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Some Of The Best Moving Tips

Updated on January 28, 2010

When you first look at the huge pile of boxes which now contain your possessions, you can't be blamed for wondering how you are ever going to sort this mess out once you arrive at your new home. However, if you took the simple steps of Priority Packing, you are going to find the entire process much simpler.

Priority Packing simply means separating your goods in to various sections as to what you will need first and then later. In the boxes to unpack first (which you can mark with red magic marker or red strapping tape) you have what you will need on the very first day of your move: things like toothbrushes, soap, medications, pillows, blankets, pyjamas, a change of clothes, paper towels, toilet paper, instant coffee or tea, plastic mugs, cutlery and dishes.

Through the move make sure that you keep track of where your Priority Pack items are so that when you arrive at your new home you can separate them right away. After all you're going to need your toothbrush well before you'll need your collection of 16th century Italian stage plays.

Don't think that the worst that can happen during your move is that Aunt Flo's crystal vase will shatter. There are various factors that you must be clearly aware of in order to avoid very serious problems if not outright personal disasters.

You cannot move any item which is flammable or toxic. It is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous. These items include motor fuels, oils, paint, solvents, and other volatile liquids. You will need to contact your municipal bureau responsible for hazardous waste and follow their instructions. You must also be aware of household and pool / spa chemicals which can spill and create a dangerous situation. If bleach and ammonia spill and intermingle, the resultant fumes are the same chlorine gas used in World War II and can kill you. It can even explode! You also cannot simply throw the old tube televisions and CRT computer monitors in the trash. They must be disposed of at the local recycling centre.

Most home owners are well advised to hire a professional moving company to transfer their possessions rather than do it themselves. Moving an entire home's contents is a very involved and labour intensive process which requires special training and equipment, and do it yourself movers have a tendency to damage the furnishings, the home, or even themselves.

Comparison shopping is the best way to save money on a professional move. Call up all the movers in the yellow pages and ask for an estimate. You'll be surprised how some movers will charge you less than half of others for the same move. When you get your list down to two or three companies ask to see their references and check them all meticulously.

If you absolutely can't afford professional movers and have lots of friends and family on hand to help out, don't buy boxes, go to the local grocery and department stores' shipping docks and ask if you can have some free. Be extremely careful when you rent a truck. Some companies may advertise very low daily rates, but read the fine print as you'll be paying up to a dollar a mile! If you're moving a few blocks away that's not going to be much of a factor, but do Boston to Los Angeles and you'll go broke!


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    • Hal Licino profile image

      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Depending on your municipality you may have to either get a license for temporary transport or hire a company that is certified to carry those for you.

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      movearoundus 8 years ago from Miami, FL

      everything understandable but what actually i do if i have some essential flammable materials, if the municipal bureau also disallow me to carry? what's your suggestion?

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Simple, just tell him that you'll be more than happy to stay, for a slight rent reduction down to about... say... $150 a month. :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      At the end of all this an when you are all set, what if the landlord barges in and screams "Don't move!" ... ? :) :) :)