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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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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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Moving is one of those things that looks very attractive to DIYers. After all, it’s simple enough to just carry your things into a moving truck, drive it over to your new home and carry all the items out of the truck and into the house, right? Wrong.

In reality, there are a lot of complexities when it comes to moving that make it something that’s better left in the hands of people who have years of experience with it. There are many things that could go wrong, and if they do go wrong, would have a very negative impact on your moving experience (and even your experience in your new home). Damage to your property is the most obvious example here, but it’s far from being the only one.

The best way to go about it is to get a quote from a reputable moving agency to see how much it would cost to hire them. You’ll usually find that the cost is not as much as you thought, and well worth the service. Regardless, if you’re determined to go it alone, here are some of the common mistakes you’ll need to avoid:

Packing Every Single Item

Moving houses should be an opportunity to declutter and remove items that are no longer useful from your belongings. Sure, there’s some sentimental value in being able to say you have those magazines from 45 years ago, but you have to consider if it would not be a better idea to let them go and make more space in your house. Before you begin packing, take some time to do an inventory of all the items in your home that you need to take along with you. Think about each one and how it’s likely to be useful in the future, and you’ll see that many items will drop off the list naturally. Think of it as an opportunity to give some things out as well. You’ll be better off with a truly fresh start in your new home, and your move will be easier since there will be fewer items to deal with.

Not Getting Enough Supplies

There are many things that you will need, as you prepare your items for the move and through the actual move to your new home. Things such as boxes, wrapping material and even cleaning supplies are particularly important. If you forget or run out of any one of them, you’ll have to choose between wasting time and getting more stressed while you try to go get more, or looking for alternatives which will not be as good and which will likely put your items in danger of damage. Be sure to plan well ahead and get everything you’ll need.

Not packing your items Properly

How well you prepare your items for the move in the days before moving is as important as the actual moving trip, if not more. If you don’t prepare your items properly, you’ll likely find out, when you get to your new home, that quite a few of them have been damaged in the course of the trip. Something as simple as forgetting to wrap bubble sheets around some items could lead to shattered plates or damaged electronics. Failing to put padding on your furniture could also lead to permanent damage. The way to avoid this is to ensure that you conduct thorough research to find out how to protect each item and cover them appropriately with the right kind of material.

Not Labeling

As you pack by yourself, you’ll likely find yourself instinctively putting items in the boxes that are nearest to hand, and simply carrying them all to the truck afterward. That’s a terrible way to go about it because if you don’t box your items purposefully, you might put items in a box together which shouldn’t be together, and if you don’t take the time to do an inventory of all the items, you might find that you forget something or somehow lose some of your items in the course of the move. With proper planning, inventory and labeling, you’ll be able to keep track of all your items and quickly find anything you want when you get to your new home. This is particularly important if you don’t want to or cannot unpack everything immediately – you’ll be able to find exactly what you need in a jiffy instead of rummaging through all the boxes.

Forgetting to Change Your Address

You’re moving houses – wow, how exciting! In that excitement, it’s possible to forget that beyond, your neighbors, friends, and family, you also need to notify a few other people that you’re changing addresses. Depending on what you do for a living, the people whom you have to notify will differ greatly but generally, you must notify the utility companies as well as the mail service. Again, the procedure will vary but you can generally complete the process online to be sure that you don’t miss any mail while enjoying your new home.

Renting a Truck of the Wrong Size

This is another mistake that is easily avoided if you work with professionals. Many moving companies will usually be willing to evaluate what you need to move before giving a final quote, which will include the kind of truck that will be suitable for your needs. Many people who choose to DIY their move often end up with a truck that’s too small to carry their goods which could mean that they’d need to do multiple trips or one that’s way too big, in which case they would have spent much more money than they should have. A reason for these mistakes in estimation is that unlike professional movers who have experience fitting belongings into trucks, making a rough amateur guess could never be as accurate.

Not Packing and Driving the Truck Properly

People who have never driven a moving truck or other very large vehicles often make the mistake of thinking that driving one is just like driving a car, only bigger. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes some time to get used to driving a moving truck in a way that’s safe for oneself, other road users, and the items in the back. It’s important to load the truck properly too, stacking the boxes well and strapping furniture and other large, heavy items like refrigerators securely to make sure nothing falls on other items during the ride. When driving, you will need to be more careful and be aware of road signs for large vehicles, such as clearance and weighing stations.


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Planning a move involves more than simply transporting boxes and furniture. A few things must be put in place to ensure a successful moving process. As a result, it is not a decision you make one day and complete the next.

The good news is that everything wouldn’t have to happen at the same time. Learning what is required to break up huge moving tasks into bite-sized projects will help you go through a smooth moving process. This is where a pre-move checklist can help.


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