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Moving Tips

Whether you are moving across the state, across the country or across the world moving is both exciting and hectic. Here are a few tips to help your move go smoothly

Make Your Calendar Your Friend

Keep yourself organized and stress free by setting reminders for everything. Include a reminder when to clean out your refrigerator to when to cancel magazine subscriptions. It will make your moving experience go a lot smoother and stress free.

Consider your calendar your new best friend and check things off or cross them off as you do them.

Become Familiar with Your New Place

There are a variety of ways you can get to know your new place or your new neighborhood without going there.

  •  Before; you move contact either City Hall or the Chamber of Commerce and get a welcome packet. They may also have websites where you can check out all the places of interest such as parks, recreational areas and information about your community as well as restaurants and where to get your new driver’s license.
  • You might also check out about the school districts in the area even if you don’t have kids. This will help you familiarize yourself with your community and learn about current events for the schools.
  • Become familiar with the prices of homes in your area even if you’re not buying a home. This again can tell you a lot about the area. You can also search on various real estate websites of realtors in that area.
  • While you’re at it do a bit of research about the local dentists, doctors, hospitals and even vets in the area.

About Your Timeline

Some moves take more time to plan than others. For example if you are moving to an apartment it will take you less time to move since you don’t have to sell a home and buy a new one. But nevertheless there are still some items you need to take care of before your move.

  • You can contact your post office to get a change of address packet or visit their website and order one online.
  • There are also a few things you need to consider before your move. Will my insurance cover my move? Will the rate for my car insurance, renters insurance or homeowner’s insurance change? How long do I have until I need to change my driver’s license or registration? Make a check list of when to notify your utility companies of when to shut off service and your Internet provider of when you are moving. You might also want to ask them if you can continue to use them at your new location. Be sure to add these to your calendar so you aren’t paying for service once you have moved.
  • Find out the best way to save money on magazine subscriptions and memberships.
  • Remember to return any library books and cancel any newspaper subscriptions.
  • Let coworkers, networking associates and other contacts of when you are moving to and when.
  • Transfer or close all bank accounts.
  • Be sure to fill all your prescriptions and request to have them transferred to a new pharmacy.
  • Paperwork and Your Budget

Be sure to include all moving expense in your budget. Save all receipts no matter how small the amount and write it into your checkbook or budget as soon as possible. This way you will know exactly how much you have spent and what you have left in your budget at all times.

Why do you need to save receipts for everything no matter what the amount? You can use every receipt you get when you file your income tax. Be sure to account for all items such as:

  • Storage expenses for seasonal items or items you don’t use every day.
  • Hotel or motel stays or temporary lodgings.
  • Expenses to board your pet
  • Car maintenance before your move.

Only Move What You Use

A rule of thumb is if you haven’t used an item in the last six months to a year get rid of it. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of things you haven’t used in a while.

  • Have a yard sale or flea market to get rid of items such as toys, clothing, kitchen appliances and various household items. Be sure to have the sale way in advance of moving so you have time to plan and clean up the items.
  • Donate items to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other local organizations.
  • Advertise online and in your local newspaper about items you have for sale or are giving away free.
  • If you’re moving to a smaller place without a yard donate your mower and other lawn supplies to your neighbor, friend or a relative.

Keep yourself organized and keep it simple.

  • Use your calendar to decide how many days it will take you to pack. For some a few hours a day for a week is more than enough time while others need 8 hours a day for several weeks. Whatever amount of time will be best for you remember to be realistic.
  • Make it easy on yourself and buy all moving items such as boxes and other packing materials online. Many moving companies have special offers and will send you everything you need at half the price you would pay at a retail store.
  • If you find you’ll need extra boxes contact your local storage company. Be sure to ask them if you can sell back any boxes you don’t use.
  • You can also check out websites like Craigslist for ads of people selling left over boxes from their move.
  • You can save even more money by using items such as suitcases to pack your everyday clothes and towels and washcloths to wrap fragile items.
  • Use drawers to pack unbreakable items. Drawers from dressers and desks are perfect for smaller items that won’t break. All you need to do is tape the top of the drawer then quickly remove the tape when you arrive at your new place.
  • Create a color code system or mark on each box the contents and the room the box goes into. This will save a lot of time for you and the movers when it’s time to unpack at your new place.
  • If you’re moving a refrigerator remember to throw either newspaper or charcoal briquettes into it before the move. This will help to absorb any food odors and your refrigerator will be fresh and ready to use at your new place.
  • Pack things you don’t use every day well in advance. But think as your packing to make sure you don’t pack an item you will want to use before you move.

