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How to move your furniture yourself

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Whether you’ve got to move furniture on short notice or want to save money, you can move large furniture without the help of movers.  There are few steps to take before carrying on this task and here, we will lay it all out to ensure you get your furniture out and in safe and no harm comes to you either.

Plan your attack

Getting furniture through tight places can be tricky so the best way to go about it is to measure your furniture dimensions (length, width, and height) and to measure the areas you are moving it through (hallways, stairs, etc.)  After you have got your measurements, see if it is possible to go the way you wanted and if not then find another route.  After you’ve found a winning route, figure out which ways the furniture will fit best when moving it.  You will want to ask questions like “Will it be easier to move it if I flip it on its side?” or “How will I get around the staircases?”  You’ll want to remove any attached pieces like the legs for instance before you get moving.  Next, we’ll look at some tools that will make the job a little easier.

Tools of the trade

If you are moving light furniture you may want to see if you can use a dolly.  They are available for rent in some areas.  If you’re moving furniture through large areas, you may be able to use sliders.  These are plastic and foam pieces that you stick underneath each corner and simply move across the floor.  Also, you can try rollers.  These are simple rods that you stick underneath the furniture and move it forward as it rolls on the rods.  You can place another rod in front of the furniture as it rolls out behind it.  Last, if you have to move furniture alone, there is a strategy to get you there.  Simply put long boards over the staircases and let it slide on them.  This is a bit more tricky but can be done if careful. 

I hope these tips have been helpful and if you’ve got any extra tips that have helped you move your furniture, comment in the area below!

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How to choose and pack boxes for moving

Specialized Moving Boxes

When packing a box, choosing the right size is crucial.  If you put heavy items like books into a big box, the bottom will fall out and if you’ve got anything fragile inside, you are in for some real trouble.  Here to help, we’re going to guide you through what boxes are out there, the best ones for each job, and how to properly pack it.

Variety of boxes

There are all sorts of moving boxes out there.  We’ve all seen the small to big boxes so let’s get on to some specialized ones.

Wardrobe boxes – These boxes stand 3 to 4 feet tall and will have a bar on top going from the left side to the right.  You can put hangers on wardrobe boxes and close the top of the box to keep your clothes safe.

Glassware boxes – These boxes will hold glassware and have cardboard sectionals that provide little cubbies for each piece of glassware. They can be layered on top of each other, but they must be prepared for storage with packing paper.  To learn more, about how to wrap your glassware, check out How To Pack Your Cups and Glassware.

Picture boxes – These boxes will but cut at the halfway point and slide over each other.  They are a great way to keep your framed pictures safe and come in several different sizes.  Additional packing inside the box is optional.

TV boxes –  These boxes come in assortment of sizes and are designed to be very sturdy to hold up to the weight of large screens.  If you hire moving company, you may very see these and appreciate their safety.

Mattress boxes – Yes that is right, they even have boxes for mattresses and boxsprings. These are wrapped with plastic first to keep the dust and insects out, then placed in the boxes for shipment.  This is an extra layer of protection against tears in the plastic that could lead to damage at some point during the moving process.

How to pack boxes

Now that we’ve go the specialty boxes out of the way, let’s talk about how to pack boxes for moving.  The first thing to keep in mind is that heavy items should always go into smaller boxes.  The material of a box can only hold so much weight and too much will break the bottom of a box, even with heavy tape of the bottom of a it.  This is what movers complain about all the time from customers who decide to pack themselves.  With larger items like pillows and linens, place them into large boxes that can hold their light weight.  So, heavy items go in small boxes, light items go in big boxes.  Piece of cake.  Be sure add extra packing paper to ensure nothing bounces or moves when it’s on the truck.

Tape and label boxes

Use strong tape what was made for taping boxes.  Others will not hold and make a big mess or worse break something inside.  Label your boxes for where they are going.  This will help the movers out and you as well.

If you have any tips or ideas you’d like to share, comment in the box below!

