Katherine @ Pender & Peony
moving inventory list

Getting ready to move? We bet you have a mile-long to-do list. Prioritize a moving inventory list as one of your top five tasks to accomplish before you start packing.

It’s tempting to skip this step, especially because it takes a long time and a lot of effort, but not having an inventory can cause a lot of problems later. Here are some of the important reasons you need an inventory list when you move:

1. Knowing what you own and what you need

It’s likely that you don’t know how much stuff you really have, and a lot of that you don’t really need. When you don’t know, you’re missing a lot of opportunities to get rid of those things, saving you the hassle of moving things you’re never going to use in your new place.

2. Packing everything up

Having an inventory will make the packing process more efficient. Not only do you get rid of things you don’t need early in the process, you’ll also be able to better sort what you have, making the unpacking process a lot more efficient. It also helps you get a better idea of how many boxes you need, how much you need to accommodate packing more valuable or fragile items, and, if using movers, how much it’s all going to cost.

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3. Insurance

Arriving at your new home to discover your prized possessions are lost or damaged is a terrible feeling.  Your movers and insurance will likely require a moving inventory to replace anything damaged or missing. Be sure to check with your insurance company and movers to see what information they require in your inventory list.  It could be as simple as a short description or involve photos of valuable items.  Noting the cost of each item is also a good idea.

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4.  Unpacking more effectively

If you successfully prepared the inventory and organized your packing beforehand, this is where it all pays off.

Instead of staring at a mountain of boxes with no idea where to begin, use your inventory to note where you need to start. The boxes with the most valuable, fragile, and urgently needed (like bed sheets and bathroom items) should be set aside so you’re not stuck frantically searching for that one item urgently at 1 in the morning.

The inventory also lets you put boxes in the right rooms from the beginning, to get a jump start on organization. You should also check off the boxes as they come in, so you can tell before you start unpacking if anything has gone missing, saving you a frantic search or panicked call to the movers later in the day or the week.

Be proactive and create a moving inventory list before you start packing! It can’t remove all the stress of moving, but it’ll let you feel more confident about your move, and cut out a lot of problems that come up along the way.

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Katherine is an historian by trade who is passionate about art and antiques. By day she manages the treasures of an international auction house and by night she indulges in her love of writing and decorating with her Southern lifestyle blog Pender & Peony. At P&P, Katherine inspires readers to decorate, entertain and navigate the South with grace, charm and gumption.

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