The Ultimate Checklist for Efficient and Speedy Packing

Time-consuming? Check! Stressful? Oh yeah! Exhausting? Yawn… Very! Okay, so moving may not be the most thrilling experience, but there are ways to make it easier. All you have to do is take advantage of the packing checklist below that offers practical and logical tips to help you pack your home quickly and efficiently.

How to Pack Efficiently

Anyone can just throw their belongings into a box and slap some tape on top. But taking the time to pack efficiently will be well worth it. Not only will it make moving day more organized, but it will also make unpacking much easier. Here are some must-know tips for being an efficient packer.

  • Create an inventory of your entire home, and decide which items you will take with you and which ones you will leave behind. The less stuff you pack, the less money you will have to pay for supplies and transportation. Also, you won’t waste time packing things that you really don’t need or want.
  • Never underestimate the time required to pack your home for a move. So, start as early as possible to avoid the unavoidable buildup of moving stress.
  • Packing an entire house is a hard and near-impossible feat for one family, let alone one person. Ask for packing assistance from friends and professional packers to get the job done faster and more efficiently.
  • Request a list of non-allowables from your moving company in advance. This will ensure you don’t waste time and energy packing items that are forbidden from being transported (e.g., hazardous goods, explosive/flammable/corrosive substances, pets, plants, perishable foods).

How to Pack Quickly

No matter where you are moving (apartment, house, new office) or what type of move it is (local, intrastate), time is of the essence. Here are the top ways to pack quickly.

  • To be a quick packer, good organization is key. Create a customized and prioritized day-by-day packing calendar so you can make the most of the usable time you have before Moving Day arrives.
  • Use the pack-in-stages approach. This means packing a certain number of boxes every single day. Just make sure you stick to it!
  • Designate one specific room as your packing station. This will speed up the packing process considerably by allowing your other rooms to stay clutter-free and easily accessible throughout the most time-consuming pre-moving tasks.
  • Institute a master packing strategy to avoid wasted time on random and disorganized packing jobs. 1. Start with the toughest rooms to pack. 2. Pack items you use least before those you use most often. 3. Pack heavy/bulky items first.
  • Make an effort to stay focused. Keeping your concentration while packing will greatly speed up the moving process.

How to Pack Moving Boxes

If you’re going to move, you will need the ultimate packing supply – moving boxes! Purchase, or collect for free, a large number of cardboard boxes that are in good overall condition. You can get them directly from a local moving company or local business/supermarket/bookstore/electronics stores, etc. While at it, go ahead and gather other must-have supplies – bubble wrap, packing paper, packing tape, scissors and markers. Once you have all of your supplies, packing can begin. But before you start tossing things inside with no rhyme or reason, here are the best ways to fill those boxes.

  • For extra protection of your valuables from moving mishaps, lay a sheet or two of clean packing paper on the bottom of each box.
  • Reinforce the bottom of every box with a few lengths of high-quality packing tape. No matter how durable the moving box looks and feels, this will help eliminate the risk of accidental breakages.
  • Pay attention to the size of each box. Use small boxes for heavy items, such as books, and medium-large containers for lighter belongings, like pillows, blankets and stuffed animals.
  • Ensure you use filling and padding materials inside boxes. The better you pack any unused space with soft fillers, the more immobilized your items will be.
  • Clearly label all moving boxes. By marking the content, destination room and special handling instructions, you will save time, confusion and nerves.
  • Pack a special moving box – or maybe a few – with the daily essentials you will need post-move (toothbrush, toilet paper, some clothes, etc.). This will save you time and energy trying to track down important belongings within the mountain of sealed boxes looming around you.

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Tips to Conquer the Most Common Moving-Day Problems

After making the difficult decision to move to a new home, you have spent the last several weeks, even months, organizing, planning and packing. As much effort as you have put into your move, you have made certain that nothing could possible go wrong come moving day. Right? Well, hopefully this is true. However, there are some moving-day glitches that may occur. But don’t panic! With every problem there is a solution. Here is a list of the most common moving-day problems, along with a handy list of tips to conquer them.

