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How to Prepare for a Move by Yourself and Stay Organized

Preparing for a move is an exciting time that often involves a lot of planning in a short period of time. If you’re navigating this process by yourself, you might be feeling a degree of pressure to get ahead of schedule while maintaining your regular responsibilities. There is no need to feel like you must go through this process alone. Start by reviewing the following preparation tips and resources to help determine where you could use some assistance, so you can feel more confident and excited about this transition. With Corrigan, you’ll never feel alone or unsupported during this exciting new adventure! 

Plan a walkthrough of your new home  

One of the first and most important steps prior to moving your things into your new home is examining your new space to get a better sense of the rooms with nothing in them. During this walkthrough, you can take inventory to make sure the floors, walls, appliances, doors, and property look up to your contract’s standard and note any specific issues you need to discuss with your realtor. You should be cross-referencing your paperwork to ensure the details match what you’re noticing in terms of the condition of the home. In addition, you’ll want to look at the property carefully and if there are issues you should promptly communicate with your real estate agent so they can be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid future frustrations.

Declutter your belongings in advance 

Think about your move as an opportunity to get some spring cleaning out of the way so you can start fresh in your new home. Avoid bringing items, furniture, clothing, and decor that you simply don’t utilize or aren’t a fan of. If you feel like you have a lot of items you don’t intend to bring, consider having a garage sale, selling items online, or donating to local charities. There’s no need to be lugging extra items when it’ll only cost you more time and money – especially if you have a long-distance move ahead of you. You can certainly make decluttering more fun than it sounds. Invite a friend over to go through your closet and see if they want anything you’re getting rid of. Turn on your favorite playlist and take it one room at a time, making piles of what you plan to keep and what is for donation or sale.  

Make a packing list for each room  

Once you’ve gotten rid of the unwanted items, now the fun part begins. Packing strategically is critical to ensure all your items make it to your new location safely and intact. If you plan to do your own packing, having organized boxes helps make unpacking a breeze. Making a list of all your items and coordinating what each box contains will be extremely helpful. You should label the outside of your boxes with the contents, room and your last name,  so you know what is in them at a glance, how heavy they are, and if they contain fragile items. Just remember, the more organized you are early in the preparation phases, the easier it’ll be unpacking and getting things organized in your new home. And since Corrigan never leaves you hanging, just let us know if you’d prefer us to do the packing for you! Your move representative will be happy to provide a quote for packing everything, or just a few things you’d rather have professionally handled. 

Prepare to transfer utilities and services  

Another helpful moving preparation that’ll make your life much easier in your new place is transferring utilities and services to your new address. To ensure you have electricity, running water, operational equipment, and so on, it’s important to contact your utility service providers with your moving information. Since their schedules get booked up as well, coordinate with your real estate agent when you can move in and inform them of the date of transfer.  

There might be some information you want to check related to an existing home warranty policy; specifically to see if you can take it over to protect your appliances and major systems in your home. All home warranty companies offer varying policies; some include protection for smaller in-home appliances such as a refrigerator, whereas others cover larger systems like your furnace. So, it’s helpful to know what coverage you have if you take over a policy on the home. When the current contract comes to an end, you can determine if you want to keep the coverage or change policies to another company or plan.  

Be realistic about your needs and finances   

Instead of expecting yourself to be able to do everything on your own, consider what would be largely beneficial to outsource. Corrigan can handle just large pieces of furniture, or absolutely everything. Consider your time and budget, and let our move representatives collaborate with you for the perfect moving plan. Cleaning is another important part of the process, so rather than moving everything into a semi-clean space, you might want to hire a company to do a complete deep clean before you start moving in your items. It’s up to you and what will save you time while staying within a moving budget. From transportation to lodging, to materials and services, it’s easy to see how expenses can start piling up. By creating a budget for yourself, you can appropriately outsource where needed and spend your money on things you cannot do yourself.   

Recruit friends and family for assistance 

If you have friends and family in the area, you currently live in or are located in the areas you’re moving to, coordinate time for them to come and help you out. More often than not, friends will be willing to lend a hand. You’d be surprised what another set of hands or eyes can do when you’re in the early stages of setting up your new place. If you have a friend who is great at organization, they might be able to keep a list while you put everything in a box, allowing you to multitask. Don’t rush to get it all done in a day, a week, or even your first month. The most important part is getting all your necessities to your new residence, ensuring things are running smoothly, and making required payments. 


Moving alone requires a lot of coordination and organization if you want things to run smoothly. Although that is true, pairing with Corrigan Moving Systems is a great weight lifted from your shoulders. We will work with you to craft a personalized moving plan, based on your timeline and budget. By preparing ahead of time, working with Corrigan, and allowing others to lend a helping hand, you can still make moving into your new home a stress-free process and a fresh new start! 

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