it—more clutter!

So try to keep your items organized and avoid keeping them jumbled together, especially when it comes to your clothing.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Bedroom:

  1. Do I need extra storage space (such as an ottoman at the foot of the bed, under-the-bed compartments, or shelving around the headboard) to help declutter my bedroom and still keep it cozy?
  2. Is there anything that I don’t regularly use or enjoy in my bedroom that can be put out of sight or thrown away?
  3. What’s currently on top of my dresser that can be discarded or organized inside of a drawer or a decorative surface tray?
  4. Can I fit more items into a drawer by rolling clothing or adding drawer dividers?
  5. Where can I store off-season items in my closet?
  6. Is there any way to maximize empty vertical space inside my closet by adding extra shelving or racks, cabinets, or hooks?
  7. Is there anything scattered on top of my bedroom chair or bench that needs to be put away? Where should I always put these pieces so my seating area is available when I need it? 
  8. Do I already have a basket or shelf where I can store blankets and bed pillows when not in use?
  9. Do I need a single organizer for accessories (like neckties or jewelry) instead of having multiple boxes or strewing them in drawers?
  10. Are there enough hampers and are they put in a good spot, like my closet or bathroom, to store dirty clothing/linens as they’re used?

How to Declutter Your Kitchen

Kitchen Areas to Declutter:

  • Pantry
  • Cabinets & shelves
  • Countertops
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Drawers
  • Hutches, islands, and other storage areas

What to Declutter First in Your Kitchen:

Since it’s home to loads of snacks, dry foods, and kitchen supplies, clearing out your pantry is a great place to begin when decluttering your kitchen. 

You can begin decluttering your pantry by throwing out expired foods, empty boxes, containers without lids, old spices (yes, they do go bad and lose their potency) and condiments or snacks you tried but actually hated.

The next biggest step is to organize your pantry and fridge. Keep similar items together to ensure they stay organized and are easy to reach. 

Figure out what you need to discard or donate (in the case of canned foods), you’ll need to remove everything from your refrigerator or pantry shelves. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Kitchen:  

  1. Do I have any clear containers where I can store and easily see food supplies?
  2. Do I have more dishes, glasses, pots, or pans than I actually use? Can some of them be donated?
  3. Are there areas of empty space (6 inches or more) where I can add storage racks, shelves, or cabinets?
  4. What can I throw away in this kitchen junk drawer that I no longer need or that’s expired?
  5. Which food containers are open and going bad that I can throw away?
  6. Are there any appliances on top of the counters that can be grouped together so they’re not scattered across the kitchen?
  7. Are there any essential tools, ingredients, cookware, or appliances I can put into  easy-to-reach containers?
  8.  What loose items are on the countertops that I need to discard, or that can store out of sight in a cabinet, shelf, or drawer?
  9. Are there cooking utensils that I can sort together by type into their own containers/areas (like spatulas, knives, dishes, cups, et al.)?
  10. What’s in my freezer that I can use right away or discard if it’s too old?
  11. Is there room to store round kitchen utensils (like whisks, measuring spoons, pots, etc.) on hooks? Can the hooks be placed on walls or inside cabinet doors for additional storage space?
  12. Do I have space for a hanging rack or extra shelf space to organize pots, pans, and lids?
  13. Are there serving pieces that can double as storage (e.g. using a bowl or cake stand for fruits and spices?)
  14. Can I add two-tiered storage racks or pull-out organizers to space under the kitchen sink?
  15. Are there seasonal items or cookware that I can store out of sight until I need them again?
  16. Can I prep fresh foods for the week in containers so there aren’t too many loose items in the fridge at once?
  17. How can I better organize my fridge and freezer by using labels, clear bins, or by sectioning containers?

How to Declutter Your Dining Room

Dining Room Areas to Declutter:

  • Buffet tables
  • Dining table
  • Dish cupboard/China cabinet

What to Declutter First in Your Dining Room:

If you’re not doing dinner parties every night, there’s a strong chance your dining room table is a magnet for clutter. 

Whether setting things down “for a minute”—which can turn into days—or using it for anything but dinner time, your dining table and chairs can end up as coat racks, mail drops, and more. 

Instead, change how you approach your dining area. 

Think of yourself as a guest (or as if you’ll be expecting company at any moment) and you’ll be able to keep it much cleaner.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Dining Room:

  1. Are there pieces on your buffet table that aren’t supposed to be there? Can you place them in a closet or cabinet storage?
  2. If there’s extra silverware, can I roll it into extra placemats and place it in a drawer for future use?
  3. Are there any items on the dining room table or buffet that belong in a totally different room? Where can I put them quickly and easily next time so that I don’t junk up the same area?
  4. Are there any extra candles or decorations I can store in the buffet or dish cupboard for the next time I need them?
  5. What’s the best way to set up my dining table and buffet decor so it looks ready for guests at any time?
  6. If the dining room table tends to double as a home office, are there folders, binders, or boxes I can use to store the papers that don’t belong there?

How to Declutter Your Living Room or Foyers

Living Room/Foyer Areas to Declutter:

  • Cord areas behind tech devices
  • Side tables 
  • Coffee table
  • Media center/Entertainment center 
  • Sofas and Sectionals 

What to Declutter First in Your Living Room/ Foyer:

While there aren’t many places where tons of clutter can build up in a living room, your end tables and coffee tables are where this usually occurs. 

From paper mail to cups and snack containers, your coffee tables and end tables often end up with items that don’t belong and make the space less cozy or less presentable. 

For this reason, we suggest clearing off the tabletops in your living room before decluttering elsewhere.

If you can create a system for decluttering and downsizing your living room surfaces, having a clear living room is definitely doable. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Living Room:

  1. Is each seat close to the coffee table or a side table where items can be set so they don’t pile up on the sofa?
  2. Are there specific and separate storage slots or drawers that have been set aside for mail and magazines?
  3. Can your old DVD or video game collection be housed in a flip-top Ottoman with storage?
  4. Can your media center be organized by zones (sentimental items vs. photo frames, etc.)?
  5. Are there lots of cable cords behind my TV or stereo systems that can be zip-tied together and run along the corners of the wall to be more inconspicuous?
  6. Is there a basket or hall closet where I can store pillows and blankets when I need them, instead of piling them on the sofa all at once?
  7. Do I need to read through or discard any stray mail or magazines that are cluttering up my living room?
  8. What kind of habits can I start that ensure I clear clutter off my coffee table and end tables every evening?
  9. Is there a convenient tray or end table drawer where I can store my remote control or other devices?
  10. Do I really need these sentimental items sitting out, or can they be placed in a digital photo frame or storage?
  11. Where can I fit some decorative boxes or trays to house small but necessary items, like reading glasses, remote controls, coasters, etc.?
  12. Is there any unused wall space where I can add floating shelves or a bookcase to store reading material, knick-knacks, etc.?
  13. Are there any end table drawers that can be used for storing items that I want to keep but don’t immediately need?