Weather Hazards

Mother Nature is tricky. One day, the sun is shining and the temperature is perfection. Then the next, you may find a torrential downpour wreaking havoc outside your front door. This being said, weather is one glitch that can put a serious damper on moving day. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to prevent bad weather from sweeping your way. However, there are ways to conquer it. How, you ask? By being prepared. Here are some weather glitches you may have to deal with on moving day and how to be prepared for each.

Extreme heat. High levels of stress, strenuous movements and scorching temperatures outside can pose a great threat to your health. Temperatures that are too high can lead to a serious risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Not only that, but high temperatures can also be damaging to certain belongings. Extreme heat can even cause your moving truck to overheat and break down. With all of the potential problems caused by extreme heat, it is a good idea to postpone your move until temperatures drop to safer levels.

If the heat is not too intense and you decide to continue with your move according to plan, be sure to take the necessary measures to stay cool and hydrated, by dressing in light-colored and lightweight clothing and drinking lots of water.

Heavy snowfall. One pro to moving during the months of winter is that it is typically less costly. However, moving in winter can lead to unpredictable weather conditions, like heavy snowfall. If you live in a snowy region, there are a number of problems that can stand in the way of your moving plans.

Your driveway or road between your current and soon-to-be home may be blocked by a snowdrift. Driving and maneuvering your moving truck on snowy, icy roads can be dangerous. It may also be impossible for your moving truck to access your property. Your moving shipment may even be delayed or damaged by freezing temperatures. If you intend to perform your move regardless of inclement weather, be sure to keep your driveway free of ice and snow, dress in warm clothes, and add extra layers of protective wrapping to your household items.

Torrential rain. A few raindrops aren’t worth fretting about, but torrential rain like that of thunderstorms or hailstorms can completely ruin your moving plans. Not only does rain increase the risk of slipping and becoming injured, but your belongings are also put at an increased risk of becoming damaged. Luckily, with most rainstorms, they typically taper off within a few hours, and moving can commence. To help make rainy conditions more manageable, dress in appropriate clothes and sturdy boots, and make sure your belongings are properly wrapped and kept dry and safe.

Bad Movers

Hiring a moving company to help you with your move is a great idea. However, if you fail to do adequate research prior to hiring movers, you may be caught in a moving-day dilemma. There are two types of bad movers – incompetent movers and rogue movers.

Incompetent movers. A moving company may have great intentions but may simply lack the experience and proper equipment to make your move a success. Problems like these can lead to mistakes that will result in broken items, property damage and a lot of wasted time.

Rogue movers. Incompetent movers are bad, but rogue movers are even worse, leading you to fall victim to moving fraud. Rogue movers will give you a good offer, but as soon as they get your money, they may disappear with it. They may even arrive on time and load your household items onto the moving truck as expected, then disappear with your items.

To avoid these types of moving-company disasters, be sure to do plenty of research before booking!

Poor Organization

So you’ve planned ahead and organized everything prior to moving day. Before you start calling yourself a lean, mean, organizing machine, here are some things you may have overlooked.

Measuring furniture and doorframes. Not measuring large pieces of furniture and doorframes of your house-to-be can end in major problems on moving day. It can result in you trying to accomplish an impossible feat, like pushing a couch through a too tight doorway. Not only will this waste mega amounts of time and energy, but it will also cause your stress level to elevate. It can also result in damaged property and belongings, and even having to discard new or favored pieces of furniture.

Failure to warn movers of limited home access. Failing to warn your movers about limited access to your home can result in big problems. One, for example, is having a moving truck that is too large. If your moving truck is too large to access your property, it may be impossible to complete your move. It can even lead to other inconveniences, like extra expenses.

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Essential Tips to Pack Your Shoes for a Move

Moving to a new home is one of the biggest steps you can take in your life. It will require a number of things to ensure you are well-equipped for the adventure ahead – a positive attitude, excellent organizational skills, sufficient savings, reliable moving assistance and quality packing supplies. But there’s one more thing needed to conquer the rocky steps to come … a good pair of shoes. As you already know, shoes are a necessity – every day and in every situation. This being said, you will need a reliable pair of shoes before, during and after your relocation. And just as you need to wear good shoes while moving, you also need to pack all of your shoes correctly so they will stay in good condition. To avoid smashing, tearing, breaking or deforming your footwear during your move, here are some essential tips to pack your soles the right way.

