Tips and Tricks for Moving Into Your New Home

Tips and Tricks for Moving Into your New Home

By:  Jennifer Mackay

When first time home buyers have completed the closing, many times they are often overwhelmed by what occurs next, what to do and how to do it.
Moving into a new home can be a very confusing time for new home owners. Often times new home owners will focus on the immediate obvious tasks of moving and omit or not realize the importance of the little details.
Every one is different and their priorities tend to be focused on what they believe to be of importance. The finer details of a move and some of the tasks of making the transition from one home to another often sneak up on new home owners and make the transition a more tedious stressful affair then it has to be.
With that in mind, I present my customers with a short list of the necessary items they may not think of while they prepare to move into their new home. I provide this information as a service to all home buyers, and welcome additional insights and tips that others have used to make transitioning from one home to another easy, stress free and as enjoyable an experience as possible.
When I begin thinking about the move, I setup an outline and 2 task lists: list of physical items I will need to purchase or obtain for the move as well as a to-do list.
These lists provide me with an accurate measurement of what tasks are left to be accomplished prior to moving day and help me to remember items of importance. Here is a list of some of the physical items needed for a move:
Boxes You can never have too many boxes. You can either purchase them from a moving supply store, find them behind department stores, or some movers will also supply a given number of boxes. You will need various sizes and types of boxes for the move: small, medium and large boxes, Wardrobe boxes (these have a cross beam so you can hang clothing items within) etc. I also use boxes of various material types: Cardboard and plastic as an example.
Packing Material Newspaper, bubble wrap, towels etc. Newspaper can be shredded to protect fragile items from impacts when moved. Bubble wrap I use for the more delicate items including fine china, art work and other fragile knick knacks. Towels I use as box stuffers. Towels are placed inside the walls of boxes to give fragile items such as dishes a cushion from impacts.
Packing and marking Tape and dispenser
It’s always a good idea to seal the boxes. Interlocking the flaps of boxes does not provide enough lock for the box and may open during transfer. I will usually interlock the flaps, and then tape over the seams to secure the box further.
For marking tape I use either the blue painters tape, or white duct tape. I place a strip of tape on everything that is either boxed or wrapped and mark the room in which it belongs.
Twine or rope I use this material for several reasons: to secure box flaps that may come undone and I always bind books in rope for easy movement. Books in boxes can get very heavy and often times the boxes break or are too heavy to transit. Binding books in rope gives everyone, even small children the ability to pickup a stack and place it in a vehicle. It also saves your back from trying to lift a box full of books!
Movers Wrap
Movers wrap is a large roll of saran wrap like material. I use this to wrap furniture, TV’s and other large items that either don’t fit in a container or require additional protection. It also allows me to add impact protection to the items.
Example: I have a coffee table made of wood , I place rolled towels around the corners then wrap the table with movers wrap. This provides extra padding for the table which lessens the chance of it getting scratched or broke during the move.
Extra light bulbs
I pick up a few extra light bulbs just in case they’re needed. Don’t forget to have a flashlight on hand as well!
New Locks
For safety and security, I change all the locks in the house (front, back and side doors) either before moving day or on moving day. One never knows who has keys to the new home.
You may require additional items on your physical list. Personalize the list to your requirements so you can have any necessary items readily available for your move.
To-do list
My to do list will include all the tasks needed to be accomplished before, during and after the move. This list includes:
Movers/Truck Rental
Some of my moves I have had friends and relatives help with the move. Others, I have hired professional movers. Either way, it is important to make sure all the necessary people and vehicles are scheduled for the correct day of the move.
A few years back, I hired what I thought was a professional moving company (a very well known company) for my move to a new home. The day before the move I had not heard from the company and telephoned to make sure all was well. They told me they had my move scheduled for the following week! I was livid! I had previously verified the date with the company 2 weeks prior! Now I had to rush to find a new moving company for my actual moving day since the family moving into my old home was due to arrive the day after I moved out! Needless to say, I’ll never use that moving company again (nor recommend them) and I always confirm the day of moving with the company twice after my initial contact: 2 weeks before and then again 2 days before the move!
Packing When packing, I always pack first in last out. What I mean is; if you think you are going to require an item quickly during or after the move, place it last in a box or container so it is on top and readily available as you open the container. Likewise, items on the bottom are those that won’t be needed right away.
I always pack by room. I will place several boxes and packing materials in each room and Label the box by the room in which it belongs. In the case of personal rooms, such as children’s rooms include their name on the box. If there are several of the same types of rooms such as offices, I mark them specifically as well. And don’t forget to mark boxes for storage rooms and garages!