How to Declutter Your Home Office

Home Office Areas to Declutter:

  • Desktop
  • Bookcases/Shelves
  • Filing cabinet

What to Declutter First in Your Home Office:  

The home office seems to be one place where clutter is more acceptable, but it shouldn’t be since this is where you want to be the most productive! 

The solution? Clear your paper clutter from your desk and don’t fall into the to-do list trap… (You know, where you don’t feel accomplished unless you’ve checked off everything on your daily checklist.)

Yes, there are *some* projects that require more urgency than others. But, the truth is, your desktop work will never be 100% clear unless you retire. 

So, focus on clearing off your desktop first so you’ll have a fresh start every day. 

This way, you’ll still clean up without feeling overwhelmed or ashamed at not finishing what’s still on your plate. 

Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering Your Home Office:

  1. What papers can I scan and store as digital copies in order to discard the paper clutter on my desk?
  2. Can I switch to paperless billing to ensure I don’t have a build-up of paper in my office? 
  3. Is there a new way to rework my workflow so I don’t have tons of sticky notes and reminders lying around my office space?
  4. Do I have a corkboard where I can pin ideas and super important reminders within view?
  5. What’s the best way to organize my to-dos, important documents, and current project papers on my desk? A three-tier tray?
  6. How often should I go through my filing cabinet and desk papers to ensure I’m not accidentally hoarding too much paper?
  7. Do I have enough shelf or cabinet space to store the notebooks, binders, etc. that I need to keep?
  8. What financial files should I shred vs. keep (we recommend keeping 7 years for tax purposes due to IRS audit timeframes)?
  9. Do I have enough filing cabinet space to store all my folders and papers, or do I need a bigger size?
  10. Do any technical power cords need to be corral with zip-ties or velcro to give my office a more tidy look?

Wrapping Up

Use these tips to efficiently declutter every room in your home with the checklist, and you’ll be relaxing worry-free in no time!

If you’re preparing to move and need help packing, just give us a call. You can always book our professional packers to help streamline your move.

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The Ultimate, No-Panic Guide to Moving in 2 Weeks


Are you moving out of a house or apartment in 2 weeks and still not ready?

Sure, you’ve got a lot to do in a less-than-ideal amount of time—but it is doableAnd, yes, you can still move. 

Below we cover exactly how to move from anywhere—house or apartment. You’ll know exactly what to do in advance, each week, and the day of your move, plus a free checklist and tips to make the entire process much easier!

Top Things to Do 2 Weeks Ahead (No Matter Where You’re Moving)

“Two weeks will fly by fast, and spots fill up quickly.”

Erin. 3 Men Movers Market Manager, Austin

You probably thought you had more time. After all, two weeks can seem like enough. 

But, it really isn’t… Especially considering everything you have to do, like: 

  • Find a moving company
  • Donate or get rid of anything you don’t want to take with you
  • Packing everything you own (this includes getting the supplies, closing/taping and labeling boxes) 
  • Handle other move-related errands (like changing your address, vehicle, or voter registration, setting up new utilities, etc)
  • And finally, the actual move day

Not to mention unpacking and setting up your new place, or shopping around for anything you need to get settled.

Remember, you’re also competing with hundreds of other people who need to move due to expiring leases!

So, if you’ve done absolutely none of the above, take a deep breath, read on, and download the FREE two-week moving checklist below.

Download Your Free 2-Week Moving Checklist 

Whether you’re moving from a house or apartment, this free, 3-page guide will help you prepare in under two weeks.

Grab the freebie below!

checklist to move in 2 weeks

 

How to Prepare to Move in 2 Weeks:

In the third episode of our Master Your Move series, Erin, our Austin Market Manager, even gives her best advice for moving out in a time crunch

Here are Erin’s top tips on how to prepare for a moving company within two weeks—whether you live in an apartment or a house!

Erin highly recommends some key steps to prepare for moving company in just 2 weeks… no matter where you’re moving to or from:

1. Book a mover as fast as possible.

This is extremely important during peak moving seasons (like summer) when tons of people are moving. Not sure what to look for? We’ve got just the right questions to ask—especially if you want to move quickly—and how to find a legitimate company.  

2. Clearly label all boxes & items

Mark the contents and indicate anything fragile inside (especially glassware!)

3. Check on parking or truck access from the street.

Speak to your landlord or neighbors first to avoid any conflicts.

4. Schedule any necessary appointments as far in advance as possible

Think of anything that could be impacted by your move being longer or shorter than expected (e.g. reserving an elevator, hiring an electrician, locating cleaners or specialty disposal, finding contractors to disassemble/install certain items like playground or workout equipment).

You’ll also want to note the times so your movers can hustle prior to any contractor or vendor visits to your new home.

5. Prepare packing supplies.

Take stock of the easily damaged things you have to move. These could be TVs, mirrors, glasses, artwork, jewelry, or more. This will help you know the types and quantities of moving supplies you need to get prior to your move.

If you’re packing alone, use supplies that will make packing easier: strong boxes, packing tape, permanent markers, blankets for wrapping, bubble wrap, leg casters, box dividers (or clean towels) for glasses and dishes, and plastic wrap or tarp for transporting live, potted plants.  

MASTER TIP: Use the boxes or cases that your devices came in to pack them up (e.g. TVs, jewelry, lamps, cookware). 

6. Call your moving company and check your appointment.

If movers haven’t already done a virtual or in-person walkthrough, take photos or video and send it to them yourself.

This is critical if you’re using the company’s packing services

MASTER TIP: Open all closets, cabinets, doors, and drawers so your movers can accurately gauge how much they’ll be packing and/or moving. Review your quote with them and ask about any additional fees not outlined that could be tacked on if they need to pack your items.

7. Get a good night’s rest 1-2 nights before moving.

Sleep deprivation adds up and can leave you less than alert.

Trust us, you don’t want to be grumpy, groggy, or forgetful on your move day!

8. Pack up the last things you’ll use in the morning.

Toiletries, cosmetics, medication/vitamins, snacks, dog food, kid’s supplies—think of everything you know you’ll need to use on move day that won’t go on the truck.

Keep them easily accessible in a grab bag to toss in your vehicle.

The same goes for live, potted plants. Movers can’t legally transport these in a moving truck, so make room in your vehicle while protecting your floors and upholstery.

MASTER TIP:  Wrap plants and tarp your floor so the soil doesn’t spill.

9. Have your payment ready.

When you first book and sign, all scheduled charges should be explained and documented upfront. You definitely don’t want your move day to arrive and you’re unable to pay. Legally, moving companies can retain your items on their trucks until you can pay as agreed in your contract. No one likes being in that situation, so make sure you have enough money to cover your move (you can always call the mover later if there’s an issue!)  MASTER TIP: If payment is a problem, save yourself and your moving company some awkwardness and cancel or reschedule for when you’re ready. 

10. Check labels & move boxes out of the way.

The best way to make your move faster? Clear a path for your movers to get to and from your apartment door/garage.

It also helps to have fragile boxes in a separate section from heavier items.

Finally, double-check that any descriptions on fragile or important boxes haven’t been mislabeled or misplaced.

