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15 Best Moving Tips: To Make Your Move Easier

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15 top moving tips and packing tips

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1.  Get Free Boxes Ahead of Time:      You don’t have to spend money on boxes; go to your local grocery store, liquor store, post about it online, there are so many ways to get free boxes.  Read here, How to get free boxes

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2.  Pack All Your Suitcases and Luggage:  Suitcases and Luggage are usually even more durable than boxes. Fill all of your suitcases and luggage with as much items as you can. I usually pack my shoes and clothes in them.

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3. Move Your Closet with Garbage Bags:    Don’t go through the hassle of packing all your clothes from your closet, just take 10-15 articles of clothing and bag them to make it easy to move them to your new closet! Saves so much time.

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4. Fill Crock Pot with Spices:  Get creative and fill your crock pot, large pans with spices and smaller items.  Spices are great to fill a crock pot up because if they happen to spill or break open it will be an easy clean up.

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5. DIY Box Handles:    To make lifting your boxes easier to carry take an exacto knife and cut out a simple triangle to the boxes that won’t be too heavy and not completely packed.

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6. Pack Heavy Items like Books in Suitcases:    This is one of my favorite tips that I do every move. For all my heavy books, scrapbooks, and magazines I pack them in my rollable suitcases and it makes it much easier to move those heavy items.

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7. Cotton-ball or Pad in Your Cosmetics:    To prevent your pressed powder cosmetics from breaking put a cotton-ball or pad in the case, enough to have it compact and not loose so it doesn’t crack and break.

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8. Use Clear Tape to Keep Track of Screws:   Tape together the assortment of screws and nails for different pieces of furniture so you know which goes where. Makes it easy to keep track of. Label the clear tap with a permanent marker stating which furniture or project it goes with.

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9. Create a Key for Box Labels:   No Need to write on each box, just use bright duct tape and create a simple key for each bedroom like, living room, kitchen, bedroom, etc. Makes it so easy to unpack and find what you need.

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10. Code Boxes with Bright Duct Tape:  Use Bright colored Duct tape because it’s cheap and easy to use. It makes it easy to spot as well. It can double as tape for closing your boxes.

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11. Store items in Washer & Dryer:  Get Creative and pack items in things with room like your washer and dryer.  You can put your dirty clothes, clothes, towels, blankets, and what not that way you don’t have to really pack them and you save space.

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12. Pack Glasses in Wine Case:   To prevent your glasses from breaking go to your local liquor store and ask for some wine cases. It’s a very cheap and smart way to keep your glasses secure and safe from breaking.


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13. Saran Wrap to Keep Liquid Items from Leaking:   Cover your liquids with saran wrap to keep it from leaking into all your stuff.  You don’t want all your items covered in soap and shampoo; definitely makes your unpacking easier than cleaning up soap on everything.

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14. Last Grocery Shopping Trip 2 Weeks Before Move:  To minimize your food packing go shopping 2 weeks before your move and try to use everything from your fridge you can before the move. Also try to eat everything you can so you have less to pack, throw away, or move.

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15.  Defrost Fridge 24 Hours Before Move: If you are moving your fridge make sure to defrost your fridge 24 hours before your move and clean it out so you don’t have it defrosting and getting smelly while your moving it.

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8 Questions to Ask Before Relocating:

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You just got offered a job in a new city or state that requires relocating, how do you know if this is worth the hassle of moving and relocating?  Here are some essential questions to ask yourself before making the big move.

   1.   How will this affect my relationship?

If you are single, this won’t matter as much.  You can do what you want and can travel across the country if you wanted to.  If you are in a relationship or married then you need to consider how this will affect your spouse or significant other.

  • Would long distance relationship be an option?
  • How do they feel about moving to this area?
  • Will they be happy?
  • Is a job available for them there?
  • What would they have to give up?
  • Will they consider it?

  2.     Where exactly will we live?

One thing to always consider is the exact location you will live. Will you be relocated to the suburbs or in the heart of the city? If you are used to a small house in the suburbs and they want you to move to a busy metro city, there will be some adjustments to be made.  How is traffic like there?  Is it noisy? Are you going to have to drive 30 – an hour to get to work? It’s good to check out the location and not to trust the brochures and commercials you will seearound, make sure you and your family will be happy and safe.