I bubble wrap all delicate items before placing them in a box. I also bubble wrap all electronic items to prevent and lessen damage to the item due to shock or impact. I try not to mix rooms in the same box. It is much easier to unpack a room when all the items and boxes for that room are located right there.
I try to move delicate and fragile items myself. Whenever possible, I move the fragile boxes and items prior to the big moving day. When that is not possible, I place these items in my car. I know that moving day will be a rush and to minimize the confusion that day, it’s best for me if fragile items are not part of the rush.
I place comfort and hygiene items in their own small box, tooth brush and paste etc. for easy access.
I also am certain to have one small bag with paper plates, cups and disposable utensils for dinner and lunch the day of the move.
Contact Phone Numbers
I make certain I have called the necessary services prior to the move: Water Company, electric company, Gas company, refuse management company (trash pickup) and have these numbers readily available the day of moving just in case. A real estate agent can and should provide these numbers to you.
Also, if obtaining a new phone number contact the Phone Company and schedule an installation date as close to moving day as possible.
Change of address
Many new home owners often forget or don’t realize the importance of changing your address with the post office. The post office has a package you fill out and can leave with your post person or drop off at the post office. I always make sure this is done so my bills and correspondence can arrive at the new home in a timely manner. The last thing I want is to have bills show up at the new home after their due date!
Get Cash
Moving day is a very hectic day. The last thing I want to happen is to not have enough cash on hand for: tipping the movers, purchasing beverages, lunch and/or dinner etc.
Moving day
Now that I’ve prepared for moving day, I am ready and anxious for the day to arrive. If you are like me, you are excited to start your new life in your new home.
On or before (whenever possible) moving day, I go to the new home and place signs on the entrance to each room. The signs are the descriptions of the room (matching the box descriptions) so the movers will be able to place the appropriate boxes and items in their assigned rooms. Children’s rooms get a sign with their name on it, living room, dining room etc. How I intend to use a room, may not be readily evident. It also allows me to direct the process much easier as the Movers don’t have to ask where to put items.
Once moving day arrives, I am on top of my game. All items in the old house are packed and labeled and ready for the movers, all fragile items are loaded into personal vehicles or have already been moved to the new home. I then let the movers do their thing and load the truck. Most professional movers have a system for packing their trucks so I let them do what I hired them to do. Many reputable movers will examine and verify that delicate or fragile items such as televisions etc. are packed and protected appropriately.
For lunch and/or dinner I order something easy to be delivered and don’t forget the drinks. I’ll always pick up some bottled water and sport drinks to keep everyone involved hydrated.
Even though I had a home inspection prior to closing, when I arrive at the new home, I check and make sure every thing still works. I or someone I assign will go around the house and turn on all the lights, use the garage door opener, run the sprinklers (after the movers leave and there is nothing left outside on the lawn), run the dishwasher, dryer and clothes washer and check the pool or spa pump. If there is a problem, now is the time I want to find it.
I also go around the house and acclimate myself to all the various wall switches. Some of the switch uses may not be obvious. If there are allot of switches, I place blue painters’ tape (it doesn’t leave marks and is easy to remove) and mark the switches use until I become familiar with its usage.
If you’re like me, you have pets. I always put the pets in the backyard during the move and while the movers are there. I let the pets get accustomed to their new yard and give them plenty of water and some chew treats to keep them busy. Once the movers have left, I let the pets in the house and give them some time to smell around the home and acclimate themselves. After all, pets are people too!
After moving day
Now that I’m all moved in and begin to unpack, I’ve learned a few handy tips that I hope will help you settle in to your new home with ease:
Put out the welcome mat! If you don’t have one think about getting one to welcome visitors to your new home. It helps your neighbors feel comfortable in welcoming you to the new neighborhood.
Assign weekly family project tasks for maintenance and general upkeep for your new home. Assigning family projects is a great way to motivate children to do chores and give the family some quality time together.
More tips Here are some handy cleaning tips I’ve learned for the house:
To clean a lavatory bowl: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the bowl and… Let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers: Fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.
Summary
Moving into a new home, if properly organized before hand can be a great day for everyone involved. Creating lists to prepare for the move, marking items and the rooms in which they belong assist the helpers and make the move much easier. Many times it can also save you money by reducing the time needed to use professional movers.
There are many more events and tasks that can occur prior to moving. Creating a list will help minimize the tasks and items that need to be completed for a move to a new home.
Oh, and don’t forget… You are allowed to paint the walls, hang pictures and shelves and get new carpeting or other floor covering.
After all… It’s YOUR home now! If you’d like to read other real estate related articles, please visit: Panama City Real Estate.
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Checklist for Moving Into a New Home

