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What Moving Supplies Do I Need Besides Boxes?

Whether this is your first time moving house, or if you would simply like to have a better experience than you had last time, it is helpful if you have all your moving supplies handy from the start. This guide will fill you in on all the moving supplies you will need, other than boxes, of course!

  • Tape – Good packing tape is important, especially to make sure the bottom of your boxes hold together. You can use scissors to cut, but then you have to constantly try to find where the roll begins again. Do yourself a favor and splurge a few extra dollars on a dispenser.
  • Labels – A marker is imperative. This will allow you to write room names and special handling instructions on the boxes. You can also use colored stickers to label boxes according to room, and for the most organized move, use packing labels.
  • Covers – Mattress covers are essential! They usually run around $10, depending on size and they will protect your mattress as it is dragged across a muddy lawn or rained on. You can also buy covers for sofas and chairs, as well, but these items do not seem to ever take the abuse a mattress does. Do not forget one for your box spring, too!
  • Packing Products – Most people looking for a list of moving supplies needed in addition to boxes know they need packing products, but are not quite sure what. Bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and glass packs all generally come to mind. However, you probably have a lot of supplies around the house you can use, as well.
  • Scissors or Knife – You do not necessarily need scissors or a knife for packing, but you do want to remember to pack one in your essentials box, so you have something to cut boxes open with at your new place.
  • Moving Blankets – The best moving companies will have these available to wrap your television, glass cabinet, wood table, etc., but they will likely charge for them. It will be cheaper to just buy them.
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Moving Timeline: 1 Week Until Moving Day

Hopefully you created a moving checklist that you have been using to stay organized and on top of everything you need to get done. If so, then once you are at the one-week point in your moving day timeline, you will not have too much left to do. If you haven’t, or if you just are not sure if you have remembered everything, this list will come in handy. Remember, seven days flies by, so do a little every day. You do not want to wait until the day before to tackle these chores or you will be stressed out for your big, exciting day.

  • Confirm appointment with your moving professionals. Even the best movers have scheduling errors from time-to-time.
  • Refill any necessary prescriptions.
  • Unplug fridge and freezer to defrost 24 hours prior.
  • Change address.
  • Confirm utilities installation.
  • Empty locker at gym, country club, etc.
  • Make childcare and/or pet sitting arrangements for moving day.
  • Dismantle furniture and disassemble electronics not already done.
  • Pack an essentials box to get you through the first 24 hours. This is one of the most important tasks on your one-week moving day checklist.
  • Confirm storage facility, if applicable.
  • Go to the bank or ATM to get cash to tip your local movers. NYC is an expensive place to live; these hardworking folks rely on their tips!
  • Verify that you have enough moving insurance.
  • Notify magazines, newspapers, and other subscriptions of your new address.
  • Pick up snacks and bottles of water for the move.
  • Confirm travel arrangements, if making a cross-country move.
  • Decide what you are doing with plants. If you are not taking them you can give them away or donate to a hospital or charitable organization.
  • Clean as much as you can, so you do not have a lot to come back and do.
  • If you can get the keys to your new place early, go in and thoroughly clean. This way when the movers leave, you can start unpacking right away.
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Do it Like a Pro! The Only Moving Checklist You’ll Ever Need

There are a lot of moving checklists floating around the internet, but they all seem to be missing something. You have to essentially print several lists to create one master list, and then you have to deal with duplication. Forget all that nonsense! If you want to move like the pros, this is the only moving guide you will need!

One Month Prior

  • Evaluate your belongings and determine what size moving truck rental you will need. If you are using moving pods instead then you will need to figure out how many you will need delivered.
  • Pick up all your supplies. You can get free boxes from local stores and restaurants or you can order recycled ones online. You may even choose to use plastic, environmentally-friendly bins. You will need packing materials, a mattress cover, blanket, tape, and marker.
  • Start packing early. Anything out of season will not be missed. Plus, things like book collections, antiques, etc., can be done early, too. It is a good idea to get rid of everything you do not need or want. You can donate it, or if you have time, have a garage sale.

Two Weeks Prior

  • Deal with paperwork. This includes everything from transfer school, medical, and vet records to gathering important documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, passports, and insurance papers.
  • Change address with the post office, credit cards, employer, bank, and subscriptions. Cancel the newspaper and pay the delivery boy, too.
  • Schedule start, stop, or transfer service with utilities, waste, cable, and internet providers.
  • Recruit help! Let family and friends know your moving day, so they do not make plans. See if someone can watch your children and/or pets.

