- Find a truck rental company and book early. They are always busy at the end of the month.
- What size truck do you need? One trip is always better than many.
- Does the rental company provide moving pads, packing boxes and dollies?
- Do you need insurance?
● Use only boxes with lids. This allows better packing of the moving truck and greatly reduces the possibility of damage.
● If necessary, purchase boxes and packing materials from a moving company.
● Label all boxes with a list of contents, and which room they will be moved to in your new residence.
● Use linens and towels to cushion fragile items.
● Wrap each item individually and add paper cushioning around it.
● Wrap plates, saucers and china individually.
● Wrap cups and glasses individually and pack them rim down in the box.
● Box stereo and computer equipment to prevent damage.
● Pack pictures and mirrors in boxes.
● Leave clothes in drawers.
● Upright file cabinets with drawers can be left full. Lateral file cabinets, desks and credenzas need to be emptied.
● Check to see that caps are secure on toiletries, medicines, cleaning products and laundry soap.
● Do not pack any flammable materials or aerosol products, including hair spray, shaving cream, deodorant, insecticides, cleaning products, spray paint, nail polish remover, bleach, lighter fluid, and motor oil. The temperature inside a closed moving van can reach 150 degrees, and these combustible items can trigger an explosion.
● As you pack small boxes, move them into a staging area such as the living room or the garage. This makes moving day progress faster.
● Make sure a few hand tools are easily accessible.
● If you are moving your belongings into a storage unit, get a unit larger than you require. This way boxes can be stacked against each wall to leave an aisle down the middle for easier access to stored items.
● Make sure your belongings are insured for an adequate amount and carry enough cash to cover emergency situations during your move.
● File a change of address request with the Postal Service.
● Locate grocery, hardware and gas stations near your moving destination before you move.
● Locate nearby hospitals and notify your medical insurance carrier which hospital you will need to go to in the case of an emergency.
● If you have a recreational vehicle, boat or trailer that you will be storing on your new property, research city ordinances beforehand to avoid citations and fines.
- Kobi Timmons
- Casey Jones