Getting Married? 6 Moving Tips You Need

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As you plan your wedding, you realize that you’ll have to start looking for new housing. After all, if you live in a one-bedroom loft apartment by yourself, there might not be enough space for you and your soon-to-be spouse.

But amidst all the wedding planning and searching for an apartment, you might start to stress about everything you need to accomplish. If you don’t already live together, you need to find a place that fits both your needs and your future spouse’s needs. You also need to pack up two apartments and consolidate them into one new home.

To reduce the worry and stress you may feel during an already chaotic time, we’ve listed several tips for soon-to-be newlyweds to make the moving process easier. Read on to learn what you can do to make your upcoming move go more smoothly.

  1. Start About Two Months Before Moving Day

With so many things to plan and organize before your wedding day, you know that planning ahead of time is crucial for any task. This same idea also applies to moving. You don’t want to procrastinate packing, cleaning, and moving until right before your big day.

Instead, start the moving process at least two months before your set moving day. You have several chores to accomplish, and the more time you have to finish these tasks, the less stressed you’ll feel.

  1. Take an Inventory of Your Possessions

Before you even begin packing, you and your future spouse should take an inventory of all of your possessions. Compile a written or electronic document that lists everything you own. You may also want to include any items you expect from your registry as gifts.

By making an inventory of your possessions, you know exactly what you own and how much you need to transport between apartments or homes.

  1. Downsize All of Your Belongings

After you make your inventory list, you may want to downsize your belongings. Between you and your significant other, you may have duplicates of some items. For example, you and your future spouse may have two sets of dishes, several different pots and pans, and three or four couches.

Your new apartment or house may not be large enough to accommodate so many duplicate items. Additionally, the more belongings you have to move between locations, the more money you’ll spend on moving costs.

Rather than pay a lot of money to move unnecessary belongings, downsize your belongings. Go through your inventory list and decide which items you want to keep. For example, if you both have TVs, decide which one you want to keep and which one you want to get rid of. Sell, donate, or toss the unwanted items.

  1. Set a Schedule

Another great way to reduce stress as you plan a wedding and a move is to set a schedule. Choose a paper calendar you like, or use the calendar on your phone or another electronic device. Set time aside each day to pack and clean. You can also give yourself one week per month to work on one room in your apartment.

Start with packing your items into boxes and covering large pieces of furniture. Then, focus on cleaning each individual room and making repairs as needed. As you stick to a set schedule, you’ll be able to accomplish everything on your to-do list with ease.

If you have too many tasks to finish and not enough time to do everything, ask family members and friends if they can help you. Include these helpers in your schedule so you know who to expect on which days. This additional organization can make moving less of a burden and more of a fun opportunity to spend time with your loved ones.

  1. Take Breaks

As you work according to your set schedule, make sure to take breaks in between packing, cleaning, and moving. You don’t want to overwork

or overwhelm yourself. Use your break time to grab a bite to eat with your future spouse. After work, order in and watch a short movie to unwind.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll want to do something that keeps you calm and that rejuvenates you when you start packing again.

  1. Rent the Right Size of Moving Truck

You don’t want to rent a truck that’s too big or too small for the amount of items you need to transport. Once you’ve downsized and packed, contact your local moving truck renters to see what sizes of moving trucks they offer.

Not sure which truck will best fit your needs and budget? Talk to the staff at the moving company and ask them for their recommendation. They’ll ask you about how big your old apartment was to determine how much space you’ll need inside the moving truck.

 

As you prepare to move in with your spouse, use the tips in this blog to reduce your stress and make the moving process go much smoother. You should also contact a professional moving company to reserve your rental truck so it’s available when you need to move into your new home or apartment.

Want more tips about moving and packing? Check out the rest of our blog. You’ll find various tips and tricks to help you with every aspect of moving.

5 Steps to Take Before You Start Packing

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A move involves many stresses. After all, you have multiple tasks to accomplish in a short period of time. You have to put your current residence up for sale (or tell your landlord that you’re moving so he or she can rent the unit out to a new tenant). You also have to clean your home or apartment, pack all of your belongings, and then haul everything across the city, state, or country.

Don’t let your worries and concerns get the best of you during your move. Instead, take the following steps before you even start packing up boxes. These tips will reduce the stress you feel as you prepare for your next move. And once it’s time for you to move, you’ll be ready to tackle the day with ease.

1. Eliminate Clutter in Your Home

After you’ve scheduled your moving day, you’ll want to start packing as soon as you can. When you move to your new home or apartment, however, you don’t want to fill your new space with broken, unused, or useless items.

Before you start packing, make sure to eliminate the clutter in your home. Read through our previous blog post about decluttering your home for tips.

2. Sell Unused or Unwanted Items

You can also make a little extra money from your unwanted belongings if you decide to sell them. In the decluttering blog mentioned above, you’ll find tips on holding a garage sale to sell your gently used items.

If you prefer a more convenient way to sell these items, place ads on Craigslist. This online sales platform allows you to post online ads for each of your belongings. You can sell the following items on Craigslist:

  • Appliances (such as stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, toasters, and coffee makers)
  • Art
  • Books
  • Electronics
  • Furniture (including couches, gently used mattresses, bed frames, chairs, and tables) Movies
  • Toys
  • Video games

You can even download the Craigslist cPro app onto your phone. This app lets you post ads online directly from your phone to make the entire process easier to manage.

3. Create a Moving Checklist

Rather than haphazardly throwing your clothes, dishes, and other belongings into boxes, make a moving checklist well before you start packing.

