Whether a move is across the country or just across town, it can be a stressful time for homeowners. Packing and unpacking is often a strenuous, tedious process that can turn life upside down for a few weeks. If you’re facing a move, here are some tips and tricks to help you get through the process:
- Instead of buying packing boxes, ask retail stores for empty ones that they are about to discard. If you have friends or family who are moving before you do, ask them to save their boxes and packing materials for you. In addition to saving money, using boxes again helps with recycling efforts. Also, before you break down and throw out your moving boxes, ask friends and family if they know of anyone who could use them in an upcoming move.
- Pack decorative items first and frequently used items last. This will help you prioritize your packing activities so you won’t be searching for something you need later.
- Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes to make them easier to lift. When packing boxes with both heavy and lightweight items, put the heavier items on the bottom.
- Use Styrofoam plates between glass plates and bowls for extra cushioning to help prevent breakage. Liquor store box inserts make good packing protection for glasses and mugs, too.
- Tape each box and label containers by room with markers or with color coded stickers. Be sure to mark boxes with breakable objects as fragile.
- Instead of packing towels, sheets, and pillows in separate boxes, use them as padding and filler in boxes that contain fragile items. Lamp shades are light and can often be moved inside drawers and cabinets.
- Wrap corners and edges of furniture, mirrors, and framed artwork to help prevent nicks and scratches.
- Pack an “Open First” box and place it on the moving truck or van last for easy and quick access when you arrive at your destination. Include household items that you will need the first night in your new home, including:
- Toilet paper
- Light bulbs
- Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
- Paper towels and all-purpose cleaner
- Pet food and prescription medicines
Remember to set up services for your new home in advance, including utilities, trash pickup, cable or satellite television access, internet provider connections, and HSA℠ Home Warranty coverage. An HSA Home Warranty offers a convenient, reliable solution for covered breakdowns when you’re in a new location where you may not have reputable repair contacts yet. Find out more at onlinehsa.com.