A Comprehensive Checklist for Your Home Move

couple with baby in box for moving day

Moving can be an exciting. New adventure awaits. A new home to settle into. A new community to get to know. Relocating can be exciting, but it can also be a stressful experience.

Having a comprehensive plan in place can ease the process significantly. That is why we created this checklist. It’s your detailed guide to a smooth transition from your old home to your new one.

Planning Phase: Start Early, Stay Ahead

woman moving checking phone with moving list

The secret to a stress-free move lies in early and effective planning. The earlier you begin your preparations, the less overwhelming your move will be. Consider starting the moving process at least two months prior to your move-out date.

  • Establish a reasonable moving timeline.
  • Begin decluttering and decide which items you want to carry to your new home.
  • Start packing non-essential items first.

Budgeting: Manage Your Expenses

empty apartment move day

Relocating to a new home involves several expenses, some of which may go unnoticed if not accounted for in advance. Here are the primary components of your moving budget:

If you're moving by yourself:

  • Quality packing materials: Sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape.
  • Furniture insurance: A small investment for the safe transport of your valuables.
  • Moving equipment: Ramps, dollies, etc., to ensure safe and efficient moving.
  • Fuel costs: Consider the number of trips you might need to make.

If you're hiring professionals:

  • Moving service fees.
  • Additional costs for packing/unpacking services.
  • Potential extra charges for moving items up flights of stairs or into difficult-to-access locations.
  • Courtesy costs, like tips or meals for movers.

Organizing: One Room at a Time

girl decluttering before a move

Tackle one room at a time to prevent feeling overwhelmed. Start with areas that tend to accumulate more clutter, such as the basement or garage. As you progress:

  • Make 'keep' and 'discard' piles for each room.
  • Take inventory and label boxes by room and contents.
  • Group related items together for efficient unpacking.
  • Make a separate pile for items to be disposed of responsibly with Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Packing: Keep It Systematic

girl packing for a move

Packing is an essential part of the moving process, requiring careful attention and organization. To make it more manageable:

  • Pack each room separately, fully packing one before moving on to the next.
  • Ensure valuable items are well-protected with bubble wrap or other padding.
  • Utilize smaller boxes for heavier items to make lifting easier.
  • Reserve a separate 'essentials' box for items you'll need on your first night in the new home.

Preparing Your New Home: Set the Stage

key with new home on the ring

Before you settle into your new home, it's crucial to ensure everything is in order.

  • Check utilities: Ensure water, electricity, and gas are functioning correctly.
  • Inspect walls and floors for any needed repairs.
  • Familiarize yourself with the home systems like the circuit breaker and shut-off valves.
  • Plan for any renovations or home improvements needed.

Post-Move: Settling In

group of people unpacking after a move holding a picture up

Once the move is over, the unpacking begins. Start with the essentials, then move room by room.

  • Unpack essential items first: toiletries, chargers, clothing for the next few days.
  • Gradually unpack each room based on priority and usage.
  • Arrange for the disposal of packing materials responsibly with Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Moving can be a significant task, but with a comprehensive checklist and a strategic approach, it can be manageable.

Remember, when it comes to responsibly disposing of waste during your move, Wise Guys Dumpsters is here to help.

Contact us today to simplify your move and make it more efficient.

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Frequently Asked

How long are your rentals?

We offer 3 options 3 days, 7 days, and 10 days. If you wish to keep the dumpster longer than the initial rental period, the fee is $10/day. If you have a commercial or construction project, we offer a 14 day rental with an overage fee of $5 a day. We also offer custom pricing to fit your needs. If you need custom pricing, give us a call.

What happens if I keep it longer than the rental period?

We charge a $10/day fee after the initial rental period is over. For those taking advantage of our construction project pricing, the overage feee is $5/day. If you need a dumpster for a bigger construction project or commercial project, we would love to talk.

When should I have my dumpster delivered?

We recommend you have your dumpster delivered the day before you need it for a project.

Not only do we recommend this, but we have built our pricing structure around it. We don’t count the dumpster delivery day or the dumpster pick up day in the rental period.

You can be confident you will be able to use your dumpster for the full 3, 7, or 10 days when you rent from Wise Guys Dumpsters.

Do you offer same day dumpster delivery?

In most cases, we can provide same day delivery. Call us for availability and so we can provide a rush for your order.

We know situations change, or other dumpster companies back out. We are here for you when that occurs. And will do everything we can to get you a dumpster so you can start your project.

We, however, recommend that you plan ahead, if at all possible. Booking your dumpster delivery a day before your project begins will ensure it is available for you to use the moment you're ready to start your project.

As mentioned above, we won't ever penalize you for ordering your dumpster delivery a day before. You will always get the full days for which you booked.

How do I prepare my site for dumpster delivery?

Ensure the area is free from vehicles or other obstacles and is easily accessible for our delivery trucks.

Is there anything I can't put in the dumpster?

Unfortunately, there are a few things that the Denton County landfill won’t allow and a few other things that are allowed but require special care.

Not allowed:

  • No paint
  • No tires
  • No batteries
  • No chemicals
  • No rocks
  • No dirt
  • No concrete
  • No bricks
  • No shingles unless spread out over multiple dumpsters. If you are a roofing company, we can serve you, but please give us a call so we can talk about the best approach for your work site.

Allowed with exceptions:

  • Appliances are allowed, but there is a $10 charge per larger appliance item, such as a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, etc.
  • Please let us know if you place appliances in the dumpster, and how many, we are required to take those to a different area of the dump when disposing of them.
  • If you are demolishing a brick house, items such as rocks, dirt, concrete, bricks, and shingles, you would be better off with a dump trunk rather than a dumpster.

What should I do if I have paint to dispose of?

If you have paint you need to dispose of, you can put kitty litter in it and once it has dried, your county/city will have a facility that you can take it to.

How much does a dumpster rental cost?

Prices can vary depending on location, length of rental and weight of what you are disposing of but, for most customers, dumpsters start at are $375 for a medium sized (15 Cubic Yard) dumpster and $400 for a large (20 Cubic Yards) dumpster.

What is the difference between a 15 yard and a 20 yard?

They are identical except that the 15 yard is 4 foot tall. The 20 yard is 6 foot tall. All our dumpsters have barn doors that open on the back, so you can completely walk into them, making it easy to load them efficiently.

Still have a question?

Give us a call. We would be happy to answer your question.
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