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You’ve planned, arranged, packed, and arranged with the movers. Now it’s finally time to move. The moving day can be very exciting but like everything concerning moving, it can be very stressful. If you have packed and arranged your things properly, this means that the bulk of the work has been done. This does not mean that there is no work to be done on a moving day. There is work to be done.

Before the moving day arrives, it is advisable to create a checklist of things to do on a moving day to make your move go smoothly. This list helps you to be prepared for the moving day and reduces the amount of stress that comes with the day. You will need to know what to expect to help you prepare. Knowing what to expect on a moving day helps you with your list and consequently, reduces your stress level on that day.

Here are a few things to expect and to prepare for on a moving day.

  1. Less sleep

You will need to wake up early on a moving day. Wake up early and take breakfast because you’ll need the energy. Waking up early gives you ample time to do all you need to do before the movers arrive. This helps to avoid any form of delay on your part.

  1. Set aside items that are not going into the moving truck

There are certain essentials that should be with you during the move. They include things like an overnight bag, important documents, medications, gadgets, and electronic devices. You can put all these in a separate box and label the box before setting it aside. Set them aside do they do not get mixed up during the move. These are essentials that you’ll need when you get to your new home.

  1. Note the time the movers will arrive

Whether you have engaged the services of a moving company or you have gotten friends and family to come and help you with your move, it is important that you note the time they are arriving for the move. Finish up any last-minute packing or preparation that you need to do before the movers arrive. Ensure you are prepared and be ready by the time they arrive.

  1. Ensure that your property is safe for the move

Moving involves a lot of lifting and moving around. The last thing you want to deal with on a moving day is an injured person. So be sure to secure the property and its environs. Reserve a convenient parking space for the moving truck so it’s easy to move items into it, provide ample space for a mover to walk through when carrying items, remove obstacles from the way. Just do your best to ensure everyone is safe during the move.

  1. The moving company ‘may’ compile an inventory

Where you have engaged the services of professional movers, expect them to make an inventory of items to be moved. They do this to ensure that all your items get to your new home and also to be able to prevent any future liability claim for loss of items. Where you are making use of family and friends to move, it will be necessary for you to make an inventory of your items to be moved. This helps you not to forget and to know what goes where during the move. Even when you have engaged the services of professional movers, it is still advisable for you to make an inventory of your items to be able to compare with the inventory of the movers.

  1. You’ll have a lot of moving to do

Whether you hire professional movers or not, you’ll have to join in moving a lot of the things you have to move. So, dress appropriately. Wear something comfortable that will allow you to do all the lifting you’ll need to do. You can wear jeans or shorts, a t-shirt and sneakers to allow you to move easily.

  1. Expect the movers to be in control of the move

Agreed, it is your move. However, the movers will be in charge of determining the best order to load and arrange your items. This is especially true when you have engaged the services of professional movers. Professional movers have their techniques for packing and loading different items. They also have a method of arranging the boxes into the moving truck. During this process, you will have to take a back seat and let the professionals do their jobs.

Where you are not using professional movers, it is advisable for you to make a plan on the move and who moves what. This plan will help you to keep things coordinated when the time to move comes.  You have to be coordinated to have a smooth move and ensure that you don’t forget anything at your old home or lose things in the process of moving.

  1. Expect a bill of lading

A bill of lading is a document that is issued by a carrier of items, acknowledging the receipt of the items being moved. It details the type of items carried, quantity, value of the items, moving estimate, expected delivery date, and the proposed destination of the items. Where you have engaged the services of a professional mover, expect to receive a bill of lading from the moving company.  You’re going to have to sign this bill of lading so ensure you go through the bill of lading to confirm the items on it before signing it.

  1. Prepare refreshments for your movers

This is important because the stress that comes with moving will tell on the movers. After a while, they will water, a cold drink and snacks to keep them refreshed. Have a stand for this or a small section where these things are kept so when the need arises, you are ready for it. If you are not able to prepare for this, just have cash at hand to order from any restaurant around.

Now that you know what to expect on a moving day, we hope you will be able to prepare properly for your move to avoid any form of stress that is avoidable.


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It is finally time for you to move after all your packing and planning. If you have opted to use professional movers instead of engaging your friends and family to help you move your properties, then you’ve made a good choice. It is a good choice because moving companies are professionals in loading, transporting, and unloading items and so will ensure the safety of your properties.

Millions of moves going on in the country every year. A lot of people use moving companies for their move. It doesn’t always go as planned because a lot of shady things such as scams and missing items happen to people. All the wrong things that could happen during a move make it important for you to hire a quality moving company when moving.

To hire a good moving company, there are certain things you have to look out for to make the right decision. The below paragraphs will highlight a few things to look for when hiring a moving company.

