Prepare for Your Upcoming Move with This Week-by-Week Timeline

moving checklist - PHOTO (ABC)When preparing for something as big as moving house, it is important to be as organized as possible. One way is by creating a week-by-week moving checklist and sticking to it. Check out the following guide for help creating your own personal moving timeline – from eight weeks to one week prior to moving day.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 8

  • Decision time! Eight weeks prior to moving day is the optimal time to make that important decision – opt for a self-move or hire movers.
  • If you are currently renting, inform your landlord that you will soon be leaving the property, and begin your search for a new place in the city you are moving to.
  • Confirm with your current employer that you will be moving, and arrange your first day of work at your new job. Or, if you do not yet have a job in your new area, begin your search as soon as possible.
  • Create a moving budget so you will know roughly how much money you will need to organize and execute your upcoming move.
  • If you decide to use professional movers, being your search for a top-rated moving company that is affordable and professional.
  • Contact several moving companies and request an in-house estimation of your future relocation costs.
  • Inventory your home by making a detailed room-by-room list of all your possessions.
  • Review your home inventory list and decide which items you will take with you and which ones will be left behind.
  • Create a special binder to keep all of your moving-related paperwork.
  • Begin thinking about how you are going to pack your belongings.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 6

  • If you have opted for a self-move, begin strategizing your plans for renting a moving truck. Contact truck rental companies and compare prices and conditions.
  • Collect all medical records from your doctor and also from your pet’s vet. If you have school-aged children, now is the time to also obtain their school records. This is also a good time to take your pet(s) to the vet for a complete check-up, required vaccinations, and advice on the upcoming relocation.
  • Start looking for a new healthcare provider and a new school for your kid(s) in your future city. Be sure to ask around for suggestions and recommendations before the move takes place.
  • If your move is local, visit your soon-to-be home, and measure the dimensions of rooms and doorways. This will eliminate potential problems come moving day.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 4

  • If you will be having a self-move, four weeks prior to moving day is a good time to go ahead and contact your friends and family to ask them if they can help you move.
  • Begin collecting moving boxes of various sizes. Also, gather packing supplies, such as:
    • Bubble wrap
    • Tape
    • Markers
    • Packing paper
  • Learn what items your moving company forbids being transported due to their hazardous nature.
  • Cancel any subscriptions for delivery services and memberships to clubs/organizations.
  • Driving to your new home? Now is the optimal time to have your car serviced so your upcoming road trip goes smoothly.
  • If you are flying to your new home, you will need to find a trustworthy auto transporter to ship your car.
  • Arrange travel plans – book flights and hotels, collect important documents, etc.
  • Begin packing, being sure to label all of your boxes. This will make unpacking much faster and more efficient.
  • While packing, prepare one or two boxes/containers with all of the absolute essentials you will need during the time when you won’t have easy access to your belongings.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 2

  • Contact your chosen professional mover to ensure all plans are still in order.
  • If moving with kids, make a point to talk with them about the upcoming move. Discuss with them what is expected from them, and also use this time to calm down any fears they may have of the unknown ahead.
  • Contact your current utility companies to inform them of the date your services will need to be disconnected. Also, contact service providers in your new area, and arrange a connection date.
  • Consider how you will pack and ship any fragile or valuable items – artwork, paintings, antique furniture, and jewelry. For optimal protection, use appropriate packing techniques with materials that provide good cushion and padding, like bubble wrap and packing paper.

Weeks Prior to Moving Day: 1

  • Pay any remaining bills before your scheduled move-out date.
  • Begin disassembling large furniture – dressers, beds, desks, etc. Keep in mind, you may need help handling these tasks, so you will need to have enough time to find helpers.
  • If you have fallen behind in your moving schedule, seek aid from friends or professional movers.
  • Make a move-out cleaning checklist, and prepare all cleaning materials in advance.
  • Finish any last-minute organizing, packing and preparing for the big day ahead.

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What to Know When Moving a Bed to a New Home

Can you guess which piece of furniture in the home is favored by most? If you guessed the bed, then you’re correct! If you think about it, is there really any wonder as to why? It’s the only piece of furniture in your home that is associated with total relaxation, peacefulness and contentment. Who could resist such an inviting spot?

