Packing and Moving Tips
Tips for Packing
Whether you are new to the relocation process or a seasoned mover, here’s a list of our best moving tips. We’ve compiled longstanding moving advice and new techniques to help make your next move stress-free.
- Pack essentials in a suitcase. Make a checklist of must-haves you will need as soon as you arrive and keep this with you. Make sure you include extra clothing, snacks, and toys.
- Pack key items in a box. Make sure it’s one of the first boxes unpacked so you have quick access to:
- Tape and scissors
- Cups and kitchen utensils
- Can opener
- Towels, soap and other toiletries
- Garbage bags
- Tools and flashlight and batteries
- Pen and paper
- Remember your refrigerator. Always clean out your fridge beforehand. Afterwards, stow a sock full of charcoal, baking soda, or coffee inside so you are met with a pleasant scent upon arrival.
- Fill gaps in boxes. Stuff with towels, clothing or paper for padding and to avoid unbalanced boxes.
- Dish packing. Use dish-barrel boxes. Package each piece with newspaper or bubble wrap. Do not pile your plates one on top of the other. Instead, wrap plates and place them vertically in the box. Cups and bowls should be placed inside one another, paper in between each then wrap in bundles of four.
- Mementos are best safeguarded. If your personal valuables must be packed, layer them with blankets. However, if you have room to spare, it is best to keep them with you.
- Pack heavy to light. Be sure to place lighter items on top of the box and the heavier ones on the bottom.
- Pack room contents together. This ensures easier packing and unpacking,
- Label boxes. Mark with a number, the room and description of items. This way you or your mover will know where each box belongs and can make sure everything has arrived at your new place.
- Tape boxes generously. Shut the seams with ample tape then wrap the boxes with tape at all stress points.
- Use special crating for art and other valuables. Make an X with masking tape on frame glass for strength. Then wrap them with packing paper or bubble wrap. Note: regular paper will stick to oil paintings.
- Pay special attention to electronics. Custom wooden crates are needed for moving plasma TVs, unless the original box is available. They should never be laid flat. Wrap other electronics with quilted furniture padding.
Tips for Moving
- Start a move file. Keep all important moving information and receipts. Some expenses can be deducted on your tax return,.
- Research the community. Visit your new city and state’s websites or contact the chambers of commerce for relocation packets. Researching new schools and service providers is a good idea, as well.
- Cut down on the clutter before the move. It’ a perfect time to re-evaluate the items you own and purge any extras you’ve accumulated. Break the job down by evaluating each room at a time and ask yourself if it’s valuable or you want to keep it for sentimental reason. If no one has used it in over a year, there isn’t room for it at the new place or it’s not worth the hassle to move, you may want to get rid of it.
- Plan a yard sale, auction items online, or donate them. These are all great ways to earn some extra cash or earn a tax deduction.
- Dispose of perishables. This includes food in jars, frozen foods, hazardous chemicals or anything flammable.
- Make special arrangements for your plants. They probably won’t survive moving and storage, so find them a new home or carry them with you.
- Hire professionals. Out of all of the packing and moving tips*, this is probably the most important. If you enlist experts to help with your moving needs, good call! Having a reputable moving company on your side lifts the work from your shoulders, allowing you to breathe easy.
If you would like more long distance moving tips, or are in preparation for moving to Connecticut, contact us. We can answer your questions and provide a free quote.