Moving Tips

Getting Organized

  1. Start early- Almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it.
  2. Room Lists- Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.
  3. Room Inventory- Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.
  4. Time Allotment- Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. One study reported that it takes 4-5 hours to pack an average dorm room, so that should give you an idea of what’s involved.
  5. Calendar- Pull out a calendar and plan by day when each room will be completed.
  6. Delegation- If you’re moving with family members, agree with them exactly while tasks they will be doing and the date they will be finished.
  7. Track your progress- at least once per week track where you are against the date on the calendar. Revise your plan if you’re falling behind.

Finding Great Movers

  1. Only hire the best- If you choose to hire professional movers, do your research and hire good ones. Poor quality movers really can be worse than none at all.
  2. Referrals- Get referrals from local real estate agents and friends who have moved recently.
  3. Licensing- Only consider movers that are licensed, bonded and insured.
  4. Research- Investigate your potential movers through the U.S. Department of Transportation, MovingScam-dot-com and the Better Business Bureau.
  5. In-home estimates- Evaluate a minimum of 3 movers based on in-home estimates of goods to be moved.
  6. Price- Price isn’t the only factor- extremely low bids indicate a desperate mover.
  7. “Binding Not-To-Exceed”- Ask for written “Binding Not-To-Exceed” estimates.
  8. Avoid “rogue movers”- if you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts! Never agree to move your possessions with anyone you don’t trust.

General Packing Tips


  1. Pack a suitcase- For each member of the family moving, pack a suitcase as if you’re all going on a 3-day vacation, including changes of clothes, medications, eyeglasses, toiletries, etc. Keep the suitcases separated from all the other items to be moved, such as in your car, at your new workplace, etc. so you’ll have everything you need for the first few days without searching through boxes.
  2. Create “Open Me First” boxes- Pick one or two boxes per room as “Open Me First” boxes. Put in them the things you’ll need first at your new location. Then mark the sides of the boxes so you’ll know which ones are which.
  3. One at a time- Wherever possible, work on packing just one room at a time (instead of several all at once) to keep things focused and organized.
  4. Less is more- Use packing as a way to clean out belongings for donations, a yard sale, and/or the recycling center. Aim to eliminate 1/3 of your belongings. You’ll save time and expense.
  5. Off the floor- Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter in each room for packing boxes. You’ll find you get much more accomplished.
  6. Tracking small parts- When taking apart items to be moved, such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts securely to the underside of the item. You’ll always know where to look and save time putting things back together.
  7. Save space- Use towels, pillows and t-shirts you’re packing as extra padding around fragile items. It will save room in your boxes.
  8. Criss-cross tape- Tape boxes along the seams where the flaps meet together. Then tape perpendicularly at the center of the first tape, forming a cross.
  9. Stacking- Stack boxes with the heaviest on the bottom, lightest on top to prevent crushing.
  10. The 30-pound rule- Keep each box below 50 pounds absolute maximum and below 30 pounds wherever possible. Heavier boxes lead to injuries, are much more likely to burst their tape or seams and tend to get dropped.
  11. Scale- Keep a bathroom scale in the room you’re packing so you can keep the boxes below the weight limits.

Packing Electronics


  1. A picture is worth 1000 words- Use a digital or cell phone camera to take pictures of how complicated wiring (computer cords, speaker wires) is hooked up. Be sure to use plenty of light and careful focus so the pictures will be clear. Print each picture and put it in the top of the box holding the item. This will make hooking up the items in your new place much easier.
  2. Original is best- Always use the original packaging when available. (I realize that most of us don’t have the original packaging for much of anything, but I thought I would bring it up anyway).
  3. Double boxing- For especially fragile electronics, pack them first in a box with an excessive amount of biodegradable packing peanuts. Then pack that box in a larger box filled with biodegradable packing peanuts. This two-box system seems like a pain but seems to do a better job isolating items from jarring impacts.
  4. No loose ends- Wrap each cord carefully with cable organizers, heavy twist ties or heavy rubber bands. Never throw unwrapped cords into boxes- they get tangled and caught on other items.
  5. Cord labels- Consider getting a label maker and labeling the end of each. Then you’ll know exactly which cord you’re seeing and where each end connects when you put things back together.
  6. The two-inch rule- Use at least 2″ of biodegradable packing peanuts around each side of fragile items.