 

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Tips for Moving Dishes Safely

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When moving houses and packing yourself, it’s important to remember that when moving dishes, they need to be packed carefully.  If not, you’ll be disappointed when you find broken plates in your boxes.  So in this article, we are going to guide you on how to properly pack your dishes every step of the way. So let’s get moving!

1.  Get the right boxes to pack your dishes away

In order to get your dishes from your old kitchen to your new one, we’re going to need the right materials to ensure safe passage on that moving truck.  It’s about keeping it safe and padded to avoid chipping, and to get started we’re going to need strong boxes.  A medium size box is going to be a good option because it will be big enough to fit your dishes, but small enough to keep them snug.  Too big of a box, and you’ll waste space and protective material.

2.  Pad the bottom of your boxes

Moving DishesThe bottom of the box is where the most force will be.  As gravity pulls everything down, it needs to be the softest here to make certain nothing will break.  Using packing paper, made wads by compacting the paper into long rolls going the same direction.  Put them into the bottom of the box and push them down so they flatten down a bit.  Next, fill the bottom of the box with packing paper and press down on the paper to create a flat even bottom of paper.  This will the base of our box and the crucial way to keep our plates safe and sound.

 

3.  Wrap your plates

The next step is to wrap your plates.  Before you do that make sure to complete step 4 from the article Do’s and Don’ts of Packing. You can use a variety of materials.  Packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap, and styrofoam plates will work.  I personally have used all of them and don’t typically use newspaper because ink will end up on your plates and will need a good hand wash to get it off.  I like to use wrapping paper because it keeps the most space filled up without using packing peanuts. This reduces the amount of pressure each plate will have placed on it and keeps them safe.

4.  Place your plates vertically

It may sound crazy, but keeping your plates standing vertically in your boxes is the safest way to store them for transport on the moving truck.  The reason why is the area of the plate that has the most strength to withstand chipping or cracking is the very edge of the plate.  Any force will travel to the edge and move around the sides, distributing the force until it weakens completely.  So when placing into the box, place your wrapped plates vertically until you fill a complete row, perpendicular to the padding on the bottom. This ensures that the plates don’t slide between the padding and hit the bottom of the box, adding an extra layer of protection.  Then add packing paper to the rest of the box to fill in the extra space.

5.  Tape your box and label it

There’s no point in packing plates into a bag if they’re not secure inside so use strong packing tape to ensure the top of the box won’t open and is sturdy.  Next, write fragile in large text on the box and add a label to it to mark the room you want it delivered to.  If you want to take your labeling and unpacking organization to the next level, color code your boxes to make it so easy for you and your movers to get every box into the right room, a monkey could do it!

6.  Moving dishes onto the truck

With all that hard work finished to guard our dishes, we need to take one last step to protect our dishes on the road.  There are a lot of boxes going into that moving truck so we want to put these into the safest areas.  Those are going to be areas that won’t allow many boxes next to them.  When moving dishes, under tables or desks you’ll find there is protection from boxes on top so that makes it a perfect spot for dish boxes. Another one of my favorite spots is in the dressers with the doors secured shut so the boxes won’t slide out.  Another great tip is to face your dressers towards the walls so the doors or drawers don’t open up.

7.  Unpacking

The last step is to get those boxes boarded into their respective rooms and unpacked.  If you used newspaper, be sure to wash off the ink that rubbed off the newspaper onto the plates before storing them in your cupboard.  And that is how you pack, protect, and trasnport your favorite dishware to your new home, worry free.

Here are some additional tips to make your move an easy and successful one:
10 Beginner Tips for Moving

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or tips of your own for keeping your dishes safe when packing and moving to a new house, please comment below and let us know!

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How to Pack Your Cups and Glass when Moving

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When moving a kitchen, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed!  From china to cleaning products, there’s a lot of items in the kitchen and moving them can be a hassle but it doesn’t have to be.  Here to help, we’re going to show you how to begin packing and moving your kitchen by starting with the cups and glassware.