Due Diligence

You will need to do a due diligence search on the available companies and avoid any company that doesn’t meet up. Moving company scams are very common. Check the company name and address and find out about the owners. Avoid companies that have changed their names a few times. Some companies do this after being assessed and found unfit, after a bad recommendation or even a lawsuit.

Ensure that the company has been around for a while and there has a registered business place office you can go to when the need arises. Check out the office to ensure that they actually d business there.  Check if they have an alias with which they do business and of course find out if they are properly licensed.

This is important because you don’t want to entrust your properties to a company you will not be able to trace if anything goes wrong during the move.

Check with People Who Have Moved Recently

You can ask family and friends for recommendations of companies that have helped them move. If they don’t have you can check the company’s website to see their recommendations. Check for movers association and ask for a recommendation for the best movers. You can also check with your neighbors who recently moved in or former neighbors who recently moved out and ask for their recommendation and experience. The moving company you decide to use needs to have good reviews from past customers.

Get an Estimate

When you have done your due diligence and you’ve gotten recommendations from other customers, then you can request an estimate from your selected few. To get an estimate, be prepared to answer questions about the location you are moving from and to and items to be put in the truck. This information helps the moving company in calculating the cost of your move. When you get a different estimate, depending on your budget, you can begin to eliminate companies from your list. Do not base your decision solely on the price. However, ensure that you get value for your money. Moving can be very expensive and so try to avoid a company that over-charges.

Moving Inventory

A moving inventory is a list of items to be moved. A good moving company will take a stock of the items to be moved before moving them. Moving inventory is very important. It helps the company to be accountable for the items it is moving. Even though it is advisable for you to have your personal inventory to compare, you should avoid companies that do not take inventory of the items. It shows that they lack accountability.

Avoid Companies That Request for a Large Deposit

Agreed, most companies will ask for a deposit. However, you should avoid companies that request for a large deposit. The ideal thing should be paid upon delivery of the items to your new home. A good moving company will not demand for a large sum as a deposit.

Moving Contract

Every good moving company should have standard moving contracts. Ensure however that it is adjusted to suit your specific need. Do not sign a blank contract. Standard things such as the cost of the move, the date for the pick-up and delivery, liability for damages to your properties, and a list of items to be moved should be stated in the contract.  Avoid any company that does not allow you to input necessary things into the contract. If things go south, you might not be able to enforce some things where they are not expressly stated in the contract.

Extra Charges

Some companies give you a cheap estimate and somehow find a way to give you extra charges at the end of the transaction. Beware of this type of moving company. Find out from the company and former customers if there will be extra charges and when they will arise if any. Make sure that their rates are as transparent as possible.

Value of Insurance Coverage

Moving companies assume the liability of items while in transit. However, there are different levels of coverage. There is a comprehensive – full replacement – coverage and there is an alternative where the movers only cover a certain percentage of damages. Find out the type of coverage the company offers and ensure that it suits your budget and adequately protects your properties.

Number of Staff Members

When comparing companies, ensure to confirm the number of movers each moving company has. The more the movers, the faster you loading and unloading will be. Moving consumes time and so it is important to maximize as much time as you possibly can. If the movers are few and take longer, this can also increase the hourly rate you’ll have to pay for the move.

Size of Trucks

This is very important. Consider the properties you have and ensure that the moving company has a truck that will fit your items. You don’t want to find out when they arrive on a moving day that the truck is too small and you’ll have to do multiple trips.

When you have done all this, then you can be sure to end up choosing a good moving company and be confident in their services.


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Tricks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly Stored

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack an Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make an Inventory of all You Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


If you enjoy drinking and wines, when you are moving, you will have a collection to move with you. When packing them and moving them, you will need to take special care to preserve them during the move. Wine bottles are delicate items and moving delicate items require special care.

For wines, you will need to be extremely careful when packing them. There are various reasons why you need to be careful when moving them. Firstly, they are very delicate and can be broken in transit. Secondly, wines have delicate chemistry which can easily be upset by high or low temperature, vibration, humidity, or even light. These reasons show that wines are very vulnerable and can easily be damaged during a move.

To move wine bottles, you will need special and careful planning and packing to minimize the risk of damage during the move. When wine bottles get damaged during a move, not only will they break, the content of the bottles can lead to a mess and damage some of the other things you are moving. Even if the move is a short one, you will still need proper planning to prevent damage.

A guide has been made to help you with tips for packing wine bottles.

Tips for Packing Wine Bottles

Make an Inventory

Check your wine bottles and make an inventory of the ones you want to pack and move. Do not move unnecessary bottles of wine from your collection. Do not move wine bottles that are already open. Wine bottles are heavy and moving them can be very expensive so the fewer wine bottles you have to move, the better for you.

