Whether you are moving down the street or across town, moving can be a stressful time. Moving can become even more challenging if you have vehicles that need to be relocated.
Here are some helpful moving tips the movers at Bruce’s Transfer Moving, Inc. have come up with to try to make your move as stress free as possible.
Make your move on a weekday.
Traffic is lighter and most government office and facilities will be open when you arrive at your final destination.
Make your utility changes in advance.
You can order your service, such as electricity and gas, ahead of time. That way, when you arrive at your new home, your services will be connected.
Choose a room to dedicate to packing.
It helps if you start packing a few things at a time and placing them in a room where it will not disturb anyone.
Mark your boxes.
Marking your boxes makes it convenient to find things like toothbrushes or other necessities.
Pack a travel bag.
Packing a travel bag with a couple of items to hold you over until you have time to unpack is a stress reliever.
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- Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. s also a great way to transport a laptop, which could run the risk of getting atolen during a move.
- Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside; it also separates itself from the myriad of cardboard boxes.
- Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Two birds, one stone: you’re packing your clothes and kitchenware at the same time.
- For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
- In addition to labeling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.
When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable. re stacked.
- If you can, go to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
- Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
- Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.
- Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
- Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal. fold their contents. ll also make moving the actual dresser much more manageable.
- Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.
- Buy a roll of stretch wrap. ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
- Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. ALSO: use this method with the cords for your electronics.
- Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
So be sure to hit up your local liquor store.
- Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
- Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.
Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.
- Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.
- Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. It’s just an extra perk, since you won’t be paying them.
- Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack. one set to help you move in the morning, and another to help you move when you get to your new home.
- Enlist the color-coding system. Pick a color code for each room and label that room’s boxes accordingly. Label the door of each room with the corresponding sticker/tape so that movers know where to place the boxes.
- It doesn’t hurt to number your boxes. Make a detailed corresponding list of what’s in each box by number. This makes it easier to make sure you didn’t forget any boxes, or god forbid, someone stole one. AND, if there’s anything valuable in there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down right there on the box.
- If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.
t properly packed in its original box and could end up charging you upwards of $150 to pack it as they see fit. re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
- If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.
This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
- Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
- Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving. This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable but don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
- If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least 6 weeks before moving. t procrastinating, and you might be able to make enough money back to pay for the entire move itself. ll want to plan accordingly.
- Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
- Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving. The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
- For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.
The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.
- Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.