The Day of Your Move

The big day has arrived. Now is the time to supervise the movers to ensure everything goes smoothly. There are a few things you need to remember first.

  • Check off the inventory sheet you will receive from the moving company as it comes in the door. Do not sign anything until you know you have received all of your furniture and personal belongings.
  • Be sure to indicate any items that have been broken or lost. Again don’t sign anything until this has been noted and acknowledged by the moving company.
  • Check for any extra charges that were made that you were unaware of. If you find erroneous charges call the moving company immediately before the movers leave.

 

5 Tips for Moving Plants

Even though plants cannot verbally communicate they are really very sensitive beings. Plants will complain in a variety of ways especially when it comes to being in a hot vehicle without air conditioning for a long period of time.
There are several things to consider when moving your plants. The first thing to consider is that some areas do not permit certain types of plants. If your plants are permitted in your new location you have to make sure the soil is moist and that the air conditioning works in your vehicle to keep the interior at a comfortable temperature. Here are a few other tips to make your plants as comfortable as possible while you move.

Check The Laws Of Your New Location For Plants
Be sure to check laws about various types of plants in your new location. Certain states prohibit certain types of plants from being in their area. Certain areas even require a quarantine period or an inspection of plants to be sure they are not harboring any pests while other states prohibit plants being brought in at all. If your new location prohibits plants being brought into their area you will have to either give them to a special institution for plants or give them to a neighbor, friend or relative. You can also consider selling them as well.

Movers Will Not Water Your Plants
If you are able to take your plants with you to your new location you can either take them in your own vehicle or let the moving company put them on the truck. If you choose to let the movers take them don’t expect them to give them any special care or water them. If you’re moving out of state or a long distance your best bet is to take your plants along for the ride in your own vehicle. This way you can give them the loving care they need during the long drive.

Be Sure Your Vehicle Is Temperature Controlled
Many plants can service extreme temperatures of less than 30 degrees or over 100 degrees especially if they are not wrapped up. So to keep them safe and comfortable pack them in boxes and be sure the car is not too cold or too hot. So if you are making a really long trip and need to stay in a hotel overnight take your plants in the room with you.

Prepare Your Plants For The Move
Before packing your plants make sure the soil is moist to the touch. Most plants can survive about 10 hours or so without water. If you have your plants in clay or ceramic pots you might want to transfer them into plastic pots before the move. It’s best if you transfer them a few weeks to a month in advance to give them time to adjust to the new containers before the move.

If You Leave Plants Behind Take Cuttings
If you can’t take your plants with you whether it be for state laws or they are too large or for other reasons be sure to take a few cuttings from your favorite plants. This is a great idea especially for plants you have planted outside and don’t want to dig up. Put the cuttings into a plastic bag with peat moss, vermiculite or potting soil. When you arrive at your new place you can plant them in either pots or your yard right from the bag.

How To Move Difficult Things

Moving can literally be a pain in the back. With lifting heavy boxes, sofas, and chairs it can literally be a painful experience. By the end of the day or days you are ready for some rest and relaxation.
Among most of your furniture are items that seem impossible to move. Items that need special handling or need to be prepared way before you move. Below is a list of some of the most difficult things to move.

Fish and the Aquarium
Fish and their aquarium can be one of the biggest moving challenges. Most fish do not survive the move because of all the sloshing around of the water and extreme temperature changes from house to vehicle to another house. You have two choices either give them to friends or neighbors in the area or take them with you. If you decide to take them with you here are a few things you can do to make their move easier. First place your fish in a holding tank and drain the aquarium of most of the water reserving some of the water for the holding tank and when you refill the aquarium at your new location. This way the fish have some of the same bacteria colony they have been living with. If you have plants in the aquarium place the plants in baggies with some of the aquarium water then seal the bag. Filters should also be placed in baggies along with some of the aquarium water as well. It’s best to move your fish and the aquarium in your own vehicle rather than giving it to the movers.

Plants
Moving can be very traumatic for plants even if they don’t show it. Many plants show the signs of stress and trauma from moving way after the move is over. If you have plants that are in clay or ceramic pots transfer them to plastic containers several weeks to a month before the move. This way you can pack ceramic containers so they don’t get broken plus plastic planters are much easier and lighter to move. Transferring your plants to plastic containers a few weeks or a month before you move allows them to adjust. This is another item you will want to move in your own vehicle since plants are temperature sensitive and the back of a moving van can become very hot especially if it’s a long distance move.