Research Best Practices for the Wines You are Moving

It is imperative for you to find out the specific requirements of the wine you are moving to. If you are packing more than one type of wine, you will need to find out the requirements for moving all the types of wines you are moving to. For example, some wines are more sensitive to temperature than others. For your wine bottles to remain in good condition after the move, you will need to know your wine, know its special features and needs and hoe you will care especially for each bottle.

Purchase the Right Packing and Moving Supplies

Like dish boxes for dishes and kitchen wares, there are special wine boxes for wine bottles. They are specially designed to pack wine bottles for a move. They are built with cells in them that separate the wine bottles. They come in different sizes for different sizes of wine bottles because they are made to fit perfectly. They also have different capacities. Some can take one wine bottle, some six, and some twelve. Using wine boxes is a secure way of packing and moving your wine. Ensure that you get a sturdy box that will be strong enough to bear the weight of the wine bottles.

In addition to wine boxes, you will need tapes to secure the boxes, packing papers to protect the bottles, and permanent markers for labeling.

Wine Shipping Crates

These are wooden crates used for moving wine bottles. As you can imagine, they are more durable than wine boxes which are just carton boxes. Because wine shipping crates are wooden, they provide the best protection for moving a wine collection.

Wrap Each Wine Bottle

If you do not use a wine box or a wine shipping crate to pack your wine bottles, the other option available to you is the regular moving boxes. When using regular boxes, you will need to take special care because they do not have the cells that wine boxes and crates have to protect your wine bottles. This makes it important for you to wrap each wine bottle before placing it in the regular box. Wrap each wine bottle with two or three sheets of packing paper and secure it with tape before placing it in the box. Ensure to cushion the box with sheets of packing paper before placing the wrapped wine bottles in the box.

When you are done placing the wine bottles in the moving box, ensure that there is no space in the moving box. Space n the box will allow for moving and clanking when the items are in transit. If there is space in the box, place extra sheets of packing paper fill up space in the box.

Position the Wine Bottles Properly

How you position the wine bottle when packing is very important. How it will be placed will depend on the type of wine in the wine bottle. Each wine is moved in a unique way.

  • For red and white wines, you are to pack them upside down or on the side. The purpose of this is to keep the corks wet throughout the move. Keeping the cork wet prevents oxidation or spoilage.
  • For sparkling wines and champagne, you are to keep them packed upright.

Label the Boxes Appropriately

Moving involves lots of boxes. You need to label your wine box and indicate what it contains. Label your wine box fragile on each side of the box to ensure that it is handled with care.

Load Boxes Containing Wine Bottles Properly

When moving the wine boxes, ensure that you do not stack the wine boxes. Stacking them will increase their chances of getting damaged during the move. Place each wine box on the floor of the vehicle for moving.

Climate Control Moving

Generally, wines do well at a temperature of 55 degrees. If otherwise, it might go bad. You can get a professional mover with a climate-controlled truck to maintain the proper temperature for your wine bottles.

Do Not Open Wine Bottles Immediately After the Move

You will need to avoid opening your wine bottles for at least seven days after the move. If the move required driving for more than a day, then you will need to wait for a period longer than seven days. This is because the movement of the truck causes the wine to shake. This vibration can result in bottle shock. The bottles will need sufficient time after the move to recover from the vibrations. Opening them before they have had time to recover can result in loss of flavor. What is your wine worth when it has lost its flavor? It becomes worthless. So, it is good for you to wait a little so as not to lose the quality of your wine.

 


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People move for different reasons. It could be for a better school district, a new job, a better home, or even a divorce. Moving is a very stressful event in the life of an individual. There is no one cause for the stress of moving. It is simply the hosts of seemingly little things like budgeting, packing, and unpacking that add up to make moving very stressful. Research has shown that moving is among the three most stressful things that an individual can experience. The stress of moving affects you not just physically because of all the carrying you have to do, but also psychologically and financially. Moving affects adults on different levels. How many more children?

Moving is tough on children just as it is for adults. Regardless of the fact that they do not bear the financial responsibility that comes with moving, it is difficult for them especially because they do not feel in control of the situation. When the reason for the move is a negative one like a divorce or a bad financial situation, the chances of the move affecting the child are even higher. To ensure that your children are ready for a move, you will need to prepare them.

How To Prepare Your Children for a Move

It is very important in the process of moving for you to prepare your children for it. Preparing them makes them ready psychologically and physically for the move. This makes the whole process of packing and unpacking easier and faster for you and your children. A few tips have been put together to guide you in preparing your children.

  1. Break the news to them as early as possible

The earlier you tell your children about the move, the better. This gives them time to process the information. It also makes them feel involved in the decision making process. This reduces the feeling of not being in control that children tend to feel during a move. If you have not started house hunting, you can involve them in the process of house hunting. Telling your children about the move early gives them time to prepare psychologically which reduces the stress for them.