Tip 1: Sort your shoes
Before you can pack your shoes, you must first sort through them. This way you will know which pairs should be taken with you and which ones should be left behind.

  • First, put aside any worn out/damaged shoes that you can no longer wear. These shoes can be thrown away prior to your move.
  • Next, set aside any shoes that are in good condition but that you no longer wear, like shoes you have outgrown, formal shoes you no longer have a need for, outdated shoes, uncomfortable shoes, etc. There is no point in moving impractical footwear to your new home. The fewer items you relocate, the less time, packing materials and money will be wasted in the end.
  • Lastly, group all shoes you intend to take with you, according to their type – boots, flip-flops, high heels, sneakers, etc.

Tip 2: Prepare your shoes for packing
Once you have decided which shoes you intend to take with you, you will need to prepare them for packing.

Check for minor repairs. Before packing your shoes, you should inspect each pair for minor repairs. Minor repairs range from replacing zippers or soles to sewing up torn or loose sections. Then, go ahead and have them repaired. There are a few reasons why taking your shoes to a repair shop prior to your move is a good idea, but the main reason is because you may learn that a pair of shoes is not worth fixing. As a result, you may decide not to relocate them after all.

Clean your shoes. Cleaning each pair of shoes you intend to relocate is another good way to prepare them for a move. To do this, remove all dirt and dust. Also, remove any pebbles embedded in the soles, a problem that can harm delicate footwear.

Dry shoes. Packing shoes that contain moisture inside a moving box can lead to a moldy, smelly situation. To avoid this, it is strongly recommended to air out your shoes for a few hours before packing them. For shoes that are especially vulnerable to humidity (sports shoes, work shoes, leather shoes), you may also want to place crumpled paper inside each shoe to help fully absorb any moisture. You can also add powder to the insides to help draw moisture out of leather and other fabrics.

Stuff shoes with paper. Many believe that simply throwing your shoes into a moving box is an efficient packing method, but this can lead to damage. To help your shoes keep their shape and avoid being crushed during transportation, stuff them with paper. While packing paper is the ideal choice, you can also use any clean paper or soft fabric, like socks. Avoid messy items, like newspaper, which will leave behind ink stains.

For shoes/boots that go above the ankle, be sure to stuff them all the way to the top. For high heels, wrap the heels in bubble wrap to prevent them from breaking.

Use proper packing materials. For some, shoes may just be shoes, but for many, they are an investment – especially those with designer names. To preserve your investment during the moving process, you should provide your shoes with the best protection possible by using quality packing materials. Plastic bags and cardboard boxes may be fine for certain things, but for more expensive or valuable items, like pairs of shoes, you will need sturdy boxes, packing paper and quality packing tape.

Tip 3: How to pack shoes
Once you have accomplished the previous tips, you can now focus on how to pack your shoes. When packing shoes for a move, you should focus on two things: safety and efficiency. Here are some ways to make the packing process easier.

Set aside a pair of shoes for moving day. While packing your shoes, be sure to set aside a pair of shoes to wear on moving day. Be sure they have non-slip soles, will protect your feet, and also ensure safety and comfort.

Separately pack footwear you’ll need within the first few days post-move. They should be season-appropriate, good for running around town, and also provide comfort when unpacking your belongings.

Use boxes. The ideal way to pack is to wrap your shoes in packing paper and place them inside their original boxes. But if these boxes have long been thrown away, use small- to medium-sized boxes that are clean and strong enough to provide adequate protection. Once shoes are inside the appropriate box, seal the box with packing tape.

Another idea is to pack your shoes inside plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes. Plastic containers will provide excellent protection from dust, dirt and external moisture.

Pack in pairs. To avoid a maddening hunt to locate a single shoe, always pack your shoes together as a pair.

Pack heavy shoes first. If packing several pairs of shoes in one box, be sure to place heavier ones on the bottom. Cover them with a protective layer of packing paper, then place lighter shoes on top.

