How to Make Moving Easier in Philadelphia: 3 Strategies

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Moving house is a huge deal, regardless of whether you’re moving in the same state or internationally. The process of moving, from booking a removal truck to packing items, usually takes more time than you think.

There’s a lot to do, organize, and buy if you want to ensure your move to (and within) Philadelphia runs smoothly. Without proper planning, there are so many opportunities for things to go wrong, especially if you’re a first-time seller.

However, there are various ways to make moving easier. From packing in the right way to choosing the right help around you, here are our top three strategies to make moving easier in Philadelphia.

1. Rent a PODS Moving Container

a stack of moving pods containers in a shipping yard

Using a shipping container moving company can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never used one. But moving with PODS can save time and the physical labor of moving. People are beginning to use PODS more frequently when moving their houses. Even for short distances, PODS come with huge benefits.

Moving containers come in a range of different sizes, similar to moving trucks. But, unlike a moving van that needs to be loaded the same day, PODS can be shipped to your property early. This gives you more time to pack your items and load the moving container gradually, rather than in a hurry.

Moving your belongings in a shipping container is also very safe. Provided the items are packed properly (like wrapping delicates in bubble wrap boxes), there’s no reason why your items won’t withstand the journey – just like they would in a removal truck.

2. Buy Extra Moving Supplies

a moving box filled with packing peanuts

There’s nothing worse than running out of supplies when packing for your move. Most movers never regret having extra bubble wrap or newspapers to wrap their items in. That’s why it’s always a good idea to buy more than you need.

Plus, the more you have, the more likely you are to use it, which is a good thing. It means you’re more likely to wrap your items properly, keeping them safe and well-protected.

Knowing how many boxes you need can be tricky. According to Angie, here’s how many boxes you may need depending on your property size:

How much bubble wrap and other packing supplies you need depends on how many delicate items you have (like ornaments, tableware, etc.). Advice from Real Pro Movers suggests that one to two 100-foot rolls of bubble wrap are needed for a two or three-bedroom house.

For homeowners preparing to sell a house in Philadelphia, you can estimate how soon you need to order supplies based on your closing date.

3. Pack Household Items in Groups

packed moving boxes labeled living room

For homeowners that are highly organized, this may seem like common sense. However, when you get lost in the mix of moving, it’s easy to simply shove items randomly into a truck, POD, or storage unit.

To make moving easier in Philadelphia easier, we recommend packing the items in your home together based on which room they are from. Packing household items together saves you stress and time when preparing to unpack everything later.

For example, pack all kitchen supplies in the same box or container and label it “kitchen”. To be really organized, try to label and/or add a small summary of what’s inside the box, too. This can help with knowing which boxes need to be unpacked first. As an example, the box labeled “plates and cutlery” may be needed on the first day of the move, whereas the box labeled “baking supplies” can wait a while.

Make sure you also note with a sharpie which boxes contain fragile items by writing “fragile” visibly along the sides and top. This is particularly important if you’re hiring movers to help you load up the truck.


Moving can be a stressful time. So, it’s important to prepare as best you can to make the process as easy as possible for you and your family. By following these three simple strategies, you can make moving easier when relocating within and outside of Philadelphia.

Are you moving house for the first time? Read our tips for first-time sellers.

Looking to sell your property fast in Philadelphia? Brotherly Love Real Estate is here to serve homeowners in Philadelphia. If you’re thinking about moving and need to sell your house fast for cash, we can help.

Learn more about selling your property to an investor in Philadelphia or give us a call today at (215) 769-9875. We look forward to helping you with your property.