Packing and Moving Tips

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Packing & Moving Tips to Remember

 Packing Materials

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.

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Packing it up

  • Using the color-coded system, a label that first box “1” with the room’s given color and write a short description. Keep a running inventory of the box numbers/descriptions for each room. That way, you can ensure everything was moved and you’ll know what you’re missing if something was overlooked. This will also help you locate items in your new home.
  • Start with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until last the things you’ll need until moving day.
  • Use the right box for the job and be careful not to over pack. There should be no empty space in the box, but the weight should be appropriate. Consider using small boxes for heavy things, like books.
  • If any containers need to be kept in an upright position, be sure to draw arrows on each side of the box indicating the right direction.
  • Any boxes containing fragile items should be labeled as such, on all sides. Mark GLASS on boxes containing items like mirrors or picture frames.
  • In the kitchen: wrap dishes individually and pack them on edge, not flat. Cups and bowls should be wrapped individually and can be stacked inside one another. Pots & pans are also stack-able with packing paper in between.
  • Pack similar items together.
  • Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic or cloth bags (which can be purchased from the moving company) and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
  • Build up in layers, with heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next and lightest on top.

Written By Summit Mortgage Corporation located in Lakewood, Colorado

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Packing & Moving Tips to consider so that your move isn't a stressful one. Use these moving tips to keep track of everything when moving to your new home.
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