MASTER TIP:  Make sure any fragile items are clearly marked on all sides of the box with an arrow facing upwards. 

11. Do one last sweep with movers before leaving.

The worst feeling is leaving something behind.

(It’s also a nightmare if you’re moving long-distance!)

Avoid this by doing one final sweep of your entire apartment or home when before you and the movers head to your new place.

 

How to Prepare to Move From an Apartment in 2 Weeks:

If you’re making the move from an apartment to a house, you’ll have some specific things to consider. Most likely, you’ll have more time constraints moving out than moving into a neighborhood.

According to Erin, here’s how to prep two weeks before moving out of your apartment

As soon as you know you’re moving out of an apartment:

  • Repair any & all damages. This is a big one because apartments will charge you for damages after you’ve moved out (even if they were already there). While you still live in your apartment, it’s 100% free to notify your leasing office about existing damages and have them repaired!
  • RSVP at your apartment complex. You might be required to reserve an elevator, parking spots, or do certain things before you move. The complex may also need to adhere to certain procedures or do things like install hangers in your reserved elevator for the movers. Talk to the leasing office in advance and give them ample details. 
  • Clean your apartment thoroughly. Tackle the biggest, dirtiest jobs first (do a bit every day). Lighter cleaning can wait until move day so you’re not overwhelmed or in the way. You could even get your deposit back if it’s clean enough! MASTER TIP: Schedule your move so you have an extra day to intensively clean your apartment after all the furniture is gone. 

5-7 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Start packing everything. Being overwhelmed is a major factor of stress during move day. Packing early eliminates that. Moving companies often offer packing and/or unpacking if you don’t want to do it all on your own. At 3 Men Movers, we not only offer both services, but our unpackers will organize everything so you’re prepared to start living.
  • Declutter & see what you can sell/give away. This is a great time not only to pack, but to go through any junk or things you no longer want that can be donated. Certain clothing consignments may be able to give you extra cash for your unwanted attire, or you can drop them off at nonprofit centers.  

2-4 days before moving from your apartment:  

  • Revisit your apartment office & recap your move day. Is there anything you forgot to tell the leasing office? Perhaps there’s something your movers told you that changes your plans a bit? Either way, let your office know. On the flip side, inform your leasing office how your move day will generally go and ensure all your reservations still stand, uninterrupted. Review parking options and the permitted loading areas, then relay this info to your moving company. (You don’t want movers wasting any time trying to determine where to park or load). 
  • Wrap up any major cleaning and repairs. Even if you’ve booked your move so that you have an extra day to clean your empty apartment, you should still have most of it done. Repairs should definitely be done at least a day before movers set foot in your apartment. 

The same day you’re moving out of an apartment:  

  • Communicate with your movers. While they should have all the important information before they arrive, it never hurts to check twice. Call the company when they open and ask if everything is on schedule
  • When movers arrive, show them everything. Like where certain things are, (e.g., stairs, parking and loading dock, elevators, etc.) Also, during peak seasons, some highly-requested crews may be busier than normal. If you’re not the first appointment of the day, this could push back your move start time a bit—especially if the previous job had more items than expected or if they weren’t totally prepared. 


Ho to Prepare to Move From a House in 2 Weeks:

If you’re moving from a house, you do have more flexibility as far as time and parking availability. But there are still some ways you can specifically prepare if you’re two weeks away from moving and not ready. 

As soon as you know you’re moving out of a house:

  • Start packing right away. You might have fewer time constraints than an apartment-dweller, but none of that matters if you’re not packed before move day. Start cleaning and clearing out old junk, too. You’ll likely have more unwanted stuff if you live in a house rather than an apartment. 
  • Talk to your neighbors. Communicate with your neighbors in advance so there will be a spot for your movers’ truck. You don’t want your movers to have to compete with other contractors or personal vehicles if your neighbors are using services or hosting gatherings on the same day. Your move will definitely take longer if crew members have to walk from down the street to move items out of your home.
  • Book your move at the appropriate time. While you don’t have to worry about handing over the keys to a leasing agent right away, you still should be considerate. So when you’re scheduling your move, keep in mind any conflicting information you uncovered while speaking with neighbors. 

7-10 days before moving from a house:  

  • Get repairs and contracting services done. If you’re renting, ask your landlord about repairs. 
  • Thoroughly label and number your boxes. As listed under the General tips, you should already have gotten moving boxes and supplies and started packing. Besides simply writing ‘fragile’ on your boxes, number them to match the rooms they will go into at the new place. (More on that below).

5-10 days before moving out of a house:

  • Schedule contractors to dismantle any special or expensive items. Certain furniture and equipment must be dismantled before moving (like grandfather clocks, light fixtures, Peloton bikes, gun safes that are bolted into the floor or need doors removed). 
  • Get the proper equipment, casing, boxes, wraps, etc. for any instruments, jewelry, ammunition).

1-2 days before your move from a house:

  • Communicate any obstacles getting to your home. When your moving company opens, give them a call to let them know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Is your street clear? Are your neighbors doing construction or expecting lots of cars on the street? Will there be any hills that movers have to traverse while hauling your stuff to the truck? What about low-hanging trees or cables?
  • Assist with a virtual walkthrough. Send your moving company photos of how much stuff you need to move. A simple cell phone photo of each room will do, but remember to snap your closets, cabinets, dressers with clothing, and outdoor furniture. Knowing how much and what you have to move will help the moving company send you the right crew and inform you of any fee changes. No one likes surprise charges after moving!
  • Check on any storage facility restrictions.  On move day, the clock will be ticking and most movers charge hourly. So waiting on any mishaps at a storage facility could end up being expensive. If you’re moving things into or out of storage, make sure a facility manager is there in case you have issues. It’s also vital to know whether the storage company restricts moves after a certain time
  • Do your laundry. This goes without saying, but no one wants to transport dirty clothing. Plus, you may be able to use clean linens to help you pack delicate items
  • Set up utilities in your new space. Set up or transfer your cable, internet, water, gas, and electricity before your move. In some areas of Texas, like DFW and Houston, you can choose your electricity provider and shop for the cheapest electricity rate.
  • Clean & disconnect appliances. Any appliances like washers, dryers, and refrigerators should be disconnected at least 24 hours in advance of your move. Some movers will assist you with this, but many others won’t (movers generally aren’t trained to do that kind of thing).  Moving companies will often ask you to waive liability so they aren’t responsible if anything goes wrong. If you need help with disconnecting and reconnecting a washer or dryer, ask your chosen moving company during booking.  
  • MASTER TIP: For dryers, make sure the vent is thoroughly cleaned before installing it in your new home. 