Packing your glassware

Packing and Moving Cups and GlassesFirst, place your cup or glass diagonally about twelve inches away from the corner.  Then, bring the packing paper completely over the glass, leaving about eight inches of paper.  Then, take your second glass and place it upside down beside the glass you just folded paper over so they form a bit of a rectangle.  Then, pull the corners of the paper over and fold them over the glass.  Last, roll them forward wrapping the last bit of paper over them.

 

 

Packing your stemware

Packing and Moving StemwareWhen it comes to preparing your stemware for moving, it’s important to create a lot of padding because of how delicate they are.  The first step is to provide resistance against any bumps that may occur once they’re in the moving truck.  To do this, we’re going to put packing paper inside the cup.  Next, take the stemware and place it just like you did with the glassware, about 12 inches away from the corner and laying diagonally.  Using two sheets of packing paper, roll your stemware over about 2 full rotations forward, then fold the corners over.  Roll forward until the paper ends.

 

Preparing your moving boxes

packing and moving glasswareTo safely store your cups, glassware, and stemware, place a few pieces of packing paper on the bottom of your box to provide a cushion.  Next, place your items in the box vertically,  top down – not on their sides.  Then, be sure to add packing paper to the remaining areas of open space in your box.  There are times to save on materials, but this is not one of them.  The more packing paper you have in your boxes, the safer they will be if anything bumps into the boxes on the moving truck or if the movers allow the box to topple over.  For this reason, be sure to label the box “Fragile” and what the contents of the box are.

Here are some additional resources for moving your kitchen:

Tips for Moving Dishes Safely

If you’re moving your kitchen and have any tips you’d like to share, please comment below or let us know if you would like any other tips for moving!

 

 

 

 

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Easy Way To Pack Electronic Cords When Moving

MOVING PACKING CORDS

Organized way to pack your electronic cords when moving


We’ve all been there.  We decided to move, hired a good moving company, and started the packing process.  Then we came across the tangled nightmare of electronic wires,  which after unplugging didn’t look much better.  It can be a pain packing these neatly, only to wonder which cable goes where when unpacking.  During the last move, I used these tips and tricks to save me a ton of frustration and hassle.  Check them out!

1.  Use colored or washi tape to label your electronic cords

Moving Tape Cord OrganizeAdding these labels will make things much easier when you are beginning to plug everything back in.  Just unplug each cord one at a time, add the label, and plug it back  in until all the cords you need help with are finished.  It also helps to take a picture of your electronic setup too.  Then you can begin unplugging them and putting them into their proper place which leads to the next tip!

 

 

2. Use toilet paper rolls to store your electronic cords

best moving corda organizerOnce you’ve got your cables labeled, you can put them into toilet paper rolls for easy, clutter free storage. For those extra cables you didn’t put tape labels on, you can just label the toilet paper roll instead.  It will really make moving so much easier when you easily locate proper cords and set up each electronic without creating any messes.       

 

3.  Make a cable storage box

Movers Company Packing TipsNow that your labels and toilet paper rolls are put together, secure them with string, tape, or whatever you want to ensure they don’t move around inside the box.  Use a thick divider to separate the toilet paper rolls from the compartment for any extra cables you have.  After you’ve finished packing the cables into your box, make sure to label it on the outside to help the movers and yourself out when you need to find it. This was such a huge help when needing to plug something in having and having all the cables in one place.

 

4.  Use  a plastic organizer

Moving Cable Storage MoversAnother alternative is to simply label a plastic organizer with drawers.  Just put all cables in their respective drawers and you’re set.  Make sure to secure the drawers so they don’t slide out while if your moving truck hits a bump and knocks it over.  I recommend to use something to secure the drawers so they don’t come out or place it in a box with the drawers facing the interior wall that would block the drawers if they did try to slide out.  

 

You may want to check out this article on what you need to get started before you begin packing.
If you would like more tips check out this cord organization article

I hope these tips helped you like they helped when I was moving a few months ago.  If you like these tips or have one you would like to share, please comment below and let us know your organization tips the last time you were moving!