Piano
If you have a piano especially a grand or baby grand piano you are in for an extremely difficult move. Because of their shape and weight grand and baby grand pianos can be extremely difficult to get into a new home. Most people would rather hire a professional piano moving company especially if their new home presents a moving challenge. Most piano movers just use a crane and hoist the piano through a window. If you are moving into an apartment building with a freight elevator you have just made it very easy to move your piano.

TVs
The problem with TV’s today is that they can be very large and awkward to move. There is also the risk that the monitors can be damaged. It’s hard to decide whether to put the TV in a box or wrap it in a blanket for the move. You can use either method to move you TV safely. Here is what to do if you decide to wrap it in a blanket. First unplug the TV as well as unplugging and detaching any cables from the back of the TV. The next step is to spread a blanket on the floor in front of the TV then wrap the blanket around the TV and tape it using a strong tape to keep the blanket in place. The other method is to use the box the TV came in to move it. For plasma TV’s never place them face down because that will hurt the screen of the TV.

Tips for Packing

Believe it or not there is an art to packing boxes for moving. Not only that but there is a certain strategy that is used in not only packing boxes but labeling and organizing them as well. Are there benefits to packing well in advance of your move? Absolutely. Follow the tips below to make packing boxes more efficient.

Packs Boxes The Right Way
To make boxes more secure tape them at the seam then run a piece of tape crossways to the seam. Line the bottom of the box with any kind of paper preferably newspapers then line the sides with paper to make the box really secure. If the items you are packing are fragile wrap each item with paper before placing it in the box. Once the box is full tape it shut then label it on the top and sides with the contents and your name and new address.

Pack Every Room Separately
Pack each room separately and don’t add items from another room. For example, if you are packing kitchen utensils and dishes, don’t add the contents of the bathroom in the same box even if there is still room in the box. Another thing about bathroom items is that towels and washcloths make perfect stuffing for the box. Always fill each box to capacity to prevent items from shifting around in the box. Again, once the box is full tape it and label it with your name, new address and an arrow pointing to which side is up. Also if there are fragile items in the box be sure to mark “fragile” on the top and sides of the box.

Leave the Contents of Drawers in the Drawers
A great way to save on boxes is to leave contents of drawers in the drawers. This includes dresser drawers, desk drawers, and other furniture that has drawers providing of course that there are no breakable contents in the drawers. All you need to do is tape the top of the drawer to prevent the items from falling out. Always use masking tape since this kind of tape will not remove the paint or finish off the drawers. Be sure to remove the masking tape as soon as possible to prevent the glue from melting and adhering to the furniture.

Stand Plates on Edge When Packing them
Many people believe that the best way to pack dishes is to place them bottom side down in the box. Actually the best way to keep dishes from breaking in the box is to place them on edge in the box. In addition you should also wrap each plate in paper or newspaper and line the bottom, sides and corners with paper to keep the dishes from sliding around in the box. Also when packing glasses and other glass items put the largest glass item on the bottom of the box and smaller glass items at the top of the box. The reason for this is that as a rule most movers do not handle boxes with care. If they just drop a box on the ground or floor the largest glass item will take most of the shock which is why it has to be stronger. If you are going to be using professional movers let them pack your boxes for you. Moving companies are only liable for boxes that they pack so if they pack all of your fragile items you are basically insuring those items in the event they are broken.

Use Wardrobe Boxes for Clothes
What is a wardrobe box? It’s a large box for clothes that has a built in rack to hang clothes on. One of the biggest advantages to wardrobe boxes is that you don’t have to fold your clothes and put them in boxes. All you need to do is take them from your closet and hang them in the box. You can even organize your clothes according to season. When you get to your new place just take them from the wardrobe box and hang them in the closet.

Tape String to the Boxes
Here’s a handy trick. Place a long piece of string underneath the tape and seal the box. When you get to your new place all you do is pull on the string and it breaks through the tape opening the box. It may take a few extra minutes cutting the string and placing it under the tape but when it’s time to open the box you save a few minutes. You also don’t have to use your car keys or a box cutter to open the box.

Label All Boxes
if you don’t take the time to label all your boxes you won’t know the contents of each box. When you get to your new place it will be complete chaos for you and the movers opening each box to see what’s inside. This is very time consuming and will make your moving day very hectic. To save time and energy label all boxes with what’s inside, your name and address, an arrow pointing which end is up, “fragile” for breakable items and what room it should go in Mark the top and all sides of every box.