There is just one situation that can move such a beloved piece of furniture from the top of your love list to the bottom, and that’s having to move it. Beds, especially those of queen- and king-size, are incredibly heavy and awkward. Managing to move them across a room can be a struggle, but moving them to a completely new home is quite a feat. To make the moving process easier, and to ensure your bed survives the relocation in good condition, there are some things to consider, like if your bed is really worth moving and how to properly pack it. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about moving a bed.

Is it worth it?

When you are planning to move to a new home, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out which items are worth taking with you. Before you jump into the hardship of packing and moving your bed to a new location, first ask yourself this – is it worth it? Here are some things to consider:

Condition. Take a look at the overall condition of your bed. Is it fairly new or very well preserved? Is it comfortable and nice to look at? Answering these types of questions will help you decide if your bed is really worth the move. If you answered yes to these questions, then you should definitely spend the money and make the efforts to take your bed with you. However, if your bed is old, worn out, damaged, or you simply don’t like it, it’s really not worth the ordeal of moving it.

Size. Another thing to consider before moving your bed is its size. So whip out a tape measure and take accurate measurements of the bedframe, mattress and box spring. Then, measure all doors, hallways, staircases and sharp turns of both your old home and your new one. If the bed won’t fit, or will be an extremely tight squeeze, you may want to leave it behind.

Distance. If you are moving across town, it makes perfect sense to take all of your furniture with you. But if your move is long distance, the cost to ship heavy items, like a bed, could be quite hefty. There is also the risk of your bedframe and mattress being damaged during a several-day transit. Unless your bed is of high sentimental value, or a family heirloom, you may want to consider selling it before the big move.

How do I pack a bed?

If you decide it’s worth the money and effort to take your bed with you to your new home, you will need to figure out the best way to pack it so it will make it through the moving process unscathed. When relocating to a new home, beds are one of the most difficult things to pack and move, and the larger and heavier the bed, the more difficult it becomes. To properly prepare your bed for shipment, you will need specific packing supplies and a number of hand tools. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Mattress bag
  • Moving boxes
  • Moving blankets (or other large, thick and soft fabrics)
  • Packing tape
  • Basic household tools, like a screwdriver
  • Sealable plastic bags

Once you have collected the necessary supplies, follow the steps below to ensure a safe and efficient relocation.

  • Remove all bedding – pillows, bed covers, sheets, blankets, etc. Pack them all in separate moving boxes and be sure to label the boxes as “bedding” for quick unpacking post-move.
  • Remove the mattress from the frame. To do this, grip the mattress on each end (you on one side and a helper on the other), then move it to the edge of the box spring. Carefully lower one end of the mattress to the floor while raising the opposite end. Avoid excessive bending of the mattress, because it can result in damaged springs.
  • Once you have the mattress up and out of the way, go ahead and remove the box spring.
  • Disassemble your bed (frame, headboard, etc.) as far as it will go, using the appropriate tools. Be sure your bed is fully dismantled before the move. This will make it easier to remove it from your home and into the moving truck. It will also reduce the risk of damage.
  • To prevent wood frames from dents and chips, or to prevent metal frames from being scratched or scratching other objects, wrap all pieces in moving blankets. Then wrap all mattresses in quality mattress covers.
  • Place all hardware pieces (bolts, nuts, screws) into separate sealable plastic bags. Then, securely attach them to the bed piece they belong to.

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Your First Apartment: Post-Move Essentials

first apartment - PHOTO 2There are many things to look forward to in life, and one of the most exciting is the day you move into your very first apartment. If you’re headed to college or just starting out in the world of relying on your own income, you more than likely don’t have the means to buy all of the brand-new items you dream of owning. Hopefully your family will help pitch in and provide you with a few odds and ends, but there will still be a lot of things you need to get for your new home. Here is an outline of post-move essentials.

Furniture

Moving into your very first apartment comes with lots of daydreams about how you want to furnish and decorate it. But, there’s a solid chance you won’t be able to purchase a houseful of stuff right off the bat. At first, you can get by with the bare minimums – like a bed, couch and table. If you don’t already own must-have items like these, then you should place these things on the top of your new-apartment checklist.