 

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Do’s and Don’ts of Packing and Moving

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You can either hire a moving company to pack for you or do it yourself and save some money.  Keep in mind that if you hired the best moving company your area, they will reimburse any damages they made during a move.  Packing yourself can lead to a little damage during the process, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow these do’s and don’ts of packing.

1.  Do…Purchase the right materials for the job

Things you need:

  1. Packing Paper – This is a special paper for packing into boxes.  I know you’re tempted to use the newspaper but it will leave ink stains if you do.  Packing paper has the strength and softness this kind of job requires.
  2. Packing Tape – Buy the right kind of tape.  Scotch, Masking, and Painter’s tape aren’t strong enough to secure the boxes and will lead to boxes breaking.
  3. Boxes – You don’t need go out and buy new boxes.  It’s okay to pack used boxes but make sure they are sturdy and don’t have any tears or signs of deterioration.
  4. Permanent Markers – Have a set of different colors handy for labeling each box for which room it belongs in.
  5. Bubble Wrap and Peanuts – They can be messy but are the right material for the job when you are packing up delicate items such as china.

2.  Do…Pack Personal a Bag

Make sure to pack two weeks worth of clothing and supplies.  This will be your travel size clothing and hygeniene bag to used until you’re finished most of the unpacking.  Include items you use on a daily basis like toothepaste, towels, soap, cell phone charger, and any medications.

3. Do…Pack a Supply Bag

Pack the essentials you’ll need for the first couple of days like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, pans, paper plates, sheets for the bed, etc.

4. Do…Clean it

Before you pack anything into boxes, clean it first. Otherwise, you’ll bring the dust and dirt that settled from your old home to your new one.  Also, when it comes to old and dirty things, think of what you could leave behind or throw away.  Your moving company will charge based on the weight and space your belongings take up in the truck so you can save some money by getting rid of things you may not really need

5. Do…Color code your boxes

Now that you’ve cleaned everything as you’ve packed it, label the boxes with either colored packing tape, labels, and/or markers.  Unless you’ve hired the best moving company in your area, they won’t pay much attention to the scribble on the boxes anyway.  By color coding each room you make it easy for the movers to get the right boxes in the right room.

7. DO…Pack and label everything

As your packing items inside boxes, label them so you know what’s inside.  Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to pack everything before the movers arrive.  I know someone who procrastinated and was throwing her unpacked things into black garbage bags as the movers were taking the boxes she packed onto the truck.  Leave yourself plenty of time to finish before your movers arrive.

6. Don’t…pack small things into boxes directly

Use small bags like you’d use for sandwiches and label them with the name of the small things you’re putting in it. How you organized your old house will be different from your new house and one of the most frustrating things about moving is not being able to find something small in a sea of clutter.

8. Don’t…Bring important papers with you

Keep all important documents with you in a file folder, just to be extra safe.

 

These tips can really turn a stressful move into an organized stress-free system.  I hope these tips helped you out and comment below with your favorite tips!

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WHO SHOULD KNOW THAT YOU ARE MOVING

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We all know that the hardest part of moving is not driving to your new place.  It’s everything before and after that takes the most work.  And one small problem can snowball into a really big one if it’s missed.  Moving can be complicated if you don’t have a proper checklist. And we don’t want that to happen so we thought we’d cover all your bases so you can sleep soundly in that house that you worked hard for.  So without further adieu, here’s everything you’ll need to change!

The Essentials

  • The Post Office – We simply can’t forget our mail.  Be sure to get to the Post Office and forward your address BEFORE you actually pack up and hit the road.  You don’t want any mail slipping in between the cracks.
  • Your Employer – Make sure to update your new address for your Paychecks and to have your W-2’s sent to the right place.  If you own a business yourself, you don’t confidential information leaking out.

