Cleaning Tips for both Moving In and Moving Out of Your Home

When getting ready to sell your home, you’ll want to be sure that it shows well once it is listed for sale. Your moving house cleaning should be as methodical as purging and packing and can be accomplished in conjunction with these other tasks.

These are areas that you need to focus on so that once your household is packed and loaded on the moving van, you won’t have a lot of last-minute cleaning chores to complete. We’ve put together some tips that use common baking soda and/or vinegar as cleaning agents that will leave your home clean and fresh without the need for harsh chemicals.

Moving Out

Kitchen

Buyers look closely at the kitchen and every appliance and countertop in it. Kitchens are very important to prospective buyers and need to be cleaned carefully before and after the sale.

Stovetop and Oven.

Brush off any debris with a brush and sprinkle the surface with baking soda. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide. Wipe clean with a sponge and cool water after the solution sits for several minutes. Your oven can be cleaned with a paste you make from equal parts baking soda and water. Let this sit overnight and then wipe the paste away with a damp cloth. If there is residue of baking soda, spray with vinegar, which will make the paste fizz up. You should be able to wipe it away easily. If your oven has a self-cleaning option, use it to remove burned-on food. Don’t forget to clean exhaust fans.

Drawers and Cabinets.

Remove drawer and shelf liners and sprinkle surfaces with a little baking soda, wiping with a damp sponge. Stains or caked-on foods on cabinet doors can be removed with Murphy’s Oil Soap, an all-natural cleaner.

Refrigerator.

When ready to move, clear out everything and spray all surfaces inside and out with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly with a clean towel. Defrost the freezer, if needed, and clean in the same manner as the refrigerator. Move the appliance out a bit and clean behind, under, and around it. Last minute: unplug the unit and leave the door ajar.

Dishwasher.

Clean by using a recommended product while running the dishwasher. Repair or replace any broken utensil holders or racks.

Countertops.

Fill a spray bottle with water and white vinegar (equal parts). Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and wipe down the counters.

Sink.

Use the same solution you mixed up for the counters and wipe out the sink. If you have a garbage disposal, pour ½ cup baking soda into the disposal drain, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Let the solution soak for a few minutes. Then rinse with water while turning on the disposal for a few seconds.

Flooring.

Sweep floors, being sure to go under appliances. Then do a quick mop with warm water. If floors need a more thorough cleaning, use a product recommended for your specific flooring. When selling the home, floors need to sparkle. When moving, a quick sweep and mop is sufficient.

Bathrooms

Shower and Tub.

Here again, the baking soda and water paste will do the trick to clean out soap and dirt residue. Apply the paste, scrub the surfaces, and then follow with a spritz of vinegar until it fizzes. Scrub again when the fizzing stops. Finish with a final rinse with water.

Sinks.

Sprinkle baking soda onto the sink and rub it in with a soft cloth. Then rinse with cool water.

Mirrors.

Mix 1part vinegar and 4 parts water to wipe all mirrors and fixtures.

Toilets.

Pour a mixture of ½ cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then scrub with a toilet brush.

Floors.

Sweep and mop with a solution of ¼ cup vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish soap, and 2 gallons water. Use a towel to wipe down floors with this mixture.

Living Areas

Walls.

Remove any nails or screws and plaster the holes using spackling paste with a putty knife. When dry, lightly sand and touch up paint. Remove any scuff marks with a Magic Eraser. Cover a broom with a towel and wipe the walls from ceiling to baseboard to catch any cobwebs. Don’t forget to dust and wipe windowsills clean too.

Doors.

Wipe down doors and knobs with a few drops of dish soap in water. You can add ½ cup vinegar (to 3 cups of water) and mix in a few drops of dish soap and essential oil.

Light Fixtures, Ceiling Fans, Switches, Outlets. Dust and use a microfiber cloth sprayed with your cleaning solution (see Doors).

Vents.