Checklist for Moving Into a New Home

By Dana Sparks,  eHow Contributor

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Dana Sparks

Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since  1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine  articles, and she is also the author of two published novels.  Sparks holds a  Bachelor of Arts in business.

Proper  planning can make moving a bit easier.

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Moving is  considered to be one of the five most stressful events in a person’s life,  according to the online magazine HR Management. Yet, many people make numerous  moves in the course of their professional lives. While it might be unrealistic  to believe that a move can be stress-free, there are ways to minimize those  worries and to plan for an uneventful transfer.

  1. Four Weeks Prior To Move

    • If you only have a month before the big move, use the time to organize the  things you may be too busy to organize later. Buy a file that can be used  exclusively to keep the paperwork that’s involved in the move including bids,  contracts and receipts.  Having them all in one place will make life easier  during the move as well as at tax time. If you’re going to be moving vehicles or  pets, now is the time to begin researching the cost and steps involved. Cancel  any storage unit contracts you may have at your old location and look for a new  storage situation if you’ll be needing it again in your new locale. Go through  everything you own and determine what can be sold and what you’d like to donate  to charity.  The less you have to move, the easier it’s going to be. Talk to  your bank to find out if it has a branch in your new area and give the bank your  new address for its files. Now is also a good time to speak with your child’s  school so the staff can begin to prepare their records. If you have a gardener  or domestic help, give them notice that you’ll be leaving.  Make sure to contact  your insurance agent to find out about insurance in your new zip code. Cancel or  transfer memberships at any clubs or gyms you might belong to. Ask your doctor  and dentist for your records so that you can give them to your new care  providers. Investigate any expenses that the I.R.S. considers deductible so that  you can carefully keep those receipts.

    Two Weeks Prior To Move

    • Contact utility companies to arrange to have your services disconnected at  your old home. Also call the utility companies that service your new area and  schedule to have services turned on in your name there. Begin to pack things  that you don’t use regularly, as this will save you time closer to moving day.  Pick up dry-cleaning, return library books, videos or any other item you may  have that belongs to someone else. Begin eating things you have stored in the  cupboard and freezer and stop buying perishable food. Begin to pack boxes of  your personal items that you want to take with you, rather than having them  moved. Don’t forget to mark these boxes clearly with the words DO NOT MOVE so  that there is no confusion with the movers on the big day.  Have your car  serviced.

       

    One Week Prior To Move

    • Pack your garage and empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel. Get rid of  anything that’s hazardous or flammable.  Either go to the post office for a  change of address form or fill one out online so that your mail can be  forwarded.  Call anyone you have a loan with, including credit cards, automobile  and student loans, to give them your change of address. Call anyone involved in  the move, including the moving company, to confirm your arrangements, including  what time they will be there.  Arrange for someone to watch your children and  pets while the movers load your household possessions. Clean a little each day  so that the final cleaning won’t be as time consuming.

    A Few Days

    • Clean your refrigerator, take apart any furniture that you’re responsible for  taking apart, decide which plants are going with you and which will be given  away, get cash from the bank, then close that account if necessary. Pack your PC  and electrical equipment.  If you’re responsible for packing, make sure that all  boxes are clearly marked. Keep your valuable items and documents in one spot  that you can easily locate. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately from  your other moving items.  Keep on hand a small box that will stay with you!

