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Top 4 Packing and Moving Tips

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Packing and moving can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful, especially when you have to coordinate everything involved in a move around your work schedule. Trying to keep everything organized can help. Here are a few packing and moving tips help minimize your stress and make your move a little easier.

Start early

Most people don’t realize how much stuff they actually have until it’s time to pack it all up and carry it to a new residence. By starting a few months early and packing little-used items and non-essential items, you can save a lot of time in the days leading up to the move itself. Pack things like DVDs, CDs, books and specialty kitchen items early and set the boxes aside. If you are moving during the summer you can pack jackets and winter clothes, or vice-versa with shorts and T-shirts if you are moving in the colder months.

Label your boxes

If you wait until the last minute, it becomes easy to start throwing anything you can find into any box that will hold it. This is not only an inefficient way to pack, it will also make the unpacking process long and frustrating. Try to keep bathroom items together, kitchen items together and so on. And by clearly labeling the boxes by room, the movers can put all the boxes in the rooms they belong in.

Create room designs

The movers will bring the large furniture in to your new home as soon as possible and bring the boxes in afterward. Try to plan in advance where you want your living room furniture and entertainment center set up and which wall you want your bed against so the movers can put everything where you want them. Otherwise they will simply leave them in the appropriate rooms, but you will have to move everything around yourself.

Non-allowable items

For the most part, the non-allowable items list will consist of things found in your garage or refrigerator. Movers can not transport hazardous, flammable or corrosive materials, such as pesticides, charcoal, fertilizer or pool chemicals. They also can not take frozen or refrigerated food or open food containers. Check your moving company’s non-allowable items list, and pack those things yourself.

Moving is almost always a difficult and stressful event, but by following a few easy packing and moving tips, you can make sure your move goes smoothly.

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