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Moving And Packing Tips

Updated on May 24, 2014

Relocation Tips For Moving

Below are some useful moving and packing tips to help you get through your move the easiest possible (and fun) way.

There comes inevitably in everyone's live the time when a move is iminent. Relocation can happen because you are finally moving from your parents home or maybe because you've got that great new job in another state or simply because you've found the love of your life and decided to start a new life in marriage, in your own house.

Whatever the reason, a move is never ready. I should know, afterall I've moved at least 4 times during my life so far. Thus I definitely don't lack experience when it comes to a proper move. There are so many things that you need to remember, so many things you need to take care of that without proper planning a move will be only cause for headaches, stress, and will invariably lead to some kind of disaster.

So here are some pointers that should help you when you are moving to another place.

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Planning The Move

Plan Your Move Carefully

When you know that you have to move, you need to carefully plan it from A to Z. You have to put together a list with every single task that needs to be done. This list should include among others, finding packing boxes for moving, doing the actual packing, finding a good truck rental company, organizing all the paperwork, undertaking the actual transportation and settling in finally in the new place.

As you see, these are no small feats to do and each of them should have its own little task list that you should write upfront and then follow religiously.

When you are planning your move, you are ahead of 90% of other folks who simply do it as it comes and forget half of the things behind - or run around like crazy after packing boxes simply because they didn't plan for enough cardboard boxes early on.

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Getting A Truck

Organize A Truck Rental

Truck rentals for moving are necessary when you are relocating simply because they are huge vehicles that can transport all of your belongings, including clothing, furniture and any other home accessories that you might have. You simply can't transport your things in a regular car.

However how do you go about getting the best truck that will provide safety for your items on the road?

It is important to find a reliable truck rental company which will offer you the best deal and the best truck that you need. The truck should be in good working condition, fully loaded with petrol when you take it over and it should be available at the time when you need it. This is why one of the first things you need to do when you plan your move is to find a good company.

You need to take into account the times when these trucks are quite difficult to get hold of during the year. For example the summer holidays is a super busy period so you might want to move (if you can) during off-season. Also weekends are very busy as well as ends of the months. So if you plan carefully for your move, you will not only be able to get a good truck but also get a good truck at a great price. If you have to move during the busy times, you might find a truck but it could cost you extra.

Also don't forget to check all the paperwork (including the small print) when you are about to sign the contract with the moving company. You don't want to be slapped with some additional hidden costs later on simply because you were not aware of them early on. You should pay only the initially agreed amount.

Finally don't forget to actually check the condition of the truck. It should be in a good working condition, not very old and with all the protective extras that will help you transport all the belongins without anything breaking or getting destroyed in the process.

Of course you might want to go for a moving company that will do the entire move for you. This will save you time, however it will cost you more - at times, much more. So you have to carefully balance your need to save money vs your time available for the move.

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Packing Tips

Pack Your Things The Right Way

When it comes to moving and packing, packing is an entire subject by itself, it is so big. There are so many things you need to take into account even before packing. You need to gauge how many sturdy cardboard boxes you will need for the move. You wouldn't be the first person to be on the day of the move with things still unpacked simply because you ran out of boxes. You want to avoid this!

So make sure you get some good cardboard boxes that are sturdy and of good quality. You don't want to pack your china and crystals in a box that will not hold them properly during the move. You'd have a lot of damage on your hands upon arrival and even if the insurance pays for them, these might be left by your parents or grandparents and no insurance can replace the emotional loss you will experience.

Also get yourself some permanent markers (different colors if possible) and some labels so that you can carefully label every box accordingly.

One way to label them is by room. So you might have the things that will need to be unpacked in the bathroom, or bedroom or the shed.

And make sure you have adequate tape so that you can nicely tape every box. You don't want the boxes to open when the workers (or you) are putting them on the truck or when they are unloading it at the destination.

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Final Words On Moving And Packing

I hope these moving and packing tips are helpful for when you need to move to a new place. What are your personal tips for moving, what did work best for you and what should one avoid? Also if you have any interesting stories to share, go ahead, we'd like to read them and this way other people will also know what to avoid or what to do best.

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      Kelsey Elise Farrell 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

      great tips, I recently wrote a hub about moving into an apartment and what to look for, including taking pictures of your new place before hand so you can owe less money later. I think that it's a useful tip here too, particularly if you choose to use movers. Taking pictures of your furniture beforehand will help you be able to use mover's insurance if a ding or scratch occurs where there was none before.

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Good advice. The best advice I have is to weed out as much as possible before you move and only move what you really need to keep!

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      wrapitup4me 4 years ago

      I've moved many times and these are great tips. The most important is labelling the boxes and having the movers put the boxes into their respective rooms.

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      I've moved houses far too many times local, plus interstate twice, and overseas twice.

      My best tips are: to start early, use good quality tape and boxes, and pack more every day. It's horrible when you leave the packing to the last minute! Also, try to decrease the amount of stuff you have as you pack - sell things on eBay, give them away to friends / family, donate them. It's easier to move if you have less stuff (especially on the big overseas moves!)

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      Some great tips here. I moved several times within a country and two times abroad, so I can say planning ahead and organization is the most necessary aspect for having a stressless moving.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      I'm going to be moving, again, soon, for the umpteenth time in my life and you pretty much covered it. My family & I are pros by now lol I can remember one time we moved, some stuff still didn't get packed and we didn't have enough boxes so we had to drop off some boxes at the new places(during our first truck load) and empty them onto the floor or immediate area and bring the empty boxes back to the old place and pack up some more. Time consuming & a pain! So take my advice and definitely don't wait to pack it all up, especially the stuff that can be packed at anytime and doesn't need to be last second. Another helpful tip! If it rains the day you move then make sure you get those boxes that are meant for the basement or attic, emptied so you don't get mold like we did once! Swap out those boxes for new ones that aren't wet. We also invested in getting totes now, much better to use than boxes. Because some boxes have handles, others don't. Totes all have handles. So I would highly suggest totes for the moving. Start buying them way before you move or even if you're not moving, so you can swap out the boxes in the basement or attic that are holding your stuff. Totes seal better and can take more wear and tear because boxes frail over time, as do all paper products. Thanks for making this article. Hope I could help some people. Best Wishes & A Safe Move If You're Moving Too!!! Oh and some moving trucks supply them but you could just your own, blankets! To protect your tables and scratchable products from being scratched during moving. I used to work for a moving company and that's what we wrapped a lot of stuff in. Soft, thick padded moving blankets! Wrap your mirrors, glass tables, wooden tables, wooden armoires, antique type furniture etc. tvs, etc.

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      ccmushroom 5 years ago

      Great lens! I also have one about moving, will be adding yours to my featured lenses. Have a great day!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Some good tips! We moved from Louisiana to Tennessee a few months ago and it was rough! The colored markers would have been helpful to distinguish where each box belonged.

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi Great video to organize moving a house, Very good lens i gave you 5 stars. All the best. Anna

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      It's so rewarding when it all comes together. Nice lens - well done!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A very well done move. Very nice indeed. Thanks and good day.