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Relocation and Moving Tips

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Moving from one home to another is a long process, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. Following a few relocation and moving tips can help ensure a move that proceeds as easily as possible.

Here are a few relocation and moving tips:

  • Gather a lot of sturdy boxes several weeks before moving day. Collect more than you think you will need. Buy boxes from your moving company or pick them up from grocery stores, bookstores, liquor stores and your office. Also make sure you have plenty of strong packing tape, newsprint and bubble wrap for fragile items.
  • Set aside things you don’t use or will no longer need once you relocate to your new home. Sell these items at a garage sale or donate them to charity.
  • In the weeks before you move, plan your meals so you use up as much food as you can from your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Before you pack, find a place where you can list everything that goes in each box. Assign a number to each box and note those numbers on the list.
  • Valuable relocation and moving tips for children include asking them to write their names and new address on boxes of things from their bedrooms. This will keep them busy and help them learn the new address.
  • Pack clothes, linens and bedding in your luggage, or use them as packing material for fragile items.
  • Put heavy things in smaller boxes and light things in large boxes.
  • Pack heavier things at the bottom of each box. Avoid packing more than 50 pounds per box.
  • Take a phone book from the town you are moving from in case you need to call anyone there once you have relocated.
  • The last thing you should pack is boxes with things you will need on the first night in your new home: a change of clothes, dishes, a towel, toiletries and medicine.
  • If you are hiring a moving company or renting a moving truck, some things should go in the car with you. These items include important documents, toilet paper, a first aid kit, precious heirlooms, breakable items, and snacks and toys for your children.

Taking advantage of these relocation and moving tips will make your life easier during a move, whether your new home is across the street or across the country.

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