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packing advices

Preparing for your move


The single most important piece of advice for people planning a move is to start making arrangements as early as possible, especially if you have budgetary constraints.

Clean out your house.

Do not pay to move things that you don't use. Donate or discard unnecessary items.

Order your boxes and moving supplies early so you can start packing.

Moving companies provide boxes that are made for specific purposes and easily marked. If your moving company allows you to return unused boxes, order 20% more than you think you'll need. Likewise, do not scrimp on tape. It is inexpensive and prevents boxes from splitting open. You need fresh felt tip pens for labeling. Use colored ready-stick labels to designate boxes to their respective rooms.

First, pack up what you don’t use.

Items, you do not immediately need, such as books, can be packed right away. Keep your list up to date. Do not make the boxes too heavy for a person to carry, and place heavier objects at the bottom.

Change of address notifications.

Complete a U.S. Postal Service Change of Address form online, at You must notify credit card and utility companies, newspaper subscriptions, and Internet and cable providers that you are moving. Check into their procedures ahead of time. You may need to return your old cable box or join a waiting list for installation. You can take care of notifications in one step at:

Document your media connections.

Take photos of, or make notes on, how your media equipment is set up, including your television, sound equipment, modems and computer equipment. Keep track of your remote controls and wires so you can locate them quickly in your new home.

Make arrangements for pets.

Moving can be particularly stressful for animals. You may want to consider leaving them with a friend or retaining a professional pet boarding service.

Place essentials in a suitcase or designated bag, and don’t lose it.

Keep crucial items you will need during the move in one easy-to-find place. Include your Move Book, prescriptions, checkbooks, address books, toiletries, phones, and chargers.

Keep cleaning supplies handy.

If you are planning to clean your old place, or your new one, assemble materials in a special box for moving day. Clean each room as the movers empty it.

Plan to care for your valuables and vital documents yourself.

Most homeowner’s insurance will not cover property in transit. It may be desirable to insure certain items separately. Remember to take photos in case you need documentation to support loss or damage claims. If the items are irreplaceable (family heirlooms) or difficult to replace (passports and birth certificates), carry them with you.

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