Practical Tips for Moving
Written by: Lankarge / Nahorney
Congratulations – you’ve found the home of your dreams. Now
it’s time to organize the big move, get
packing, and decide whether to move yourself or hire professionals.
As soon as you begin preparing for the move you may find
that you have things packed in boxes from your last move. Instead of moving
these boxes again, consider holding a moving/tag sale to get rid of some of
these possessions, and to make some money as well.
If you have children, you’ll find that a great way to help them
transition to your new home is to get them involved in the moving process.
Depending on their age you can have them help you to do everything from
deciding on what size truck you need, to collecting packing materials and boxes,
to packing their room.
Here are some tips:
can get your new home organized much quicker if you spend a little time
organizing the move before you start packing. Develop a system for marking
boxes, for example kitchen 1, and then make a list of everything you pack
in that box.
packing materials from moving companies or companies that rent moving
trucks. Be sure to get the right boxes and packing supplies for the job. That means sturdy boxes, not too large
for heavier loads, and plenty of packing supplies to cushion your fragile
packing several weeks before moving. This way you can take your time
packing the non essential items well before the big move, and obtain
valuable packing knowledge that will come in handy when you begin packing
your more valued possessions.
the benefits of packing or hiring professionals to do so. Doing you own
packing will save you money, and can make unpacking easier because you’ll
know what’s in each box. However, hiring professionals to pack and unpack your
most valued possessions can help to ensure they arrive intact.
electronics such as microwaves, computers, monitors, scanners and printers
shouldn’t be jarred during a move. If possible, pack them in their
original boxes with the original packing material. Next best is finding
sturdy boxes and packing them in bubble wrap.
china is an art. If you choose to pack it yourself, you will want to
invest in special boxes designed for valuable plates. In addition to these
specially designed boxes, you’ll need packing paper, bubble wrap, and
styrofoam peanuts to protect your china during shipping. And be sure to
carefully place the boxes in the moving van for maximum safety.
Should you hire a mover?
you’re considering moving yourself, survey all your possessions before trying
to determine what size moving van to rent. While most companies will
provide you with guidelines based on how many rooms of furniture you have,
they don’t know if you have your attic packed with stuff, or an overfilled
can cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, depending on
how much you’re moving, how much you want movers to do, and how far you’re
moving. In the current buyers’ market, you might consider negotiating with
the seller to pay for your moving expenses.
companies often specialize in local or long distance moves. Be sure to ask
real estate agents, friends, and co-workers for referrals. And if
possible, select a mover with Better Business Bureau certification.
every mover has expertise in moving overweight items such as pool tables,
pianos, or gym-quality exercise equipment. If you own items such as these,
you’ll want to start looking for a mover, and also perhaps a specialty
mover, at least two months before moving.
don’t like extreme temperatures. During a move, protect them from quick
swings of temperatures, warm to cold or vice versa. Before the move, be
sure to water them on your normal schedule – too much water can lead to
fungus in the summer, and cold shock in the winter.
Moves can be tough on your pets. Here are some ideas for
taking better care of them:
move can be quite stressful on your dog. If you’re moving within a few
hours driving distance, be sure to acclimate your dog to car rides. And
when you move into your new home, find a place for their crate or special
blanket that will make your dog feel at home.
animals, such as rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs can be frazzled
by a move. The smaller the animal, the more sensitive they are to hot and
cold temperatures. For their comfort and safety, be sure the temperature
is around 70 degrees while they are being transported.
and salt water fish get highly stressed during moves. If you’re moving no
more than an hour or so, put them and aquarium water in bags half filled
with air. For moves greater than an hour or so, considering giving your
fish away and getting new ones at your new home.
Moving your valuables
protect valuable investments, many people with fine antiques choose to
have them professionally moved. Ask movers how your valuables will be
protected – long distance movers often use custom crates, rather than
simply packing antiques in cartons with padding and stretch wrap.
moving valuables such as antiques, quality china, stemware or chandeliers,
consider getting qualified appraisals for the pieces prior to your move.
That way you’ll have proof of their value should any damage occur during the
key to moving fine wine is keeping the bottles at 55 to 60 degrees. That
means that if you’re moving in the summer, your wine won’t do very well in
a moving van. Consider contacting a company that specializes in moving
fine wine, or if you are moving it locally, move it yourself in your air
conditioned car or van.
that specialize in moving cars from state to state offer a variety of
services. If your car is worth a lot of money, you’ll want to consider
paying extra to have it moved in a closed carrier or at least on the top
of the transport vehicle.
it comes to moving big screen televisions, pack them in their original
boxes or hire a company that specializes in moving them. If your big
screen television is more than a few years old and you are moving long
distance, consider selling it and buying a new model – moving it can be
>Moving your stuff
exercise equipment such as treadmills or elliptical trainers can be
tricky. First, be sure to secure all moving pieces. Next, be sure to carry
them by sturdy parts. Finally, in the moving truck be sure not to pile
anything on the electronics.
dumbbells or free weights with care. Unless you have reinforced boxes,
consider keeping them loose in the moving van. But be sure to carefully
secure them in the van with rope, or pin them alongside large pieces of
furniture – loose weights can cause damage en route.
mowers, snow blowers, and other power equipment need special care during
moves. For safety, run all of the gasoline out of the machine, and empty
the oil. Disconnect the spark plug for additional safety. And be sure to
secure the equipment in the moving van with rope and by blocking the
you’re moving area rugs or draperies, consider sending them to the dry
cleaners just prior to your move. That way they will be clean when you
move into your new home – and you can leave them wrapped in plastic to keep
them clean during the move.
people have valuable information on their computers, including financial
data, personal records, and addresses and phone numbers for family and
friends. Before moving your computer, consider backing up all your personal
files and keeping the backups with you during the move.
you move be sure to clean the gas grill. And while you have the grill
apart, pack the grades, briquettes or other loose items, placing them back
inside the grill for safety. Propane tanks, full or empty, will likely not
be accepted by most moving companies.
Today’s homes are often loaded with gadgets, from
programmable thermostats, to heated tile floors, solar panels, and security
systems. Be sure you get the manuals, or at least instructions, on how to
operate all electronic gadgets that will be included in your new home.
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