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9 Moving and Packing Tips to Make Your Move Simple

It’s no secret: moving can be a huge headache. For many people, every step on the way is stressful — from finding a new place to live to packing and moving boxes. All that’s on top of the ordinary life stress you experience just by uprooting yourself and your family.

But moving doesn’t have to be so stressful. Follow these tips throughout your move to ensure your move is as quick, easy, and painless as possible.

1) Create a to-do list.

Even if you’re just moving across town, there’s a lot to keep track of. As you go along, you’ll find more and more tasks to complete. It’s easy to start dropping balls, and you’ll start to feel very frazzled.

Early on in your process, create a to-do list. Add to it as you find or remember new tasks, and cross things off as you finish. For time-sensitive tasks, consider putting together a calendar, so you can visualize upcoming deadlines easily. Having all this information on paper, outside of your head, will help you avoid a lot of stress down the road.

2) Downsize your stuff.

If you’re like many people, moving is a process of discovering how many things you own. You’ll discover clothes you haven’t worn in years, crafts projects you picked up and then discarded, appliances that no longer work, books you’ve never read and never plan to.

Many people find this review to be one of the most stressful parts of moving. Don’t be afraid to purge items you’re not using, and won’t use. Otherwise, you’re simply paying to bring useless items with you.

3) Donate what you don’t need.

Many charities, like Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul, are eager to get their hands on what you’re getting rid of. Make sure it’s in working order before you give it away — otherwise, you’re just offloading the cost of dumping items onto a charity. And don’t forget that most of these charities will work with you to pick up your items, especially large ones.

4) Sell some things, but…

If you don’t want to donate all your unwanted items, you might try holding a garage sale or unloading some of them on eBay or a comparable service. Be aware, though, that selling your used items may take more time than donating them, and it may take up extra time when you’re already stressed. Unless you know the money you’ll get is worth the time you’ll spend, it may be better to donate what you can.

5) Sort what’s left.

When you’re assembling boxes, it’s easy to simply pack all things in one room together. This can be handy but can also cause problems. You may catch yourself packing books in with knickknacks (because they’re both in your living room), or plates in with appliances (since they’re both in your kitchen).

Instead, sort like with like. Pack all your clothes together, your books together, and so forth. This may seem counter-intuitive at the time, but it’ll make organizing your new space far easier.

6) Start packing as early as possible.

You may feel silly having boxes around months before you move out, but you’ll save yourself some serious trouble if you pack close to your date. As early as you can, begin packing items you know you won’t need until you’ve moved into your new place. Label your boxes carefully, and store them somewhere safe until it’s time to load the truck.

7) Call in some favors.

Maybe you’ve helped friends move in the past. Maybe you have a friend who’s always happy to help you pack. (Or maybe you know you can bribe someone with pizza if they’ll move a few boxes.) Now’s the time to call in these favors.

It’s best to do this as early as possible. Let people know when you’ll need them, and what specific services they can provide you with. This way, they won’t feel like you’re springing anything unexpected on them or guilt-tripping them into providing help.

8) Schedule disconnect dates.

You’ll need to disconnect your electricity and possibly your water, internet, landline, and cable service. If you wait until you’re about to move to do so, you may see your prospective disconnect dates fly past you.

The good news is you can usually schedule your disconnect dates well in advance. Just call your provider’s customer service line and ask. You’ll usually want to schedule the disconnection for your move-out day, so you can still vacuum, mop, and do other cleanup that will require your items.

9) Hire professional movers.

Many people think of hiring a moving company as surrender. But when you’re moving, your focus should be on logistics and adjusting to your new life — not the manual labor of moving heavy boxes.

Movers move people all the time (obviously) and know things about moving heavy objects, stacking objects safely, and keeping your items safe that you yourself may not know. By hiring professional movers, planning ahead, packing early, and following the other tips on this list, you’ll assure the smoothest move possible.

It’s no secret: moving can be a huge headache. For many people, every step on the way is stressful — from finding a new place to live to packing and moving boxes. All that’s on top of the ordinary life stress you experience just by uprooting yourself and your family.