One Day Prior

  • The most important chore on this moving day checklist is to make sure an essentials box is packed for everyone in the house. It should include all the clothes, toiletries, toys, etc., needed for the first 24 hours.
  • Disconnect all appliances. Be sure to unplug the fridge and freezer 24 hours in advance so they defrost.
  • Use tape to secure cords or all appliances.
  • Clean as much as you can around the boxes, so there is less to do later.
  • Pick up your moving truck rental. This way you will not have to deal with it in the morning. You may even want to carry a few loads out, if you have time.
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DIY Moving: Top Tips

If you are determined to handle the move yourself without the help of Austin movers then you will need a few DIY moving tips to help ensure a smooth experience. Most people learn from their mistakes during a move, but if you can avoid some of those mistakes completely you will be so much better off. Obviously, hiring movers is always the easiest and most convenient solution, but that does not mean that a do-it-yourself move has to be a bad experience.

  • Rent a Truck – Your buddies have pickup trucks, so you can just load them up and make a few trips, right? Big mistake! First of all, this is just inviting Mother Nature to be uncooperative for the day. Second, items can fly out or get damaged by rocks and debris. Besides, gasoline is expensive! You are better to go with a moving truck rental and get it all done in one load.
  • Lift with Your Knees – Everyone knows to squat and lift, yet every year thousands of people end up with a sore or injured back from bending over and lifting.
  • Take Breaks – It is important that you do not allow yourself to get overly exhausted. This is when you start using bad form and are more likely to get injured. Stay hydrated and munch on high energy snacks.
  • Downsize – The less stuff you have to pack, the less you will have to move. Donate, sell, or trash anything you do not need anymore.
  • Watch Your Step – Whether it is raining, snowing, or if the grass is simply wet with morning dew, these can all create slick walking conditions. Plus, when you walk in the house your wet shoes will slide on the floor. Create a walking path with rugs, or keep old towels or rags on hand to keep the floor dry.
  • Book the Elevator – If you are moving into an apartment complex or high rise one of the most important DIY moving tips to keep in mind is to find out if you need to reserve the service elevator or moving dock.
  • Portable Moving Units – Moving pods are a convenient alternative to renting a truck. You fill them and they get picked up and delivered to your new place to empty at your own convenience.
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Top Tips for Selling Your Home Fast

As you probably know, it is definitely a buyer’s market right now. There are a lot of great houses up for grabs, so you may have more competition in your area than you even think. Do not get discouraged before you even begin though! Follow these tips to sell a home fast, and you may be surprised at how quickly you are sealing the deal. Soon enough, you’ll be downloading moving checklists and seeking moving truck rental companies.

  • Price Fairly – You might be waiting a long time to start looking into moving companies, if your price is too high. You might think it is smart to do this, so you have room to negotiate. However, a potential buyer will see your hefty price tag compared to other similar homes in the area and might not even bother looking at it.
  • Don’t Over-stage – Folks should be able to walk through your home and picture living there. If your rooms are staged like a five-star resort and they are simple folks this makes it hard to do.
  • Eliminate Personal Items – It is okay to leave a few family photos out, but again, it is difficult to picture yourself living in a home when all you see are photos everywhere you look. You should keep holiday decorations to a minimum, in case the potential buyer does not celebrate whatever holiday it is.
  • Sweeten the Deal – One of the easiest ways to sell your home fast is to sweeten the deal. Cover closing costs, throw in a new flat screen television, hot tub, or riding lawn mower or whatever else might give you an edge over other homes they may be looking at.
  • Curb Appeal – Do not neglect landscaping just because you are moving out. Remember that first impressions count and curb appeal is important. Could your shutters use a fresh coat of paint? Does the driveway have a few cracks that need repairing?
  • Do Not Hover – If you hired a realtor you do not even need to be at the open house. If you do need to be there, do not hover! Following potential buyers around, so you are available to answer questions will only make them feel rushed. They will know where to find you, if they need you. Following these tips for selling a home quickly will have you packing your bags and making your moving checklist sooner than you might expect.
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Office Moving Checklist

Moving an office can be as stressful as moving house. In fact, if you have a business or are moving several offices the stress level is turned up a notch. Even moving your home office can get you a little frazzled, if you have a lot of equipment and important files. Making a moving checklist for your office will be one of those things you do not truly appreciate until you have that moment when you realize how glad you are that you have it. There will be a moment!

  • Hire a moving company! Do not just hire any movers either! You need to secure one of the best moving companies, if you have sensitive materials or costly electronics.
  • Create a list of inventory.
  • Order phone and fax numbers for the new office.
  • Turn on or transfer utilities and secure internet.
  • Order new address labels and business checks.
  • Take measurements or get a blueprint of the new space, so you can create a floor plan.
  • Make sure you have the right coverage of insurance.
  • Arrange for cleaning of the new and current office.
  • Create moving office checklists for all employees, if applicable.
  • Backup computers.
  • Reserve loading dock and elevator, if moving into a building with them.
  • Send change of address to all customers, clients, vendors, etc.
  • Use colored stickers to disassemble electronics, so you know what cables and USB cords go into which ports. You can use a color code system for large-scale office moves, too. Just make sure all team members are familiar with the coding system.
  • Reconfirm your schedule date with the moving company. You may even want to schedule a meeting to go over any important details to ensure it goes smoothly when the day comes.
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