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Move On Moving would like to offer you our top 10 moving tips for Residential/ Local/ Long Distance or Office moves to help make your move less stressful and more enjoyable:Moving man with box

  • Make yourself a checklist. By keeping things in order and tracked you can ease your stress and make sure that nothing has slipped by your attention, ensuring an accurate and safe move for your personal belongings.
  • Have plenty of supplies. Boxes, boxes and more boxes. This is an essential piece to ensure a safe move of your personal belongings. You need to ensure you have enough boxes, packing material, tape, sharpies, etc, to safely secure your items to better protect them.
  • Utilize and strategize the use of Wardrobe boxes. These boxes are universal and essential for a move. They are diverse in their use, ranging from clothes that need to be hung up to comforters and pillows. Your mover will be able to tell you the dimensions of the boxes they will be bringing so you can properly prepare yourself. Remember while these boxes are diverse in use, they are not indestructible so try not to overload them. It is better to have an extra box then spill your belongings down the street.
  • Coordinate your rooms. Pick either a color or letter or symbol for each room and mark the appropriate boxes with that of your choosing. Keeping things commonly marked will help with the packing, loading, unloading and eventual placement of the items in your new house, removing the chaos of the all too familiar “What’s in this box? Or “Has anyone seen the box with the dishes?”
  • Ensure items are complete and together.  If you have a countertop appliance with a removable cord, pack the cord with the item in the box.  The same goes for book ends and books, lamps and power strips, computers and components, etc. Keeping things together where they go help the entire process again even more, removing the stress of finding the additional pieces later.
  • Start packing ahead. If you know you are moving in two months, do not wait two months to start packing. The items that you are not using you can start packing to assist your move. The more you pack ahead, the more controlled your move will be and the easy it will be on you when the time comes for the movers to arrive. Having started packing ahead will prevent the wild frenzy of throwing things in a box because the movers are here and you didn’t get time to finish. An extra ten minutes of the front end will save hours of hassle on the back end.
  • Using your luggage. Luggage is a great asset in packing. Why pack your luggage in a box when that is technically what luggage is designed to do is store stuff. Utilize every piece of luggage you have during your move. It will condense the clutter and save you a bit on packing supplies.
  • Safeguard your valuable possessions. You want to ensure with a high priority that your valuable possessions are safeguarded. Whether you choose to take them with you personally, or bury them in a box labeled “Misc bathroom supplies” take all the necessary precautions in assuring their safety. It would also be a good idea to check with your homeowners or renters insurance to see how these items might be covered should something happen to them during the move.
  • Assigning everyone in the house/office a personal box. At any store, you can usually find the bright and colorful plastic totes. Assign each member of the family their own color and have them put their personal belongings in that tote to make it easier to find when finally moved. This will prevent digging through the garage looking for little Cindy’s teddy bear or little Tommy’s favorite train set or calm the Vice President when he needs the latest contract he just signed. The colors will make it easy to identify and help you get everyone more acclimated to their new environment by ensuring they have their most important items surrounding them.
  • Take your personal paperwork with you. If you have your birth certificates, social security cards, life insurance, etc, do not pack these items. Take them with you in your vehicle so you know at all times where these items of importance are. Some things are just too valuable to put in a box and these items fit that category.