      KEEP YOUR PERSONAL BOX WITH YOU!  INCLUDE MEDICATION THAT IS NEEDS TO BE TAKEN WITHIN  SEVEN DAYS, ALONG WITH CHECKBOOK, PURSE, KEYS, NEW TO DO LIST AND OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE. THIS ONE BOX YOU SHOULD KEEP WITH YOU.  Such as…

      Medication       (Within 7 day period)

      Keys

      Checkbook

      Purse / Wallet

      Phone book / List of important phone numbers

      To Do List

      Anything that you dont want to have to search inside all the other moving boxes,  trust me it will stress you out and maybe push you over the edge.  Dont do it to yourself.

       

    Moving Day

    • Walk through the house with your movers, telling them what you need them to  do. Make sure they have the address of your new home or storage, as the case may  be. Give the house a final cleaning.  Before the movers leave, walk through the  house to make sure that they have taken everything. Leave your keys or drop them  off with a prearranged party and make sure that you have the keys to your new  home or have arranged to pick them up. Switch off lights before you leave for  the final time.

      PERSONAL BOX CONTAINS  IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE NEEDED SOON AFTER MOVE.  THIS ONE PERSONAL BOX YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP WITH YOU.

       

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Tips on how to move with a cat

Tips on how to move with a cat 

By Charlotte Brown, Ben Rubenstein, Sondra C, Flickety and 22 others

House-moving can be stressful, both for you and your cat. So, you’ll need to make it as stress-free for you and your cat as you can.

Steps

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    Confine your cat in a room while you get everything sorted out, eg, packing, furniture moving, etc. This will calm your cat down a little and will save time trying to find your cat. If you can, get somebody else to sit in the room with your cat.

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    When you are driving to your new house, keep your cat calm by taking a familiar blanket or such-like. Always provide food and water. Keep your cat calm by talking in a soothing voice. Never put your cat in the moving van, the trailer, or the boot/trunk. Also, while driving in the car with your cat, make sure it doesn’t run amok! Put it in a soft, comfortable, and dry crate with food, water, and a few towels. Pull a towel over the top of the crate so your cat feels more secure. Your cat may have a couple of accidents, so bring extra towels to change in with the old.

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    When in your new house, again confine your cat in the room s/he will be sleeping in. Don’t put your cat in the garage, as s/he will need to be with people for the first three months. Don’t subject your cat to too many unfamiliar situations at any one time. Again, if you can find somebody to sit with your cat, do so.  Be sure you place your furniture before letting out the cat or he/she may spay to mark new territory if not familiar with surrounding furniture.

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    After two or three days in your new house, let your cat explore the rooms; one at a time, mind, otherwise your cat will be overwhelmed, and might try to run away.

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    If your cat likes to go outside, let him/her do so after two/ three weeks in your new house. Try and fit him with a clip-on collar and/or microchip. Spend time outdoors with your cat, making reassuring conversation. Place bowls and favorite food around.

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    It may also be helpful to try a time-tested trick of placing butter on the cat’s paws. Being fastidious, cats feel compelled to lick all the butter off, while they are rooted to the spot. If you do this, think about placing your cat on the front or back doorstep. As they lick, they are taking in the smells, atmosphere and general feel of their new neighborhood

