If you have an upcoming move, figuring out where to even start can be intimidating. Household packing and moving is not something most people look forward to, but we have collected some helpful tips from articles on Moving.com, Buzzfeed, HGTV and How Stuff Works to help your next move go a little smoother. Here is a summary of what we found.
The following are some basic tips for household packing:
- Don’t Procrastinate – This seems simple enough, but getting started can be difficult. A few weeks prior to your move, start packing several boxes a day.
- Pack Room-by-Room – Focus on one area of a room at a time and don’t mix items from different rooms in one box.
- Label Boxes Clearly – On the top and side of each box, write a general description of the contents and the room name.
- Use Packing Paper – Regular newspaper may bleed ink onto your possessions. Use white packing paper to wrap all items.
- Stick with Moving Boxes – Use boxes designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean and might not hold the weight of the items that you will be putting in them.
- Don’t Box up Everything – You should personally transport heirlooms, important papers, legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), and valuables.
Now you’re packed, here are some tips for the actual move:
- Keep Children and Pets Out of the Way – No matter who is moving your things — professional movers or friends — they don’t want a barking dog or a rambunctious kid running around while they’re carrying heavy boxes and furniture.
- Pack an Overnight Bag Containing the Essentials – Chances are, you’ll be too tired to unpack your things. You’ll want your essentials within easy access.
- Change Your Address at the Post Office – Try to submit the change address form two weeks prior to the move to avoid missing timely mail like bills.
- Write Down Your Utility Meter Readings – When you receive your final bill from your utility companies, verify that the figures match up.
- Make Sure There’s Parking for the Truck – When the moving van or truck arrives at the new place, it will need a place to park and unload. This can become complicated depending on what type of home you’re moving into. For example, if you’re moving into a house, the truck can simply park out front. But if you’re moving into a high rise building, then you may need to set up a place ahead of time for the van or truck. You may also need to reserve an elevator. This should be set up beforehand, so the movers can carry things in as quickly as possible when they arrive.
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