Use a vacuum attachment to vacuum up any dust, dog hair or dirt. Wipe with the microfiber cloth and the same spray used to clean light fixtures.

Drapes.

Use an upholstery brush and crevice tool to vacuum drapery to rid it of dust and dirt. If more cleaning is needed, consider dry cleaning and re-installing.

Carpet Stains.

Use 1part vinegar mixed with 2 parts water. Dip a rag in the mixture and then place it over the stain. Heat an iron to the steam setting and iron on top of the rag for about 30 seconds. If the stain doesn’t come up, you may need a commercial carpet stain remover.

Garage.

Clean any ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, and any built-in shelving or cabinets. Vacuum or sweep out the area. Clean garage floor stains by scrubbing with a stiff brush, detergent, and degreaser. Be sure to leave the garage completely empty unless other arrangements have been made with the buyers.

If you’ve taken care of all this beforehand, when the movers have loaded the van, you can do a quick dusting, vacuum, and mop to greet the new owners with a clean home.

Moving In

Once you are on the road to your new home, you can turn your attention to what needs to be done to make it ready to welcome you and your family in comfort. The amount of cleaning you’ll need to do will depend on whether your new home is a newly built house or one that is a resale.

Kitchen

Cabinets, Drawers, Counters. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant spray and add lining where desired.

Dishwasher.

Pour a cup of white vinegar into a dishwasher-safe container and place it on the top rack of your dishwasher while running it through one cycle.

Refrigerator and Stove.

Remove all stove-top grills and refrigerator shelves and drawers. Soak them for an hour in a tub of warm, soapy water. Remove, dry, and put back in place. Prevent odors in the refrigerator by placing an open box of baking soda or a tray of fresh or used coffee grounds in the back corner. Replace every two- to four-weeks.
Bathroom
Toilets. If desired, replace toilet seats and covers to ensure a clean, fresh start. Otherwise, wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant. Do the same for all other surfaces.

Sweep, dust, vacuum, and/or mop as needed throughout the home to your satisfaction.

Hopefully, the former owners of your new home have done as good a job cleaning before they left as you did. Now that you’ve done your move-in cleaning, you are ready to celebrate being in your new home and are ready to tackle the next job: unpacking!

How to Make Your Cross-Country Move Less Stressful

You don’t need to be told that the more things you take with you, the more work you’ll have to do and the more expensive it will be. Therefore, the first tip to make your cross-country move less stressful is to reduce and declutter!

Downsize to De-stress

Attack one room at a time and use a sticky note to label items you use every day, those you use less frequently, and those you hardly ever use.

For those items you seldom or never use (or wear), make three piles: Items to sell; items to give away; and items to discard.

Check the condition of everything. If you are thinking of moving a five-year-old couch that has seen better days, you might consider donating it to a charitable organization and purchasing a new one once you are settled.

Consider having a yard sale or listing your items on your local Facebook Marketplace, or freecycle, OfferUp, Letgo, or Ebay.  For those items that are to be discarded, think about renting a dumpster through a company like BinThereDumpThat. They will deliver a household-sized dumpster to your driveway and pick it up when you have finished your cleanout.

Organize to a Fault

Use a moving checklist which gives you a detailed description and timeline for what you need to do to prepare for your move and tips for during and after your move.

Make an inventory of everything you are shipping to your new home, room by room. Your mover will also make an inventory, but it is prudent to have your own to compare.

Use technology to assist in making your inventory list easier. Check out the app from MoveAdvisor-Home Inventory, which gives you a detailed digital map of your home into which you can place all the furnishings you are planning to move. Sortly allows you to create a virtual inventory of all your items.

Timing is Everything

Speak with your moving company about the best time to undertake a cross-country move with regards to peak and off-peak seasons. Mid-month, mid-week, and off season moves will mean better scheduling to meet your needs and lower costs.

Be sure to consult the weather predictions a few days before your move is to begin. If bad weather is in store, you and your mover can prepare a back-up plan.