But moving doesn’t have to be so stressful. Follow these tips throughout your move to ensure your move is as quick, easy, and painless as possible.

Let us help!

Give us a call at 1 (800) 233-6683  or visit our website to discuss hiring expert movers. Also, consider downloading our packing guide.

10 Tips to Make Moving Easier on You and Your Kids

Moving to a new house is extremely stressful for the entire family. Even though kids don’t sign leases or mortgages or do most of the packing (lucky them!), they can still feel uprooted and overwhelmed about moving to a new place.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be able to ease the stress of moving for you and your kids.

1. Tell your kids ASAP

It’s always best to tell your kids as soon as possible that they’ll be moving, so everyone can emotionally prepare for the experience.

If you’re having trouble explaining the move, describe it like a fun journey or adventure — because that’s kind of what it is! Tell them about how you’ve accepted a new job, or facts about your new town. Help them remember that you’re eager to start this new journey together.

2. Get them involved

People — including kids — feel better when they’re involved in the planning process. It gives them the feeling that they have some kind of input into what’s happening, which reduces anxiety.

You may want to handle most of the packing and cleaning yourself — and to be honest, you’ll probably do a better job than your kids. But try to find small, simple ways your kids can help out, whether by sweeping after you’ve moved furniture, or packing a box of toys. You’ll appreciate the help, and they’ll appreciate being part of the process.

3. Take care of yourself

Moving is stressful. You’ll probably be anxious through most of your move. That level of stress will have a bad effect on your mood — and when you’re upset, everyone can feel the stress.

During the move, make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Try to get enough sleep, stay hydrated, and eat healthy food. This will make it far easier to take care of your kids in a spirit of patience and compassion, no matter how hectic your move becomes.

4. Let them know what to expect

We fear what we don’t know or don’t understand. When you’re touring homes and weighing your options, it’s easy to forget how your kids weren’t along with you on that journey. Wouldn’t you be scared to move into a place you’d never seen before?

Set aside a few minutes to take pictures of your new home. Share these with your kids, and tell them about the places they’re about to experience. This will make moving into this space for the first time fun, rather than scary.

5. Hold fast to routines

Kids thrive on daily routines. (So do adults!) But during a busy move, it’s easy to lose sight of these routines, which adds to stress and uncertainty.

Don’t lose your routines. If you go for a walk every day at a certain time, keep on doing that, no matter how busy or distracted you are. If you help them with homework, keep doing that. Don’t forget to have dinner on the table, as often as you can, on the same schedule you usually do. This will help kids feel like they’re still in the rhythms of everyday life — just in a new place.

6. Make time for goodbyes

Goodbyes are hard, so a lot of people avoid them. But they create a sense of closure that’s valuable to both kids and adults.

On the last day of school, make sure your kids say goodbye to their teachers and friends. Take them around the neighborhood on move-out day so they can see friends and neighbors. And although it may make you feel silly, plan a little extra time for them to walk through the house to say goodbye to each room.

7. Set up kids’ spaces

Not having a bedroom or workspace leaves you feeling uprooted. Kids are the same way. Do your best to set up a space for your kids — preferably a bedroom — as soon as you’ve moved in. It doesn’t have to be completely unpacked, but it’ll serve as a good home base — and it’ll keep them busy unpacking and organizing their new space.

8. Do something fun

Moving is both tedious and overwhelming. Why not do something to celebrate when you’re done? Explore the neighborhood, throw a party, or find a new restaurant to try. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Your kids will appreciate the distraction, and you probably will too.

9. Stay in Touch

It’s easy to lose sight of friends and family after you’ve moved. Encourage your kids to take down friends’ and teachers’ contact information before moving. Remind them to write to their old friends to let them know how much they miss them, and to update them on everything new and exciting that’s happened since the move.

10. Make room for bad feelings

Nobody likes being told what to feel. Bad feelings of fear, anger, and sadness will come up naturally during a move.

These feelings can’t be controlled, but you can control how you react to them. Tantrums aren’t OK, but if your kids are expressing sorrow or fear, it’s important to hold space for them throughout their process. These feelings will pass, and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the good things to come.

