Moving from one place to another requires a lot of work and energy. There are so many things to think about and remember. And of course, there is the packing of the things – you’ll spend hours dismantling, wrapping and putting things in boxes. And the prospect of doing all these in reverse at your new home makes it even more daunting. Yes, it isn’t a walk in the park, but with a little more effort, you can actually make things easier and simple.
Here are some tips you should remember during your “move to the new house” activities:
Basic moving arrangements
– Start your packing way before moving day. Start with the things you don’t use that often and leave only the essentials. Packing early will result in more neatly packed boxes, since you are not in a hurry to finish everything in one go.
– Call the utility companies in your old house to notify them of the transfer and to cancel applicable accounts that are in your name. (Don’t forget to check for refunds.) Call the utility companies to make sure that all necessary utilities will be in place at your new house. This includes electricity, gas, water, wastewater, Internet, cable and so on.
– Call your insurance company to make sure that there is coverage for your valuables. It is highly advisable to arrange for coverage for these items. Make sure that coverage applies to things in transit and things in storage.
– Make change of address notifications to all entities concerned. This includes the IRS, your banks and credit card companies and the Postal Service.
– Clean equipment or electrical and cooking appliances prior to the move. This means defrosting the freezer, draining the lawnmower of gasoline and so on
– Remember that for moving trucks, the rule is first in, last out. Thus, load the immediate necessities last.
– Ask your doctor to refer you to a doctor in your new location. Arrange for your records to be transferred to the new doctor.
– Arrange for your children’s school records to also be transferred to the new school district.
– When you’re leaving the old house, be sure that the area is secured and the keys turned over to the personnel concerned.
– Arm yourself with enough packing supplies – sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts.
– Number your boxes and list down the contents of each box. You can also print out a list of the box’s contents and paste it on the box itself.
– When packing, pack to capacity. Don’t over pack or under pack. Over packing may cause the boxes to come apart while under packing may result in the boxes being crushed under the weight of other boxes stacked on top.
– When you dismantle something (like a bed or a table), put (easy-to-remove) masking tape on strategic areas to indicate which part goes where (i.e. which piece goes into the headboard, etc.)
– Carefully wrap all breakables with bubble wrap or packing paper. Wrap each plate – don’t simply stack the plates and wrap the whole stack at once. The same goes with other glass items. Make sure that there are no empty spaces that can cause the pieces to move about inside the box.
– Remove batteries from all applicable toys and equipment. This will prevent damage caused by leaking batteries.
– Cover furniture with shrink wrap or dust sheets. Protect table legs from scratches by wrapping them individually.
Putting things on Temporary Storage
Sometimes, you will need to rent self storage space to temporarily house your things while you are still making arrangements with regards to your transfer.
– Estimate the length of time you will need the self storage unit and arrange for a rental contract based on this time.
– When stacking boxes, remember: the heavy ones at the bottom, with the lighter ones on top. Be sure to create an aisle to provide you with easy access to all boxes in the storage unit.
– Remember that there are some items that are prohibited from being placed in the storage unit.
– When storing a freezer or refrigerator, be sure that the door is slightly open.
– Use pallets or skids to prevent boxes from absorbing moisture (which may happen if you placed boxes directly on the floor).
– Store the love-seats or sofas on end to make more space for other boxes.
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