Tips to make your move easier

Moving Tips & Tricks for what to do:

~ before you leave
~ on your way
~ and when you arrive at your new location.

Lamps
When packing lamps, remove and pack the bulbs separately.

Where did we put that box with the toilet paper in it?

Leave one box open and mark it to be unloaded first for items you will likely need as soon as you get into your new home.

I forgot to call . . .

Take your old phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back at your former location

My pool table better not get damaged!

If you need to put some of your possessions into storage, be sure to tour the warehouse where they will be kept to ensure it's clean, dry and secure.

BIG vs. small

Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.

I have NO idea . . .

Identify the contents of boxes on the sides with a marker. Also, indicate the room they will be unpacked in.

The higher you pile it . . .

Pack plates and record albums vertically, rather than placing flat and stacked.

Honey!!! Why does my curling iron smell like your aftershave?

Before packing bottles, toiletry containers and jars, make sure their caps and lids are tightly secured and tape shut if necessary.

It shouldn't be a Marathon

Try and remember that once you get to your new location you are in for a lot of work getting your home in order, the kids in school or daycare etc etc. Look at the trip as a mini holiday and enjoy the ride. Treat yourself to a nice meal and relax at a nice hotel/motel if the trip takes longer than a day. If it's feasible, take in a local attraction on the way there.

After arriving in your new home

Yes Officer, I do own it.

Renew your driver's license, auto registration and tags.

Is it insured?

Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.

I put the fire out but the dog bit my finger!

Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.