Contact Us

All these tips will help you move as peacefully as possible. But if you’re looking to take an extra step toward an easy, happy move that’ll take the pressure off your family, go to Ayer Moving and Storage. Ayer Moving works hard to provide top-notch professional moving services to families in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Take the first step toward a painless move today by calling 1-800-233-MOVE.

8 Things to Do on Your First Day in Your New Home

Congratulations on moving into your new home! Once all your things have arrived, there’s a good chance you’ll feel accomplished — but also exhausted, overwhelmed, and ready to head to bed ASAP.

But don’t do that just yet! There are several important steps you should take immediately after moving in. Even if you just want to relax and take a breather, by doing these things rather than putting them off, you’ll be setting yourself up for success in your new home.

1) Take a moment to appreciate your new home

You’ve just arrived at your home after what may have been a very long journey (both physically and emotionally). You have plenty of work cut out for you when it comes to unpacking and setting-up your living spaces. But before you start, take a moment to appreciate how far you’ve come.

Take a slow, deliberate walk through your home, and appreciate the potential of each room. Open the windows and look outside. Walk through your yard. Maybe take a photo of your family on the front stoop, or take a stroll through your new neighborhood and meet the neighbors.

Whatever you choose to do, entering your new home for the first time is an important moment of your life. You should take some time to really savor it.

2) Clean up

Some homes on the market are pristine. Others are… less so. Even if you feel your new home is fairly clean, going through and cleaning it yourself is a great way to familiarize yourself with your space and make it truly your own.

Ideally, you should clean your new home top to bottom before any boxes arrive. Try to beat the moving truck by a few hours, and arrive with brooms, mops, dusters, sponges, and cleaning products.

Then start cleaning. Remember: you’ll be able to do this once the boxes arrive, but it’ll be harder to clean around them. It’s best to get this step done ASAP.

3) Take inventory

When you’re packing, it’s a good idea to make a list of your boxes and their biggest contents. You shouldn’t list every item, but you should have a good sense of what you own.

Once your boxes arrive, check the list to see if anything’s missing. Again, this doesn’t mean going through every box. But if something is missing, then the sooner you notice it, the sooner you’re likely to get it back if you give the movers a call.

4) Unpack your most important items

If you’re a savvy packer, you should have a “Day One” box (or a few). Your Day One box contains contain the most important items you need: things like bedding, important paperwork, pillows, soap, a change of clothes, toilet paper, towels, and so forth.

This box won’t have everything you need (and it’s very likely you’ll forget at least some things while packing it). But it’ll make your first day in your new place more bearable, and minimize emergency trips to the store.

As you’re unloading and arranging boxes, take your Day One box and set it aside. Open it as soon as you get a chance, and set these items out where they’ll be easily accessible.

5) Get your bedroom and bathroom together

Cooking and hanging out in your living room are optional. But you’ll definitely need to sleep, shower, and use the bathroom on your first day.

Make sure the boxes for your bedroom and bathroom are clearly labeled. As soon as possible, start the work of getting these rooms together. It’s unlikely, this early, that everything will be in its final arrangement, but even if you have a few things ready you’ll feel far more at home in your new space.

6) Get to know your neighbors

You can technically put this step off, of course. But going out of your way to meet your new neighbors on your first day in your new house is a great way to start things off on the right foot.

Drop by and introduce yourself. Give them your contact information, and get theirs as well. While you’re at it, why not get some restaurant recommendations? Because soon, you’ll need to…

7) Have dinner

You need to eat, especially if you’re moving cleaning and moving heavy boxes. But chances are you won’t be ready to cook on your first day in your new home. Look up some restaurants locally, and either go out to eat or order in. To go the extra mile and get to know your neighborhood, stay away from chains and try to get food from somewhere with local charm.

8) Help your kids and pets settle in

Moves are stressful for both kids and pets. Go out of your way to check in on them and make sure you’re meeting their needs. Reassure your kids, and give them space to play and explore. Make sure your pets have plenty of food, water, and love during this transition.