Don’t overpack boxes. When piled together, shoes are quite heavy, so it’s important not to put too many pairs together in one box. Overpacked boxes will be too heavy and difficult to lift and carry, and may even crush under their own weight.

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Moving Guide: Tips for a Small-Scale Move

If you’ve ever experienced a home move before, you know it’s a stressful, chaotic and all around complicated process. Not only on your nerves, but also your bank account. While this is typically a true presumption, it’s a good idea to treat each and every moving situation uniquely. For example, a move across the ocean is very different than a move across town or moving a single piece of furniture down the street. Each type of relocation comes with a different set of needs and requirements. Even if you are faced with a mini move, it’s important to plan and prepare accordingly for the situation. You may even require expert help from qualified movers. To check out our useful small-scale moving guide, continue reading.

Small-Scale Moving Help

Full house moves are the most common type of relocation. But don’t let this lead you to believe that small moves don’t require professional moving help. Moving is difficult, no matter the size, and moving companies have services to meet all your needs. This includes small-moving help, both locally and long distance. Partial-load moving, or small-scale moving, is the ideal solution if your shipment is not large enough to fill a moving van.

Good to know: A small move is generally estimated to be up to about 1,000 pounds. For a shipment that falls below this weight mark, it is called a mini move. For a mini move, the most beneficial choice is to consider a partial-load moving service.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages to opting for small-moving services is the cost. The cost of a large move is based on a number of things, including the total weight of your belongings. A small move, however, only requires you to pay for the items you are actually moving. This means no minimum weight requirements or hidden costs. It also includes both local and long-distance moves. How is the cost so low? The answer lies in efficiency. Movers strive for maximum efficiency when performing their job, and the best way to achieve this is by using moving trucks for dual purposes. When shipping a small – or partial – load, your items will share space inside a moving truck with other customers’ items. Sharing a truck means sharing transportation costs. As a result, the final price of a small move is based on the actual weight of your items and the relocation distance – not on pre-set charges.

Want to keep your small-moving costs as low as possible? Here are some tips:

  • Book movers early: When you first know of your impending move, go ahead and book a professional moving service. The earlier you book, the greater the flexibility for your movers to combine your shipment with someone else’s. This equals lower costs because you won’t have to pay for full use of a moving truck.
  • Move essentials only: When moving, it can be all too easy to take everything you own with you. However, the more items you relocate, the more stress you will endure, as well as the increased risk that your small move will turn into one that’s larger and much more costly.
  • Pack yourself: If you have the time and supplies – not to mention, the patience – opt to pack your belongings yourself. Or with friends and family who won’t charge you for their help. Doing so will greatly cut the cost of hiring professional movers, and their supplies, to do it for you. Just note that if you are relocating artwork, fragile items, family heirlooms or other valuables, it is a very good idea to hire professional movers who are trained in such matters.

Find Your Match

Find the best company for your needs. Moving companies can provide you with convenient and economical options when it comes to moving your small load. To find the company that is best for you and your specific needs:

  • Get references from friends and/or family. These will be your most trusted sources for recommendations.
  • Get small-load moving quotes from several companies. This way you can compare prices, quality of services, terms, etc.
  • Research small-scale movers, investigating reviews and performance ratings from past customers.
  • Discuss the details of your move with your chosen moving professionals. Important topics include liability coverage, handling requirements, transportation requirements, potential difficulties, final moving costs, etc.

Ensure all negotiated terms and conditions are clearly stated in your Bill of Lading!

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Helpful Ways to Make Your Relocation Easier on Your Cat

Cats. They’re furry and purry and full of affection. They also have extraordinary senses, constantly scanning their surroundings and responding to even the slightest change. This being said, it makes sense that they easily pick up on pre-moving vibes from you and the quickly changing settings of their home. The stress you emit, the sudden appearance of boxes, etc., all of these things can cause your cat to become filled with anxiety. During all of the pre-moving stress and chaos, it’s important to take the time to step in and try to calm your furry friend’s nerves. Here are some ways to do so:

Keep their daily routine unchanged

Cats love a daily routine because it makes them feel safe and secure. When moving your cat to a new home, it’s a very good idea to keep their daily routine as unchanged as possible. Moving preparations are likely to add a bit of chaos to your cat’s regular schedule for food, play and sleep, but just try your best to keep things as consistent as possible so your cat will feel safe, confident and content.

