Moving Tips

Before you pack for your move, it is a great idea to clean out and throw away all unwanted items. Donating these items to a local charity or holding a garage sale is a fun and easy way to do this. Some of the supplies you will need to pack the items in your home are;

  • Boxes of all sizes
  • Plastic bags
  • Newspaper or bubble wrap
  • Packing tape
  • Markers

Making a floor plan of your new home and decide where furniture will be placed will make the moving in experience run a lot smoother.

Packing Tips

  • Label the top and sides of all boxes with contents and the room it's going to.
  • Start packing seldom used items as early in the process as you can.
  • Packed items should not exceed 30 pounds.
  • Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in bigger boxes
  • Thoroughly wrap your breakables in newspaper, packing paper, bubble wrap or use towels and blankets as extra padding around fragile items.
  • Use "fragile" stickers on cartons requiring special care.
  • Pack books on edge in small cartons.
  • Tape cords under all electrical appliances.
  • If you have children, let them feel involved by allowing them to help you pack their toys and clothes.
  • Make up inventory sheets in case any boxes go missing.
  • Mark "Do Not Move" on cartons you will take by car.

Never pack the following items:

  • Combustibles
  • Flammables
  • Household cleaners
  • Jewelry
  • Medicines
  • Important papers

Moving out of your home

  • Remove linens from beds and pack in "open first' boxes.
  • Don't forget to empty the "secret hiding places" in your home.
  • Be considerate and give the home a final cleaning.
  • Make sure to leave the spare keys and the garage door opener for the new owner.
  • Remember to fill one box with moving day essentials like paper plates, utensils, cleaning supplies, extension cords, hand tools and paper towels. You may also want to set aside a few days worth of clothes, food and any other essentials you will need.
  • For apartment dwellers, reserve the elevator for your moving day.

Moving into your new home

  • Review your floor plan to check where you want furniture and appliances placed.
  • Check to make sure utilities, including telephones are connected.
  • Confine your pets to an out-of-the-way room.
  • Once all items are unloaded, unpack only what you need to get started in your new home.
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