Box Inventory and Labeling


  1. “Fat” is in- Use the thickest, darkest marker you can find for labeling boxes. Pencils, pens, tin or light markers are almost impossible to see even just a few feet away.
  2. Two sides- Label each box on the two broadest sides, opposite one another. That way if a box gets turned, you can still identify its contents.
  3. Abbreviate room names- Start box labels with the abbreviated name of the room followed by a box number, such as “BTH2-6” for “second bathroom, 6th box.” You can then track each box to make sure everything arrived safely.
  4. Label “Open Me First” on boxes where it applies.
  5. Mark “Fragile” where appropriate.
  6. Identify contents- Identify the major contents and where they came from, such as “Medicine Cabinet” or “Linen Closet- Towels and Wash Cloths.”
  7. Box Inventory- Keep a clipboard and write down each box’s room, box number and contents (graph paper is great for keeping things recorded neatly).
  8. Verifying delivery- When unloading, check off each box as it gets unloaded at your new place. Then you’ll know everything arrived safely.
  9. Labels out- Ask movers to stack boxes in your new place with the labels facing out so that you can easily spot a specific box.

Letting People Know

  1. Post Office- File your change of address with the Post Office at least 30 days prior to the date of the move.
  2. Referrals- Ask everyone you notify for a referral in your new area.
  3. Records- Get copies of your existing records (transcripts from schools, medical records from doctors, etc.) while you’re notifying the changes of address.

Change of Address- Who To Notify

  1. Accountant/tax preparer; Alumni associations; Attorneys
  2. Babysitter/ child care provider; Banks (auto loans, checking accounts, credit cards, home equity, IRA’s, mortgage, safe deposit box, savings account); Broker; Business cards (order new ones if applicable)
  3. Cell phone provider; Child care/ daycare; Chiropractor; Courts, especially for traffic tickets or local disputes; Credit bureaus; Credit card issuers
  4. Dentist; Department of Motor Vehicles; Diaper service; Doctor; Dry cleaning pick-up and delivery
  5. Family members and friends
  6. Health clubs; House cleaning service; House of worship
  7. Insurance providers (auto, health, life, other vehicles); IRS (form 8822)
  8. Lawn care; Luggage tags (replace existing ones)
  9. Magazine subscriptions
  10. New business cards; New employer; Newspaper subscriptions
  11. Old employer; Orthodontist
  12. Parent-teacher association; Passport; Pet sitter/ dog walker/ pet day care; Pharmacy (BONUS: get year-to-date expense summary for taxes); Physical therapist; Physician (BONUS: get referral for new location); Post office; Professional organizations
  13. Retirement plan holders; Return address labels (order new ones)
  14. Schools (BONUS: get copies of transcripts); Snow removal service; Social Security Administration; Swimming pool maintenance (pool cleaning, pool opening or closing); Swimming pool memberships
  15. Veterinarian BONUS get vet records and recommendations
  16. Water delivery service

Moving With Kids


  1. Get a children’s book on moving for smaller kids. Consider “The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day.”
  2. If appropriate, let children pick their room.
  3. If possible, let kids pick a decoration (poster, light switch, name banner, etc.) for their new room.
  4. Pack a kid’s sized suitcase and let each child pick out a special toy to keep with them and a special outfit to wear on “new home day.”
  5. If the child has a special dish or cup, include it in the kitchen “Open Me First” box so familiar items await them at their new place.
  6. Consider unpacking the kids’ rooms first, or at least their “Open Me First” boxes to help them settle in.

Open Me First Box: The Kitchen


  1. Aluminum foil or plastic wrap
  2. Break-proof or disposable flatware, cups, and plates
  3. Coffee maker and coffee (don’t forget the filters!)
  4. Dish detergent
  5. Frying pan and spatula
  6. Pet food and bowels
  7. Scissors
  8. Tea kettle

Open Me First Box: Main Bathroom


  1. Bath mat
  2. Bath towels
  3. First-aid kit (aspirin, band-aids, hydrogen peroxide)
  4. Shampoo
  5. Shower curtain and rings
  6. Soap
  7. Toilet paper
  8. Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Open Me First Box: Tool Room or Drawer


  1. Duct tape
  2. Flashlight
  3. Flat-head screwdriver
  4. Hammer
  5. Level
  6. Phillips-head screwdriver
  7. Picture hangers
  8. Tape measure
  9. Utility knife

Moving Day


  1. Again, start early- You want to have everything as organized as possible prior to the arrival of the movers.
  2. Use sitters- Recruit help in watching your small kids and pets on Moving Day. Your attention will be needed for the nuts and bolts of the move.
  3. Have food ready- Whether you have a professional moving company or friends and family, having coffee, orange juice, and bagels or donuts available will make it easier for everyone to get started.
  4. Cell phone numbers- Make sure you have the cell phone number of the driver of the truck entered into your cell phone, and that the driver has yours in case you get separated or have a problem.
  5. Proper payment- Almost all professional movers will demand payment in full and in cash before they will unpack a single box. Make sure you have payment ready.
  6. Directions- Have directions and a map ready for anyone will be driving between your old place and your new place.

