In part two of our moving guide blog series, we touched on some key considerations for ensuring that your personal information and belongings are transferred to your new residence seamlessly.
Now that you’re down to the last few weeks before moving, it’s time to start getting organized, tying up loose ends, and beginning the packing process.
Ten Packing and Storage Tips
About two to four weeks prior to your move, put the following packing and organizational tips into action:
- Return library books and anything else you have borrowed. Collect items you have loaned out.
- If you have valuable or expensive items, you may choose not to pack them in a personal vehicle instead of the moving van. If this is the case, pack them up in a manner that will allow you to transport them safely in your personal automobile.
- If you haven’t already, be sure that you have acquired moving insurance from the moving company and/or a third-party. Understand the level of liability on the part of your moving company, and what your options are to purchase additional insurance.
- If you are traveling by car, get your car serviced prior to departure to ensure you stay safe on the road.
- Start packing items you don't currently need so that you are packing only last-minute items right before the move. If your moving company is packing on your behalf, begin segmenting your items according to how they should be packed.
- If you are renting a self-storage unit, determine which items will go into storage and which items will be transported to your new home. Label each box or item appropriately so there are no mix-ups.
- Determine a safe way to transport your plants that will keep them healthy. If moving during the summer, many moving trucks will have high internal temperatures. In addition, plants could go without water for several days if you are moving a great distance. Consider giving plants to friends or a local charity if you lack transportation options.
- Begin backing up important computer files.
- Safely dispose of flammable items like fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets and other hazardous items.
- If you have young children or pets, you might consider arranging for a babysitter or pet sitter on moving day to ensure they remain safe during the loading process.
While you are packing or categorizing items, be sure to label each box or item according to the type of contents and the room where they will be delivered at your final destination. This will help to avoid confusion, and to make the unloading process stress-free. Be sure to check with your moving company to ensure they do not have specific procedures or policies for packing and labeling.
Check back next week for part four in our moving guide series, which will offer a checklist of tasks to complete in the week prior to your move.
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