    3.    What school would your kids be going to?

It is important to keep in mind what school your kids or even future kids would be going to school at.  Make sure it is a solid school district that is close by and will give your kids a great experience and opportunity.  A few factors to check on, that your kids will be interacting with high-quality teachers, reputation of the school, and the safety of the school.  The school your kids go to is a crucial factor for their learning experience and future success.

    4.    What is there to do nearby?

You can always choose the option of watching TV all day, but if that isn’t enough make sure there are some attractions nearby, especially if you have kids.  This means to check if there are national parks close by, parks, clubs, and amusement parks.  It is great to check on any summer clubs close by to have your kids join to keep them busy.  Making sure there is entertainment for you family nearby will help for a great transition for you and your family.

    5.    Is it a safe neighborhood?

To make sure you and your family is safe, you can always check the local crime statistics and you can even check the registered sex offenders in the area. This is important and necessary to consider even though it may be difficult. Also consider if you would need to get an alarm system in the area.

6.    Is the cost of living different?

You may be offered a pay raise, but that is not always an upgrade, consider the cost of living. Will it be more expensive to buy a gallon of milk at the grocery store? Do you have to travel longer distances to get places? Is the rent more expensive? Consider all parts for the cost of living to make sure that you are actually getting an upgrade and don’t end up sacrificing things you are used to.

7.    What are we leaving behind?

One thing that is more difficult to address is what you are leaving behind, great day care? Nanny? Community events? Good schools? Close neighbors?  Family? Are you leaving behind a support system that will hurt your relationships?  If your mom is always there to watch your kids in emergencies or just if you need a night out, what will you do in your new location?  You can always make new friends, but will you be happy?  Family is very important, consider if you and your kids will still be able to get to know their grandma, uncles, cousins, etc. If you don’t visit as much as it is, then just visiting on the major holidays isn’t a big change.

8.    Is this a good change to make in the long run? 

In the long run once the adjustments are made and you can feel at home, is this a good move? If this is a big step in your career and it looks like once your family gets used to the adjustments they will be just as happy, if not more.  It’s crucial to consider your family’s happiness after the adjustment.  Will your kids be able to get involved with the things they love at the new location?  Is this job a life changer? Moving is not a short fix, but a big investment that requires much consideration. Pay attention to your neighborhood, schools, attractions, and safety.

 

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What Items Not to Pack When Moving:

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Before your things are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a container. Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed. And, although they are allowable, we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.

Hazardous Items

  • Aerosol cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Charged scuba tanks
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Fuels/Oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Mineral spirits
  • Nail polish/nail polish remover
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Solvents
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer
Perishables

  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods
**If you are moving less than 150 miles and your items will be delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.
NOTE: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.
 Personal importance/sentimental valueAlthough the following items are allowable, we recommend that you keep these important items with you.

  • Address books
  • Airline tickets
  • Car titles
  • Cash
  • Cell phones
  • Checkbooks
  • Computer data files/backups
  • Family photographs/photo albums
  • Financial documents (stocks, bonds, CDs, IRAs, deeds, tax records)
  • Home videos

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  • Insurance policies
  • Jewelry and furs
  • Keys (car, furniture, new home)
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical/dental records
  • New home documents
  • Prescription medicine
  • Professional files/research projects
  • School records

Hire a Professional Mover: Why or Why Not?

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There are many reasons why to consider hiring a professional mover to help you with your move.

     1.  Peace of Mind:

You – Moving is stressful; it is the 3rd most stressful situation in life following death and divorce.  Planning a move is many times overwhelming and tiring. You have to pack, minimize belongings, find friends and family to help, find a truck, load all your furniture and boxes to fit in a truck, drive truck to new location, unload, and unpack.

Professional – Hiring a professional takes a lot of the stress and hard work out of the equation.  You can have professional movers give you an estimate to have them load and deliver your stuff or you can go with full service movers, which will pack all your belongings nicely, unload, unpack, and even set up furniture.  It may be a little more costly but will save you time and energy. Having professional movers gives you a reliable option that will keep your belongings safe and protected to give you a piece of mind.

      2.  Time:

You – The average person is not used to lifting and maneuvering a fridge or washer throughout a house or benching a couch.  You will probably need to get your closest friends and family to help you move, hopefully they are willing to give up their weekend.   With all different types of people trying to manage the move there will be some compromising on how to get it done.

Professional –

Professional movers are trained professionals and are typically strong men that are used to lifting and moving heavy furniture and boxes.  They also usually have a system to get it done quickly and efficiently.  This will save you a lot of time from getting distracted and trying to figure a way to fit everything in a truck. While the professional mover is driving your stuff to your new location safely, you can be on a plane or drive and relax without having the worry of driving and maneuvering a large truck.