Moving can be stressful for everybody, and because it’s logistically complicated, it’s easy to get distracted. By focusing on the important stuff first, familiarizing yourself with your new space, and ensuring everyone’s essential needs are met, you’ll be a step ahead of the game and ready to settle into your new space.

Let us Help!

Give us a call at 1 (800) 233-6683  or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to discuss hiring expert movers. Also, consider downloading our packing guide.

7 Moving Day Mistakes

Moving day can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! When you plan ahead and get the appropriate help, you’ll find that it goes more smoothly than you thought possible, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new home. If you want to start looking forward to the big day rather than dreading it, here are some common moving-day mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1. Sleeping In

Moving day is not the day to sleep late. Even if you’re not moving until the afternoon or evening, surely you can find something else that needs to be done. If you’re actually finished packing everything and have all your boxes ready to go, you can do a few laps around your house and you’ll likely find something you missed. It’s just best to go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep, and then wake up early so you feel ready for the big day. If you hired a moving company, you can likely expect a phone call at some point to give you an update on their estimated time of arrival, and you should be up and ready for that!

2. Waiting Until the Last Minute to Pack

Many people underestimate how much stuff they have, which means they also underestimate how much time it will take them to pack. You don’t want to still be packing after the movers arrive, so make sure you don’t save this task for the last minute. In fact, it’s usually best to start packing months before you move if possible, or at least weeks before. And you should be done a few days before moving day if you want to reduce your stress level. If you truly don’t have time to pack everything, or if you’re just now realizing how much work it’s going to take you, consider paying for packing services from movers in your area. The experts can often pack within hours, and you’re going to need this kind of hustle if you’ve waited until the last minute to pack.

3. Forgetting to Organize Your Boxes

Packing doesn’t mean just throwing your things into boxes willy-nilly. There’s a method to the madness, or at least there should be if you want to reduce your stress when you move out — and when you move in to your new home. The first step to keeping the boxes organized is to mark them with which room the items will go in. Then keep related boxes near each other. For example, all the boxes of kitchen items should be kept together during the move, so place them near each other to ensure anyone who moves them will keep them together. In addition, if the items inside are fragile and need to be handled with care, be sure to mark that on the box.

4. Deciding to Bring Everything You Own

If you pack your belongings yourself, you’ll probably be surprised by how many things you have that you never use or simply forgot about years ago. Ask yourself if you really need to be taking these belongings to your new home. Doing so could make your move take a little longer, so consider throwing them out or donating them to a charity before you move. At the very least, consider putting them in storage for now. This way, you avoid a common moving mistake and your move is easier, making it possible to get a fresh start at your new home.

5. Not Having the Moving Materials You Need

Don’t make the moving-day mistake of approaching moving day with only a few boxes and no markers or packing tape. Not having the moving-day essentials can make it harder than it has to be, or even delay your move entirely. If you have heavy furniture to move, make sure you have a dolly and the proper shoes to wear while moving it. If you hired movers, you won’t have to worry so much about these essentials, especially if they’re going to pack for you as well. In that case, you should still make sure you wear comfortable shoes to keep your feet safe and have some bottled water available to stay hydrated.

6. Packing Up Items You’ll Need on Moving Day

So, you’ve packed everything away and you feel very prepared to move. But what happens when you arrive at your new house and you need to brush your teeth or change your clothes? Digging through your boxes on moving day is probably the last thing you want to do. This is why you should pack a bag with the essentials you’ll need the first few days in your new home. These include toiletries, soap, medicine, a few changes of clothes, some snacks, toilet paper, phone charger and a flashlight.

7. Not Getting the Right Help on Moving Day

Not hiring movers means all the duties that come with moving day are on you, or maybe you and a few friends. If that doesn’t sound appealing, hire movers. But don’t choose just any movers. Look at reviews and ask your friends and family who they recommend. Keep in mind you deserve to get help from a company that will arrive on time on moving day, be careful with your belongings and have a respectful attitude from start to finish.

If you’re interested in getting help on moving day, contact Ayer Moving & Storage for a free estimate. We offer moving assistance with local, interstate and international moves. We also provide moving truck rentals, storage services, and packing help, so call today to let us know which services you need.