The same day you’re moving out of your home:

  • Charge your cell phone. Before—or even during—your move, the moving company or crew may need to get in touch with you. Keep your cell phone on you and charged at all times so you and your movers don’t miss any important news.  Don’t forget to turn up your ringer volume!
  • Prepare everything you need to use that day. If there are things you know you’ll need (like snacks, medications, or your toothbrush) keep them separate in a backpack or tote bag.
  • Do a walkthrough before & after moving furniture. It seems repetitive, but we can’t stress this enough: open every closet, cabinet, and drawer before your movers start and after everything is moved out. Before you head off to your destination, don’t forget to do one final walkthrough with your movers to ensure nothing’s left behind. It’s also crucial to clear out any drawers with clothing or drawers before dressers get lifted and shifted on a dolly, so items and inner parts don’t rip or break. Make sure the movers do a final check of the truck after you move into the new space. 
  • Label the doors of each room to match your boxes.  Using a sticky note, copy the numbers you put on the boxes to denote where each box will go at your new place. This will prevent movers from constantly having to ask where you want every box placed, and will generally speed up your move.  

*Special Note on When to Pack a House: 

We typically recommend that you start packing a house one month in advance. But if you have a house to pack and haven’t done anything at all, start now

How much time you dedicate to packing and how much you have to pack are huge factors in how long your move takes. 

Will you spend 8 hours a day packing over the course of one or two weekends? 

Do you work such long hours that packing by yourself for 12 hours isn’t possible? 

If either of these scenarios describe your situation, we recommend either packing anywhere from 30 to 60 days in advance. Depending on how much time you’re able to dedicate to finding the supplies and packing everything yourself, you should consider hiring professional packers to ease the workload.

More on what to expect from packers, here

Wrapping Up

If you’re worried about having a last-minute move and have only two weeks to plan—relax

The best thing you can do now is to pack, find a mover, and follow this guide to moving from a house or apartment in 2 weeks

 

Efficient Moving Advice That Will Make Your Day Successful


It’s move day, and time is money. So you definitely need to know how to move out as efficiently as possible. 

So, what’s the most efficient way to move?

Find out with this essential advice to reduce moving stress and avoid wasting time. 

Tip #1: Communicate About Your Circumstances 

Discussing your moving plans with a friend is a good way to get ideas…. 

Just don’t expect your move to resemble theirs!

So how long will it take movers to load a truck efficiently? 

The structure, accessibility, and layout of each residence are different, so these attributes will definitely affect how long your move take. 

Below are some ways to optimize the efficiency of your move day based on time.

Consider your starting and ending locations:

  • Do you have a one-story 3-bedroom home?  Fewer staircases mean it could take less time to move compared to a similar home with the same number of bedrooms but two stories
  • Living in an apartment or condo? It’s important to let movers know if you have to reserve an elevator or have a time limit to move somewhere new
  • Remember: these movers have never been to your place. Let a booking agent know if there’s anything out of the ordinary. Does your home have odd features or landscapes that could make loading or unloading more difficult? Do you have a roommate or children that would be disturbed by noises?

Knowing these things in advance will help you and your movers determine whether your move could take longer or shorter than average.  

 

Tip #2: Point Out Meaningful Items & Be Thorough

Many people own something with either sentimental or material value.

It could tug at your heartstrings or simply be expensive. 

Either way, tell your moving company and the crew beforehand.

That childhood trinket, professional artwork, special collector’s item, or wedding gift? Movers won’t always assume how special or fragile it is unless you point it out.  

Even if it’s a simple request to be gentle with a certain box, your moving crew wants to make sure you’re happy and comfortable with their service. 

Here’s how to be detailed and let movers know what you want

When you’re booking a move:

  • Inform the agent about anything that you want to be handled with special care (gun safes & ammo, delicate items, items up to or over 500 lbs., etc) 
  • Ask your booking agent to make a note of this for the crew (a responsible company should do this automatically, but request it anyway.) 
  • Be clear on what the moving company will and will not move… (To abide by state regulations and company policies, there are some things movers simply cannot disassemble or transport—like live plants or baby cribs.)

Before move day:

  • Clear packed boxes out of the way so movers can safely and quickly walk between each room to the exit 

On move day:

  • Walk movers through every part of your home and point out anything delicate or special
  • Open closet and cabinet doors to make sure nothing is overlooked
  • Show the crew anything that may need to be double-wrapped
  • Let movers know which boxes are ready to be loaded and which boxes have delicate or heavy items
  • Check all outdoor patios, closed doors, and drawers. Leave everything open as movers are loading so nothing is missed

Remember that extra communication is key.

Almost all moving mishaps are preventable! 

How can you help make your move more efficient? Voice your wishes early so movers can reasonably meet them.

 

Tip #3: Stay Attentive & Focus On The Move

Back to the point about communicating throughout your move: this works best if you stay focused on the move itself.

Now, we’re definitely advocates of a smooth, stress-free move because we train movers to become true professionals in how to handle and transport your items.

Professionals don’t need hand-holding, but they may need to ask important questions that can make or break your move. 

Here are some focused tips that will make your move easier:

  • Stay accessible throughout the day without interruptions or distractions from friends and family who may be there
  • If you can’t be accessible: discuss your move with someone who will be physically present, knows what and how you want to move, and who is authorized to speak on your behalf if there’s a question or concern

If you hire a moving company to help you move, you expect (and should get) professionalism.

Make your move more efficient by occasionally checking in with the crew leader and voicing your concerns or questions. 

 

Tip #4: Call Your Moving Company 

Whenever a service person comes to your place, you should know what to expect, right? The same thing goes for moving crews who you’re relying on for a successful, well-organized move.

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. Movers are human, too, and the unexpected could happen and directly or indirectly impact your move. 

Don’t hesitate to call the moving company. A phone call to immediately notify the company will take less time and save you the headache of enduring an awkward move if:

  • If anything goes wrong or if movers are late
  • If you have questions about added services or charges
  • If you simply feel uncomfortable (especially if a mover seems ill)….

It’s your move day, and there’s no need to waste time. 

 

Tip #5: Know All Fees (& How They’re Calculated)

Doing research on the moving company you’ve chosen will eliminate a lot of headaches upfront. However, if you want to have a highly efficient move, that’s not where the buck stops.

For example, 3 Men Movers uses a transparent travel fee

This includes the transportation costs of our facility distance to your starting address, the distance from your final address back to our facility.  

Likewise, our hourly rate doesn’t start until we arrive at your first location and you sign the crew in. The clock stops when you sign the movers out at the end of the service. This way, clients have the ultimate approval over their move.

So, not only are such costs explained upfront, but there are no sneaky fees tacked on to the end of your move.

We’ve calculated the transparent travel fee in the most reasonable and relevant way for each individual client. 

Be wary that some extremely common tactics in the moving industry are to:

  • Extra charges for going up or down flights of stairs, handling safes, oversized items, or pianos, etc. 
  • Claim there is no travel fee—then add on fuel costs or the time it takes to get back to the facility (often in rush-hour traffic)
  • Claim that their travel fee is time-based and therefore cheaper… and it certainly looks inexpensive at first

Yes, some movers will find ways to charge you for time spent not actually moving… Unknowing clients then end up paying for the cost of movers to sit in notoriously horrible Texas traffic, or they get charged an hourly moving rate for the driving time!