Begin Planning Early

Once you’ve decided to move, begin to interview prospective movers who are experienced in long-distance moving. You want to be sure to ask for a free, no-obligation quote that includes an in-home visit (adhering to current Covid-19 precautions) or a detailed telephone quote. You will need to be prepared at that point to know precisely what you are moving and communicate that to your prospective mover. Remember to discuss the different options regarding insurance and ask about the travel arrangements. Will there be an overnight stop along the way? What if there are delays?

Packing – Who and with What?

You have options regarding the packing procedure for your move. You can do it all. You can have your mover do all the packing … or you can split the process by doing the clothing and household items and have your mover pack electronics, art, and items that need special care.

Your mover has many types and sizes of moving boxes available and may even have used ones to sell at a discounted rate. There are some items that can be shipped in grocery or department store boxes but be wary of using boxes that are inappropriate in size or weight that will not protect your items adequately. There are specialty boxes for lamps, dinnerware, electronics, wall art, and TVs as well as wardrobe boxes in which you can hang clothing.

You can also purchase unprinted newsprint paper from your mover or stationery store … paper that won’t soil your items like used newspaper will. You can also use towels and linens to wrap fragile items.

Label each box with the room and a summary of what is in the box. Make a copy to put IN the box as well as one to tape onto the box.

For a detailed guide to packing that you can download, visit our website.

Coordinate Your Travel

You will need to plan your travel arrangements to mesh with your mover so that you, your family, and your household arrive at your destination together. Consider where you will stay until your mover arrives. What will be the ETA of the truck and how long will it take to unload? If you are traveling with pets, children, or seniors, what special considerations are necessary? A pet-friendly hotel? A sitter to keep the children occupied while the movers are loading and/or unloading? A caretaker and comfortable waiting space with food and water?

Ask Questions

An experienced long-distance mover will have the answers to your questions. Don’t be afraid to depend on their expertise if you have concerns. The best way to alleviate stress is to have confidence in your mover who is your partner in this very important and exciting venture.

Related Blog Post: Cleaning Tips for Moving In and Out of Your Home!

How to Make Your Cross-Country Move Less Stressful

What to Do (and What NOT to Do) When Moving in the Summer

What with vacation time, the nice weather, and the kids out of school, you would think that summer would be the ideal time to move. The problem is that you are not alone in thinking that. In fact, more than 70% of all house moves occur between May and September! Here are some helpful tips if your family will be included in this statistic.

Expect to Pay More.

Summer is peak moving time and as such, is the most expensive time to move. Demand is high and rates during the summer reflect that.

Reserve Early.

Because demand is high this time of year, you’ll want to interview and reserve with your selected mover as soon as you can. Schedule your move in the middle of the month, and middle of the week, if you can. You’ll be more likely to get your requested date this way when demand is slightly lower. (Most people want to move on the weekend at the end or beginning of a month!)

Move Early in the Day.

Temperatures and humidity levels are lowest in the morning. Scheduling your move around 8 am will help you and your movers beat the heat and the traffic. If this isn’t possible or if you are planning a do-it-yourself move, wait until late afternoon when the temps cool down.

Keep Cool.

Set up a portable fan near the entrance to your home where the movers will be loading the truck. If you have air conditioning at your new home, put it on as soon as you can or bring that fan and set it up to help move the air when the movers are unloading the truck.

Hydrate.

To avoid overheating, remember to have plenty of cool water on hand. Keep water bottles in a cooler and be sure to offer water to your moving crew.

Load Electronics Last.

Electronic devices can become overheated on a hot summer’s day. Smartphones, laptops, tablets, and TVs do not take kindly to heated conditions. If you can, load them last or bring them with you in your car. If it is a humid or rainy day, you might want to put devices in plastic baggies or a waterproof container to keep them safe. Ask your mover for special boxes for computers and TVs to be sure they arrive safely at your destination.