What Not to Pack When Moving

If you are planning to move, you may be overwhelmed with a lengthy to-do list. Pulling up roots in one community and relocating to another means changing relationships, neighborhoods, schools, and perhaps even a new job.

One of those major tasks on your list is packing. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or starting a new life cross-country, you have a lot to consider when it comes to what items you will take with you.

To reduce the stress on yourself and your family, it is recommended you start packing early. This may seem like it will extend the process even longer, but in fact, starting early gives you time to think about what you plan to pack, sell, give away or throw out. Another tip: leave yourself a “sanctuary” that is packed last, so you can retain the creature comforts that help you get through your day-to-day life.

While you want to make the moving process as easy as possible, you must also take into account some important regulations. Movers cannot transport certain items due to their hazardous nature. In addition, some items are too precious to risk putting on the moving van lest they get lost. Here’s a bit of an idea of what not to pack when moving and how else you can handle them.

Dangerous or Flammable Goods

If you want to bring anything that is flammable, potentially explosive or corrosive, you may be out of luck. Movers are prohibited from transporting such materials because of their hazardous nature.

While some of the items that fall into this category are expected by most people, others may surprise you. As a rule of thumb, it is best to ask your moving company well in advance for a list of items for which you need to make other arrangements. Here are a few common examples:

  • Paint and paint thinners
  • Household chemicals
  • Automotive maintenance chemicals
  • Nail polish remover
  • Gasoline
  • Matches
  • Propane tanks and cylinders
  • Radio-pharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs)
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks

If you have these items, you have many options. Your neighbor may appreciate a gift of a spare tank of gas or extra cans of paint. Many of these dangerous items, although they cannot be moved, often are acceptable to pass on to others.

Contact your municipal waste or recycling council for tips on how to dispose of any chemicals or hazardous items. Often, there are strict rules around disposal and a specific methodology for doing so.

Perishable Food

here is another tough fact about moving: it takes a while! Even when everything runs smoothly, most people need several hours to load the truck, drive to the new home and unload the belongings. The sad truth is that perishable food will not last without spoiling. In the event of spillage, it can also damage your other household items.

Instead of planning to take the food with you, have a goodbye meal with what is left in your fridge. Give the excess to neighbors or, if possible, the local food bank. If you need to throw out any perishable food, check with your city about organic waste programs, especially if you cannot put food in with your regular garbage.

Plants and Flowers

Your favorite houseplant may not be a hazardous good, but many regions still have rules about what can cross state lines. This is a great question to ask your mover: can you trust your beloved rubber plant to go in the truck? Depending on where you are going and the projected length of the move, the movers may or may not recommend that you make other arrangements for your green-leafed items.

Personal Items for Health and Safety

During the move, you will not be able to pop in to retrieve an important item at a moment’s notice. Make a list of those things you must have on hand, especially in the event of traffic delays or other unexpected events. These may include medications, changes of clothing, toiletries and comfort items for small children.

Valuables and Heirlooms

Most moving companies are reputable and take great care of your household items. However, they do not want to put your precious valuables at risk any more than you do. Since you will not be riding in the moving van along with your packed boxes, consider whether you can take some items with you. Among these precious items you may want to keep safely are:

  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Collections
  • Personal papers
  • Identification and moving documents
  • Family photos

If you are not sure what you need to keep near you, ask yourself if an item is replaceable. If it is not, do not pack it, regardless of the trust you have in your moving team to get the job done efficiently.

Contact Us!

In any moving experience, unexpected issues arise.  If you are not sure about a particular item, just ask us. We can help make your moving day is as stress-free as possible. Give us a call at 1-800-233-MOVE or email [email protected]

5 Tips to Make Moving a Breeze

Anyone who has ever thought that moving would be easy was unfortunately quite misled. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that can make your move faster and less stressful. Here are five tips to help make your move go as smoothly as possible.

 

Do your research

Finding your new place and putting your current one on the market isn’t the only research you need to do for a move. You should also be researching as many tips as you can to make your move as easy as possible. Look up the specific items you’re more worried about to give you some comfort in knowing how to best move them and if you realize you have too much and are worried about it all breaking start looking into some professionals. You need to decide if you’re going to be borrowing a friend truck, rent a moving truck or if you want to go the way of hiring a professional moving company. All of this will take research but it will be well worth it come moving day.