  1. Remind them at regular intervals of the move

It is necessary when your children are young to remind them regularly. You will need to be creative and find fun ways to remind them regularly so they do not forget and the moving does not come as a shock to them.

  1. Keep your children involved in the moving process

When your children are involved in the process of moving, everything will go much more smoothly. You can give them a date to start packing and tell them the date for the move if it is set. If your children are older, you can supply them with the things they need to pack and let them pack with little or no supervision. This will help make them feel responsible and in control. If they are younger, pack with them and have fun discussions about the new home and their new room while packing. During the process, let them make as many decisions as possible from the things to move with to the color of their new room.

  1. Respect their grief and get counseling if necessary

Understand that your children will be grieving the loss of their home, friends, and all other familiar things. Research has shown that moving affects children’s psychological state and even their health. You can get a counselor to help them with their emotions. Let them work through different stages of grief, anger, denial, depression, anxiety, and acceptance. Getting professional help before your children get into crisis mode is very important.

  1. Connect with the new home and area in advance

If you can afford the time, plan a tour of your new area with your children before the actual moving day. Check out the area, their new school, and fun spots around. Connecting with the people and environment in advance can help build positive anticipation for the new home.

  1. Plan visits to the town you are leaving

Plan visits to your old home before leaving. Ensure that this visit is within the first few months of your move. This will give your children something to look forward to. Taking a glimpse into the past is a good way to keep moving forward, even for children.

  1. Radiate positivity and excitement about the move

It is an established fact that moving is stressful. As a parent moving with children, you cannot let your stress and anxiety show. Children look to their parents for guidance even emotionally. So, if you are upset and stressed about moving, there is a high probability that your children will be stressed and upset about moving too. You are leading them by example. Think positive and act excited about the move. This is the energy your children will pick up. They will begin to radiate positivity and excitement when they sense it from you.

  1. Throw a moving away party for them

This is an amazing way to create beautiful lasting memories for you and your children. You can have your children plan some part of the event and of course, let them invite their friends. Take pictures for a special album and have a scrapbook where their friends can write special messages for them. You should have an address book to take down the contact information from friends.

  1. Decorate the new home to seem familiar

You can do this by putting familiar decorations in similar spots in your new home. You can also add their special toys to their room so it still feels like home to them.

  1. Plan new experiences in your new town

Search your new town for the fun spots and start planning to visit with your children when you move. Going to these fun spots will help your children settle in and even help them make new friends.

Conclusion

Moving will affect each child uniquely. Whatever the case is, study your children and know what will make the move easier for them individually and collectively.


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As much as moving to a new home, can be exciting, the whole process is a dreaded one. This is because it involves a lot of little tasks that add up to stress you out. Among all the tasks involved in the moving process, one of the most stressful ones is packing the boxes for moving. This is a task that can however not be avoided especially if you are on a budget.

When you decide to finally start packing for a move, one of the first things that come to your mind is moving boxes for packing. Anyone can pack boxes. However, it is important for you to know the right boxes to use. To know the right boxes to use, you have to know the types of moving boxes available for you to choose from and what they are used to move. If you do not know the right boxes to use, you might end up with overloaded boxes and damaged items when you are unpacking. Using the right moving boxes protects your properties during the whole process of moving. A lot of things can go wrong when your properties are in transit. It is therefore important for you to utilize the boxes available to protect the items you are moving.

When moving to your new home, it is important that you have the right kind of moving supplies – especially moving boxes because moving boxes are what you will place your properties inside. Packing your properties for a move will not be too burdensome if you understand what moving box to use for what. When you can identify the types of boxes to use, you can easily and safely move your properties to your new home.

Types of Moving Boxes

You need to know the right type of boxes to get for moving. The first thing to help you determine the type of box will be the items to be moved. You will need to take an inventory of the items you are moving. These items will determine the type of boxes you will get and how many you will need to buy for the move.

Boxes are classified on two main basis – size and purpose for which they are made. This guide will show you the different types of boxes available for you to choose from and will help you choose the right boxes to protect your items.

Moving Boxes Classified by Size

  1. Small-sized boxes

These are also called book boxes. As the name implies, they are small in size. Small boxes are used for moving heavy items like books, shoes, small appliances, records, and more. It is typically 1.5 cubic feet.

  1. Medium-sized boxes

These types of boxes are known as all-purpose boxes. They are used to move things like pots, pans, small lamps, kitchen utensils, medium sized appliances, and more. Medium-sized boxes are typically 3 cubic feet.

  1. Large-sized boxes

Large boxes are mainly used for lightweight items like clothing, blankets, beddings, pillows and many others.  If you have noticed, the bigger the box size, the lighter the weight of the items placed inside. The idea is that it keeps the box easy to lift and move and you do not get hurt in the process of moving.

  1. Extra-large sized boxes

These boxes are for bulky items. They are super-sized boxes typically 6 cubic feet. They are used for bulky but lightweight items that need to be moved.

