Moving can be a very stressful time, but we’re here to make it easier by
providing moving tips to help make the big move go more smoothly.
Preparing for your move
- Change your address online at https://moversguide.usps.com/
- Contact magazine publications to change your address for your subscriptions
- Transfer all your utilities, including your phone service
- Contact your renter’s insurance company
- Transfer medical and school records if you are moving out of the area
- Clear your safety deposit box
- Use up your perishable food that you don’t want to move
- Inventory list
- Lots of
boxes (you’ll probably need more than you think so get extra
yourself time from making an extra trip to get more)
- Boxes can be purchased at your local moving supply store or you can get them for free from a local book or grocery store. Book stores break down their boxes so you’ll be able to fit more in your car. Let them know ahead of time so they can set them aside for you.
- Packing tape with hand roller dispenser
- Bubble wrap
- Markers to label your boxes
- Unprinted newsprint paper to protect your items (ink from printed newspaper will require you to wipe or wash your items when you unpack)
- Mattress covers to protect your mattresses from getting dirty or ripped during your move
- Shredded paper for cushioning
- Box cutter
- Clear garbage bags
- Hand truck
- Furniture dolly if moving heavy loads
Other helpful packing and moving tips
- Pack ahead so you’ll be less stressed on moving day
- Create a packing schedule so you can break down the huge moving tasks into small manageable ones.
- Target one room at a time and give yourself an allotted time to keep you on schedule.
- Make your move an opportunity to get rid of your clutter and get organized! Donate, sell, or throw out things you don’t need and organize what you want to put in storage.
- Label your boxes with the location they should be unpacked so movers will know where to put your boxes.
- Number your boxes with the order they should be unpacked. For example, “Bathroom – 1” will be filled with your bathroom necessities that should be unpacked first.
- Keep a detailed list of all your boxes and its contents so you can keep inventory of all your items so you will know where everything is when you reach your new home. On this list you should have 2 columns, “Box Name and Number” and “Contents in Box”.
- Keep boxes 50 lbs or less and pack heavy items in small boxes and light items in big boxes
- Pack a personal box for each person with things you’ll need right away when you get to your new home (sheets, towels, tooth brush, cosmetic case, pajamas, a toy for your child, etc.)
- Pack important documents, medication and valuables such as jewelry in a back pack and keep it close with you. Don’t pack it with the rest of the items in your moving van.
- Wear an apron with pockets on moving day for quick access to a marker, packing tape, pen, and a small note pad. You’ll appreciate having these essential packing items at your fingertips. Move on a weekday. There will be more parking available and all the stores will be open for any last minute items.
- Have a basic cleaning kit ready for the final clean up as you are leaving. Also vacuum each room as it is emptied.
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