Talk to your cat

Don’t deny it. If you own a pet(s), you talk to it, even carry on small conversations with it. There’s no shame in this. It’s normal and creates a bond between the two of you. While your cat probably doesn’t understand spoken English, it can definitely detect the inflection in your voice. Using calm and reassuring tones, talk to your cat and tell them what’s going on. Your cat understands much more than you think, so don’t be surprised if your furry feline suddenly becomes less stressed after some words of assurance.

Take your cat for a checkup

A pre-move checkup is very important for your feline, so be sure to schedule a full medical exam at your local vet. Your cat should be in good health before embarking on a relocation. If your cat is easily frightened or excessively nervous, it is a good idea to discuss this with your veterinarian. They may be able to provide you with specialized anti-anxiety medication to help make the relocation easier on them. While you are there, be sure to request copies of your pet’s medical records or any other documents you may need during or after your move.

ID your cat

Before moving day rolls around, it’s important to provide them with adequate identification – whether it be a collar and tag or a permanent microchip. Having your cat properly ID’d is the best way to ensure their safety. In case their stress level skyrockets and they manage to escape during the move, the chance is great for a happy return to you. Be sure that your cat’s microchip or tag is updated with the address of your new home.

Get proper transportation

In order to guarantee a comfortable and safe relocation for your cat, you will need a specialized pet container to transport them. The transportation carrier should be spacious enough so your cat can sit or stand comfortably, as well as turn around freely while inside. To purchase a proper pet carrier, visit your local pet shop.

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Top Tips for a Winter Move (Part 1 of 2)

 

The winter season is quickly rolling in. For many, this means frigid temperatures, icy rain and snowfall that grows from a few flakes to a mountainous pile outside the front door. One activity that can be hard to accomplish in winter is moving. In fact, a winter move is the toughest type of relocation there is. But it is not always avoidable. If you are planning to move this winter, it is a good idea to prepare ahead of time for the tasks to come. Here are some tips to make your winter move a success.

1. Consider Your Options

Due to the harsh conditions brought on by winter, it should come as no surprise that moving during this time poses many risks. If you are moving locally, you may be considering a do-it-yourself move. This means packing – and transporting – all of your belongings by yourself or with the help of friends, family and a rental truck. While a DIY move is pretty straightforward, the problem is that winter weather is unpredictable, changing from mild to severe in the blink of an eye. When it comes to planning ahead for a winter move, the weather forecast will be your most valuable source. If the forecast says you will be hit by a blizzard on the day of your move, don’t risk it! Instead, opt for a reputable moving company that is trained to deal with cold weather conditions.

2. Hire Professionals

When moving to a new home, you have two choices: do it yourself or hire professional movers. First, consider all aspects of a winter move, and then decide which route is best for you and your family. A self-move can be gratifying and also cost less; however, attempting to move yourself under winter conditions is generally not worth the risk of personal injuries, property damage or harm to valuable possessions. Hiring professional movers will eliminate all of these risks.

Hiring professional movers also comes with several more benefits. Here are a few of them.

Excellent Prices: You may not know this, but moving in winter is much cheaper than during other times of the year. Most people choose to move in summer, which escalates prices of moving companies. But during the off-season of winter, prices drop significantly, which means great savings for you.

Experienced Movers: Along with lower prices, moving in winter also comes with the advantage of getting the most experienced movers for your relocation. What does this mean exactly? Well, during busy times, like summer, moving companies often have to hire more movers just to keep up with consumer demands. This can lead to less experienced helpers being hired so the company will have enough hands for all of its jobs. But in winter, less jobs are available to moving companies, which means you are guaranteed to always get the most experienced movers available.

Negotiations: Since the winter season can be such a slump for moving companies, many are more likely to be negotiated into an even lower rate. This means a chance for additional discounts, a larger range of moving services, free packing materials, and more.