Moving Boxes Classified by Purpose

To pack effectively, you will also need some special purpose boxes. They include:

  1. Dish boxes

These types of boxes were made especially for moving dishes, steam ware, and other types of delicate kitchenware. Dish boxes come with cell dividers to protect delicate items you are moving. The last thing you want in your new home is broken dishes and kitchen wares thus, the need for special boxes.

  1. Mirror boxes

These types of boxes are used to move delicate items such as large pictures, mirrors, artworks, glass tabletops, and more. You will need a cushion inside of the box with flat foams or bubble wrap to protect these delicate items.

  1. Wardrobe boxes

These are used in moving clothes. They are designed like actual wardrobes. They are large boxes that stand upright and come with bars for hanging clothes, curtains, and more. You can use this type of box when you are trying to prevent the clothes from becoming wrinkled during the move.

  1. Custom boxes

These types of boxes are custom made boxes to move special household items such as antiques, chandeliers, artwork, or any other bulky but delicate item. They are made to the specification of the item to be carried.

  1. Flat-panel television boxes

Flat-panel television boxes are rectangular and come in different sizes for different sizes of televisions. They are ideal for moving any type of flat-screen television. The boxes usually indicate ‘this side up’ to protect the television while moving.

  1. Lamp boxes

Tall floor lamps are very delicate and difficult to pack because of the length and size of them. There are special lamp boxes for them. Lamp boxes are tall and narrow boxes that allow you to move lamps in an efficient way while protecting them adequately.

  1. Insulated foam boxes

Insulated foam boxes are boxes with foam containers placed inside. Foam containers are placed inside and they are covered with foam lids. These types of boxes are used to move refrigerated or frozen items. They keep the frozen items’ temperature controlled during the move.

  1. Mattress boxes

These types of boxes are available in different sizes. You can move your mattress without any box. However, if you want extra protection for your mattress, you can buy a mattress box.

At first, the idea of picking up a few boxes to pack your items for a move might seem like an easy thing to do. However, doing it the proper way to protect your properties is not so easy. It only becomes easy when you have learned what box to use for what.

 


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The idea of moving for college students might seem fun and exciting until you start to actually prepare for it and it becomes challenging and difficult. Most college students are on a budget and have to manage the money they have for as long as possible. College students’ money has to cover things like accommodation, meals, books, and all other types of expenses that come with being a college student.

Apart from the fact that college students have t pay for accommodation, most of them also have to cover the cost of moving in and out at intervals when changing rooms at the beginning of every school year. This can be pretty expensive for a college student who is on a budget. There are a number of tips to help you pack and move efficiently to minimize stress and cost. These tips will help you plan and prepare so moving will be done with ease and will be more economical.

Make a Plan and a Budget

Make a plan or a schedule that is practical. Set out a date for packing, moving, unpacking, and shopping. A schedule helps to keep you organized. When you have made a plan, it is easy for you to make a budget around your plan. This helps to make your move go smoother than when you are without a plan.

Do a Little Research About the New Accommodation and Avoid Duplication

Find out about your surroundings so you will be prepared when you move in. You will also need to find out the appliances and supplies that are already available at the accommodation. This will help you know what to pack when moving so you do not carry the things you do not need. Consider the fact that you might need to move out at the end of the school year and so the fewer things you move in, the fewer things you have to move out and of course it reduces the cost.

Sort Out Your Items

College students have very limited personal space. So, when packing your things for a move, it is important for you to sort out your things ad take only the necessary things with you. In addition to having limited space, college accommodation is also temporary and so you will need just things that are necessary.

Consolidate

Find out if you have a friend, neighbor or even a family member that is moving from the same location you are to the college you are moving to. If you find, planning and moving together can make both your lives easier. You can split the costs and tasks. Having a partner reduces the burden and the stress of moving.

Shop for Things When Settled

Reduce the things on your shopping list before you move. Ensure that you only buy essentials. It is better for you to buy other things when you have settled into your accommodation. This reduces the things you have to move with. You might also find discounts available for college students in stores within and around the school campus.

Pack Your Cleaning Supplies

When you move in, the first thing you will have to do is to clean the room. It is even advised that you clean the room before you start moving your things into the room. You will therefore need to pack cleaning supplies and make them easily accessible without having to unpack. Pack things essentials like Clorox wipes, disinfectants, paper towels, Swiffer duster, trash bags, and many more.

Pack a Tool Kit and a First Aid Kit

When moving in, you may have to deal with minor repairs. A tool kit will come in handy. Have the basics like a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, cable ties, and duct tape. You might even need this tool kit during the course of the semester.

You should also have a basic first aid kit that contains essentials such as disinfectant wipes, bandages, sports tapes, and over-the-counter pain killers.