 

Make a list/schedule

Lists are going to be your best friend during your move. Make lists for each room. Make lists every time you think of something you might forget.  Not only will this ease any tensions you have about forgetting but you won’t have to worry as much when it comes to packing directly because you’ll know everything that needs to be packed.

 

It is also helpful to make a schedule of when you’re going to pack what, what days you need to call which companies, and of course when the moving truck will get here. Write down when things like your refrigerator need to be unplugged because it’ll take time to dry or when to fill holes made by your paintings because it may need to settle.It’ll stop you from getting in a panic as the day gets closer because everything will already be planned out.

 

Declutter, declutter, declutter

It can’t be said enough. Decluttering will be your best friend when it comes to packing and moving day. Go through every room and every storage space once, twice, and even three times to make sure that you have gotten rid of everything you don’t need and that everything you still have you absolutely do. Not only will it lessen your load but you won’t have any regret when it comes to packing and you realize you still have so much stuff you don’t need and should have sold or donated.

 

Prepare for moving in as well

Your move doesn’t end when the truck closes. You need to make sure that everything you’ll need on arrival is accessible. Pack yourself a bag of clothes and the essentials like toothbrushes or shampoo, your laptop, snacks, anything you’ll need if you have a pet. You’ll also want to a pack another bag, either to keep with you or keep where it can be easily unloaded full of other items you might need. You should pack sheets and maybe some simple kitchen supplies like a few plates and cooking supplies. You may even want to include some cleaning supplies so that you can keep your house clean of anything that might come with moving in.

 

Go with the Flow

Unrealistic expectations of a smooth and worry free move are only going to make you more stressed as it gets closer to moving day. Expect that disaster may strike or that that everything is going to be a mess and take all the necessary steps to eliminate conflict. Figure out everything that you have to and when you have to do it by. Get everything packed up and organized and even when your house is a mess just think that that is how it is supposed to look at this point. Eliminating any high expectations will help to keep your stress level low and keep you prepared.

 

Need More Help?

You can reach us at 1 (800) 233-6683 or visit your local Massachusetts moving company to learn more about what we can do to help you. Download the Ayer Moving Guide for a Stress-Free Move!

Tips for Moving Large Appliances

When it comes to moving, your large appliances are likely to give you the most anxiety. Not only are they big and heavy, but they’re also expensive, and the last thing you want is to risk breaking them. For that reason, here is a list of tips organized by appliance to make moving a breeze:

Prepairing to Move

You’ll need to make sure you’re completely prepared before trying to move your appliances in order to avoid damaging your floors, walls, or the appliance itself. Make sure that you have measured the appliance and the doorways it’ll need to go through to avoid bumping either during the move. If it won’t fit, you might have to find another way to exit the room or accept that it could be a really tight fit.

 

Then you’ll need to make sure you have all the right supplies. Think through what you’re moving and decide whether it would be best to rent a dolly or cart, a stair roller, or if you want to cover the floor to get it across. You can purchase plastic floor protectors if you’re worried about scraping the floor that will also make it easier to slide you appliance across. You can also place carpet squares on the floor and wood on top and put your appliance on those to slide it across the floor.

 

No matter what the appliance is, you also want to make sure that it is empty before moving it and that any doors are taped shut to avoid them swinging open while trying to move them. In addition to making sure that your appliance is clean and secure, you should also take care of your floors before moving it. Any dirt or grit may make the move more difficult if you have to slide the appliance and could scrape up the appliance itself or the floor.

 

Once you’ve got everything you need, it’s time to move on the specific appliance itself.