Kitchen

When it comes to the kitchen, everyone requires different supplies. For example, someone who truly enjoys cooking will need many more pots, pans and dishes than someone who tends to just grab food and go. Here are some things you may need.

  • dish soap
  • dish towels
  • paper towels
  • trash bags
  • pot holders
  • sponges
  • silverware
  • dishes (plates/cups)
  • cookie sheets
  • measuring cups/spoons
  • microwave
  • toaster

Bedroom

Aside from filling your closet with all of your clothes and ensuring you have a bed to sleep on, your bedroom only needs a few standard items when you first move in. They include:

  • blankets
  • pillows
  • sheets
  • full-length mirror
  • storage containers (for under bed/in closet)

Bathroom

For most, aside from bath/shower products, the bathroom is one of the barest areas in a home. To make it feel more complete when you first move in, here are some essentials it will need.

  • hand/bath towels
  • wash cloths
  • shower curtain and liner
  • bathmat

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Top Ways to Move on a Budget

When it’s time to move, costs add up quickly – a situation that can lead to extra stress during an already stressful situation. While many moving expenses are unavoidable, there are multiple ways you can keep costs down. All you havWays to Move on a Budget - blog PHOTOe to do is plan ahead and follow these easy budget-friendly moving tips.

Prepare to Pack. Until you start packing your belongings for an upcoming move, you never realize just how much stuff you actually have. This means you’ll require lots of boxes, tape and other moving supplies. To save money on supplies, the optimal solution is to begin collecting packing materials as soon as possible – from friends, family and stores around town. Opting for free boxes may take awhile to gather, but it is an easy way to save some cash.

Purge Your Belongings. Moving all of your belongings from one location to another can really strain your budget. The final cost of your relocation is primarily based on two things: overall weight of items and total distance from your current home to your new one. In order to make your move less costly, it’s a good idea to go through your stuff and do some downsizing.

If you’ve lived under one roof for many years, there’s a good chance that you’ve accumulated a large number of things – many that have become more and more useless and unwanted with each passing year. Moving is the ultimate chance to finally go through all of your belongings and purge what you don’t need.

A good way to begin the house purging process is to make an inventory of everything you own. Be mentally prepared to make some tough decisions – especially with those items you’ve been hauling around for years. Just remember – the more items you take with you, the more expensive your move will be.

Choose Your Moving Date Wisely. If you’re lucky enough to choose your moving date, do so wisely. The months from May to September are the most popular times to move, which makes moving during this time more expensive. Moving companies are also their busiest during these months, which can make it harder to book them. If possible, plan your move for the moving off-season in order to save big on moving rates.

Compare Moving Estimates. Moving companies are the ideal way to save time and energy. But, it can be costly. This being said, comparing cost estimates of moving companies is very important. Be sure to pay attention to additional services and how much each costs, such as packing, packing materials, unpacking, temporary storage, disassembly and reassembly of furniture, etc. Also, check for any extra charges and fees, being sure to investigate them before making a final decision on movers.

Opt for a DIY Move. If hiring a moving company doesn’t seem in the cards for you, don’t panic – instead, opt for a DIY move. A DIY move is definitely the more labor-intensive choice, but good organization, careful planning and safe execution can make it easier than you think – not to mention the cheaper choice. Expenses for a DIY move will include:

  • renting a moving truck
  • renting moving equipment
  • purchasing fuel
  • hiring helpers
  • purchasing packing supplies

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Must-Have Packing Supplies For A Successful Move

When you have a big move coming up, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. There is a lot to do after all. Hiring movers, organizing, and deciding what items to keep, donate or throw away. And don’t forget packing – the never-ending task that everyone hates. In order to make your move a success, the first thing you need to do is gather all of the supplies you will need. Must-Have Packing Supplies - blog PHOTOHere are the top five must-have packing supplies you’ll need to pack efficiently.

Boxes, Boxes … did we mention boxes? Packing and boxes go hand-in-hand during the moving process. So a few months before your move, begin gathering as many boxes as you can. Then go out and gather some more because the amount you will require far exceeds what you will ever imagine needing.

