Hooray, for you! Your moving plans are in place and you’re ready to make what will prove to be an important transition. That move, however, will require a lot of time and energy on your part. Fortunately, we’ve assembled the best moving tips to ease your transition and are sharing these with you here.
1. Boxes are free. You can find all the boxes you need for moving and pay not one cent for them. It’ll take some work on your part with you asking friends, neighbors and co-workers to contribute what they have. Additional boxes can be had by visiting local retailers and asking for their discards.
2. You already have padding on hand. What goes in each box are the things you own. You’ll also need plenty of padding, but you may have much of that already. Indeed, your children’s stuffed animals, pillows and other soft objects make for excellent padding explains the North American Moving Company.
3. Color coordinate your boxes. Create a moving key to represent the different colors you’ll slap on each box. Those colors may come from stickers or by markers. Prominently place these colors on various sides of the boxes for easy spotting. When the moving foreman arrives, give him your moving key and all your boxes will be placed in the appropriate room within your home.
4. Photograph your cords. All those connection points behind your television, computer and audio system can be difficult to track. Disconnecting is one thing, but reconnecting can be a bear. Make things easier for yourself by taking pictures of your cords while still connected. Then, refer to your saved pictures to reconnect later.
5. Make use of your suitcases. Fill your empty suitcases with household goods and you’ll make it easier to move everything. Especially helpful are suitcases with wheels, allowing you to move everything from room to room with ease.
6. Pack a priority box. When you arrive in your new home, there will be scores, if not hundreds of boxes to look at. What you don’t want to do is have to go through dozens of boxes to find the items you need for the first night in your home. Therefore, create a priority box and label it accordingly, filling it with those items you’ll need as soon as you arrive in your home. Label it accordingly and instruct the moving foreman to place in a conspicuous location in your home.
7. Repurpose your paper bags. What should you do with your collection of paper bags? Unless you long ago switched to plastic, you may have stacks upon stacks of paper bags. Fill those bags with various items and place these in your moving boxes. Use whatever is left as padding.
8. Storage bins are ideal for seasonal items. If you already have storage bins, repurpose them to hold your seasonal items, such as Christmas decorations, spring garden tools, and so forth. They’re also useful for your keepsakes, enabling you to place what you don’t need on a regular basis in safe containers destined for your attic, garage, basement, or other storage area.
9. Keep items in their drawers. Desk, bureau and other chest of drawers can be left “as is” when moving. Simply tape or lock the drawers shut to ensure that they stay closed while en route to your new home.
If your friends want to help you make your transition, welcome their assistance. Some may pitch in and help you pack, others may provide a meal, and still others may volunteer to keep your children or pets busy while you pack.
Finally, when you’re all set to go, do a final walk through to ensure everything is packed. If you have a pile of items left that won’t be moved, allow your helpers to claim same first. Then, whatever is left over can be donated to a recognized charity. Obtain a receipt for tax purposes.