 

Refrigerator/Freezer

This is often the first appliance that people dread moving when they decide to move, but with some simple tips, it’ll be much easier:

 

  • Make sure the fridge is empty before moving it. This may seem like a no-brainer but with everything else you have to worry about it can be easy to forget things.
  • Unplug the refrigerator or freezer and allow it to melt and defrost for at least a day before trying to move it. Make sure to dry it thoroughly if it hasn’t dried yet.
  • You should unplug the water line as well or turn it off if you have a water or ice dispenser and empty the water reservoir.
  • Remove any shelves or drawers and pack them up carefully before moving the whole unit.
  • Vacuum the condenser or compressor to remove any dust.

 

Remember that when you arrive at your new place with your fridge you may require professional movers help to set it back up so you may want to consult with one in your new area to see if you’ll need their help when you arrive.

 

Stove/Oven

The first thing you should do before moving a stove is cleaning it thoroughly. If there are any food remnants or grease they are likely to catch dust and dirt on the way. You’ll also want to remove any racks and pack them up separately.

 

The thing about a stove is that it is more likely to involve a professional movers help then some of your other appliances. If you have a gas stove, you will need a professional technician to disconnect it ad shut off the gas line. When you arrive at your new house you will need a gas installer to check on you gas supply and take care of setting up the stove however an electric stove will likely not require any assistance.

 

Microwave Oven

Because microwave ovens are smaller they are likely going to be a lot easier to move but there are still a few things you should remember:

 

  • Make sure to remove the glass tray and pack it up separately and don’t forget to seal the door shut.
  • A microwave oven can easily be packed back in its original box if you still have it or just a well-cushioned box. If the microwave is large then you may want to ask a professional if it can be wrapped before packaging.

 

Dishwasher

  • Be sure that any hoses or water supplies are disconnected and blocked off.
  • You’ll also want to leave the dishwasher door open to ensure that it is dry before the move.
  • You can wrap the hoses in towels or packing paper and put them in the dishwasher for the move and be sure that the door is secured before moving it.

 

Washing Machine

A lot of times people will think through their kitchen and think that they’ve covered all their appliances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. You’re washing machine that been hiding in a closet or small laundry room as long as you’ve lived their needs to move too.

 

  • Like with your dishwasher and fridge, you’ll want to disconnect and drain the hoses and leave the door open so that it can dry. You’ll also want to wrap up the hoses and place them inside the washing machine.
  • You may want to hire a professional to secure the whole washing machine and moving it but if you think you can do it yourself, use your own or purchase manufacturer’s guidelines to prevent the washing machine from shifting or moving.

 

However, when it comes to installation in your new home, it’s time to hand it over the professionals.

 

Dryer

Electrical dryers are a little simpler when it comes to moving but you need to be sure that you have unplugged it before doing anything. After cleaning the appliance including the lint screen it should be good to move. When arriving at your new place, make sure that your power supply fits the electrical requirements of the dryer before setting it up.

 

If you have a gas dryer then you’ll need a qualified technician to disconnect the appliance and the gas line before the move and to set it up after.

 

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15 Apartment Packing Hacks

Moving is hard enough as it is. Why not make your life easier with these 15 Apartment Packing Hacks?

Use plastic wrap

On any bottles of liquids that you are transporting, wrap plastic wrap under the cap to prevent it from spilling.

Protect your drinking glasses with socks

This will help to cushion them and protect them from breaking during the move.

Use a slice of bread to clean up a mess

Accidents happen. If you break something made of glass while packing, use bread to safely pick the pieces of glass and make sure that none is left behind.

Use duct tape to label your cords

Cords all look the same. By using a piece of duct tape to label what they are, it’ll save time setting everything up when you reach your destination.

Pack your documents in plastic bags

Sealing your documents in plastic bags will keep them protected during the move and make them easier to transport.

Pack your toolbox last

You’ll likely need your tools to put some of your items back together or to hang anything up so make sure it is the last thing you pack and the first thing you unload.

Use clothing for cushion

When packing your dishware, instead of using more bubble wrap trying wrapping some of them in your clothes to save money and keep them protected.

Color Code

Color coding your boxes will make them easier for you to find when you unpack.

Put your dried up tape in the microwave

If you painters or masking tape has dried up, put it in the microwave quickly and it will become sticky again.

Use styrofoam plates

Put styrofoam plates in between your plates to protect them during the move.