To save money, first try collecting boxes from family, friends and co-workers; also check liquor stores and big warehouses that have continuous access to boxes. If you still need more, you can purchase them from package stores, the post office, and so on. Just be sure that whatever boxes you collect are strong and durable.

Resealable Plastic Bags. For every moving box you need, you will also want just as many resealable plastic bags – if not more. These bags will be your best friend pre-move and post-move because they keep everything organized. Use them for keeping all hardware and instruction manuals together, or for storing wires and plugs, which can become a tangled mess when simply thrown into a box.

Tape Gun. Have you ever tried to wrap a present or seal up a box without a tape gun? The mere thought probably drives you nuts as you recall the time and hassle it took to tear off a million individual pieces of tape. Enter, the tape gun. Using a tape gun is the optimal tool for packing, saving you time and hassle.

Bubble Wrap. Bubble wrap or packing peanuts? Ya gotta pick the bubble wrap! After all, who can resist the incredible urge to pop those alluringly squeezable bubbles? Bubble wrap can of course be a fun toy, but it is also very helpful when packing. All of those little bubbles of air make the perfect protective cushion so your breakables stay in tact during your move. So stock up pre-move and when your move is over, pop, pop, pop away!

Markers and Labels. Whether you opt for markers, labels, or both, be sure to get them in bright colors and have them handy when packing. Use them to color code boxes for each individual room for easier organization on the day of the big move.

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The Pros and Cons of a Summer Move

Moving During Summer - PHOTOSummer means many things. A break from school. Family vacations. Trip to the beach, lake and pool. But did you know, summer is also the most popular time to pack up and move to a new home? A summer move comes with many pros and cons, so continue reading to learn more.

Pros

Less Stressful. For many, summer months are often less busy. School days and holidays are over and people are enjoying more laid-back days. With a schedule that’s less chaotic, moving in summer can be less stressful.

Better Weather Conditions. One thing most love about summer is its more manageable weather conditions and longer days. This is a definite advantage when moving because it allows you to get most, if not all of your moving done in just one day.

School’s Out. If you’re moving with kids, waiting until summer vacation begins is the best way to ensure an easier transition between schools. Your child’s education also won’t be disrupted by the move and no school will have to be missed.

Cons

Heat. Summer weather is definitely nicer to look at, but it’s very hot conditions are a definite con. Hot temperatures can be exhausting, as well as dangerous to your health.

More Costly. Due to the increase of people wanting to move in summer, it can be more costly to hire movers and supplies; it can also make scheduling harder. To ensure you have everything you need for moving day, be sure to plan ahead and book early.

How To Move Safely During Summer. As previously stated, the hot weather conditions of summer can make moving dangerous. If you opt to move everything yourself, this means lifting and carrying heavy boxes, furniture and appliances for hours on end. This can lead to physical strain any time of the year, but during the summer months, this greatly increases. If you decide to move during summer, it’s crucial to take the necessary precautions. Here’s how.

Dress For Heat and Comfort. The day of your move, dress for the events ahead and wear clothes that will be cool and comfortable. Opting for light-weight and light-colored clothes is the best way to help prevent dangerous problems, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Stay Hydrated. Scorching temperatures and intense physical activity can be a very bad mix. Your body will need more water than usual to stay hydrated and to keep your core body temperature where it needs to be. To stay hydrated, be sure to drink lots of water during your move. Also, consider beverages with electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.). Avoid energy drinks and sodas because they will only dehydrate you.

Apply Sunscreen. With all of the constant commotion on moving day, it will be hard to truly judge how often you are in the sun. But during summer days, sunshine is typically lurking everywhere, so be sure to apply sunscreen to protect yourself from dangerous rays on the day of your move.

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Pack Your Kitchen With This Helpful Guide

packing kitchen guide blog - PHOTOThe kitchen is by far one of the most dreaded rooms to pack for a move. Dishes, appliances, odds and ends … and a good 90% of these items are breakable! So how do you get through the risky job of packing your kitchen? Follow our helpful guide below.

Appliances. If you somehow managed to save your appliances’ original boxes/packaging, bravo! Feel free to use them while packing them for your move. If you didn’t save the original boxes – you’re part of the majority that tosses them, so don’t worry. Here’s what to do.