Finance

  • Your Bank/Credit Union – Got to make sure those statements are coming in and what their new lower interest rates are in case we want to use financing.
  • Loan Companies – It’s your business and yours only who you took out a loan with.  Let’s keep it that way.
  • Credit Cards – One of the most frustrating as well as embarrassing things is moving to another state and having your cards denied because they weren’t notified you were moving and it’s flagged as suspicious.
  • Student Loans – This one is a common one and you would be surprised how many times student loan accounts are sold to other companies so having your address correct can save you a lot of trouble.
  • Investments – We all need to prepare for the future and making sure your investment reports come to you (and not someone else) is crucial.

Insurance

  • Health, Dental, Vision – When you keep your insurance companies in the loop, they can help you link in to the health facilities that take your coverage.  Health is important and in case of an emergency, it’s best to have this one sorted out before the fact.
  • Car – While your coverage extends across the country, it’s always good to update your info in the new area’s office and meet the staff in case you need a copy of your insurance if you happen to accidentally lose it.
  • Homeowners – This one speaks for itself but can easily be forgotten about. Make sure your coverage extends to the new doors before you arrive.

Home Services & Utilities

  • Water, Electricity, and Gas – Make sure to find out your options and payment methods available for your new area.
  • Internet – Everything today revolves around it so check to see if you can move your services over to your place if they have coverage there.  Unless they sucked, then check around.
  • Garbage – Some areas have free garbage service while others require payments.  Make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before it becomes a hassle.
  • Cell Phone Service – While you will likely have coverage it’s a good idea to update your residency as soon as you can.  If there were any previous connection problems in the area, they can help you faster.
  • Lawn Care – If you don’t love riding that tractor, make sure you call someone that does to keep that fresh cut grass smell coming all year long.
  • Cleaning Service – Some house cleaners will travel a distance if the conditions are right so make sure to ask and if you can’t keep that lady you really love, be sure to scout out some really good ones where you will be living.

People

  • Doctor, Dentist, and Children’s Physician – In case of an emergency, it’s good to know where to go before you move into a new area.
  • Vet – Before you bring your pooch along for the ride, find a good vet.  There are some good ones and bad ones so be sure to check online for reviews to save you some time and frustration.
  • Lawyer – Be sure to have a lawyer on hand for various things like automobile collisions, domestic disputes, or in the case you have to use your handgun in defense.
  • Babysitter – Babysitting is an area none of us skimp on and finding a reliable sitter is a must.  I used SitterCity to find the most reliable babysitters and the reviews others have left for them.

Memberships and Subscriptions

  • Retail and Grocery Stores – Sales and promotions are region-sensitive and updating will ensure you don’t miss great deals.
  • Churches – Finding a church that fits can be tough.  There’s a lot of options out there, but if you’re moving out of town be sure to let your church know so they take you off their lists.
  • Scouts/Youth Organization – The teams your youngsters may have may off a sister chapter where you’re going but sometimes you can get a good lead from your current group’s parents of which troop would be the right one.
  • Parent/Teacher – Take your name off the first school’s list and add it to the new one’s.  You don’t need any more junk mail.
  • Magazines – An easy phone call will make sure you keep up to date on what’s going on with the Kardashians, fitness world, or sports.
  • Subscription Boxes – Welcome to 2017.  From Fishing Tackle to Shaving Kit subscriptions, you can get the latest hot products shipped monthly to your doorstep.  Update your address so Fido doesn’t miss his monthly treats.

Government Agencies

  • Dept. of Motor Vehicles – Sometimes being local with your registration helps when chatting with the police officer that just pulled you over.  Win him over and you may just walk away without a ticket.
  • Voter Registration – Registering correctly will save you from driving around town looking for the right voting building so update this and you’ll have the correct voting building for your address.

Online Shopping

  • Amazon, Ebay, etc. –  Let’s make sure the package arrives at the right house.  With Amazon’s Prime membership, you can choose One-Click Buy option and have it sent to your house without the checkout process. This can be disastrous if you make a big purchase only to find out it’s thousands of miles away.

 

That’s an exhaustive list but as long as you’ve tackled it, then you can rest easy as your moving company takes you to your new home knowing everything is in place to move forward.  I hope this helped and your move goes safely.