Does the thought of moving send chills down your spine? Are you thinking about the never-ending number of boxes you have to pack and all of the fragile items that need extra care? Packing is one of the most stressful parts of moving to a new home. You can’t make it all go away, but you can reduce the amount of stress associated with your move by following these steps:
1. Ensure you have good, solid packing supplies. You want to use sturdy boxes, and be sure you have enough boxes (stock up on them whenever you can, it is better to have more than you need than to be scrambling at the last minute). Make sure you have plenty of packing tape, markers, labels for each box and a notebook to inventory your boxes. You should start saving newspapers weeks before your move so you are sure to have enough cushioning material for fragile items. Of course you can also buy bubble wrap and non-printed newspaper at local stationary and moving supply stores. If you are going to cut back on expenses, do it wisely. Cheap markers are fine, but cheap packing tape will only cause you headaches and possibly damaged possessions.
2. Pack up your remotes and electrical cords with the units they belong to. You can use larger zip-lock bags to hold the cords, wires and remotes, then pack them in the same box as the component. This will save time and frustration when you unpack and set each component up.
3. Check out the best way to move your household appliances. You don’t want to lose any coolant from your refrigerator or freezer. It can be replaced but who wants the hassle and expense of having a repairman come out to recharge your appliance. Larger appliances can be clumsy to move and can dent easily. Be sure to protect them with blankets or other wraps to avoid dents and dings.
4. When packing fragile items like china, glasses, mirrors, picture frames and more, carefully wrap these items in protective wrap. Newspapers work well for this. You also want to pack the boxes with crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, peanuts or similar fill to prevent the items from moving about the box while being transported.
5. To save on space on cost, leave your clothing and other non-breakable items in the dressers, bureaus and cabinets that they are normally stored in, unless this will make the units too heavy to be safely moved. This will save on space in the moving truck, cost of packing supplies and time when you unpack.
6. Arrange for your utilities to be transferred, hooked up or canceled well in advance. This will ensure they are ready when you move into your new home. It will also give the companies enough notice to terminate your service so that you don’t have to pay for services after you move. Planning ahead will make it easier to get appointments for times that convenient for you not the service provider.
7. Don’t over pack your boxes. Making them too heavy could cause the person moving the box to hurt themselves or to drop the box and damage its contents. Ideally you should keep the weight of a box at 50 pounds or less. If you are using a professional moving company they may have a policy of charging premium prices for overweight items. Make sure each box has a label with the contents listed. This is particularly important for fragile items. This will allow the person moving the box know the best way to handle it safely.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call your friends and family; entice them with food and drink. Create a list of tasks they can get done in an hour or two. You will find it easier to convince someone to come over for an evening to pack a room, than to spend the weekend to packing up the entire house.
9. If you are using professional for movers, be sure to have everything packed and ready to help keep your costs down to the minimal. You don’t want to pay to have the movers waiting on you. Make it as convenient as possible for the movers to get your boxes out of the house and into their truck. Store all boxes in an area close to the door they will be going out of. Let them know in advance of stairs, narrow walkways, or other obstructions, as these may all affect your final price.
10. Do as much of the packing as you can yourself or with friends and family. Even if the most you can do is just pack a box or two every night for a few weeks, this should put a dent in the amount that you’ll have to pay the movers.
BONUS TIP: You should label each box with your name and future address. In the event a box goes astray it will make it easier to get it returned to you. Also label all of the boxes with the name of the room they are to be placed in when they arrive at your new house. This will help speed up the unloading process and hopefully keep your costs down. In addition you will have an easier time of unpacking if the boxes are in the rooms the contents belong in.
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