When you’re ready to move start by collecting cushioning material such as bubble wrap, old blankets, plastic bags, newspapers and small towels to use as padding inside boxes.
Buy large boxes from companies that rent moving vans and get smaller boxes from local stores. You should call the local stores to find out what days they get deliveries and ask them to save the boxes for you. The liquor stores usually have really good boxes. They are extra sturdy and are easy to carry with hand holds build right in their sides.
Create a portable packing kit with marking pens, a tape measure (to make sure which items will fit in which boxes,) packing tape, twine and scissors. Carry it with you as you pack up items around your home.
Reinforce the bottom of boxes with extra tape for added strength. Label each box with the name of the room in your new home where it should be placed. List the contents of the box on the side of the box. This will save you stress when you arrive at your new home and need to find something quickly. Label boxes containing fragile items with large red lettering on the top and sides of the box.
Place china in plastic bags and stack the plates upright on their sides, not flat. This is a good place for lots of bubble wrap.
Keep boxes to 50 pounds or less. Pack heavy items into their own smaller boxes and place lighter items together into larger boxes. Don’t pack all your books into one box!
Pack a bag of personal items you’ll need during the move. Include extra clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, travel food and drinks. If you have children, you might want to include some car games or books. Keep it in an easy to find place when you pack.
To save time on moving day, move the boxes you’ve packed from the basement or upstairs to the main floor ahead of time.
If you don’t have a cell phone, keep your phone connected through moving day to stay in touch family and the moving company.
Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the excitement of this transition to your new home. There’s bound to be little bumps in the road, but you’ll take it in stride.
Kathy Henne is a RE/MAX realtor, she can be reached at (937) 778-3961 or visit www.KathyHenneTeam.com for more information.