Moving Tips & Info
Here Are Some Helpful Moving Tips
Now that you’ve decided to move and have selected your new home, it’s time to start packing! If you just do a little bit each day a month or two before your big move, then it will not seem to be as difficult a task.
Here are some helpful moving tips as you prepare to move to your new home. For more moving tips, check out www.moving.com or other similar websites. Up to a month before, select a mover or rent a van if you are moving yourself. Make sure the moving or van rental company will provide a guarantee that their trucks and materials are certified bed-bug free. Check with the resident manager at your new home to find out if there are any restrictions on dates or moving times. Some towns do not permit moves on the weekend and some apartment buildings do not permit moves outside of normal business hours.
Two weeks in advance, submit a change of address form to the United States Postal Service (www.usps.com) to ensure your mail is forwarded in a timely manner. Also, directly notify:
- Banks and Financial Institutions (Checking, Savings, Loan, etc.)
- Credit Card Companies
- Employer (be sure to submit a W-4 form with your new address to your employer)
- Government Offices (DMV, Social Security Administration, Tax Bureaus, etc.)
- Health Providers (Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacy)
- Insurance Companies (Health, Renter’s, Vehicle, etc.)
- Religious organization
- Subscriptions (Magazine, Book Clubs, Newspapers, etc.)
- Travel/Auto Club
- Utility Companies (Telephone, Cable, Electric, Internet Provider, etc.)
- Buy plenty of supplies (boxes of various sizes, peanuts/bubble wrap or newspaper, tape, markers)
- Keep a list that shows the number of each box, its destination room, and its contents. Also include on your list items that are not boxed like couches, chairs, large lamps, tables, etc.: you do not want to discover after the fact that items or boxes have been left behind or in the movers’ truck.
- Give yourself plenty of time to pack each room if you are packing yourself, instead of having a moving company do it. A month or two before you move, start packing items you do not currently use (holiday items, out of season clothing, already-read books, etc.) If you are using professional movers, consider having them pack your fragile items. Companies are usually only liable for the things they pack themselves. So if they pack it, you're essentially insuring it.
- Keep important papers with you. Your list of "important" papers might include: birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, maps, and more. Do not leave these with the mover. Keep them with you!
- Use your luggage for soft items like clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.
- For a very secure box, you should tape the seam on the bottom and run a piece of tape perpendicular to that seam. Pad the bottom of the box and stuff the sides with extra paper to really make the bottom solid. Depending on what you are packing, wrap each item with paper. Filled boxes should not weigh more than about 30 pounds or that which you can lift easily. Place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top. Under-packed boxes may collapse in transit, while over-packed boxes can burst open, damaging contents. Be sure that there is enough padding and stuffing around items so they do not shift during transit. Close the box and seal it with sturdy packing tape.
- Label Your Boxes after they have been filled and sealed. Make sure to include your name, contents and an arrow indicating which side is up. Also label which room it belongs in your new apartment. And of course, if it is fragile, write that on the box as well. The label should be on the sides of the box, not on the top of the box.
- Pack Boxes by the Room.Pack similar items together. For example, if you are packing up the contents of your medicine cabinet, do not add kitchen utensils to the box.
- Pack Clothes in Wardrobe Boxes. Wardrobe boxes are a huge time saver because you do not need to take clothes off of hangers and fold them.They can be left on their hangers and hung right in the wardrobe box. When you arrive at your new home, you can easily unload the clothes from the box, and your closet is quickly organized. The bottom is great for stuffing other random or odd shaped (but not fragile) items that may be difficult to pack in smaller boxes.