Unpacking


  1. Unpacking Plan- Just like with packing, have a plan for unpacking. Otherwise you’re likely to end up frustrated with a sea of half-opened boxes with your necessities still “missing in action.”
  2. Prioritize Rooms- Focus on “Open Me First” boxes in the bathrooms and kitchen first.
  3. Trash and Recyclable Boxes- Keep at least one trash bag (for the real trash) and one large emptied box (to hold used packing paper and biodegradable “peanuts”) available in each room BEFORE you start the heavy unpacking.
  4. Time Limits- Set an objective of unpacking a certain number of boxes each day until all the boxes are all unpacked.

Moving cross country

Your last little birdie has left the nest and you and your spouse have decided to move to a quiet area in the country to get away from all the hustle and bustle. There are a few things that you need to consider such as cost, possessions, home services and even pets.

One of the first things that you need to consider is whether or not you plan to keep all of your possessions or get rid of the things that you no longer want. If you decide on the latter you could have a garage sale, give items to a charity or rent dumpsters to throw out the things that are no longer valuable. Now that you have gotten rid of the excess clutter that you have gathered over the years you now need to consider how you and your possessions are going to get all the way to the country.

You want to make your move cross country as enjoyable, cost effective and as stress free as you can. You basically have two options: flying or driving. If you choose to fly cross country you will need to find out the cost of airfare. If you have enough time on your hands you can shop around for the cheapest flights to your destination. Also consider the amount of baggage that you are allowed to carry. You may have to pay a little extra for additional luggage and have the rest of your possessions shipped.

Let’s say you decide to make it a cross-country driving experience. You will need to decide whether or not you are driving or shipping your car, think about lodging along the way, what time frame you will be working with, how the weather is going to affect the trip and the cost of food and snacks along the way. In both scenarios you would need to hire movers or their equipment and consideration should also be taken if you have a pet and how your pet will make the cross country trip.

In either case the pet will be stressed. Flying on a plane for a pet is very stressful even though they reach the destination a lot faster. If you choose to take him on your road trip it will stress both you and your pet even though he is with you. He will be in confinement and he won’t be very happy and the trip will be way too long.

When it comes to hiring movers you may need to investigate several moving companies before choosing one with regards to cost and the company’s reliability. Don’t forget to read the fine print which may hold some extra clauses and expenses. You can look into hiring a full service company. If you are not shipping your car you also need to consider the cost per day for it being towed along the way and how much damage your car may sustain. You can get “replacement cost only insurance” which will cover the cost of any damages done to your possessions while moving.

Using your own vehicle to tow the trailer is also a possibility. For this long road trip you need to prepare not only yourself but your car as well. Visit your mechanic to get your car a full body inspection. The most important things to check would be the transmission, radiator and the brakes. You will also want to check the air conditioning and the heater. If you fail to prepare your vehicle for the trip it may cost you thousands of dollars if your car stalls and you have to pay for a rental car and tow truck amongst other things to continue with your trip. Remember, you want a stress free and enjoyable trip so preparing for the “just in case” scenarios are crucial.

Now in order to drive your car it must have fuel. You don’t want to break down in the middle of no where. You would need to calculate the cost of fuel which will be determined by the amount of miles you will have to travel.

Besides taking your vehicle to the mechanic you need to ask yourself, “Can my vehicle pull the weight of the trailer long distance, through the different types of weather we may encounter as well as the landscapes that are ahead of us?” If the answer is no you need to review your other options, however if the answer is yes let’s see what else we need to prepare for this trip.

Do you know how to read a map? If you don’t and you want to drive cross country I suggest that you learn before you start your trip or have someone with you who is capable of doing so. Mapping your destination will help you to save time along the way so you’ll have time for other fun things like sight seeing. If you have an out dated map you would need to trade it in for a current road atlas. If you have GPS in your car it makes the trip all the much easier.

Now that you have taken all these things into consideration and you have set your moving date and an estimated time for your arrival to your new location you have a few phone calls to make. You will need to make arrangements for your phone, cable, gas and utilities to be cut off the day after you leave your old home and be connected two days before you reach your new one. If you have any other services such as internet you will need to contact them as well.

Don’t forget to change your posting address. Visit your local post office and fill out the forms that will allow you to do this. They will deliver your mail to your new location based on the date that you have written on your form.

Last but not least leave room in your schedule for the unexpected. Having a tight schedule gives little leeway for this. It doesn’t matter how much you plan, something unexpected will likely come up.

Now that you have everything planned and ready to go, have a safe and enjoyable cross country road trip!