No matter which moving company you hire, be aware of what you’re paying for and how charges are calculated:

  • Thoroughly read a copy of your rights (all licensed moving companies are required to furnish this for you)
  • Ask the booking agent to explain all services, charges, and fees and how they’re calculated. You need to know what factors will influence the rates you’re paying 
  • Ask if they will hold your items on the truck if add-on fees aren’t paid immediately

Ensure that you understand any time-based charges or potential extras. It will eliminate lots of misconceptions and disappointments. 

 

Tip #6: Ask About Your Moving Crew’s Experience Level

Anybody can move a box, but not everyone can move!

If you’re interested in hiring a moving company, ask about the people who will actually be moving you:

  • Feel free to ask how long a crew has been moving
  • Ask if the crew is experienced in moving specific or delicate items
  • Voice any sensitive issues they should be aware of (e.g. domestic abuse, elderly or sick residents, medical equipment)
  • If you own animals, inform the booking agent in case a crew member has an allergy that would affect the efficiency of your move
  • Request by name any movers you’ve heard of through online reviews or from a friend

One of our Movifestos states, “We respect that your home is sacred.” 

We also back it up with onboarding crews to our expectations, criminal background checks, and ongoing professional training so their skills stay sharp. 

At 3 Men Movers, if you request a crew—perhaps you heard a friend or online reviewer singing the praises of one by name—we’ll honor it. After all, you deserve the move you want.

 

Tip #7: Be Aware of the Claims Process

Heaven forbid you’ll actually need to file a claim, but in case you do, you should know how it works first.

How to find out if a moving company’s claims process will go smoothly:

  • Does the company have carrier liability?
  • Are the movers involved in the claims process? 
  • Do moving crews have accountability or incentives for their claims rates?
  • How does your moving claims process work? 
  • Where do I start by filing a claim—should I call or email?
  • Do I need to provide a receipt or proof of value to get the maximum allowable amount in case of a claim?
  • How long does the claim process take? Are there deadlines?

Personally, at 3 Men Movers, we’re really proud of a claims rate that is consistently less than 3% of thousands of moves over the past few years.

Again, no matter what company you choose, you still need to know how their claims policy will affect you should you need to use it. 

 

Tip #8: Properly Crate or Prepare Unique Items

Musicians have to move too… And so do people with huge armoires. 

Despite how much you own and have to lug into a new place, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before your move day arrives.

Save time by preparing:

  • Box up everything and label anything fragile
  • Number boxes and have corresponding sticky notes/tape for the new rooms they’ll go into
  • Ensure nothing is protruding from boxes that would make them difficult to stack on a dolly or truck 
  • Set out extra blankets on top of items you want movers to wrap (but they’ll also bring their own)
  • If you want to speed up your move, disassemble whatever you can before movers arrive
  • Unplug appliances and take out tubing at least a day in advance (put a towel down for refrigerators)
  • Wrap and place televisions and any fragile glass in their original boxes, if possible
  • Call the moving company if you have any safes over 600 lbs 
  • Find out if safes were drilled into the floor by previous owners 
  • Empty safes before movers arrive (movers can’t transport ammunition)

Special note for musicians:

  • Crate or case musical instruments you want movers to transport (especially stringed instruments like harps and cellos)
  • Let movers know if there is an instrument inside of a case
  • If you don’t have a case but insist that movers handle it, please be prepared to sign a waiver for liability

 

Tip #9: Know Your Storage Facility 

Timing is everything when you’re moving. That’s doubled if you are moving into or out of a storage facility.

If your movers are stopping at a storage location, there are some things to communicate if you want things to go smoothly:

  • Talk to the facility manager in advance to determine if your items will fit.
  • Know the hours of operation for your storage location.
  • Are there deadlines for when a storage facility will no longer accept moves?
  • Is there 24-hour access?
  • Make sure there is a facility manager onsite when you and your movers arrive in case you run into problems or need help.

This is the most significant info you should know before moving into storage (it’s certainly not everything). Understanding your facility and needs will prevent any issues with not having enough room. 

Certainly, you don’t want to spend more money or time than you have to when you’re moving! 

 


Best & Worst Ways to Pack Ahead for a Move


Trying to pack ahead for a move can be overwhelming. Depending on how many things you own, you may even feel tempted to procrastinate. 

But, packing all your stuff definitely isn’t something you want to do the day before you move—especially if you don’t know what to do!

If you’re wondering where to start, read this guide for advice on right and wrong ways to pack ahead before a move. You can also check out Episode 1 of our YouTube video series, Master Your Move

In the video interview and post below, Norma, one of our Moving Experts has a unique background in claims which gives her great insight on how to pack for a move early to prevent damage.  She’s passionate about helping people simplify their moves and keep them damage-claim free by knowing what to expect and what to do before a move.

So, read on to learn what and how to pack ahead of your movers’ arrival!

 

 

 

Packing Do’s: Best Ways to Pack Ahead of Time for a Move 

No matter how you plan on moving, if you’re not hiring packers, it’s a great idea to do some packing yourself.

It’s equally important to pack correctly. This will reduce the chance that any accidents or injuries occur during your move. 

Here are the best tips for packing ahead of your move—and how to do it right so you don’t waste time or damage your stuff. 

1. Fold or Vacuum-Seal Clothes in Luggage

Movers will move practically anything (anything that’s not illegal or a safety liability). Lucky for you, that includes luggage and suitcases!

Instead of worrying about what you’re going to do with your wardrobe, break out your travel luggage and use it to pack clean clothes before your move. 

Your suitcase is much safer than a box, so this is a great way to protect any fabric that is thin, beaded, fringed, delicate, or otherwise expensive. 

If you have a vacuum-sealer bag system, you can get even more clothing into your suitcase.

Remember to remove any luggage tags or attachments that could get snagged during your move. 

2. Use Towels to Perfectly Wrap Dishes for Moving

Contrary to what some YouTubers say, if you’re wondering how to move bowls and dishes, simply stacking them in a box is not a good idea.

Newspapers are often way too thin to keep dishes from rattling around, then chipping or breaking. So, Norma recommends wrapping dishes in bath towels and marking the box FRAGILE as much as possible: 

“Definitely mark the box as much as possible. Usually, the top and the side of the box are best to mark… Again, the movers are going to move very quickly. They’re used to [our] packers labeling the box all the way around, right. So they just look at it and see what’s fragile…It’s good to make it very legible: easy to read, quick to read.”

—Norma 

3. Color-Code Boxes & Number New Rooms 

Whether it’s a bright permanent marker, colorful tape, or your kid’s school paint, color-coding your boxes can speed up your move.

Movers find it helpful to know where boxes go based on their color labels, which helps them move faster (example: red for fragile items, blue for baby toys, etc.) 

Take it up a notch and also write numbers on boxes based on the rooms you want them in at your new destination.

Then, use a sticky note or wall-safe tape to mark the rooms with the matching box numbers.

4. How to Pack Plants for Moving

Legally, movers aren’t allowed to move any potted plants in the back of the truck.

