Lake County Moving Tips

Let's face it; moving day is no picnic! Packing and moving is never easy, whether you're moving to the other side of town or across the country. Use this essential checklist to help make your move to Lake County as seamless and stress-free as possible!

Before You Move

Don't wait until the last minute! Start packing and planning as soon as possible to alleviate some of the stress.

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Organize and declutter

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

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Lighten the load

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


Change your address

It usually takes a few weeks for the post office to process your change of address and start forwarding your mail, so request it at least two weeks before the move. Let your credit card companies know you are changing addresses.

Handy Packing Tips

  • Use sturdy boxes and bubble wrap for fragile items.
  • Pack glass objects vertically and use socks for extra padding.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes.
  • Prevent leaks by using cling wrap on toiletries and furniture.
  • Prepare an "Open Me First" box with essential items.
  • Label boxes by room for easy unpacking.

On Moving Day

It's not just the packing that's overwhelming - moving day itself can be very stressful if you're not prepared. Here are some tips for a low-stress moving day.

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Keep important info

Don't pack your most important essentials and emergency prep items - like first aid supplies, medication, financial records, medical records, IDs, and other important documentation or high-value items. Always keep them with you.

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Take an overnight bag

If you make it home before the moving truck, make sure you're prepared with things like a change of clothes, your toiletries, and a phone charger.

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Have phone numbers handy

Keep your moving foreman's content information with you in case you need to contact your movers for any reason. It's also handy to have your Bill of Loading and shipment registration number with you.

After You Move

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Clean first

It's much easier to deep-clean your bathrooms and kitchen before they're loaded down with all your stuff. Clean first, unpack second.

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Unpack by room

Make the seemingly endless process smaller by breaking it down into several smaller projects, and do them in order of importance.

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Enjoy your new home!

Don't forget to smile... Your new life in your new place just began, so it is time to start making new memories! Welcome home! 

Still Have Questions or Ready to Buy a Home in Lake County?

If you're ready to find the perfect home in Lake County or you have any questions about buying a home or real estate in Lake County, then it's time to contact The Leslie McDonnell Team. We're your local guide to all things Lake County and we're more than happy to help! Want to learn more about buying a home in Lake County? We've got plenty of resources to help you out!