Pack an Overnight Pack

This is the most famous tip for every kind of move. This is because chances are that after the move, you will be too stressed to start unpacking that day. Even if you start, you might not be able to finish unpacking. Therefore, plan ahead and pack an overnight bag for yourself. Put all your essentials so you will be able to stay refreshed for the first few days while you unpack and get settled in.

Pack Snack and Drinks

On the day of your move, all the lifting and moving around will drain you. You will be famished. This makes it essential for you to pack snacks, water, and drinks for you to be able to hydrate and refresh yourself during the move. You should also pack some for those helping you with your move.

Move-in the Middle of the Week

The thing with college moves is that everyone is either moving in or moving out at the same time. Thus, there is always a surge. This surge can increase the stress of moving.  Try scheduling your move to be during the week. Weekends are when other college students are moving too. You should avoid the crowd and the rush. If you are hiring a moving truck, chances are that they might not be available on the weekend because of the surge. This can also increase the price of moving. Whenever you decide to move, weekend or not, book the mover in advance to avoid the stress and hike in the price of a last-minute rush.

Inspect Your New Accommodations

Whether it is an apartment or a hostel, ensure to inspect the room before moving in. A few things might have been damaged by the last occupant. The last thing you want to deal with as a college student is paying for damages that you did not cause.

Wear Something Comfortable

You will be doing a lot of lifting and walking about on the day of your move. It is important that you wear clothes you can comfortably do all the lifting in. Keep your dressing simple with things like T-shirts, shorts or jeans and sneakers.

 


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Moving is a notoriously stressful event and people try to avoid as much as possible. However, it is a part of life. People always have to move for different reasons such as; a new job in another city, a better home, divorce, and many more. Moving can become easier and less stressful for you if you are prepared for it. Many people are caught off guard with a move and this increases the stress level.

Moving is not an easy event for anyone. However, there are a few tricks that make it faster and less stressful for you. Below are a few packing and moving tricks to help you prepare for your move.

Packing and Moving Hacks

Make a Budget

Moving can be very expensive and will drain your finances. The last thing you want to happen to you is for you to be stranded during a move or to be broke after a move. To avoid having money issues after a move, make a budget. Making a budget will help you figure out an estimate of how much you will need to spend. This helps you cut unnecessary costs before you even begin to spend.

Create a Schedule and Start Packing Early

Creating a schedule of the things you will need to do and fixing dates for them helps when packing for a move. A schedule helps to reduce or even prevent the overwhelming feeling that comes with packing and moving. List out everything you will need to do throughout the process and set daily tasks for yourself. This makes the tasks you have to do more manageable to carry out.

It is also advisable for you to start packing at least two to three weeks before the moving date. You can even start packing six to eight weeks before the move. This will give you enough time to sort out your thing and get rid of the things you do not need to move with.

Declutter

Before you start packing, it is important for you to sort out your things and set aside those things you do not need to move with. When sorting out, only move with things that are necessary. Get rid of every other thing. Reducing the things you have to move with makes moving a whole lot easier and a little less expensive.

When you have set aside the things you do not need to move with, it is left for you to determine how to get rid of them. There are a lot of options available to you. Firstly, you can sell them. You can have a yard sale to sell the things sellable or use the apps and websites that are available for you to sell your items. Selling is always a good plan as moving is expensive and you will need all the money you can get. Secondly, you can give them all or what is left after the sale out to your friends or donate them to charity.

Stock up Quality Moving Supplies

Moving supplies include; moving boxes, tapes, bubble wraps, labels, permanent markers, and more. When purchasing your supplies, ensure that you get good quality supplies. For instance, ensure that you get sturdy boxes because they will be strong enough to protect your properties while in transit.

Use Appropriate Boxes When Packing

There are general moving boxes that you get for packing. There are however some special purpose boxes available for delicate items. These special-purpose boxes are made to protect specified delicate items. For example, get flat panel television boxes that are used for moving flat screen television for your television. You don’t want to move into your new home with a broken television.

You will also need bubble wraps, flat foams, or linens to wrap your delicate items. This will keep them protected while in transit.

Use Small and Medium-Sized Boxes

Using an extra-large box might seem like a good idea when packing. However, using small and medium-sized boxes makes it easy for you to carry your boxes. Large boxes are difficult to carry and you can get injured while trying. Also, do not overpack your boxes.

Label Boxes Appropriately

You need to label each box after packing it. When labeling your boxes, ensure that you do not mislabel the boxes. Check properly before sealing the box and labeling it. Label it by writing what it contains and what it is going into that is by category and room. This will help the movers know where to place each box and this makes your moving and unpacking a little less stressful.

Keep Important Documents Properly

It is easy to lose important documents during a move. Get a special box and label it appropriately. Within the box, but each document in a clear bag so that they are properly protected.