“It’s under the Texas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations,” Norma explains.

“We do help customers move them, but we just put them into their vehicles so they can safely get them moved.”  

If you have to move a potted plant, invest in a good floor tarp for your backseat because you’ll probably have to move it in your vehicle. 

5. Disassemble & Pack Your Lamps Early

Lamps might not seem like a big deal until you’re paying movers by the hour and they have to stop and take them all apart. 

For more complicated items like lamps with removable or small parts, your move will go much faster if you break it down and wrap any pieces long before your movers arrive. 

6. Prepare Child and Pet Equipment 

Kiddie equipment is simple to move if it’s foldable, and disassembling child furniture before your move will make it easier for movers to stow it on the truck

However, there are some things no reputable, professional crew will move, (like cribs or playgrounds).

Items like these are too high-risk to disassemble and reassemble, mostly because they vary so widely in their manufacturing, parts, etc. Improperly reassembled cribs or play equipment can seriously injure children, so it’s not a good idea to let just anyone do it.  If you can’t do it on your own, we highly suggest getting a representative or contractor from the manufacturing company to reassemble child beds, playgrounds, dressers, and more.

Movers are people too, and lots of people are allergic to pets.

To make your move go faster, make sure pet supplies—like kennels, doghouses, scratch posts, litterboxes, etc—are clean and disassembled/ folded if possible.

The cleaning part is especially important. 

Even so-called hypoallergenic pet breeds carry allergens that can cause an attack in people who are allergic. 

You don’t want a mover to have an allergic reaction or have to pause your move while you pay by the hour.  

7. Clear a Walking Path For Your Movers

So you already packed and have everything ready to go except the larger stuff? Great! The last thing to do before your movers arrive to clear a path so they can get to work. Besides being a safety hazard, having boxes in the way won’t make your move as efficient.

Moving crews tend to load the heaviest items into their trucks first, so it’s essential for them to have access to these and to the exits. Transfer packed boxes off to the side or against the walls of a bare area. 

The clock is ticking! So if movers have to remove obstacles that are in the way of your larger furniture, it will take longer and cost more. 

 

Packing Don’ts: Mistakes May Cost You Time, Money (or both)

Packing the wrong way can end up causing your move to move slower than normal.

Poor packing can alsoresult in damages that would be prevented with good planning, materials, or techniques. 

1. Having Open Boxes Lying Around 

Having open boxes is a big no-no.

Why?

Movers are coming into your home to work quickly

If you haven’t reserved packing services—which is best done before movers arrive—it will take longer to seal and stack open boxes.

Professional movers don’t stow open boxes in their trucks where items could fall out and get lost, become damaged, or cause damages.

Additionally, not all professional movers are also trained in proper packing techniques. (At 3 Men Movers, we train all of our crews to pack the right way, but you’ll need to ask your preferred company about their procedures.)

Movers also may think you’re not finished and will be storing these items in your personal vehicle, which can lead to issues with how they load the truck. 

Either way, having unsealed or open boxes lying around will only slow down your move

Whenever possible, try to disassemble any pieces that are oddly shaped and won’t fit in a basic moving box. If you need help disassembling or wrapping an item, ask your movers!

2. Keeping Your Clothes In Dresser Drawers 

Despite the fact that this is a huge ‘don’t’, unfortunately, many people do this a lot

In fact, other less-experienced or less-careful movers may even tell you it’s ok to leave your clothing inside of dresser drawers.  But our response will always be the same: avoid leaving clothing or other items in drawers.

This is an accident waiting to happen because anything that most people keep in a dresser (like jewelry, perfume bottles, clothing, etc) can all get ripped, broken, or even fall in the dreaded, hard-to-reach nether-space behind the drawers.

Norma sums up the problem simply:

“When the movers are tilting the dollies back and maneuvering [a dresser]—to where they have to turn it on its side—all the weight falls to the bottom or toward the tilt, and it causes a high risk for damages. Not just to walls and the floors that we’re traveling through, but also to the actual items that are in the drawers. They could fall to the back, and depending on how delicate it is… It could break; jewelry could tangle and bust in the rails of the drawers… Clothing could tangle and get damaged, as well.” 

—Norma

You might think it’s easier than taking all your clothes out and folding them again later, but that’s only true if there are no damages in the moving process! 

3. Leaving Jewelry or Fragile Items Loose

At 3 Men Movers, our policy is that movers don’t touch things like jewelry which can easily be moved by a client. It’s very easy for jewelry to shift, tangle, or get damaged when moving, so it doesn’t belong in the back of a truck with other heavier items. 

So we recommend that you move jewelry on your own and as delicately as possible. 

Movers will certainly tote jewelry cabinets, but on certain conditions:

  • Cabinets or chests should be emptied to avoid any damage to the jewelry inside
  • Remove jewelry or watches and place them in a lined or wrapped box with a hard exterior that can protect it from heavy pressure or bumps
  • Make sure your jewelry is packed tightly but gently, and that box is sturdy enough to hold up if it gets banged around in your backseat or trunk from driving over a pothole or braking abruptly

4. Using Shrinkwrap or Bubble Wrap For Everything

Shrinkwrap and bubble wrap might be fun to play with, but they’re important supplies for packing your items. 

Norma advises that shrinkwrap should be reserved for:

  1. Movers to tighten their grip on smooth items like furniture and appliances
  2. It’s also good for keeping items protected from dust that often builds up in storage

Bubble wrap should be for ornaments, figurines, thin glass items, or anything prone to chipping, shattering, or breaking. 

5. Using Cheap, Flimsy Boxes & Packing Materials

While it should be everyone’s goal to keep moving expenses down, avoid cheap packing materials at all costs.

Not only are cheap boxes more difficult for movers and packers to work with, but they’ll also slow down your move and can contribute to damages. 

If you’re packing by yourself, make sure you have the right type of boxes

Grocery store boxes might be fine for food, but they definitely won’t stand up to the tough job of moving heavier items.

And, flimsy boxes shouldn’t be used for the big (or expensive) stuff!

Most of the time, the items will end up falling out of the bottom when the box is lifted or getting crushed from above by something heavy.

Your moving job will also take longer if movers have to wrap weak boxes or boxes without proper lids. 

6. Using Bags to Pack Instead of Boxes

Substituting bags for moving boxes definitely won’t protect your items when being transported.

Putting pillows in bags is an exception, but anything that can go in a bag should go in a box. 

Bags also can’t be stacked like moving boxes.

Stacking boxes properly is a best loading practice for movers, partly because it maximizes space and ensures your items don’t bump or fall around in the truck. 

Think your cool compartment bag is an easy fix to transport your wine bottles?

Let’s just say, you don’t want to bump over a pothole and find out what happens to that Pinot. 

Pack Ahead of Time for an Easy, Fast, Damag Move 

Packing before your move can save tons of time and headache, but only if you do it right! 

Follow these tips and you’ll have the smoothest, easiest move ever. Not to mention your movers will adore you for being so well-prepared. 

Why pack yourself when you can hire someone to do it for you?