Label your boxes on the sides

If you label your boxes on the top, you won’t be able to see what is what when they are all stacked up. This will allow you to know what is where at all times.

Find free moving boxes

Find free moving boxes on the free section of Craigslist or from your local grocery or department stores.

Take pictures of your electronics

Take a picture of the wiring on your electronics so that you will know how to set them back up after the move.

Put your clothes in garbage bags

Keep your clothes on hangers and slips them into garbage bags to make them easier to pack and unpack.

Put your loose screws in sandwich bags

If you have any loose screws from dismantling large furniture, put them in sandwich bags and label where they came from.

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Essential Tips for Packing Fragile Items

If you think that you don’t have a lot of fragile items to pack, go look in your kitchen cabinets. We all have them and assuming you’re already spending a lot of money your move, you don’t really want to spend more replacing the things that broke on the way. So take a look at some essential tips for packing fragile items.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #1

Prepare

Sounds simple, right? But with all the things that you have to do, it’s only natural that certain to-do items might get pushed off. This should not be one of them. You’ll want to take all of the time you can get packing up your breakable items to make sure that they receive the care and protection they’ll need for the journey.

Take whatever mental preparation you need and then set out for the right equipment. You’ll want to be well stocked on study boxes, cardboard, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and more bubble wrap. You’re going to want to lay out all of your supplies and have a large section of floor space or a big table for this project.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #2

Be Considerate

Your fragile items have needs too. Instead of trying to save time and space by filling up one big box with all of your breakable objects, you’re going to want to split them up. Make sure you have an ample supply of boxes in all shapes and sizes and be sparing with what you pack. If you have one ceramic bowl that is really important to you and was passed down through the family don’t hesitate to give it its own box.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #3

Know Your Packing Supplies

Regular newspaper can stain china dishes but will be fine for regular glassware. Too much bubble wrap can put too much pressure on your items if you pack the entire box with it. Be wary of what you’re using and how much you use of your packing supplies to have the most success with preserving your items.

Packing Fragile Items Tip #4

Educate Yourself

Not every fragile item you have can be packed the same way and whether there is a right way or wrong way to pack them, there is a better way.

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10 Helpful Moving Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

No matter how many glorified fantasies you have about that fresh start in a new house, it doesn’t change the fact that moving is a hassle. So, it’s important that you know all the moving tips and tricks out there to make your moving experience as quick and painless as possible. 

Pack an overnight bag

No matter what, there are going to be some things you need immediately after your move. Make sure you pack a bag of all of the essentials so you don’t find yourself missing something you need in the moment.

Use clothes as padding

Use socks for padding glass and small items and clothes for all of your packed dishes, you can not only save pack space but save money on bubble wrap.

Label your boxes

You might think you’ve got your boxing system down, but just in case, you should label your boxes not only with what’s in them but with what room they go in too. Even if you know in your head what goes where, with all those boxes being unpacked, anything that saves time is a good thing.

Use beer boxes for books

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But books are heavy and somehow they have to travel. Beer boxes have those built in handles on the side that will make carrying your books in and out of the moving truck a little less ominous.

Use any storing items you have

Suitcases, laundry baskets, beach bags, use it all. It’ll save you trips to the car, space in the van, and money on boxes.

Movers over friends

This may not always be the case but if you have a lot of valuable and fragile items, the cost to hire the movers and prevent damage might be well worth it.

Change your address at least two weeks before the move

You’d be surprised by just how many things require your address, especially when you’re moving. Changing your address in advance will help you prevent any mix-ups in the future.

Give your friends first dibs

Anything you plan on selling or donating, you should give your friends first dibs on. Anything that’s left that you want to sell should be posted on the website whether it be craigslist or eBay at least six weeks in advance to make sure it’s gone before you move.

Defrost your refrigerator at least a day before

Wipe up any moisture that’s left and make sure it’s defrosted. Packing it up before it’s warmed up could be detrimental to the machine and cause other damage while it travels.

Put masking tape on your mirrors

Mirrors are delicate. Everyone knows that so make sure you don’t forget it when you move. Ut masking tape over the glass to prevent it from shattering during the journey.

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