Keep Picture Hangers and Furniture Casters In A Safe Place
Casters usually separate from furniture so to avoid them being lost just remove them, tie them together with string and label what piece of furniture they belong to. The same thing applies with picture hangers and hangers for mirrors. Remove them from the pictures and misers and either bag them and tape them to the pictures or mirrors or keep them in a safe place with what item they belong to.

Pack as Far In Advance as Possible
Never wait until a few days or a week before you move to start packing. Most people have many items they don’t use every day so they can be packed even months in advance. For example, you can pack summer items if you are moving in the winter and vice versa. Same applies for books that have been read and aren’t going to read for a few months. It may be a bit annoying to have boxes sitting around for a few months but it will make your moving experience easier when it arrives.

Pack Small Items In Large Boxes and Vice Versa
It might not make sense right now but pack small items in large boxes and vice versa. Here’s why. Large items are usually heavy so if you pack them in a small box you don’t pack as many and the box won’t be too heavy to lift. On the other end when you pack small items in large boxes such as books you can balance the weight of the items easier and again the box will not be too heavy to lift. In addition, be sure to pack heavy items at the bottom of a box and lightweight items at the top of the box. Also if you can’t lift a box chances are it’s too heavy and the box will break or the items will come crashing through.

Tips for Moving Pets

Moving is very tough on animals. They are used to the life they had roaming around in the yard and chasing squirrels. When they are all of a sudden put in your car or even in a crate on a plane it is very traumatic and stressful for them. Part of the trauma and stress is being apart from their owners so you need to give them extra tender loving care to help them adjust to their new home.

Besides giving them extra special attention there are also rules and procedures you need to follow when moving your pet. The first thing you need to consider is if there are any special laws in the county or state you’re moving to. If your move is to another country overseas you need to find out if there is a quarantine period for your pet when you arrive. If you are flying to your new place you should inquire if there are certain documents you need to complete to transport your pet on the plane. Here are a few tips to make moving your pet to a new location a lot easier.

Read All Pet Regulations

If your new home is overseas you need to read about all the pet regulations for that country. Some countries require a quarantine period for pets when they first arrive from another country. Sometimes the quarantine period can be as long as six months. There are many states within countries that have their own quarantine period as well. As for other special regulations some states in the U.S. require certain breeds of dogs to wear a dog harness so you may want to check out the state in the country you are moving to for any special regulations they require. In the U.S. regarding special regulations Hawaii takes pride in being rabies free so they require all pets arriving in the state to be quarantined for 120 days. A good way to avoid this special regulation is to have your pet tested for rabies 120 days in advance of your move then paying the fee.

Keep Your Pet With You During The Move
If you were thinking about putting your pet in the moving truck to be transported don’t think about it any longer since it is prohibited. Professional moving companies do not permit pets to be moved in the moving van so you will need to take your pet in your vehicle during the move. You will be able to take care of them during the drive and they will be much more comfortable being with you. Traveling can make pets tense and nervous especially during a move. If you have a dog be sure to have their leash on them constantly. If you have a cat they much prefer a crate to being lose in the car during the drive. There are also a few other special items you might need such as a barrier so your dog doesn’t jump in the front seat and ramps to help them get in and out of the car.

Check The Airlines For Special Pet Regulations
If you’re traveling by plane to your new home you will need a pet carrier for each pet you have. You will also need to check with the airlines to see if you can keep your pet in their carrier with you in the cabin. Some airlines require that all pet carriers be in the baggage area while others will permit small pets in their carriers by your seat. Your pets should also be up to date on all of their shots and you will need to show proof of that to the airlines. For example, some airlines require a rabies certificate showing that your pet has been vaccinated for rabies and also documentation signed by your vet. You will also have to pay a fee of at least $50 to the airlines to transport your pet. There are also certain age restrictions for pets so you will need to contact the airlines for those.

Make Sure Your Pet Wears ID
No matter how you are transporting your pet whether it be by car or air be sure they are wearing their ID tags at all times. You don’t want your dog lost along with your baggage when you are flying. Be sure the ID includes your name, cell phone number, new address and a name and phone number of a friend or relative.

Check The Local Laws Of Your New LocationBefore your move contact the area where you’re moving to and inquire if there are any laws for pets. For example some states and counties have a limit as to the number of pets you can have while others have laws against having certain breeds of dogs. Some locations require that all pets be licensed and that they wear their license at all times.