Our professional packers are skilled at not only packing and wrapping everything you need.

They’ll even throw in free organizing at your new spot!

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Should You Re-Sign Your Lease or Move?


If you're renting and your lease is about to expire, you might be struggling with the decision of whether you should resign it…or move. It's a tough choice, especially if you don't have any major complaints about where you live, but maybe you're not opposed to making a change. If you keep asking yourself "should I move or should I renew my lease?" take a look at some considerations to make first.

The Benefits of Staying Put

If you find yourself trying to come up with an answer to the age-old "should I move?" question, there's probably a reason you're having trouble with it. In fact, there are likely several reasons you're thinking about staying right where you are. The following are some great reasons to stay, so if you can relate to most of them, it might be best to renew your lease:

  • You like your house or apartment
  • You're familiar with & comfortable with your surroundings (such as your favorite grocery store!)
  • You like your neighbors, property managers and neighborhood in general
  • You'll enjoy saving money by not having to pay a deposit at a new place
  • You won't have to move or pack
  • You won't have to spend time finding a new place
  • You won't have to pay to hire movers

The Benefits of Moving

Of course, moving has its own benefits and is sometimes the best option. That's why you're even asking yourself "should I move?" If the following reasons to move appeal to you, it may be time to hire Dallas movers and find a new place to live:

  • You're ready for new adventures
  • You want some new surroundings
  • You don't like your current location and want better proximity to work, school, etc.
  • You need more space
  • You need a more affordable home
  • You don't feel safe or comfortable in your current home
  • You're excited for a new or nicer space to decorate how you want

What to Consider Before Making a Decision

As you think about whether or not you should move, you should ask yourself the following questions before you make your decision:

  • Commute: How is your commute? Would moving closer to work save you a lot of time every day?
  • Trade-Offs: What are the trade-offs of moving? Would moving closer to work put you farther away from your favorite amenities?
  • Security: Do you actually like your living space right now? Do you feel secure where you are?
  • Lifestyle: Is your current space conducive to your lifestyle, or would moving make life easier? Would your current situation make it hard to move? For example, would it be difficult to show proof of income, or do you have big dogs that might not be allowed in a new place?
  • Relationships: Are you close to friends, family, or your significant other? If so, how far away from them could you live?
  • Roommates: Do you have roommates right now, or would you need to get some to afford your new place? Would your current roommates come with you if you moved?
  • Budget: Do you have the money it takes to pay for your move, such as deposits & moving expenses?
  • Timing: Do you have the time right now to search, read reviews, and scout out new places? If you still aren't sure about moving, can you stick it out another year, or maybe get a lease extension for now?

So, after asking yourself these questions, do you think you're ready to move, or should you stay awhile? If it's the latter, you might still want to keep these questions in mind for the next time your lease comes up for renewal. But if the benefits of moving outweigh the benefits of staying put, be sure to schedule Dallas movers for help relocating! At 3 Men Movers, we have years of experience helping people move, so click here for a free moving quote


Best Apps for Buying a Home


If you need to move soon and have to find a house fast, there's an app for that! Actually, there are several apps that make house hunting simple enough for you to do anytime, anywhere. But which app is the one that's going to make it easiest for you to find your dream home so you can schedule your Houston movers as soon as possible? The following are some of the top apps to use on your journey to buying a home in the Houston area.

Zillow

Zillow has been a staple in the home buying process for years now. It's so easy to use and has so many listings on it that it's fun to just scroll through it even when you're not in the market for a home! So it's perfect for serious homebuyers and daydreamers alike.

Pros: Zillow allows you to see the history of the listing price and taxes of each home, so you can get an idea of whether it's the best price you're going to get on the house you have your heart set on.

Cons: One of the downsides of Zillow is that it doesn't always list the HOA information. And when it does, it's sort of buried at the bottom of the page, even though you definitely need to know this information upfront if you want a true idea of your monthly cost! Also, Zillow isn't as updated as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is what real estate agents use for listings. That means Zillow doesn't necessarily have access to every home on the market, and sometimes by the time the listing shows up on Zillow, it's already under contract with another buyer.

Trulia

Another popular homebuying app is Trulia. Though it's owned by Zillow, many buyers find that it's actually better during the active home search, since it has a few features that Zillow lacks.

Pros: One of the best details of Trulia is its crime statistics of each area, letting you get an idea of how safe a neighborhood is. In addition, you can easily filter your search using keywords for what you're looking for in your new Houston home, such as all tile, hardwood floors or a pool.

Cons: Since Trulia is owned by Zillow, it shares its main downside. That means you might not be seeing every listing the second it's available when you use Trulia instead of the MLS. But this app is still good for browsing homes, so you can send your real estate agent a list of properties you like and he or she can give you more updated information.

Homesnap

Homesnap is yet another homebuying app you can use to browse homes before you schedule moving day with your local Houston movers.

Pros: The best thing about Homesnap is that it doesn't just give you information on homes for sale. It also lets you learn more about homes that aren't even on the market! So if you're driving down the street and see a beautiful house that stops you in your tracks, just take a picture of it and Homesnap will tell you everything you need to know. If it's for sale, you'll see the list price and all the other details. If it's not, you'll see its past sale prices and estimated value. Plus, this app uses MLS data, meaning it's always updated.

Cons: The search criteria on Homesnap isn't as detailed or precise as other homebuying apps, so it may take more time to find a house you'll love on it. It's better for when you're out driving around searching for houses and just need some information on pricing, contact information and open house hours.

Houston Association of Realtors

The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) has its own app dedicated to helping locals find homes in the Houston area. If you're looking to stay in Houston, you'll want to try out this app!

Pros: Since this is a local app, you'll only see homes in the Houston area, so there's no extra step of limiting your search criteria to a particular state. Plus, this app lists the HOA information, and it's also connected to the MLS so it gets only updated listings.

Cons: You'll notice HAR doesn't use the Great Schools rating program that many other apps do. This might be a disadvantage if your kids would be transferring into new schools after the move.

You can use any of these apps to find your dream home. And as soon as you do--and once you get a move-in date--be sure to schedule Houston movers to help make moving a breeze! Contact our Houston office today to learn more.


Items Our Movers Can’t Put on the Moving Truck and Why


Professional movers can make your move easy by packing up your belongings and driving them to your new home on moving day. However, as you finish packing, keep in mind that there are some types of items your movers cannot put in the moving truck. That's because safety is among our top priorities, and some items simply cannot be safely transported in a truck. So before moving day gets here, take a look at what our movers can't move for you.

Dangerous Items

Some things just aren't safe to pack into a moving truck, as they could end up hurting our movers and anyone on the road. Items that aren't safe for us to move include:

  • Oil
  • Gas/Fuel and Lighter Fluid
  • Pesticides
  • Cans of paint
  • Guns and weapons
  • Live ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Bleach, Ammonia, nail polish remover, or other strong cleaning fluids

Not only is it dangerous to move these items, but in many cases, it's against the law. So just don't try packing these. Instead, you can look into the safety of transporting them yourself, or perhaps just safely dispose of them and then buy replacements when you get to your new home.