Keep Perishables Cool.

If you are moving nearby, you can pack your perishable food items in a cooler full of ice or ice packs. (Large plastic juice bottles filled with water and then frozen work well).

Remember the Sunscreen.

Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage and an SPF of 30 or higher.

Don’t Underestimate Prep Time.

Start packing your household goods at least a month before your moving date. Interview, hire, and schedule your movers 3 – 4 months before that, if possible. Consult a timeline for moving that will guide you through the steps.

Holidays are NOT the Time to Move.

Availability will be scarce for movers and truck rentals and it will be more expensive to schedule your move during a holiday weekend. Traffic will be high on major roads and you may encounter detours due to holiday events, such as parades. Avoid Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends.

Wear Seasonal Clothing.

Don’t wear inappropriate or uncomfortable clothing. In the Summer, you need light, breathable clothing, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops or sandals), and ladies: No high heels! You may be lifting boxes, walking back and forth (sometimes backwards), and driving long distances … none of which can be done safely or comfortably in unsuitable clothing.

If you are thinking of moving during the summer months and have questions about costs or scheduling, call a professional moving consultant at Ayer Moving & Storage at 1-800-233-MOVE. They will be happy to discuss how they can help organize your summer move to be stress-free.

When is the Best Time to Move?

Families and individuals move for many reasons – a larger home is needed for an expanding family; the neighborhood changes; a new job means the commute is too long; the house is more than you need, now that the children have grown; retirement is closer and downsizing seems the thing to do. In fact families and individuals move on average 11.4 times in the course of their lifetimes!

People don’t always have the option to select the season or month they want to move, but if they could, what would be the ideal time to plan a move to a new home?

Seasonal Pros and Cons

Let’s first look at the seasons one by one to see the pros and cons:

Autumn

The Fall features great weather conditions for moving, especially here in New England and the peak Summer season is over, so you may have more options for timing and budget.

Winter

In the Winter, your move is most affordable and moving companies usually have more flexible schedules. If you are moving with children, however, this may not be the best season because of conflicts with school and holiday celebrations. Winter weather can also mean delays, difficulties loading the van, and treacherous driving conditions.

Spring

In the Spring, the weather is improving, but it ushers in the rainy season, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. Demand is lighter in March and April, so you may have more choices regarding the mover’s schedule.

Summer

Many people feel that Summer is the ideal time, but this is peak time (Memorial Day through Labor Day) for movers and higher prices prevail as well as tight schedules. This may be your best option if you have children because they won’t be between their old school session and the one that begins in August or September in your new home.

Best Months

For a number of reasons, the best months are between mid-September through April, as you are most likely to save during this window. College students usually move in the early fall and late spring, so if you live in a city with university students, you will want to avoid moving in early September.

Best Week

Plan your move mid-month instead of at the beginning or end of the month. The last weekend of the month is the most requested, so if you have flexibility, your mover will be able to accommodate you better in the second or third week of the month when demand is lower.

Best Day

Weekends are the most frequently requested, as families will want to avoid having to take extra time off work to move. However, it is best to select a weekday. Moving companies suggest moving on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. There are limited number of weekends in each month and movers get booked early and quickly for these days.

What Time of Day?

If you are a morning person, you are in luck! Mornings are the best time to move. Your moving crew will arrive at their location early in the day to get paperwork and instructions. They will typically arrive at your home during the 9 am – 10 am time period to dig right in. Early mornings can mean cooler temperatures and the crew will be full of energy to get started.

If you are moving locally, your movers may greet you at your new location when you still have time to unpack, organize, and relax in your new home.

Plan your move early and get your mover on board so you can get on the schedule on the day that is best for you.

If you have questions about getting organized for a pending move, call a professional moving consultant at Ayer Moving & Storage at 1-800-233-MOVE. They will be happy to discuss how they can help organize your move to be stress-free. Download Ayer Moving’s Timeline for a Successful Move.

