7 Common Packing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Proper packing is one key to a successful household move. Packing can be an art form. Here are some common packing mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Starting Too Late

Procrastination is a part of human nature. However, if you wait too long to begin packing, you may have to rush at the end and make mistakes. Packing almost always takes longer than expected, so start packing as soon as possible.

2. Failing to Plan

Packing is a project. Projects go more smoothly if you develop a plan before just diving in. Decide which rooms you’ll pack up first and which rooms and items you’ll leave for last. You’ll also plan what to do to prepare each room for packing.

Also, decide what necessities you’ll need to pack separately and keep that essentials box with you in your car.

3. Inadequately Decluttering

Chances are, you have many items in your home that you haven’t used for years and don’t plan to use. Moving costs are based on the amount of stuff you have, regardless of whether the mover charges by weight, volume, or time required. So you can save money by removing those items you never use.

As soon as you start thinking about moving, start sorting. Put items in four piles: to keep, to discard, to sell, and to give away. You can sell items in a yard sale or online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook. Local charities also will take many of your unwanted items.

4. Lacking Supplies

Effective packing requires the right moving supplies. You’ll need the following:

  • A collection of quality boxes. You’ll need plenty of each size. Your mover might provide moving cartons, or you can buy some from home goods stores. Avoid the temptation to use containers that weren’t made for moving.
  • Packing tape. Have a dispenser for each family member that is helping to pack.
  • Packing materials. You’ll need packing materials, such as packing paper and bubble wrap, in the boxes to protect your items. Packing paper is better than a newspaper because the ink can transfer to your belongings.
  • Permanent markers. You’ll want to write the room destination for each box on all sides.

5. Overstuffing the Boxes

Before you start stuffing the box, find its capacity. Then be sure to keep your packing within that capacity. Putting too much in the box will break and spill your stuff on the floor. Remember that small cartons are better for packing heavy items, and no packed box should weigh more than 50 pounds.

6. Striving for Perfectionism

Doing an excellent job of packing is essential. However, perfection is probably not achievable. You’ve done enough as long as you’ve wrapped each item and packed it properly in a solid moving box. Avoid adding stress by demanding perfection from yourself or others helping you pack.

7. Disregarding Professional Packing Help

When you get estimates, it’s worth asking the movers how much they’d charge for packing your household. Often the cost is less than you expect, and having the professionals pack takes much of the pressure off you.

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6 Reasons a Larger Home Might Be Right for You

Deciding to move into a larger home is an important decision. While larger homes offer more space, they generally cost more and require more maintenance. Sometimes, however, a larger home is the only way to live comfortably.

Here are some common reasons for needing a larger home.

1. Growing Family

Perhaps you bought your new home when you first became a couple. However, now, you have a dog, a cat, a child, and another child on the way. As a result, the tiny home that once was perfect is now getting a bit cramped.

Living in a home that is too small can be frustrating. If you’re beginning to feel squeezed, it’s time to move to a larger space.

2. Solid Finances

When you first got your job, you probably had little savings and may have had to settle for a home that was too cozy. However, now that you’ve been working awhile, your income is higher, and your savings have grown. As a result, you can afford a larger place.

The time might be suitable to consider moving to a more spacious home if

  • Your income has increased, so your debt-to-income ratio will be good.
  • You have a healthy emergency savings fund.
  • Your credit scores are good to excellent.

3. Need Space for Your New Lifestyle

Our lifestyles often change, and some changes can require additional living space. For example, you’ve taken on a new hobby, such as painting, collecting antiques, or woodworking. Moving your hobby supplies back and forth from the kitchen table to a closet daily can become annoying.

Or, you’ve started exercising at home and need a dedicated space for your sports equipment. Or, you’ve developed a meditation practice that needs a quiet room.

You may also have recently started working from home. You may find concentration difficult if you only have the kitchen table as a workspace. If you’ve created a business from your home, such as tax preparation or hair styling, you’ll need a dedicated space to welcome customers.

4. Friends or Family Visit More Often

Finding a place to put relatives in a small space can be difficult, especially as they age. Sleeping on the couch or in sleeping bags on the floor may not work as well as it did when your friends were just out of college. Moving to a larger place can provide a dedicated guest room.

5. Parents are Moving In

As parents age, they may become unable to live independently as they once did. Or, you may worry about them and want to keep them close. A larger home creates the opportunity for an in-law suite.

6. Need a (Larger) Yard

Your current home may be a townhome or condominium with no or small yard. But, now you need space for children and pets to play or to entertain friends outside. Or, you’ve taken up gardening. A new home can provide more external space, as well.