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MOVING PETS

Pets are much treasured and considered to be one of the integral members of the family nowadays. If a family decides to move a home, this means that each and every family member is expected to move along which includes the pets. The act of transferring from one place to another can be both exciting and scary for most individuals. Exciting in a sense that they will encounter new settings and environments and scary for the reason that if they can adapt on these changes. However, as for their pets, may it be a dog, cat or bird, the only thing that they would feel is fear. Fear is the fundamental reaction of animals when they are in an entirely different place which is often filled with strange smells and unfamiliar sounds. The process of moving requires moving cars for long hours and long distance drives which can be very traumatic for animals. All pets require special attention from their caretakers and considerations when moving is the most important thing to do. Since these situations can be very stressful to animals, guidelines are made by experts in order to avoid this situation to happen and as well as to minimize terror.

The first guideline that owners should consider upon moving to another place is the need to research for the laws and requirements of their new home.Since not all cities have the same laws and others may require different things, owners must inquire about the need to apply for certain permits or special insurance in order to keep the pet in that area. It is also important to verify what shots and vaccines are needed before bringing the pet to the new environment. It is of importance that before moving, pets must visit their veterinarians in order to conduct a general check up so that owners can make sure that their pet’s health is stable and necessary vaccinations needed are given. They can also ask the veterinarian to arrange their pet’s records to be sent to the new veterinarian. Since car travel is the most common means of transportation, the feeling of security should be the number one priority. Although some pets love to ride in cars, other animals becomes stressed and bothered. When the day of moving comes, making them feel at ease is the minimum owners can do for them to make them feel safe such as placing them in a crate or pet carrier or covering their cages to help keep them calm. For long distance drives, extra time is needed for exercise and walks during rest stops. For some animals, specifically dogs, become disrupted if they stay in a car for a very long period of time. It is also important that if owners are planning to stay overnight in a hotel during the trip, they must inquire first with the hotel that they are bringing pets with them in order for them to know if pets are allowed in the establishment.  If it does, owners must also prepare extra cash for the additional fee for their pet.It is important that owner’s should be prepared on what to pack for their pet’s for them to feel comfortable and safe. Some of the important things include something to cover the car’s upholstery to keep the car clean, toys and bones to entertain the pets in order for them to feel more at home, leashes and

They can also ask the veterinarian to arrange their pet’s records to be sent to the new veterinarian. Since car travel is the most common means of transportation, the feeling of security should be the number one priority. Although some pets love to ride in cars, other animals becomes stressed and bothered. When the day of moving comes, making them feel at ease is the minimum owners can do for them to make them feel safe such as placing them in a crate or pet carrier or covering their cages to help keep them calm. For long distance drives, extra time is needed for exercise and walks during rest stops. For some animals, specifically dogs, become disrupted if they stay in a car for a very long period of time. It is also important that if owners are planning to stay overnight in a hotel during the trip, they must inquire first with the hotel that they are bringing pets with them in order for them to know if pets are allowed in the establishment.  If it does, owners must also prepare extra cash for the additional fee for their pet.It is important that owner’s should be prepared on what to pack for their pet’s for them to feel comfortable and safe. Some of the important things include something to cover the car’s upholstery to keep the car clean, toys and bones to entertain the pets in order for them to feel more at home, leashes and straining devices so that pets cannot roam anywhere during rest stops and cleaning supplies such as towels, sponges and a cleaning solution just in case the pet happens to get sick. Also, if the pet is sick and requires medications, it is important that owners must pack them in the car where the pet is for easy access.

If the owners are planning to move by air, owners must first check if the airlines allows pet to travel with them. If it does, owners must make sure to book the flight and inform them that their pets are travelling with them. It is also important to make special arrangements with the airlines regarding this matter for some airlines have a special program which allows the pet inside the cabin to travel along with their owners. However this program is on a first come first serve and case to case basis. Guidelines have shown that those who are allowed inside the cabin must be odorless, inoffensive, and must be kept in a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Airport Transport Association (IATA) approved container small enough to fit under the owner’s seat. As for those pets that are not accompanied by their owners or too large for cabins must travel in air freight. However, owners must make sure that their pets are properly handled with care in order for them to avoid stress. Make sure that connecting flights are minimized for it adds not only stress to your pets but as well as extra work and costs. Proper documents and recent photos of the pet are very vital during air travels and cages should have the pet’s name and note if it bites as well as labels like “fragile”, “live animal” and “this side up” should be written outside the container. Before the flight owners must make sure that their pets, specifically dogs, have light meals 5 to 6 hours before and water is given 2 hours before the flight except for very hot days.  Fish should not be fed 2 to 3 days before shipping.

Moving pets from one place to another can be a difficult task to commence, however, if proper planning is done, accomplishments can be made with a low level of stress involved. By following these certain guidelines, owners can assure that their pets can arrive to their new homes happily. New home means new environment which makes pets disoriented, that is why owners are advised to get new pet tags for their pets so that if they get lost, finders can contact them easily.

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