Moving Checklist 101
CC Associated Movers is an experienced moving company and works with many different moving scenarios. Advanced planning is the key to a successful move. We have developed a comprehensive guide of few moving related tips to assist you as you get started.
Best Moving Tips
Great advice for anyone on moving day
- You can save a lot of money if you do the bulk of the packing on your own. Limit yourself to non-fragile items such as books, linens, clothing and shoes; and replaceable items such as plates, dishes (not fine china or expensive silverware), and small kitchen appliances. These items will be cheaper to replace in case of damage as opposed to hiring workers for the extra labor. Professional movers can handle furniture, mattresses, and heavy appliances.
- Do not let movers pack your jewelry, family heirlooms, or other priceless items. The insured value will never equate to your value, and is not worth the hassle and inconvenience. Such items include jewelry, sports memorabilia, photo albums, and various hobby collections. Pack these items yourself and take them with you, either in the car or as carry-on luggage if size allows.
- Having the right packing materials to assist with your move is imperative. Make sure you have the proper amount of boxes that are the right sizes, and strengths. Purchase wardrobe boxes to eliminate the need of ironing later. Save space by packing in shoes at the bottom of your wardrobe box for efficiency.
- Don’t let the box become too heavy or susceptible to fallout from the bottom. Purchase padded dish boxes with dividers to protect your fine china. For your replaceable and non-fragile items, save money by using the free boxes that you can obtain from supermarkets and pack your items wrapped in old newspaper.
Top 15 Packing Tips
Moving tips for packing your stuff
- Pack like items together and avoid packing delicate items in boxes with items that could damage them.
- Cover any sharp edges of your larger items (table corners etc.) so that they do not damage other items in transit.
- Wrap delicate items in clean paper. Use newspaper for cushioning only, because Newspaper ink can damage your delicate items (like china).
- Place crushed paper or other Styrofoam ½ in the bottom of cartons for cushioning.
- Keep the heaviest items on the bottom and the lighter items on top.
- Seal cartons tightly with tape whenever possible.
- Develop a system to catalog the boxes. Either a numbering system or actually write the actual room each box will have to go in.
- Use this system to let your movers know which boxes go where upon arrival.
- Wind up electrical cords and fastening them to the item with tape to avoid tripping or damage to the item.
- Empty out drawers completely, especially of items that could cause damage when in contact with other possessions.
- Fill in empty spaces between your heavy and light layers with crushed paper or other cushioning.
- For very small and fragile items, pack a small box inside a larger box with paper or other cushioning in between the boxes.
- Retain all nuts bolts and screws and label them clearly for reassembly of furniture and electronic items.
- Fill your boxes completely but try to limit their weight to 50 lb. Use cushioning to achieve this.
Moving Day Tips
- Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
- Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
- Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and any other lawn equipment.
- Clothes – do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
- Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
- Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
- Start making up your change of address list and arrange to have mail forwarded.
- Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts to develop your new banking plan in the new area you are moving.
- Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
- Retain original boxes for electronic items if saved
- Have rugs cleaned.
- Secure personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses, etc.
- If transporting a vehicle check on import regulations, duty payables, and tolls.
- Make sure family pets have vaccinations and up to date information.
- Research shopping, schools, theaters, local life style, as it is never too early to find out about your new home
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