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10 Things You Should Know About Packing And Moving

People move for different reasons.  They move because circumstances in their lives make it a necessity or they move simply because they want to.  They move because of a new job or want to be closer to work. They may be starting a new relationship or getting out of an old one. They may want to be closer to family or they may want to get further away from them. They may buy a larger home or downsize to a smaller one. They may move to a nicer neighborhood, one with a better school district, or they may just want a change of scenery.

Most families try to move during the late spring and early summer months so they can have the warm days to get acclimated to their new surroundings, especially if their children are going to be attending a new school in the fall.

No matter the reasons for moving, it is usually not an easy task.  It can be tedious, physically exhausting, and time consuming. Whether you’re moving around the corner, across town, to another city, another state, or across country, a move requires careful planning, patience, and money.

There are always people moving from one location to another and like anything else, the costs can get a little steep.  Billions of dollars a year is spent on moving expenses such as cardboard and plastic boxes, tape, bubble wrap, foam, moving blankets, markers, dollies, and other supplies.   

You may have to rent a truck, sometimes two, depending on what has to be moved.  You may have to make multiple trips so you have to factor in the price of gasoline.

If it is a relatively short move, it can be a do-it-yourself job.  Doing it yourself usually means getting help from family and friends, especially if the move is around the corner or a short distance across town.  A good idea is to reserve your truck at least two weeks in advance because truck rentals go fast during peak moving seasons.

There are things that you can do to make your move as easy as possible.

(1)  Buy your moving supplies over time, especially if you know you are going to move in advance.

(2)  Estimate the distance and calculate the time and gas that it will take to make the move. 

(3)  If you decide to do-it-yourself with help from family and friends, make sure that they  know what time the job is going to start and that they are coming to work.

(4)  Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing.  Pack in increments.  The worst think you can do is to have your help standing around waiting.

(5)  Make sure that your boxes are strong and sturdy.  Label each box as they are packed so you will know what goes into each bedroom, kitchen, living room, family room, the kid’s rooms, bathrooms, the garage, patio, etc.

(6)  Write “glass,” “dishes,” “this side up” and other markings on boxes with fragile content or things that can be crushed or broken in them.

(7)  Very Important! Don’t move things that you are not going to use again.  You know what they are.  Before moving, have a yard sale, donate to charity, or give away items that you don’t want or don’t need. 

(8)  Make a travel kit that can be used for important documents, credit cards, jewelry, and other valuables that you can keep close to you during the move. The kit should contain a change of clothes, an extra pair of shoes, underwear, and a few snacks.

(9)  Load your furniture sensibly.  The heaviest furniture should go on the floor of the truck with heavier boxes in the middle and the lighter stuff on top. 

(10)  Make sure that whoever is going to drive the truck knows what they are doing and make sure that you have the right amount of insurance on it.  If the truck has to sit overnight, make sure that the passenger doors are locked, the rear and/or side doors are pad locked, and only park in well-lit areas.  A good idea is to reserve your truck at least two weeks in advance because truck rentals go fast during peak moving seasons.
If it is a long distance move, a moving company may be the best way to go depending on the amount and size of your furniture and belongings.  The company will come to your home, pack your belongings, and move them to your new destination.  Once there, they will unload the truck, take your furniture and belonging into your new home, put them back together if they've been taken apart, and place everything where you want it.  This can get expensive, but it saves a lot of headache and time.

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