  • Place a towel over the cat carrier in the car. The ensuing warmth and darkness will calm the cat to the point they will fall asleep.
  • If you have to make hotel stays with your cat while relocating, be sure to keep the cat well confined. First, you must have a decent carrier which the cat can use as a safety zone and return to whenever s/he feels threatened. Secondly, don’t forget to keep the doors closed – you don’t want kitty escaping in a hotel complex or foreign area! Keep the cat in the bathroom if there are people coming and going, especially with family members of all ages around.
  • It is sometimes useful, if your cat sleeps on your bed, to not wash the bed when you move and to then make the bed for the first few nights with the old “dirty” bedding. Then puss will know that she is truly “home” and will settle down even quicker.
  • Likewise, it may well be useful to not clean the litter boxes out completely, but to leave a remnant odour that the cat will recognize as their own. This has the effect of settling them down quite a bit. Don’t forget to show them where the new box locations are!
  • For longer trips, or very frightened cats, it may be advisable to consult your Veterinarian well in advance to obtain anti-anxiety meds for your cat, These work wonders to relieve travel stress. Some cats sleep through entire trips with medication. Push one of the tiny pills deep into a soft fishy treat, and your cat will probably eat it right up without resistance.
  • Buy plenty of dried food supplies in advance of the relocation and make sure that this food is kept well and truly separate from items being packed (keep with your personal gear that you are taking in the car). This way you won’t be caught short when moving into the new house at midnight when no store for miles is open!
  • If you have to move your cat by airplane (see How to Transport Cats by Plane), call the airline in advance to check the carrier requirements, along with checking whether they supply one or where to obtain one from. Also ask about who is responsible for supplying food/water. Remember to include something familiar like a favorite blanket in the carrier for the journey. Make sure the cat is collected immediately at the other end; preferably by someone familiar with the cat.
  • If possible arrange to keep your cat at a kennel for a few days while all the actual moving is going on. It can be a lot less traumatic for the cat to spend a couple of days away and arrive at their new home with all of “their” people and stuff already in place…without the hubbub of moving day..

Warnings

  • Be prepared for loud wailing on the car journey – most cats find car travel extremely disorienting and strange and will vocalize loudly. This can be very distracting for the driver and distressing for all concerned unless everyone is prepared for this noise.
  • Always administer prescription medications according to the letter of your Veterinary instructions. It may take a long while for kitty to calm down after medicating her, but don’t increase the dosage without explicit permission from the Vet, or else you may overdose your poor cat, and that could become a serious problem for both of you.
  • Make sure all cubbies, crawlspaces, or any small space big enough for your cat to fit through are blocked. Moving is very scary for cats and they will try to find a “safe spot” to hide.
  • Never place your cat in a sack, bag or other carrying item that has no view-holes. Cats need to have some sense of their surroundings and not having this simply terrifies them and makes them dangerous to handle, let alone the fact that they will never forgive you. Your cat needs to arrive settled and trusting. Also, the holes provide air to get into the carrier. If no air is getting in, your cat will probably suffocate and die.
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Moving With Kids- Advice from Moms Who’ve Done It

Moving With Kids- Advice from Moms Who’ve Done It

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By KyAnn Lewis, GalTime.com

Over the past several years, I’ve done a lot of moving for work. After several lengthy moves, I now have a pretty good system for organizing, packing and labeling, but, regardless, it’s still stressful. Our past two moves have been THE MOST stressful for me because we moved with a small child.

 Most families tend to move in the summer months. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, it can be hard on your kids and the whole family. Although we have no plans to move again anytime soon, I thought I’d share some of what I learned, in hopes it might make things a little easier for other moms. Also, in order to give you the best advice, I’ve consulted with some other “moms on the move,” too.

Also See: Is a Messy Room Worth Fighting Over?

stressful things leading up to the move:

Packing With The Kids In The House

Irene Wieder just packed up for a cross-country move from Florida to Montana. She said one of her biggest challenges was trying to get work done with a one-year-old in the house, “Every time I pack a box Seth is right there to unpack it for me. I must have repacked boxes at least three times.” I agree that this can be really tough. If a friend or family offers to help – see if they’ll babysit. If that’s not an option, hire a babysitter or drop-in childcare service. You’ll be glad you spent the money when you see how much work you can really get done.

Figuring Out What To Leave Unpacked

 As a military wife, Angel Tucker has moved a bunch. She says that one of the big stresses is, “Trying to figure out what to leave unpacked and what to pack up! As soon as you think you have left everything out that you need, you will end up needing something that’s in the one box you can’t find!” Angel has a system of leaving notes taped on the doors of each room that keep track of what NOT to pack.

