The Move Before the Move

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Moving day is quickly approaching and you want to be fully prepped and ready to go, right? With residential moving it’s essential to have everything in order before the actual move so the process happens seamlessly.

So, as you’re counting down the days until THE day,  think of these helpful moving tips as the move before the move.

Make a list.

Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll call Packing Central. This is where you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”. This will help you direct the movers where to place each box when moving day comes.

Pack ahead.

Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. You don’t really need 5 radios or TV’s around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also be packed (put things in them!) while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.)

Consolidate cleaning supplies.

If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it.

Set up utilities and other services in new home.

An important step that you want to have complete before you arrive in your new home. Setting up or transferring all of your utility services, including electricity, water, and TV/Internet/Phone, at your new location is crucial. Having this done beforehand will help you get set up quickly and resume your normal life as soon as possible.

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