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Moving Tips

Some Moving Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • Notify your telephone, electric, gas, water, and credit card Companies.
  • Forward necessary mail to your new address. Discontinue service on a specific date.
  • Notify former employers. This will make tax time less taxing.
  • Be there and give direction. Let them know what you want loaded first and loaded last.
  • Get a copy of your inventory sheet from the foreman. Double check his notations about existing damage to your goods.
  • Have your insurance plan readily available. Hopefully you will have no use of this tip.
  • Devise a system. You should label your boxes with their destination in your new home. Hang numbered signs on the doorposts of each room and write the same numbers on the appropriate boxes. (Example: "2nd Fl./Room 4") If you're handy with a pencil, sketch a sample layout of your house, number the rooms on it, and post the layout on the truck for reference.
  • Load the rooms to be unloaded first-last. Whatever room is furthest from the entrance in your new home should be that room. In other words, unload back to front. The kitchen should be done at the very end though, because heavy appliances should go in the truck first.
  • Don't forget to have your tools ready when you start unloading. You should put your tool box in when everything else is loaded in the truck.
  • Take all your valuable documents and jewelry with you! Don't forget about your plants either. Most are too sensitive to make a long journey in a hot, dark truck. If you can take them with you too.

One of the first things on a good moving tips checklist is actually making a list of box contents for your move. Keep a sheet of paper or notebook handy while you're packing boxes and containers, so you can make a list of what you're putting in each box, and more importantly, where you're putting the box once it's finished. A good way to create this list is by numbering your boxes, instead of simply marking them with the name of the room they're from, such as "kitchen" or "bedroom". Then, on your box list, write down the number of the box along with a semi-detailed description of what's in it. For example, instead of writing down that box #2 has dishes in it, write down that it contains coffee mugs and plates - that way, you'll know exactly what box to open when you're looking for a specific item.

Another moving checklist that you should make has to do with things you must accomplish before and after you've moved into your new home. Take the time to write down informational numbers, such as those for your local utilities and services, and go through your checklist carefully so you can be sure your new home will have all of the electricity, telephone and other necessities activated before you actually live there. A similar checklist should be made for the home you're moving from; so you can be sure to cancel all of the services that were in place at your former residence.