3. Pack for Cold Weather

Are you a good packer? Are you efficient at wrapping and labeling boxes, etc? If you answered yes, that’s great – and it will make for a much more successful moving experience. But, as wonderful a packer as you may be, there is something you may not have considered before, and that’s packing for winter verses summer, or other milder season. The main difference when packing between these two seasons is that temperature plays a very big factor in how certain possessions should be packed. While your home may be warm, outside temperatures can drop extremely low, even inside a moving truck. As a result, delicate and fragile items are put at a high risk of being damaged or broken – especially when in transit. Some items to keep in mind when packing for a winter relocation, include:

  • Plants
  • China and glassware
  • Musical instruments
  • Antique furniture
  • Electronic equipment

For more important tips for your winter move, continue on to our next blog!

Most Common Moving Frauds to Watch Out For

Deciding on a moving company can be difficult – especially with all the moving frauds and scammers out there just waiting to take your money and belongings. There are many reasons people fall for moving scams – a lot of them due to lack of proper research and investigation. Luckily, the internet is a great source for finding honest, professional movers to hire for your upcoming move. All you need to do is familiarize yourself with common fraudulent schemes and learn to recognize the red flags of moving fraud. To detect moving company frauds and protect your move, check out the following list of the most common moving frauds to watch out for.

Fake References: Phony movers typically use false references (fake moving reviews, fictitious testimonials, etc.) to make you believe they are trustworthy. Some fraudulent companies even truck consumers by constantly changing the name of their business. Before hiring a moving company, it is strongly recommended to investigate the movers in question by asking for opinions and feedback from people who have worked with them. You can also check with the Federal Moving Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Oddly Low Estimates: If the price is too good to be true, then it probably is. A common practice of shady movers is to offer extremely low estimates in order to lure customers in. Once they secure the job, they either disappear with your money, or they will request you pay huge extra fees for alleged additional services or unforeseen difficulties during the moving process. To avoid falling for this trap, take the time to carefully research companies, compare their offers and take all relevant information into account when making a final decision on a moving company.

Fine Print: A very important rule to abide by in life is to never sign a contract without having carefully read the fine print. If you look closely, the fine print often states that the guaranteed price of your move is subject to changes under certain circumstances. A lot of moving company frauds are based on this simple trick. Usually, the movers claim the job took longer than it actually did or that it was more complicated than expected. In turn, they charge you much more than initially estimated. To best avoid swindles like these, be sure that all required accessorial services, as well as any special conditions related to your move, are clearly stated in your invoice.

Large Deposits or Advance Payments: Some crooked movers may request a very large deposit or hefty up-front payments in return for a convenient pick-up or delivery time, higher quality services or other “special favors”. This is a huge red flag! These movers are the “grab the money and run” type of scammers. If you fall into this trap, you will likely never see your movers (and money) again.

Before handing over your money, know that any requested deposits should not exceed 10-15% of the estimated final moving cost. You should also be able to pay with a credit card – not only cash. If your movers only accept cash – run in the other direction quick!

Extra Fees: Additional services offered by moving companies are not automatically included in the estimate. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for dishonest movers to deliberately perform a variety of unnecessary services to increase the price. Avoid last-minute schemes by discussing any special requirements and potential difficulties in advance with your movers. This way, you are more able to say no to any services that are not explicitly stated in your invoice.

Refusal of Delivery: Another common scenario of moving fraud involves your household items being held hostage in demand for more money. In this circumstance, the movers will refuse to release your belongings until you pay enormous extra charges for whatever ridiculous reason they come up with. If your shipment contains a lot of valuable items, the situation may become even worse, with the fraudulent movers completely disappearing with your belongings. To avoid outrageous schemes like this, it is crucial to carefully research your chosen movers before hiring them in order to ensure you are dealing with movers that are legitimate, insured, trustworthy and professional.

Stolen Items: Sometimes, you may have a very smooth and trouble-free relocation experience. But upon delivery, many of your most expensive belongings turn out to be missing. Unless your belongings have been properly insured and declared as high value articles, the moving company will only assume liability for a small percentage of the lost or damaged items. Also, if you fail to notice or immediately repot a missing piece when receiving your shipment, the moving company can deny any liability. To prevent problems of this nature, be sure to provide adequate protection for all of your valuables. Also, check them carefully upon delivery in order to verify that nothing is damaged or missing.

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