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Celebrate Spring With These Festivals in San Antonio, TX

Are you looking forward to moving to San Antonio, TX? You’ll enjoy the warm weather, exploring the Alamo, and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. San Antonio has a great climate all year round, but spring is a time to celebrate. Check out our list of fun spring festivals as you get to know your new home. 

1. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo–February 9-26, 2023, 723 AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78219

This two-week rodeo show is the perfect way to welcome spring. The show has been voted Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year for 13 years. While you enjoy the rodeo, you’ll see both live music from several genres and traditional rodeo events. Be sure to bring your appetite, as many events center around delicious Texas BBQ. If you’re a grillmaster, sign up for one of the cookoffs to show your skills to the crowds. Attend the Youth Rodeo, the show’s fastest-growing, most successful horse event. With over 1,000 entries, the best young athletes are featured in everything from bare-backed riding to steer wrestling.

2. L-Etape San Antonio by Tour de France, April 16, 2023, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249

Whether you’re riding in the 100-mile race or cheering on the cyclists from the curb, San Antonio residents turn out in droves for this unique spring biking event. Put on by Tour de France, L’Etape is a part of an amateur cycling series that takes place worldwide. There are racing and riding options, so if you choose to participate, you can decide which pace makes the most sense.  If you “ride” it, select from the 60-mile or 25-mile option. Whatever your level, L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France allows you to challenge yourself and participate in a legendary ride.  Race or ride on a course designed by experts. Wind through your own Texas neighborhoods and off into hill country.

3. Fiesta, April 20-30, 2023, 110 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Ready to party in your new community? You’ll want to check out Fiesta San Antonio, a yearly spring celebration of all things San Antonio. The event started in 1891 when a group of San Antonio citizens honored the bravery of the heroes of the Alamo and San Jacinto battles by decorating carriages, baby buggies, and bicycles with live flowers. They met in front of the Alamo and threw flower blossoms at each other, thus earning the name “Battle of Flowers.”  That first parade had horse-drawn carriages and floats, and the event has grown exponentially since. During Fiesta, you’ll enjoy traditions from the first party, like horse-drawn carriages, and modern practices, like group workouts, fireworks celebrations, San Antonio history exhibits, BBQ cookoffs, and more.

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Tips for Holding a Pre-Move Sale

Moving is the perfect time to sort through your belongings and purge those items you no longer use. Many things, however, may have value for others, and you could pick up some pre-moving cash by holding a garage or yard sale.

If you are preparing for a residential move, here are some tips for a successful pre-move sale.

Choose the Best Day

Be smart about the day and time. Usually, a weekend day is best. Avoid days when other significant events are happening in your town, such as a parade or sports event.

Start in the morning and plan to continue until evening. Be prepared for early bird shoppers arriving before the posted time.

Check on Local Rules

Most localities are lenient about garage sales. But, to be sure, call your town hall for any applicable rules.

Invite Neighbors

Shoppers are more likely to come if you are having a multi-family sale. Ask your neighbors if they’d like to participate. If so, advertise it as a community yard sale.

Make an Inventory

Make a list of all the items you’d like to sell. Then, organize the items in one place until the big day. The inventory will help you stay organized and may help you answer specific questions from potential buyers.


The more people who know about your sale, the better. Put signs up on the main thoroughfare nearest your home a few days ahead of the date. Also, post an announcement on your social media and community pages. Post fliers at local businesses. If you have special items, list those to boost interest.

Gather Supplies

You’ll need plenty of pricing stickers, which you can buy at the dollar store. You’ll also need a table and chairs for checking people out and tables to display your items.

One security tip: Consider wearing a fanny pack instead of using a cash box. With a fanny pack, you can always keep the cash you’ve earned with you.

Make Items Attractive

Make your items as attractive as possible. Clean and dust them. Fill bicycle tires. Put batteries in items that require them. Have an extension cord handy to let buyers test out electrical appliances.

Price Your Items Well

Pricing is a crucial factor in the sale’s success. Of course, you want to make money, but you also want to avoid scaring buyers away. So here are some pricing tips:

  • Research items on online sites such as eBay and Craigslist. Consider choosing a median price if you see different prices for the same thing.
  • A good rule of thumb is to price items at 5 percent to 10 percent of their original retail price. Used clothes prices are different. Baby clothes generally are $1 to $3; adult clothes are $3 to $5. Shoes are $5 to $7.
  • Group smaller items and offer a deal for buying the whole grouping.
  • Make pricing easily visible.
  • Be prepared to negotiate, but don’t overprice. Buyers will walk away if the prices are too high rather than make an offer.
  • If your item is worth more than you can get at a garage sale, consider taking it to a consignment shop or selling it online.

