GETTING READY TO MOVE
Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! Now, for the next challenge: your move. This is a great time to carefully weed through your possessions and to dispose of any clothes, furniture and fixtures that you no longer want or need. Donate them to a charity, hold a garage sale – but if you don’t want them anymore, don’t move them.
Are you going to pack yourself or hire professionals for your move? If you’re doing your own packing, the following is a list of materials you’ll need. Moving companies and overnight mail businesses can furnish these, as well as specialized items including wardrobe boxes for clothing and heavy-duty boxes for china and other breakables. Liquor and computer stores also are good sources for sturdy boxes.
You should start collecting the following materials for your move:
- Boxes of all sizes
- Plastic bags
- Non-shredded newspapers
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Tissues paper
Packing 101—A few guidelines
- Cushion the bottom and sides of boxes first.
- Packed items should not exceed 30 pounds.
- When packing, go room by room – it will make unpacking easier.
- Begin your packing as early in the process of your move as you can – it will take longer than you think at a time when you’ll be busy with many other concerns.
- Label all boxes by item and where in your new home they should be placed.
- Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
- Thoroughly wrap your breakables in newsprint paper, paper towels or clothing, placing them in dresser drawers, containers with lids, large cans, etc.
- Fill your refrigerator and washer and dryer with clothes, linens and other light objects.
- Tape cords underneath all electrical appliances.
- Don’t tape furniture, doors and drawers, as tape can cause damage; instead, use rope, elastic or long strips of fabric to secure furniture.
- If you have children, let them feel they are a part of the process by helping them pack their toys.
On moving day…
Fill one box with moving-day essentials like paper plates, a coffee maker and coffee, hand tools and extension cords, a bucket, rags, soaps and paper towels. You may also want to set aside a few days’ worth of clothing, food and other essentials you’ll need prior to arriving at your new home and prior to unpacking.