Before you pack the first box of belongings it is a good idea to create a simple record keeping system. Whether you use a computer or pen and paper is unimportant, but begin by printing up a list of numbers and leave space enough to list the contents. Write a number on every box you pack and record the contents on your list. BE SPECIFIC in your descriptions. “Plates and glasses” is more informative than “Misc. Kitchen”.
However many boxes you expect to use during your move, chances are you will need more, so be sure to stock up before beginning the packing process. You’ll also need strong plastic packing tape to keep the contents secure during transport. Use blank newsprint, packing paper or bubble wrap to cushion easily damaged and breakable items. Use color coding to mark boxes so that they can be matched to the colors assigned to the various rooms of your new home when you arrive at your destination. This makes it easy for movers to instantly recognize in which room boxes should be placed.
Wardrobe boxes are great for packing bulky, lightweight items such as clothing, comforters, pillows and bed linens. They are also very helpful in packing tall or bulky items, such as fishing poles, fabric bolts, curtain rods and decorative baskets. Place sturdy shopping bags filled with shoes, belts and jeans in the bottom of the wardrobe boxes to provide ballast and save space on the truck. Just be sure not to pack so much that the box becomes too heavy to lift safely!
Anything that you can pack ahead of time will save time and prevent stress on moving day. If you are moving during the winter months, pack up your summer wardrobe (and vice versa); if you have multiple TVs or other electronics pack away all but one prior to the date of the move. Fill wastebaskets with small items that need to be moved and box them up. You can use plastic grocery bags to collect trash in the meantime. Get all the cleaning out of the way at your old place as soon as possible to avoid last minute stress and then run the vacuum in each room as the movers empty it of contents.
Valuable possessions, such as collectibles, silverware, art and antiques should be transported with you in your car. This is also a good policy for important papers such as birth certificates, new job contacts, bank records and household bills.
Things that are used in tandem should be packed together. Keep bookends with books, tape electrical cords, cables and remotes to appliances and electronics, and pillows with bedding. It is much easier to set up your new household when things that go together are packed in the same box rather than thrown into a container willy-nilly.
Make a list of things that need to be done before the move and assign a timeline. For example, during the planning stage of your move you might want to sort through your belongings to weed out things you don’t need or want. Sell these items in a yard sale or donate them to charity so that you don’t have to transport them. Notify the schools that your children attend now that you will be moving and contact their new school for enrollment information. Alert utility companies that you will be discontinuing service. Complete change-of-address forms at the post office.
Moving is never a pleasant task, but with preparation and planning it will be much less stressful on you and your family. Please contact us to learn more or to schedule a free estimate for your next move.
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