Figuring Out Where You’ll Live/Send Your Kids To School

This may not be an issue for those of you moving across town – or who buy a home before they move, but in my last two moves we stayed in corporate housing while we searched for permanent housing. It was reassuring knowing we’d have a place to land once we arrived in town, but it was stressful not knowing where we’d be months later. We also had to research and make childcare arrangements from afar. Let me tell you: not ideal! I turned to friends who knew people in the Orlando area. I asked them for advice on schools and daycares and started my research weeks before we moved here.

Also See: Why Dads Should Roughhouse With The Kids

in advance of the move, you should…

Tell The Kids ASAP & Get Them Excited

 Sabrina McGuire has three boys. Her oldest son is only nine-years-old and he’s already moved six times! She says, “My advice is to tell your kids as soon as you know for sure that you are moving. They need the time, so they will be ready when moving day comes. Be positive and excited about the move and they will be, too. We get on the Internet and look at pictures of the area we are moving to. It’s fun to make plans of all the fun things we are going to do once we get moved.”

Angel Tucker says, “Let them know what to expect and what to look forward to in the new location. Show them pictures of where they will live, talk about how you will decorate their new room, show them on a map where you are going and let them choose what favorite toys can make the trip in the car with you!”

Take Photos of Your Current House

Amy Kossoff is the mother of three boys and Founder of The MomTini Lounge. She’s had to move her family and has a great idea. She says, “Take a video and photo tour of the old house, and keep it! We love to look back at our old house — and it really makes everyone appreciate the new one when they see that they have more space to play, etc.”

Get Kids Involved in Helping

 For older kids, get them involved in the process. Laura McHolm, organizational expert and co-founder of NorthStar Moving says, “Encourage your kids to pack themselves so that they are involved in the moving process. They can have their own boxes and suitcases that they are responsible for. Give them color codes or fun stickers to stick on the boxes that belong in their room. You can oversee this.”

Don’t Be Dismissive Of Their Feelings

 Moms and experts agree that it’s important that you listen to your kids and not tell them how to feel about a move. I consulted with Dr. Richard Horowitz, a Parenting Coach and author of Family Centered Parenting. Dr. Horowitz says, “First and foremost is to listen to the children and validate their concerns and fears. Keep in mind that for children a change in home and school is a threat to their fundamental sense of security and safety.” He adds, “There are real losses associated with a move. Leaving a home coupled with the separation from friends and neighbors are legitimate losses that must be acknowledged. Effective listening provides an opportunity for these feelings to be expressed and heard.” We received similar advice form Kat Eden at education.com. She says, “Honestly acknowledge the difficulty of the situation. Nothing will make your child feel more alone than having you minimize or ignore the challenges of moving to a new school.”

Also See: What’s the Going Rate for a Babysitter?

during the move

 Moving day arrives … then what? Sabrina McGuire recommends, “Before the movers come to pack us we make sure the boys have a few special things (favorite book, toys and blanket) to take with us.”

 Angel Tucker likes to come up with “road games” as her family makes the trek to their new home – like looking for license plates from every state. She also packs surprise bags and a new DVD.

Laura McHolm suggests, “Wrap things you were going to give to your children anyway like books with car games, deck of cards, sticker books, puzzle books, joke books, reading books, crayola crayons, fun masks, etc. When you make stops along your route place the presents on the kids’ seats. When they come back to the car they will have an exciting gift to unwrap and play with!”

once you arrive in your new home

sabrina’s best advice is simple. she strongly recommends that you “get back into a routine as soon as you can.”

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Helpful hints to a successful move

If you have decided to take on the task of packing & moving your boxes yourself, you may want a couple of pointers to help you keep your sanity and property intact.

1. Use generous amount of packing paper when padding contents. use newspaper, packing paper, or bubble wrap.

2.  Always pack dishes on their sides.  Never stack the dishes flat, the weight of stacked dishes could crush your fine china.

3.  Always tape the bottom of your boxes.

4. Label your boxes ( label and /or color code) what room the box goes to, and briefly describe the contents.  If you color code your boxes, place the appropriate color at the entrance to each room at the new house.

