Use A Camera When You Move to Save Time

Today, the College Muscle Movers have another set of tips that can improve your move. It’s a little extra chore you can take on while you’re packing up your old place that will make everything go a little smoother when you’re unpacking at your new home.

It’s tempting to just get all your stuff in boxes and be done with the process, but this won’t take long, and all you need is a camera—and these days, almost everybody has a camera in their pocket in the form of a phone.

The idea is to use that handy camera to take pictures of complex features that you’ll take apart for moving and that can take a lot of time to set up again when you’re unpacking.

So, what should you be snapping shots of to make your life easier? Glad you asked…




We’ve given you tips before on how to move major electronics like TVs and computers, but what are you supposed to do when you’ve got them safely moved? If you had a complex setup full of cables, wires, speakers, and other accessories, you might have a hard time getting everything hooked up properly again, especially if you’re not especially tech-savvy.

No problem. Just take some detailed, well-lit pictures of those crowded areas where everything plugs in before you start breaking down your setup. They’ll be a big help when you’re ready to put that puzzle back together.

You may even want to print out the photos at a reasonable size and place them in the box with all those wires.


Moving furniture usually involves breaking it down into separate pieces, and a lot of modern assemble-yourself furniture is made up of a lot of small pieces that all look the same when you take them back out of the box.

We’ve talked before about some nice options if you’ve got Ikea furniture that needs reassembly, including how to find online copies of those instructions you probably threw away years ago.

But if you’ve got some other brand or aren’t sure what strange Finnish name your furniture had (was it a Flugenvol or a Flargenwomp?), finding those instructions may not be easy. So go ahead and take some nice zoomed-in pictures of those little dowels and whatchamacallits as you disassemble them so you’ll know just where they go when you put them back together.

Expensive and Fragile Items

If you’re moving expensive and fragile items like antiques or fancy computers, you’ll probably want to take some extra care to get more insurance for them than the usual bulk rate.

Then, once you’ve got that insurance, you’ll want to be prepared if the worst happens. No matter which movers you use or which insurance you get, you’ll have a much easier time getting reimbursed for damaged or broken items if you take some pictures of them beforehand.

Make sure your camera is set to apply a time and date stamp to prove the condition of the item before it was moved, and take a few pictures of key areas to show how it looked.

…And More

You can use photos to help you recall organization for many other items too.

Did you have to break up your library so that all the books wouldn’t end up in one super-heavy box? A photo will help you remember the right order for them—or for any other collectibles that had to be rearranged for packing.

You can also take a few quick photos to help you recreate your organizational style for cabinets, kitchen drawers, or other storage spaces.


We hope this helps you invest a little time before you pack to save you a lot of time after you unpack. And for all the time in between, the College Muscle Movers are just a phone call away for all that lifting and moving.


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