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4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Moving Company

Moving can be a demanding experience, but it’s made more manageable in various ways by hiring a professional moving company. Whether you’re moving across town or the country, it’s helpful to hire a moving company that will help make your experience more positive overall. Here we’ll discuss why you should hire a professional moving company for your upcoming relocation.

1. Manpower Reliability

DIY moves require finding vehicles with enough room, recruiting people to help, and making multiple trips back and forth, which can be exhausting. In addition, while family and friends are generous in offering to help you move, circumstances can change, and you might find yourself without the help you need on moving day. Professionals handle all the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to worry about it.

When working with an industry-recognized moving company, you can trust they’ll do what they say they’ll do. After all, an established business is incentivized to follow through on promises. In addition, established companies rely on referrals from happy customers to keep their business going.

2. Protect Your Possessions from Breakage or Loss

No one knows how to protect your possessions from breakage or loss during a relocation like an experienced, qualified moving company. When you hire a moving company to perform your move, you can trust that your movers will know how to transport your items without causing damage to your possessions.

If you try to move your items independently without help from a moving company, you could put your belongings at risk. It’s easy to drop boxes, misplace things and cause damage if you’re not used to moving. When you hire movers, you hire professionals to get the work done right. They have special training and equipment to get through your relocation safely and efficiently.

3. Provides Personal Safety

Moving an entire household is time-consuming, and some can be dangerous from a safety standpoint. For example, carrying heavy items downstairs can be tricky and lead to injury, while lousy weather creates slipping hazards on relocation day. However, professional movers know how to carry belongings safely and protect themselves from injuries. In addition, they have a lot of experience moving in less-than-ideal conditions and know the precautions to take.

4. Saves Time

The planning involved in both local and long-distance moves can seem endless. You’ll need to settle your landlord’s and utility companies’ accounts if you’re renting. You must follow the details of the contract to the letter if you have sold your home. You will need to set up utilities and services in your new home and take other transitionary steps if you have children or have changed jobs. By hiring a professional mover, you’ll have more time to focus and ensure you don’t inadvertently overlook any necessary details.

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10 Things to Do the First Week In Your New Home

You’re finally in your new home after weeks of planning and moving. The amount of work awaiting you seems overwhelming. Here are ten things to do during the first week in your new home.

1. Change the Locks and Code

You’ll feel more secure if you are the only person with access to your new home and garage. Change the locks on your doors and the codes for your garage doors. Also, consider whether you need a security system and if so, make an appointment.

2. Make a Safety Inspection

Walk through your new home to be sure to eliminate safety hazards. Check to ensure that all the smoke alarms have fresh batteries. Inspect the furnace and appliances, and ensure your house number is clearly visible from the street in case of an emergency. Finally, childproof the home if you think any little ones will be afoot.

3. Unpack

Unpack your boxes, starting with essentials first. Bedrooms and bathrooms are a high priority. Organizing the kitchen, at least so you can prepare simple meals, is also at the top of the list.

4. Change your Address

If you still need to, change your mailing address to keep receiving mail. Be sure to notify credit card companies, utilities, and others that send you bills about your new residence.

5. Locate the Fuse Box and Water Valve

Be sure you know where your fuse box is in case you blow a fuse. Also, locate the primary water valve in case of an emergency.

6. Compile Your Paperwork

New residences come with a lot of paperwork, including leases, mortgage paperwork, and homeowners association bylaws. Find all your paperwork and file it in a safe space. You also should read your homeowner association bylaws and guidelines to know what you need to do to gain approval for any exterior changes you might make to your new home.

7. Go Shopping

New homes need a lot of items. First, you’ll need to stock the fridge. You’ll also need to buy small items such as shower curtains and cleaning products. Depending on the season, you may also need garden tools.

8. Get Acquainted

You’ll also want to take some time to get acquainted with your neighborhood and neighbors. Walk around the area at times when other neighbors are outdoors and introduce yourself. Also, observe your neighbors for opportunities when you can help them with a small task to introduce yourself.

Then do some driving. Map out your way to work, school, and the nearest gym. Next, look for banks, restaurants, and other services.

9. Collect Emergency Numbers

Collect numbers for your doctor, your child’s school, the nearest hospital, and other services and put them on your fridge and in your phone. They’ll be handy if you need them quickly.

10. Take Some Time to Relax

Moving is a lot of work and stressful. Take some time to relax and participate in activities you enjoy. For example, you might eat at a local restaurant, schedule a massage, or take some time to listen to music.

