Friday, December 31, 2004

Packing Tip: What NOT to Pack

Do NOT transport any dangerous or hazardous goods (i.e., anything flammable, combustible or explosive) such as aerosol cans, ammunition, firearms, paint thinner, gasoline, kerosene, pressurized tanks, etc.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Packing Tip: The Essentials Box

Pack a box of “essentials” that you will need immediately upon arriving in your new home. Make sure your “essentials” box is the last box loaded on the truck so that it will be the first box unloaded when you arrive.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Packing Tip: Rugs and Draperies

Have rugs and draperies cleaned before you move. Then leave them in their wrappings for the move. Even better, have them delivered or pick them up AFTER you move ... this way you don't have to move them at all!

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Packing Tip: Label Everything!

Label each box with: (a) general contents, (b) destination room in the new home, (c) whether contents are fragile (use BOLD letters), and (d) if it should be loaded last so it can be unloaded first. Suggestion: Put labels on both the top AND sides of boxes and you’ll be able to read them regardless of how they’re stacked.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Packing Tip: Printed vs. Unprinted Newspaper

DO NOT pack lampshades and fine china with regular newspaper as the ink can permanently stain these items. Use only unprinted newsprint or bubble wrap.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Packing Tip: Minimizing Breakage

When packing and unpacking breakables, do it over a padded surface (e.g., packing material, carpeting, etc.). This way, if you drop something at least you’re minimizing the chance of breakage.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Packing Tip: Packing Breakables

Cushion fragile/breakable item with packing material such as bubble wrap and/or unprinted newspaper. Wrap firmly, but loosely enough to provide adequate cushioning.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Packing Tip: Don't Overload!

Overloading boxes is the most common packing mistake. General rule of thumb: the heavier the item, the smaller the box. Aim for boxes to weigh no more than 50 pounds each. Whoever ends up moving your boxes - you, a friend or a professional mover - will thank you!

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Packing Tip: How to Properly Pack a Box

Place the heavier items on the bottom of each box, the lighter items on top. Don’t under fill boxes -- the top of each box should close with slight pressure.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Packing Tip: One Room at a Time

Pack only one room at a time to make unpacking easier. Mixing items from different rooms when packing will only create confusion and more work when unpacking.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Packing Tip: Electronics

Computers, televisions, VCRs, DVD players and stereos are expensive electronic devices and require special attention when packing. Follow these tips to protect your investment:

* Follow the manufacturers' advice for packing and storing. There may be special instructions of which you need to be aware. Consult the owner's manual (if you can still find it!) or the manufacturer's website for detailed information.

* Pack audio/video/computer equipment in their original packaging and boxes whenever possible (if you're one of the few that still have them!).

* If the original boxes/packaging are not available, you'll need the following: sturdy cartons, bubblewrap and/or newsprint, tape and a marking pen to label each box. Note: You might want to label these boxes in a way that only YOU understand so as not to attract unwanted attention to the boxes which contain the most valuable contents.

* Be sure to completely seal each box with packing tape to keep out the dust. Electronics + Dust = Bad News!

* In general, moving companies do NOT insure electronics that are not packed in proper boxes with styrofoam corner supports. Check with your mover on exactly what IS and IS NOT insured on your move.

* Label all loose cables (or use colored-coded stickers). This simple step will make your life much easier when you're trying to re-connect everything at your new home.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Packing Tip: Taping Tips

Tape boxes across tops and edges. Make sure the bottom of each box is well taped to support the contents of the box. Even if the box is designed with an interlocking top or bottom, it’s best to tape it anyway – the bottom will support more weight and the top will be secure from opening and re-closing during transit.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Packing Tip: Use Only New Boxes

Use only new, professional quality moving boxes that can be secured tightly. Use special boxes for dishes/china, wardrobe, mirrors/pictures and other special items.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Packing Tip: Pack Like a Pro!

Make sure you have the following packing supplies: moving boxes, bubble wrap, unprinted newspaper, tape, marking pen. For best results, use only materials that are specifically designed for packing and moving household goods.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Packing Tip: Get Started Now!

A word to the wise: Begin packing well in advance of your move date. Start with the least used items or areas in your household (e.g., cellar, attic, garage, closet shelves, etc.).

Thursday, December 16, 2004

21,000,000 Moves!

There are 115 million housing units in the United States and, amazingly, nearly 20% - roughly 21,000,000 - will have new occupants within the next 12 months. That's a lot of people moving! And research ranks moving as one of life's most stressful events -- right behind the death of a loved one and divorce. So it's important to plan ahead and use the right supplies. Collecting boxes from the local supermarket or liquor store might save you a few bucks but is hardly worth the time and effort. At best, they're likely to be smaller and more poorly constructed than real moving boxes. At worst, you may discover after your move that those second-hand boxes were either soiled or infested with roach eggs.