First, gather medium-sized packing boxes. Next, ensure appliances (and all of their parts) are clean and dry. Remove all small parts and fragile pieces and wrap them in bubble wrap and packing paper. If you saved the owner’s manual, tape it to the bottom or the front of the appliance – this will make for easier assembly later. Place the main part of the appliance into the box first; then stack pre-packaged, smaller pieces on top.

Dishes/Glasses. Dishes and glasses are the scariest and most tedious thing to pack. You don’t want to rush through packing them because you risk finding box after box of broken dishes and shattered glass after you move. To tackle these items, try this:

Place two layers of bubble wrap/packing paper on the bottom of a box. For dishes, wrap each piece with a thin layer of packing paper. As you stack them inside the box, place an extra layer or bubble wrap/packing paper between every three dishes. For glasses/mugs, wrap each piece individually. You can use bubble wrap or packing paper, but if you want to save these supplies, try using T-shirts or other similar clothing items instead.

Silverware. Sorting silverware into separate boxes may seem more annoying than anything, but it’s a good idea to make sure it doesn’t share a box with any items that may be breakable – it will also make unpacking more organized. To pack silverware, first start by sorting it into specific types – big spoons with big spoons, small forks with small forks, and so on. Wrap each type with a rubber band. Once all items are sorted and banded together, place them into a shoebox and tape it shut.

Pots and Pans. Ahh … good ol’ pots and pans. While they may make cooking possible, they sure can be a pain to store and pack. To find the correct sized box, grab your biggest pan and place it into a box – horizontally and diagonally. If the lid fits securely to the pan, the box is the right size. If it doesn’t, the box is too small. Once you have the perfect box, begin stacking your pots (without lids) inside. Then wrap lids with packing paper and place them inside the box beneath pan handles.

Other Items. So what do you do with all of those other items in your kitchen? Instead of just dumping them into a random box, there’s a much more efficient solution. Wrap all other items with a single sheet of packing paper. Then, inside your already packed kitchen boxes, tuck each item into the unused space. This will help fill up the unused space in your packed boxes, as well as save you from using more boxes than necessary.

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Top Five Tips To Efficient Packing

You’ve found a new place to live. You’ve collected more boxes than you know what to do with. Now all you have to do is pack. Easier said than done, right? As everyone knows, packing is one of the worstTop Five Tips To Efficient Packing - PHOTO parts of moving. But, it must be done. While packing probably seems like a mindless task – it is just throwing things into boxes after all – there is actually a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are some must-know packing tips to help your move go smoothly.

1. Set Aside Your Essentials: Before you pack up everything you own, be sure to put essential items aside. After moving all of your belongings to your new place, there’s a good chance it will take several days – even a of couple weeks – to unpack everything. This is why it is a good idea to consider what items you may need easy access to while everything gets unpacked – think clothes, toiletries, etc.

2. Be A Proactive Packer: You probably think packing ultimately makes you proactive in the moving process. But to be a proactive packer, you must pack boxes in an organized manner. This means sorting items before you pack them. For example, all toiletries in one box, all plates in another, and so on. With every box presorted, you can easily direct each box to a specific location in your new place, and in turn, unpacking will be much more organized.

3. Don’t Overpack Boxes: When packing, you want to be aware of how much weight you are putting inside each box. Overpacking leads to boxes that are far too heavy to lift; it can also cause injuries. When packing, always place heavy items in small boxes, and light objects in large boxes.

4. Pack Breakable Items Properly: Fragile items, such as dishes, mirrors, etc. can be easily broken – especially inside a large moving truck. One way to avoid breaking items is to add plenty of protective bubble wrap or recyclable paper to boxes with fragile items. A good tip for packing items, such as plates, is to wrap each plate separately then stand them vertically on their sides inside a box. This will make any plate-on-plate impact less likely to cause damage.

5. Do A Final Sweep: You may think you have everything hauled away from your soon-to-be past home, but more often than not, a few things always get left behind. Before you say that final goodbye, be sure to do one last house sweep to check for anything you may have missed. Most forgotten places include inside the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine.

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