Contact Movers Early

If you are on a budget and you are not getting a moving company to help with your move, contact your friends and family that you will be relying on early enough. Give them proper notice and ensure to tell them the date so they can include it in their schedule.

If on the other hand, you are using a moving company, contact them for booking as soon as you pick a date for your move.

Stop Buying Groceries When Your Move Date Is Close

This is important especially if you are moving to another town. It saves you from having to throw things away on the day of your move. Make meals with the things you have at home and try to finish them before the move. If you do not finish them before the move, you can get friends to come over on the day of the move to take them.

Pack An Overnight Bag

You and your family will need an overnight bag when you get to your new home. Chances are high that you will be exhausted from the move and will not be able to begin unpacking. Preparing an overnight bag will give you and your family all the essential items you need for the night and probably a few days. You can begin unpacking the next day.

Make An Inventory of All Your Boxes

An inventory of all your boxes helps to keep you organized. You will have a proper account of all the things you are moving with. When you get to your new home, it will be easy to check through your list to confirm that you missed nothing.


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Moving is a very intensive process, and there are a lot of moving parts (no pun intended). The sheer number of things you need to sort out for a successful move makes it very easy to forget some important things. Even when you are working with a moving company that is able to use their expertise to make the process as seamless as possible, there are some things you simply will have to handle on your own.

Changing your address is one of those things. As obvious as it might be, many people only discover that they’ve forgotten to do it after spending a week or two or even more in their new home and seeing that they aren’t getting their mail as they used to. Also, there are quite a few entities that you’ll need to notify about your change of address, for legal reasons and also to be sure that your magazine subscription doesn’t go to waste because they kept delivering at your old place. Here is a nifty checklist of all the notifications you will need to give:

✅   The Post Office – This is the first and most important one, simply because so much of your mail comes through the post office and if you don’t notify them well in advance, even a few days of being out of reach might mean that you miss very important documents. Generally, this is something you can do on the internet so that they forward your mail to the new address you have provided wile you reach out to the original senders and notify them of the change.

✅   Tax Agencies – You have a legal obligation to notify the IRS and the state tax agency of your new address so that they can send tax documents to you. As with the post office, you can generally do this online as well. The IRS makes it very easy by providing the form 8822 online. To find the procedure for your state, visit your state’s government website. There will likely be directions on how to complete the process.

✅   Social Security Administration is the third government agency that you will need to give an update about the change in your address. This applies if you currently receive any social security benefits, to be sure that they know where to send your checks and any other documents that you might need to deal with from time to time, to be able to continue receiving your benefits.

✅   DMV – The last government agency that everyone needs to send their new address is the Department of Motor Vehicles.          Notifying them is a legal requirement and you will have between 30 and 60 days to do so, after which you might be liable to pay fines. It is a simple process too since most states allow you to do it online.

✅   Gas and Electric – Being without heat or electricity in your new home is not fun, even if it’s just for a day or two while you sort things out with the utility company. To avoid that, you should reach out to them well in advance of your move and give them your new address as well as when you intend to move in. That way, they can shut off the supply to your current home and stop charging you for it, and start providing your gas and electricity in your new home. Apart from the risk of moving into your new home in the cold and in darkness, there is also the risk of paying for utilities that you’re not using, so definitely keep this one at the top of the pile.

✅   Cable, internet, and phone are the next most important set of utilities for most people, and the same things apply to them as do to gas and electricity. If you do not reach out to the companies that provide you these services in time, you might find that you remain liable to pay for the services in your old home for a while after you leave, and you might also have to spend some time without the services in the new home. It is very easy to avoid those issues, by reaching out to the companies online or calling them, so there’s no reason why you should let it become a problem.

✅   Other subscriptions and utilities such as the water department, sewer management, and garbage/recycling companies will also need to be notified for the same reasons as outlined above for utilities generally. If you subscribe to other services like magazines, you have to tell them as well, so they do not continue sending your packages to the old address. The process for doing this will differ but for most, simply calling their customer service line and explaining your situation will be the quickest way to sort it out.

✅   Financial Institutions such as banks, insurance companies, credit card companies are the next set of organizations that you must give notice of your change of address. Your bank will likely be sending you communications regularly, along with your credit card company and any organization whom you owe money. Some of the more formal and established institutions will likely have a way for you to make the change by completing a form online but for the others, the best way will likely be to call them up and ask how to do it. Be sure you reach out to every financial institution with which you have a relationship, especially anyone that you owe. This is important because failure to receive and respond to certain financial notices might result in penalties or adverse actions on the part of the institution.

✅   Clubs and organizations which you belong too also need to be informed about your change of address so that they can direct their communications with you accordingly. This might be charitable organizations you belong to or store memberships. Send notifications to all of them according to their stated procedures, to be sure you do not lose your benefits or membership of the organizations.