Hints for a Successful Spring Move

According to most reports, the Spring season is the best time to move. The real estate market is picking up after the long Winter and professional movers haven’t transitioned into their peak season yet, so you benefit from lower prices.

However, there are things to consider and helpful hints that can help make your move less stressful and smooth going. Read on.
Be aware of unpredictable weather. Especially in New England, the Spring weather can be erratic. Temps in the 70s one day and a snow flurry the next! Be sure to have a backup plan in the event the weather impacts your move. Have extra furniture covers on hand – blankets, tarps, plastic sheets.

Plan early. Book your movers well in advance and lock in your moving date. Organize your packing and be sure to purge before putting things in boxes. Ask your mover for a packing guide so you know the basics about types of boxes and how to pack like the professionals to avoid breakage and damage of your belongings. If using a professional mover, consider hiring them to do your packing as well. An affordable option is to share the responsibility, have the pros pack your fragile items, electronics, artwork, wall décor, and antiques.

Consider the pollen. Spring brings pollen, along with the nice weather and flowers. Pollen can get tracked into your home and collect on boxes and furniture. Be sure to seal the boxes before bringing them out of the house. Remove your shoes or shoe coverings before entering the house and wipe down boxes before opening them.

Think Traffic. More people are on the road in the Spring. Be sure the driver has planned out the route to avoid seasonal traffic and unplanned delays.

Take a Break. Moving day can be a non-stop activity, so don’t forget to take a break once in a while and have a bite to eat. As the weather warms, it is extra important to drink water to remain hydrated. Keep your energy level up with a snack and a sip of water.

Spring means new beginnings. Moving during the spring months is a great way to get a head start on new opportunities and new adventures.

If you have questions about getting organized for a pending move, call a professional moving consultant at Ayer Moving & Storage at 1-800-233-MOVE. They will be happy to discuss how they can help organize your move to be stress-free.

Some Basic Tips to Avoid a Stressful Move

Name some fun activities that you and your whole family are looking forward to! I’ll bet moving to a new home is not at the top of your list!

Moving is a fact of life at one point or another and can be one of the most potentially stressful events from start to finish.
There are many articles and resources available to make it less so, but we’ll cut to the chase here: The secret is in the planning! Start early and follow the plan to avoid potential “bumps” in the road. Keep in mind that some stress is normal. If you know you are likely to incur some stress during the process, you are less likely to let it set you back when it happens. You’ll work through it.

Tip #1 – Allow Yourself the Time You Need

Pressured by deadlines is a sure way to add unnecessary stress to your move. Begin decluttering and make decisions about what you will be taking to your new home. Start with one room and consider what furniture will fit in its new location. Go through closes to consider what you no longer need or want and give these items away or dispose of them. Make a to-do list and a to-scale floor plan so that you know what will go where and what will or will not fit.

Tip #2 – Be Super Organized When Packing

Pack one room at a time, leaving the kitchen for last. When packing clothing, don’t remove them from their hangars. Use wardrobe boxes (available from your mover) in which you can hang your clothing. Don’t empty dresser drawers. They can be left in position. If this makes the dresser too heavy to lift, the drawers can be removed, and the contents held in place by plastic wrap.

Use a consistent labeling system or color-code your boxes with adhesive dots. A simple device is to write, for example: Master Bedroom #1 of #5 with a heavy-duty marker. Keep a written journal of what is in that box in a notebook.

Confer with your mover to obtain the appropriate packing supplies. You’ll need various sizes and types of boxes, including those that are for specific purposes, like computers, TVs, artwork, mirrors, and hanging clothes. You may be able to purchase used boxes at a reduced cost. Don’t forget heavy-duty tape and unprinted newsprint paper for wrapping items. Be sure to have extra boxes on hand for last-minute packing on moving day.

Use your linens and towels for packing material as well. You can cushion fragile glassware, lamps, and vases with these items. Wrap knives and other sharp kitchenware in linens too, to prevent injury when unpacking.