5.  Try not to sweat the small stuff.   On moving day tensions can easily run high, when moving.  ( Moving is rated in the top 5 most stressful )  Moving can be exciting & stressful at the same time.  But if you look at the idea of this task with humor and relax a bit, you’ll have a much better time.  So take things in stride and overcome and conquer:)

6.  Use visqueen  to keep your furnitures door and drawers secure while moving them, a lot cheaper that repairing damage.

7.  If possible place your boxes in a corner of your garage and start bringing boxes in one at a time, to save the feeling of  claustrophobia and frustration.  There may be boxes that needs to be unpacked right away,  mark box PRIORITY so you can sort these boxes from the others.

8.  Blankets and straps are worth their weight in gold.  Damage is more likely to  happen during the transportation to the new residence or business.  There is no such thing as being over cautious with blankets and straps.  If you do not have straps, rope will do.

9.  Secure your load.

10.  Never … Never…  Yank, pry, or force items loose if tangled around other items.  TAKE YOUR TIME

11.  Keep a box with you that will not be sent in the moving truck, this will contain:

*  important papers. Contact numbers and dates of installs from cable/satellite, PG&E, Telephone, and all the other appointments you scheduled.

*  Medication. It is often that my customers are searching for medication that needs to be taken, but not clear which box it is in.  Clearly mark important boxes,                               ( example:  MEDICATION PRIORITY)

*  Car keys, wallet, purse. During moving day items are being packed by multiple people, and things can easily get misplaced.  Keep important items that you will need all together.

Good organization will minimize stress and frustration come moving day.  Once again don’t forget…   DO NOT sweat the small stuff.     Good luck with your move:)

If you decide to use a moving company research your moving companies

*  Check Public Utilities Commission for moving companies that are licensed and insured.  https://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/pls/public_cpuc/f?p=203:35:409695490184901::NO:RP::

*  Get recommendations from friends, family and Realtors.

* Check websites for reviews

Call me with any questions you may have, with no obligation to use us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Color code your boxes

You are planning to move to a new home?

Looking to make this move a little more organized?  Color code your boxes and furniture!  This could be simply using crayon on paper or colored dots.  Assign a color to every room in your new house.

example:  kitchen- blue, bedroom 1- yellow, bedroom 2- orange,  garage-black.

Then add the appropriate color to the 200 boxes that you are about to pack, and forget about explaining your wording or your handwriting to the other people helping you move. Colors are easier to notice instead of reading every box.  On the day of the move get a piece of paper, and tape that appropriate colored paper at the entrance to every room. Now everyone just matches the colored boxes and furniture to the colored rooms. You will be amazed how this will decrease your moving time. Good luck!

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What size storage unit is needed?

What size storage space is needed ?

Moving Van                                                                                       Space

4×6 trailer                          Misc. furnishings                                     5 x 10

6×12 trailer                        Up to 2 rooms                                          10 x 10

10′ Van                               Condo / Apt  1 bedroom                         10 x 10

14′ Van                                1-2 Bedrooms up to 1200 sq. ft.            10 x 15

17′ Van                                 2-3 Bedrooms up to 1600 sq. ft.           10 x 20

24′ Van                                3-4 Bedrooms up to 2,000 sq. ft           10 x 25

26′ Van                                6 Bedrooms 2,000 sq ft / above            10 x 30

                                                 Space estimates are approximate

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Got a storage unit? Make sure it’s properly insured

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they decide to store their extra stuff in a storage unit: They assume that their belongings are insured by the facility.
Nope. The storage facility has nothing to do with insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. It simply provides a place to stow your belongings. Continue reading

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Favorite moving quote

If forced to choose between childbirth and moving a household, I’d pick childbirth any day. Both can be deeply painful and expensive experiences. But on moving day, no one offers you an epidural. And labor tends to produce a wonderful result at the end, while moving just leaves you surrounded by boxes.
Liz pulliam Weston

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Never transport a refrigerator on it’s side

A refrigerator should never be layed down for transport or storage. Always transport or store in the upright position. If the refrigerator has been moved on its side, put refrigerator upright and into position. DO NOT PLUG REFRIGERATOR BACK IN! KEEP UNPLUGGED FOR 24 HRS. When you restart it it should be cooling in a few hours and at normal temp in 24-48. If not you may have damaged the compressor.

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