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How to Pack Clothing for a Move

When planning a residential move, it’s easy to leave specific tasks until the end. After all, you’ve got a lot on your to-do list, from disassembling furniture to carefully wrapping breakable items to keep them safe.

It’s all too easy to leave the contents of your dresser and closet until the end. Unfortunately, that means your clothes are thrown haphazardly in boxes — then come out at the other end of the move wrinkled and musty.

Fortunately, some methods can help keep your garments fresh and damage-free. Read on for clothes-packing tips to ease your next move.

Curate Your Collection

A move is a perfect time to go through your closet and get rid of any clothes you no longer need. Sort your clothing and identify items you won’t wear anymore, such as

  • Damaged or stained pieces
  • Items that haven’t fit or you haven’t worn for a year
  • Clothing that’s outdated or no longer fits your style
  • Garments that feel uncomfortable

Donate clothing that’s still wearable. If an item is damaged, don’t throw it away. Most textiles are recyclable, so keep them out of landfills.

Bag and Hanger Method

Now that you’ve pared down your wardrobe, how do you decide the best way to pack it all up? The bag and hanger method is one of the easiest ways to pack a closet.

Leaving your garments on their hangers, slide several pieces close together. Next, open a drawstring garbage bag. Slip the opening over the bottom of the hanging clothing.

Bring the bag up to the top and tie the drawstring securely around the necks of the hangers. Leave the hooks out. The bagged clothing can be left on the hanger until you’re ready to load the moving truck. Transfer the hanging clothes bags to moving cartons to make them easier to transport.

Pro tip: If your hanging clothing is delicate, use a garment bag instead of a garbage bag. Secure the hanger hooks with a twist tie or rubber band.

Wardrobe Box Method

When hanging garments need more protection, use a wardrobe box. These large, sturdy boxes have a hanger bar built right in.

Leave your delicate clothing on their hangers, and transfer them directly into the wardrobe box. Place pillows or light comforters below the clothes if you need extra packing space for these items. Make sure you don’t put heavy items in the box since it is already large and loading it with heavy things will make it challenging to carry.

 Suitcase Method

Suitcases and duffel bags are designed to transport clothing. So, why not use them when you’re moving, too?

Start by neatly folding bulky clothing, such as jeans, sweaters, and sweatshirts. Then stack the folded items into piles and layer them in the suitcase. If you have vacuum-sealing bags, this is the perfect time to use them.

Smaller, light items, such as t-shirts, can be rolled. The so-called “ranger roll” method saves space and helps prevent wrinkles.

Dresser Drawer Method

If your clothes are already neatly folded and stacked (or rolled) in your dresser, you can leave them where they are. Then on moving day, remove each drawer and wrap it with plastic wrap to keep clothing in place.

When you arrive in your new home, simply remove the wrap. Then the drawers can go right back into your dresser, clothes intact!

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Moving? Tips for Packing Your First-Night Moving Kit

A “first-night” moving kit contains all of the necessary items you will need upon arrival at your new home. Most people use this kit to lower stress and avoid scurrying through boxes to find things they may need during the first night in their new home.

First-night kits make your life so much easier during a hectic household move. Here are some top tips for how to pack one.

Choose Your Box

You can use a suitcase, plastic container, or cardboard box to gather your necessities. If needed, use more than one container or a variety of box types. For instance, each family member may have a designated box or backpack with essential items. In addition, you may have a general box that contains household-specific items. Having all of your necessities together in one spot before you unpack is critical. 

Select Items Carefully

Consider the things you’ll probably need for each family member on arrival. Don’t forget; you’ll need to remember items for each household member or furry friend. Common items people need include:

  • Pajamas for each individual
  • First day’s clothes for each person
  • Basic cleaning supplies, including mop, broom, dustpan
  • Sheets, pillowcases, and blankets
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower curtain, hooks, and bathroom mat
  • Soaps for kitchen and bathroom
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Bowls, food, bedding, and toys for pets
  • Special toys or sleep items for children
  • Paper and plastic products for meals
  • Reusable water bottles, sippy cups, and baby bottles
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Electronics and chargers

These are a few of the common types of items people pack. Consider having a separate cooler or backpack for your consumables. This is helpful if you have a long car ride ahead of you.

Watch Out for Restricted Items

Movers are not permitted to transport certain types of items. If your kit must go on the truck, ensure it doesn’t contain things they won’t be allowed to take. Always ask your professional mover ahead of time about any prohibited or restricted items they cannot place on the truck. Then, if you need them, you have time to make other arrangements.