If you need assistance packing, ask your mover to help with the more fragile or hard-to-pack items.

Tip #3 – Take Care of Yourself, Before, During, and After

Be sure to get enough sleep and to eat well. Move anxiety may mean that you may not be getting the sleep you should prior to the move and it’s easy to forget to eat on moving day. However, you need to be alert and at your best or stress will definitely find a place to express itself.

Tip #4 – Get the Help You Need

We don’t always ask for help when we need it most and feeling overwhelmed is often the result. Ask family members or friends to help or keep you company while you pack. If you have children or pets, ask for a baby or pet sitting help on packing or moving days.

Select a professional mover that can assist you in the planning and completion of your move … one with the capability to wrap your furnishings and load them onto their truck so they arrive safely. Make use of resources, like the Tips From Professional Movers or the Timeline for a Successful Move, available from your mover.

Tip #5 – Moving Day!

Your packing should include a Moving Essentials box or bag. This will include the necessities for you on moving day and for your arrival at your new home. Pack important documents, jewelry, medications, a change of clothes, toiletries, electronic device chargers, and snacks. You will want to add a child’s favorite toy and your pet’s food and dishes.

If you have questions about getting organized for a pending move, call a professional moving consultant at Ayer Moving & Storage at 1-800-233-MOVE. They will be happy to discuss how they can help organize your move to be stress-free.

7 Ways to Feel at Home in Your New Apartment

Moving into your own apartment can be very exciting … your new space is a blank canvas that you can make yours by simply adding one element:  PERSONALITY!

You want to make it yours; to add the sparkle that is a reflection of you; to transform your apartment into a home. The Danish call it HYGGE, pronounced “hue-guh,” meaning cozy, comfortable, and contented.

Here are some steps you can take to convert your generic white-walled residence into your very own personal haven.

  1. Clean it! Before you do anything else, a deep clean is in order. Give yourself a fresh start by scrubbing away the remnants of the past tenants. The bonus is that while cleaning you’ll get familiar with every nook and cranny of your new apartment and it will begin to feel familiar.
  2. Paint it! If permissible, select a wall color that is more “you.” Without spending a lot of money, you can change the look and feel of your space with just a coat or two of paint. You can simply paint an accent wall or change the entire color scheme of the apartment to suit your personality.
  3. Light it! The right lighting design can turn a drab space into a comfortable and functional one. Lighting should be planned for function so that you have the appropriate amount and type of light for the area. Where will you relax with a book? Will you have a specific area for your computer work? What color bulbs are best for the bedroom? Visit lighting stores and ask the experts or do a bit of research on the Internet.
  4. Decorate it! Bring out the knick-knacks, throw pillows, and wall art that you treasure and find the best space to display them. Sentimental items like a hand-crocheted blanket, a favorite photo or painting, or a souvenir from your travels will instantly bring your apartment to life and give it a dose of hygge.
  5. Hang it! It’s important to bring a sense of privacy to your new home. Bare widows need to be dressed to give your apartment a feeling of completeness. Whether you choose curtains, drapes, or simply valences depends on your style. The object is to create unity with your furniture and décor.
  6. Frame it! Unpack photos of friends and family. Put some on a bookshelf or use magnets to affix them to your refrigerator. Create a montage of photos on an accent wall. Nothing makes a house a home faster than some familiar faces.
  7. Throw it! Invite friends and family over for drinks and a bite to eat. Planning a party will get your kitchen in order and will get you emotionally connected to your new apartment. Your place will feel warm and cozy when filled with those you love. A party of this type, you know, is called a “house-warming” for this very reason.

Follow these guidelines and your new apartment will feel cozy and comfortable in no time!

Ayer Moving and Storage has resources to help you with your move and our Relocation Specialists can give you tips on saving money. Call us at (800) 233-6683 or visit our website for more information.

