If you are moving from out of state, reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. Buy packing material and boxes and start packing everything. Or, you can have your moving company pack up your house, apartment, or condo for you.If you decide to pack yourself, label all moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home. If you’re pressed for time, or overwhelmed with packing, your moving company will do this for you at an additional cost.
Packing can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been in your home for a long time. Putting your belongings into boxes can be both an emotionally taxing and physically exhausting project. With the right tools you can make it easier. The best way to make sure you have gotten everything is to open up all of the doors and crack open all of thedrawers.Onceyouhavepackedupalltheitemsinthatarea,makesureyoucloseittosignalthatithasbeen completely packed. Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. Number your boxes and write and inventory of whatis in each box.Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack (you can leave your clothes on their hangers!). Clothes indrawers can be placed in suitcases.You can never use enough packing materials to ensure items stay protected. Always stack dishes upwards when packing, and avoid breakage by using custom-designed boxes. It’s also agood idea to avoid wrapping china in newsprint; the ink can stain your dishes.Save time for the kitchen. It takes the longest to pack up because you have to make sure everything isindividually wrapped. Try to pack all electronic equipment, like TVs and stereos, in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap toprotect these items.Place any items you wish to take with you off to the side and inform all workers to not pack them. Theseitemscouldincludethingssuchascableboxes,medication,oranyotherpersonalitemsyoumaywanttobe readily accessible once you are in your new home. Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible—children’s health records,passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.Remember to label your boxes for where you want them to go and not where they came from. For example, ifsomethingcamefromyourbasement,butyouwantittogointheplayroom,makesureyoulabel"playroom" on the box so it ends up in the correct area. Don’t pack with used boxes or boxes from the supermarket. You never know what little critter is hiding or if thebox will be strong enough to support your possessions.Most animal kennels break down. They’re much easier to transport if they’ve been taken apart. Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.Never tip stand mixers on their side when packing into boxes. The lubricating oil inside the mixer will pour outof it. Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.
Set dates to turn utilities on and off at the new and old house.WaterGasInternetGarbageElectricityCableLandLine, etc.
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Hire renters/Rent Moving VanCreate Binder to Track MoveCreate Home Inventory ListRequest Time off at WorkPackThrow away and Donate ItemsArange Plans for Pets and PlantsMake plans for Children’s SchoolEat what’s in the Refrigerator and pantrySchedule Cleaning ServiceSchedule Appliance / Furniture Delivery Clean old House