✅   Your doctor, dentist, and other individual service providers are the final set of people whom you will need to give notice to. This will enable them to send you mails or bills, and while doing that, you should take the opportunity to ask for referrals if you’re going somewhere far enough that you won’t be able to continue using their service.

 


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When you’re moving or taking any other long trip away from your home but can’t carry all the things you own with you, and long term storage is a good way to ensure that everything stays secure and in good condition till whenever you’re ready to take them out, dust them off and put them to use again. If done correctly, you’ll find your items none the worse for wear and ready to go as if you only put them down yesterday, although this, of course, depends on exactly what kinds of goods they are.

Doing long term storage correctly is not quite that straightforward though. You cannot simply pack all the things you want to store and push them into space. If you do that, you will likely find your items in terrible condition when you want to retrieve them. It is important to keep the distinction between short term and long-term storage in mind when you’re storing items for the long haul. If left without proper protection, your items might survive well enough over a short period of time, but as that period begins to extends to many months and years, the wear and tear will increase dramatically and may result in permanent damage. To help you avoid that, here are a few tips on preparing your items for long term storage:

Decide What to Store and Where

You probably do not need to store everything you think you need to. Before simply unloading everything in a self-storage unit, draw up a list of all the items and think carefully about what the odds are that you will still want or need the item after a long period of time. Use criteria such as the current condition of the item, how difficult it would be to replace, and the sentimental value it might hold for you. Once you have selected the items to keep, you will need to choose how to store them and for most people, a self-storage unit would be the right answer, if not the complete one. You will still need to consider the size of the unit and whether you’ll need climate control. The overall security and condition of the storage facility is also crucial, especially for longer periods.

Clean and Dry

Putting your items into storage while they are dirty is a bad idea. Depending on what kind of item it is and what kind of dirt is on it, you might find that the dirt has become a permanent stain or has become ingrained in the item. In some cases, such as food particles in an improperly cleaned fridge or cooker, it might even attract pests. Be sure to wipe surfaces with the appropriate type of cleaner and take other steps such as applying disinfectant to appliances and using a vacuum machine to clean out furniture. You also need to ensure that all the items you are putting into storage are completely dry. If they are not, metal surfaces will likely begin to rust after a while. Mildew and mold will also begin to grow on your items.

Wrap and Box

The exact material you will need to use in wrapping your items will differ from item to item and you must be very careful to be sure that you are using the right kind. Delicate items such as vases, pieces of art, sensitive electronics, or similar items should be enclosed in soft packing paper that will help them resist any shocks from being jostled while being put into or brought out of storage. You don’t want to keep your items for a decade in good condition only to have them fall to pieces because you bumped them against something while carrying them out afterward. Other items can be kept in plastic wrapping, with clothes and other fabrics in special vacuum-sealed bags. Furniture with upholstery can be covered with cotton sheets. White ones are best so that while the material allows moisture to escape, the color will prevent any bleeding onto the furniture.

You must also choose the boxes right. Instead of just getting used boxes from your neighborhood store, spend the bit of money it’ll cost to buy packing boxes. They are more rigid for stacking and because they are new, you can be sure there’s nothing in them, whether visible like pests or invisible like an odor. Remember that your items are going to be in a closed space for a long time so even odors can permeate other items over the years.

Arrange and Stack Properly

Even if you’ve chosen the right size of the storage unit for your needs, it can be impossible or at least very difficult to get all your items to fit properly unless you arrange them well. Also, arranging your things well is also important to keep anything from falling off and damaging itself or something else over time. Ideally, you’d get professional help with this so that they can use their expertise and experience to map out the best way to get your things in and arrange them securely so everything will stay where it’s supposed to and you can easily reach any individual item you want to without going through the hassle of packing everything out, later.

A few general rules though:

  1. Place lighter items at the top of a box while the heavier ones go in the bottom. Also, place heavier boxes at the bottoms and lighter ones on top.
  2. Make sure that all the boxes are full to capacity to avoid them caving in when stacked. Boxes that are cannot be filled up completely should, as much as possible, go on top of a stack.
  3. Pad the interior of the boxes using bubble wrap, old clothes, or even crumpled paper to give the items in them more cushioning, especially when those items are fragile in nature.
  4. Seal all boxes properly to prevent the entry of moisture and dust. Items in plastic wrap should be sealed too whenever possible.
  5. Put boxes with similar contents and items of similar types together. This will make it easier to get the items you need rather than going through multiple locations in the storage unit or several boxes.

Label and Map

Every box should be labeled. The labeling can be general like “books” or where necessary, be more comprehensive as to the contents of the box. That would make it much easier to find what you need without needing to open each box. You can also draw a map of the storage unit, highlighting where different key items are. It does not have to be anything fancy. A rough diagram will do as long as it’s clear enough that you’ll understand it quickly when you’re reading it a few years down the line.


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