A Baker’s Dozen Tips for Saving Money on Your Move

No doubt about it.  Moving can be expensive. There are many tips for saving money when you move, but some come with a caution. You may be saving some dollars, but you could also be risking the safety of your belongings and bringing more work and stress on yourself in the bargain. Consider these money-saving tips and the adverse consequences that may occur.

Get a Moving Quote.

Call two or three movers and invite them to come to your home to prepare a moving estimate. When professional movers see your home and the items you want to take with you, your estimate will include all the necessary charges and you won’t be low-balled or be greeted with an unpleasant surprise when the move is complete. This will enable movers to see that there are narrow stairs to the third floor, or you have a piano that needs special attention. They will record each piece of furniture to be moved and its approximate weight so your estimate will be as accurate as possible. Only then will you be able to compare one mover with another.

Be Organized.

Take advantage of moving guides available from your mover so you don’t overlook crucial steps in the moving process. You’ll want to pay special attention to the timeline of what to do when, as the process can involve more time than you might think, especially if you haven’t moved before. You can request free moving and packing guides from Ayer Moving and Storage.

Inventory Prior to the Move.

Don’t wait until you are ready to pack. See if members of your family or friends want anything you really don’t need. Sell items at a yard sale. Dispose of things that are no longer useful. Donate items to charities and if you itemize on your tax return, take a deduction for their value.

Be Flexible with the Moving Date.

Movers are typically slow in the winter months or in the middle of the week or month. You may be able to save a bit by being flexible. (The months of July and August are peak times for moving companies and they are usually booked way in advance.)

Do Your Own Packing.

You can find many tips for packing your own possessions, including collectibles, antiques, electronics, and clothing online. Keep in mind that professional packers know the precise ways in which to pack and have the appropriate packing materials on hand, including bubble wrap, plain newsprint, and special sized boxes. Compare the costs and the time involved before you decide to do it yourself.

Free Moving Boxes.

Sturdy boxes are available free from liquor stores, university bookstores, and supermarkets (find out when they typically flatten boxes or incinerate them so you can pick them up beforehand!)  Moving companies also sell used packing boxes and specialty boxes for wall art, dishes, and wardrobes.

Go online.

Purchase plain (inkless) newsprint and bubble wrap from discount stores like Staples or Amazon. Or check out used packing materials on Facebook Marketplace or Craig’s List. (When your move is complete you can list your used packing materials for sale!)

Consider Sharing the Packing.

You may want to pack certain things yourself but leave the large furniture and special items like artwork, computers, dishes, and collectibles to the professionals.

Pack Like Russian Dolls.

Conserve space by packing small items inside larger items to save on moving boxes. Don’t overpack, though, as you run the risk of heavy boxes being dropped or bursting under the strain.

Use Linens to Pack.

Make use of towels and blankets to wrap around fragile items and to cushion items against each other.

Solicit Friends for Moving Day.

Ask friends and neighbors to help you load the moving truck and treat them to pizza and libations (after the job is done)! Be sure to plan who is to do what and how you want the loading to be accomplished. Otherwise, you risk having boxes loaded incorrectly which can result in crushing or breaking your treasures.

Rent a COW.

A Container on Wheels (COW) is a portable storage unit that can be loaded in your driveway and then hitched to your local mover’s truck to go to your new home.

Rent a truck, Load, and Drive It.

 

This can save you a bundle, but you may not be ready or able to take on this huge task. Ask your local mover if you can rent a truck from them, along with a crew to load it. Then you can drive to your new location on your own. (You’ll need to arrange for help on the other end!)

Don’t skimp on moving insurance coverage. You’ll want to talk to your mover about purchasing insurance in addition to the coverage that is included with the move, which pays on claims according to the weight of the item, not its value. It is key to have this insurance on anything that might break during the move.

Ayer Moving and Storage has resources to help you with your move and their Relocation Specialists can give you tips on saving money. Call us at (800) 233-6683 or visit our website for more information.