Pets

This should come as no surprise, but experienced movers won't put animals in the back of the moving truck. It's just not safe for them back there. Not only is it not comfortable like a car is, but you also need to keep them in plain sight to ensure nothing falls on them on the way to your new home.

For this reason, you should transport your pets on your own. If you don't plan on driving to your new home, you'll have to make arrangements for someone else to drive them. And of course, if you're moving with pets and your new home is too far away to drive to, plan on putting them on a plane--making sure to read up on the airline's rules of transporting your pets by air first.

Valuables and Irreplaceable Items

Our movers will happily transport everything from your couch and bed to your TV and all your kitchen appliances. But we've found that irreplaceable items--like your great grandma's super fragile teacups and your photo albums chock full of snapshots of great memories--would be better off going with you in your car. The same goes for any medications you need, and items that would be time-consuming or expensive to replace--like passports, credit cards and jewelry.

Basically, anything that you don't want even the smallest risk of losing or breaking should not be put on a moving truck. We do have insurance to ensure you can replace any items on the off chance they're damaged during the move…but that won't help you get back mementos that money can't buy! So it's best to err on the side of caution by packing valuables and sentimental items into your vehicle.

Loose Items

Finally, our movers can't transport loose items during the move, so if you want anything moved, you should put it in a box. After all, boxing it up will keep it safe and less likely to get lost during the move. If you need help boxing up anything you're bringing with you to your new home, let us know and we can arrange to provide you with our packing services.

If you're ready to hire professional movers to assist you on moving day, contact us today!


What Is a Certificate of Insurance?


If you're moving out of or into an apartment or condo, the moving company you hire might need a Certificate of Insurance before moving day. If your movers don't get one ahead of time, they might not be allowed to enter the property, which will delay your move. So as moving day approaches, make sure you know what a Certificate of Insurance is…unless you're prepared for that awkward moment when your movers are not allowed to help you move! So here's the rundown on the Certificate of Insurance.

What's the Point of the Certificate of Insurance?

You know how important it is for your moving company to have insurance, right? It protects both you and the property you live in, which is why your apartment or condo's property manager wants to see proof that your movers are properly insured. And that's exactly what the Certificate of Insurance is, as it's a document directly from the moving company's insurance company.

What Information Does the Certificate of Insurance Include?

The Certificate of Insurance has to include specific facts that your property manager will want to know. For example, not only does it prove that your movers are insured, but it also shows that they are insured for that specific property, as it will include the address of the condo or apartment. It will also list the conditions in which the insurance coverage will be used. This way, the property manager knows that if the movers somehow damage the property during the move, the repairs will be covered by the moving company's insurance policy.

What Happens If the Movers Damage the Property?

As careful as our movers are, we know that damage to the property is a possibility during any move. A moving crew might scratch a wall or scuff a floor, and we're quick to take responsibility when this occurs. That's why we have insurance! At 3 Men Movers, we meet the minimum state requirements of $1 million for general liability. If there is any damage to the property as you move in or out, you or the property manager can contact us and we will either pay for it directly or submit a claim with our insurance, depending on the total cost. Regardless, neither you nor your property manager will have to pay for the damage incurred during the move.

How Do You Know If You Need a Certificate of Insurance for Your Move?

Before you schedule your move with 3 Men Movers, ask your apartment or condo property manager if you need a Certificate of Insurance. Most require it and let you know this when you move in, so any paperwork you have from the complex should state whether or not this is a requirement. If it is, your paperwork should even include an example of how exactly the Certificate of Insurance needs to be filled out.

If you do need this certificate, let 3 Men Movers know when you schedule your move, as we will be sure to have it ready before moving day. If you don't mention it ahead of time and your property manager asks us for one when we show up, your move could be delayed, as our movers will be barred from entering the building to help you move in or out. Imagine paying a crew of movers to stand on the grass and wait around for a while until the certificate can be obtained. Talk about a waste of time, which is just the worst on moving day!

If you want to know more about the Certificate of Insurance or are ready to schedule your Texas move, contact 3 Men Movers today to get a free quote.

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Watch Out For These 4 Main Triggers of Move Day Stress


You know moving is difficult, and that's why you've hired movers to do the heavy lifting, (literally.)

So why are you still feeling stressed about the move? Shouldn't you be sitting back with a glass of sweet tea, feeling good about your stress-free moving experience?

Apparently, that's not a reality for most people. In fact, despite having over 30 years of moving experience, even our CEO was stressed about her recent move, and she had the best movers at her beck and call!

So why is moving stressful? Here are the top four reasons for move day stress.

1. Physical Exertion

Okay, everyone knows you'll be stressed if you try to do the whole move without the help of a moving company. Moving is physically exhausting! But we've realized that while hiring movers can cut your physical work in half, you're still bound to be stressed at some point.

That's because even when movers wheel all the heavy items out of your house, you're still going to be walking around, moving around boxes and smaller possessions. Maybe while your movers remove your fridge, you're busy doing laps around the house, finding random items you forgot to pack. All that exertion adds up, especially when you're used to sitting at a desk job and normally only log 5,000 steps on your Fitbit ... on a good day! And that unexpected exertion leads to move day stress.

2. Extra Tasks

No matter how much physical help you have from your movers, you're still going to end up exhausted from all the extra tasks that require mental focus. You have to schedule your move, and once that's on the books, it's time to start calling utility companies to cancel services at the old house and set them up at the new house.

Add these administrative tasks to your normal day -- which probably involves working, taking care of kids or both -- and it's no wonder you're stressed! Moving feels like a part-time job, and that's even with help from a great moving company. And it's not like you can outsource these tasks. You have to squeeze them into your day, which causes sleep deprivation ... and that can lead to a compromised immune system and mood swings. In fact, many people get colds while moving, further increasing move day stress. So yeah, why is moving stressful? Probably because of all of this!

3. Added Stress on Relationships

Now you're grouchy, haven't slept, and you're spending all your free time packing and making phone calls. It's no surprise that your relationship is probably not thriving right now. In many cases, one person perceives the other as doing less than they should, causing arguments leading up to moving day.

So if you find yourself snapping at your significant other, don't worry. It might not spell the end of the relationship. It just means your move is probably almost over, so wait a little bit before you decide to inform your SO that they will be getting kicked out of your new home before even moving in!

4. More Decisions to Make

Another reason for move day stress is that you're making decisions all day. Even when you have terrific movers doing most of the work, they're going to need some direction, and it's going to come from you! So prepare to be pointing your finger to let movers know where to put furniture. Your brain will be exhausted for sure, especially if you're also deprived of sleep, food, and free time.

Wrapping Up

Now you know why move day stress exists. So how can you try managing your stress when moving? Planning ahead helps, as you'll need time to purge your house of items you don't want to bring with you. And getting your move scheduled with a moving company will also help you achieve a stress-free moving day ... or as close to that as possible! Contact 3 Men Movers today to get a quote.