Moving Do’s and Don’ts
The process of moving is most pleasant when performed over time, with the help of organizational tactics like checklists and regimented packing. There’s tons of ways to make moving an easier experience – as well as some mistakes that can be made in packing that can cause moving to be a clunkier process. Here’s a guide to some essential moving do’s and don’ts, as prepared by the packing and moving experts at Noah’s Ark Moving and Storage.
- Give yourself a day to pack and sort out unwanted items from every seperate room of your home. Feel free to take as much time as you need, so you know that you have everything you want when you arrive at your new home.
- Ensure that your Homeowner’s insurance is updated.
- Ensure that you have measurements for your new home so you know that your furniture will fit in it.
- Pack non breakable items yourself in order to save money on moving packing costs.
- Pack heavy items in many smaller boxes rather than a few large ones that will be so heavy they will be impossible to carry. You can add heavy items into boxes of blankets or other soft pliable items to spread out the weight.
- Mark all items with fragile materials, and if you’re packing fragile items by yourself, make sure that they are protected.
- As you finish packing boxes, move them to one area of your house to make the process of taking them out of your house much easier.
- Take light bulbs out of all lamps, and wrap and box up all the shades.
- Pack all bed linens, and consult with a moving professional about whether to disassemble bed frames.
- Move all breakable items into a single area.
- Do the work necessary to pack and transport plants to your new home, as this is one item most professional moving companies won’t work with.
- Mark each box to it’s designated room for your new home – consider using a color coding system to do so.
- Don’t sign a moving company contract without having them inspect the size of your home and provide you with a fair estimate.
- Don’t place valuables into the moving truck – carry them with you personally in your vehicle.
- Don’t distract moving professionals as they work.
- Hire a moving company based on reputation rather than simply the price.
- Don’t take out clothing from wooden dressers, as they can be kept inside and help reduce the amount of boxes / legwork.
- Ask a professional mover for advice on how to pack and handle fragile items.
- Don’t ever move any equipment with gasoline while the fuel is still inside it – always drain it.
- Don’t place any flammable or perishable items into the moving van.