Stock up on packing supplies ahead of time. Strong boxes & containers that can be tightly secured will help the move be successful without broken items. Don’t forget packing tape, sharpies, packing materials such as bubble wrap and/or newspapers. Old pillows and blankets make great supplemental packing materials! Cheap colored stickers or labels also come in very handy.
To do List
- Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.
- If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your new home.
- Don’t forget to file your change of address with the Post Office.
- Make a similar list for all other bills, like mortgages, auto loans/leases, credit card and cell phone accounts.
De-clutter and purge unwanted items.
- The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be – saving you packing time, loading time and ultimately – money. With local options such as Craigslist, it’s very fast and easy to get rid of unwanted items without filling up your local landfill. In a hurry to get rid of them, enter them in the FREE category. Trust us, they’ll go quickly and you’ll help someone out in the process.
- Of course donating to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army not only help those in need, but also give you more items to write off on your taxes.
What Not to Pack…Yet
- If you’re having a moving company help you, make sure to separate valuable and/or irreplaceable items like important paperwork/documents, jewelry, family heirlooms, keepsakes, photos or any other items you’d feel more comfortable moving.
- Electronic Equipment – Know what equipment comes with you – do you need to return the cable box? Do you take your existing modem with you?
- Keep things like plastic utensils, paper plates, paper towels, plastic cups, toilet paper, toiletries, trash bags, a flashlight, first aid kit easily accessible. Keep pencil & paper, snacks, beverages, and plastic bags available until the last minute as they’ll come in handy during and shortly after your move.