Make Your Kit Accessible

One of the most important things to arrange is to keep your first-night moving kit accessible. Ideally, you want to bring it with you in your vehicle. However, if you have a large household or small car that can’t fit your kit, label it “FIRST-NIGHT” and then ask your mover to load it on the truck last, so it’s the first thing off.

Making Moving Easy!

One of the best things about a moving kit is that you have what you need when you need it. You don’t have to worry about digging through boxes. Not having essential items accessible costs you more money, adds stress and wastes valuable time looking for things.

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4 Top Date Night Ideas in San Antonio, TX

Are you getting ready to move to sunny San Antonio? Rest assured, you’ll have plenty of options when figuring out what to do for date night with your partner. Whether you want to try out a delicious new restaurant or stroll along the River Walk, you’ll love connecting with your partner in San Antonio. Here, we’ve created a list of your best date night picks in your new city.

1. San Antonio River Walk–849 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Heralded by many as the penultimate date night activity in San Antonio, you and your partner will have a fantastic time strolling through the river walk. If you’re in the mood for some exercise, stroll through the small sidewalks surrounding the river, taking note of the amazing smells and sounds offered by the restaurants and businesses surrounding the water. Feel like kicking back and taking in the sights? Then, hop on one of the many boat rides offered at the river walk. At just $5-$10 per person, you’ll find it’s well worth relaxing and seeing all your new city’s downtown hot spot has to offer.

2. Yanaguana Gardens–434 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Looking for a chance to reconnect with your partner as you enjoy nature and art? Yanaguana Gardens is the perfect place to stroll, splash around in a stream, and challenge one another to a life-size chess game. If you need to keep your little ones in tow for date night, they’ll love the splash pad, playground, and sand playground.

3. Black Potion San Antonio–1900 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78201

Ready to challenge your significant other to a competitive board game? At Black Potion, you’ll get to enjoy a ton of board games, and if you stop in on a Friday Night, an improv show, that’s sure to have both of you cracking up. Check their website to see if they’re offering a show, food trucks, or a new production in their black box theater.

4. Trader’s Village–9333 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242

With free entry and a $5 parking fee, Trader’s Village is a great way to do date night on the cheap. Take your time strolling through the flea market, looking for hidden gems, and enjoy the fun of seeing what treasures catch your partner’s eye. Check out the Trader’s Village website to keep an eye on their fun seasonal activity offerings.

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5 Reasons to Downsize Your Stuff Before You Move

It’s common to downsize your belongings before you move. But, you might not understand the importance of it.

It’s a lot of work to pack items you don’t want or need. On a long-distance move, more belongings also add to the cost.

Here are five reasons you’ll benefit from downsizing.

1. Packing Takes Less Time

Most people don’t enjoy the process of packing. If you can, minimize this task as much as possible.

It’s not just that fewer belongings need less time to pack. It’s a matter of motivation and energy. The more time you spend packing, the longer it takes you to pack the last half of your stuff.

You’ll reach the finish line much faster if you can cut back by 20 percent.

2. You’ll Spend Less to Move

Moving companies estimate the total cost of a move on weight, size, and distance. You might not be able to influence the distance, but you can change the weight and size.

Moving can be expensive, particularly if you relocate hundreds of miles away. However, minimizing expenses is practical if your employer isn’t covering the cost.

Compare the cost of moving belongings to the price of replacing them in your new location. If you’re not using the items very much, you might save a lot of money by selling or donating them.

3. It’s Easier to Unpack

In most cases, packing is a two-stage process. Everything that you pack will be something that you have to unpack.

If you think the packing process is exhausting, keep in mind that it’s only half of the work.

It’s hard to justify the time to sort your items, particularly if you’re moving on a short timeline. But, the more time you invest in the beginning, the less you’ll have to spend at the end.

4. You’ll Have More Room

Rooms always feel larger when they have less furniture. So you might think you have more space in your new home than you do.

Moving to a new home usually involves a significant change in the floor plan. Things aren’t going to fit exactly the way they did before. So it might require some negotiation.

You must fill the home with less stuff if you want more room. Each space will feel more open that way.

5. Your New Home Stays Cleaner

By now, you probably know all the places in your current home where clutter tends to accumulate. You’ll have similar problems in your new home if you’re not careful.

Keeping a room clean and tidy involves managing the clutter. The more clutter you have, the more time you spend cleaning.

Although decluttering is something that you may have to do regularly, you can give yourself a better start. Downsizing things like decor and collections can keep them manageable.

An Easier Move

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