     3.  Breakage:

You – If you or your friend or family member drops a flat screen TV or prized possession, you will be responsible for the damage and always secretly think about that one time your friend or family member broke one of your prized possessions.

Professional – The most important part of a move is how all your stuff is loaded into boxes and placed into the truck safely.  Movers are trained on loading everything efficiently and effectively to ensure that everything fits and is kept safe.  Plus, many moving companies offer insurance for special items and reassurance that everything will arrive in one piece.

If anything does happen and it is the movers’ fault they will be responsible for damages and keeping you happy.

     4.  Equipment –

You – Most likely you aren’t used to hauling a huge truck around with tons of your possessions. You may also jump in the drivers spot being in charge of all your belongings without any experience in driving a large truck and this could result in damages in your belongings or accidents.  You may choose a truck that is too small to fit your belongings and realize it half way through loading it or get stuck with a truck that is too large and end up with extra space.

Professional – Movers come with all the equipment needed for an easy move like ropes, belts, and boxes.  We are trained professionals and can navigate the streets and heavy load with ease.

     5.  Recovery time

You – May have to spend several days recovering from the move with all your sore muscles and joints from lifting heavy furniture and boxes. You may need some time to recuperate and soak sore muscles. It could be days until you feel well enough to unpack, organize, and even feel up to meet the new neighbors.

Professional – Hiring a professional means you have more time to get used to your new house and even happy to meet the new neighbors.  Some full service movers give you the option to have someone to unpack your things as well, which will save you even more time and effort.

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How to Get Free Moving Boxes:

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How to Get Free Moving Boxes: 

You always need sturdy boxes for moving.  Keep your eyes out and you will never have to buy boxes. I have never bought a box for moving in my entire life and I have moved countless times.

Tip: Don’t just take any free box; make sure it is sturdy and the right size. I would recommend medium size boxes that aren’t too large to carry.  Also, always take more than you think you need. It’s always good to be over prepared than underprepared and stuck trying to find more boxes near the end of your packing.

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1. Liquor Stores:  The first and easiest way to get moving boxes is to go to a local liquor store; liquor stores are usually close by and have medium, sturdy boxes that are great for moving since they are made for moving and carrying glass bottles.  They are also usually medium sized boxes.

Tip: I like to call places ahead of time to ask if they have boxes, don’t always trust the person you talk to, maybe ask for the manager. I like to ask when the shipment is coming in and when is the best time to pick them up.

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2.  Craigslist: Craigslist is a great Resource for moving boxes!

Just go to your city on craigslist and look up moving boxes under the wanted section.  The best time to look is near the end of the weekend or the beginning of the week since most people move over the weekend and are finished unpacking after the weekend.

You can even create a post under the wanted section that you are looking for free moving boxes. Many people who need to get rid of their moving boxes will look here first.

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3. Moving Companies:  Moving companies like our own, Mesa Moving & Storage will often give away moving boxes. These moving boxes are meant for heavy belongings and already have labels. These are the best quality of boxes you can find.  The way you can get them for free many times is just ask.  To raise your chances, you could get a free quote or bid from the company, if you decide to go with them you get free boxes, or after your estimate many times the sales person will offer free boxes. This isn’t always true with every company but if you try Mesa Moving & Storage we do it!

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4. Grocery & Supercenters:  Places like Wal-Mart, Target, and Smith’s are unloading boxes daily and you can always get boxes from them.  The trick is to go at the right time, to find out when to go pick up boxes you can either call to see what time they do most of their unloading or go in and talk to a manager.  Many times if you talk to the right person they will even set them aside for you to pick them up.  Only downfall is they are usually unloading late at night or early in the morning, but you have a good variety to choose from and a lot.

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5. Networking:  Many people just moved and need to get rid of their boxes.  Go ahead and ask friends or write a simple post on Facebook or Twitter to see who has recently moved and that you need boxes.  People often move into a new place and need to get rid of their moving boxes. What better way to get rid of them than someone picking them up for you?

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5. Freecycle:   This is a site where you can find stuff that people are getting rid of and pick up for free.  It’s a great way to see people in your area that are moving and are getting rid of boxes.  It is very easy and people are always moving.

Pretty much you never have to buy moving boxes again! Just keep your eyes out and take advantage of your resources.  

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