For the most effective results (and minimal stress), your checklist should start about two months before your move. You can break your checklist down by month or by week, whichever option works best for you personally. Items on your checklist could include:

  • Pack slightly used items such as books, games, and decorations two months before the move.
  • Transfer medical, dental, school, and veterinary records to your new area a month before the move.
  • Print labels for all of your boxes three weeks before the move.

To make this step even easier, print a premade moving checklist. You can find dozens of checklists online, so choose the one that best fits your specific situation.

4. Reserve the Moving Van

Moving companies might not be available when you need them, so be sure to call your movers and reserve their services well in advance. Peak moving season typically runs through the spring and summer, so your movers are more likely to be booked during this time period. Non-peak season lasts during fall and winter, and your movers will be easier to book.

No matter when you choose to move, you’ll still want to reserve a moving van and a moving crew as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may not have the proper help or equipment come moving day. Most moving companies allow you to make a reservation six months in advance. Be sure to ask your movers how early you can reserve their services and if they offer discounts for early bookings.

5. Download Moving Apps

Finally, download a few different moving apps onto your phone, tablet, or other mobile device. These apps can help you organize your move and avoid any hiccups on moving day.

Dark Sky allows you to track the weather in your area, so you can avoid moving boxes in and out of the rain. Additionally, this app tells you how long poor weather should last so you can better coordinate your schedule.

Evernote lets you save notes, lists, and online articles to make your move more organized. So if you’d rather save your moving checklist to your phone, this app can store it.

Moving Van helps you keep track of your boxes, and the app notes the contents of each box as well. While you pack, take pictures of each box’s contents, load them into the app, and write down which room each box belongs in. When you unpack in your new home, Moving Van makes it easier to identify which box goes where.

 

Make moving day easier to manage, and follow the pre-moving day tips above. You’ll make the packing and moving process more relaxed, and you’ll be able to approach moving day with confidence. For more tips about moving and packing, read through the rest of our blog.

Moving to a New Home? Pack These 7 Essential Items in Your Moving Day Survival Kit

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After years of saving, Mel finally had enough money for a down payment on a new home. She placed an offer and hoped the buyers would accept it. When her realtor called and said her offer had been accepted, Mel jumped for joy. She soon packed up her belongings and moved into this new house.

But during the first day in her home, she realized that she needed a few items to stay comfortable. Unfortunately, she didn’t know which boxes these basic necessities were in. As a result, she spent hours unpacking boxes and suitcases to find a toothbrush and her pajamas.

If you’re preparing to move into a new home, don’t follow in Mel’s footsteps. Instead, make your move less stressful and build your own moving day survival kit. This kit contains basic essentials you need to make it through your first night with minimal stress.

Simply purchase a clear plastic tub or two and pack the following items inside. And don’t forget to place your survival kit in an easily accessible area of your new home so you can get to it whenever you need it.

1. Bedding

Whether you move into your new home first thing in the morning or in the early evening, one thing’s for sure: you’ll want a comfy place to sleep at night.

Pack a set of clean bedding in your survival kit, including:

  • Sheets (flat and fitted)
  • Pillows and pillow cases
  • Light blankets

To save room in your kit for other items, fold your sheets and light blankets and store them inside your pillows. Then, you’ll only have to grab the pillows and set them on top of your kit.

If you don’t have a mattress to sleep on in your new home, remember to purchase an air mattress (with an automatic pump) and bring this item with you as well.

2. Toiletries

After a long day of lugging boxes between the moving truck and your house, you’d probably enjoy a refreshing shower. But you won’t be able to spritz off if you can’t find your toiletries.

Make sure to include the following items in your survival kit:

  • Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Small bath mat
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap or body wash
  • Toothbrush & Paste
  • Loofa

To save space inside your kit, visit your local drugstore and purchase travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. You’ll also want to pack a roll of toilet paper for your bathroom.

3. Cleaning Supplies

You may arrive in your new home to find that it needs a quick cleaning. Add cleaning supplies to your survival kit so you can wipe down a few surfaces and sweep the floors. Consider cleaning supplies such as:

  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Paper towels and rags
  • Windex
  • Multipurpose cleaner
  • Dish soap and sponge

If you prefer to avoid using chemical cleaners on your surfaces, mix the following ingredients to make an all-natural disinfectant spray:

  • One gallon warm water (Put water in first so the vinegar and baking soda don’t foam out.)
  • Half a cup baking soda
  • Half a cup of vinegar
  • Two tablespoons dish soap

Mix these ingredients together in a bucket and divide the liquid into a few empty spray bottles. Shake each bottle before use.

4. Disposable Dishes

You’ll want to spend more time organizing your new home than cleaning up after mealtimes, so bring disposable dishes with you. Once you finish eating, you can throw these items in the garbage for easy cleanup. Include disposable plates and silverware in your survival kit, as well as napkins or paper towels.

To put your disposable dishes to good use, make meal arrangements before you move into your home. You could ask friends to bring you dinner on your first night or order take out from your favorite restaurant.

5. Spare Clothing

You won’t have time to unpack and organize all of your belongings during the first night in your new home. But if you pack a few sets of spare clothes in your survival kit, you’ll at least have something to wear for a day or two after the move.

Include spare clothing such as:

  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatpants
  • Slippers
  • T-shirts
  • Jeans

If you have to work the morning after your move, don’t forget to include a spare suit or work outfit. Rather than fold your attire and place it in your survival kit, place the ensemble in a garment bag and hang it next to your bed.

6. Electronics Chargers

Remember to charge your electronics the night before you move. But to stay on the safe side, pack the chargers for the following electronics inside your survival box:

  • Cell phone
  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • iPod

You can also place each charger in a separate, labeled sandwich bag so you don’t forget which charger belongs to which device.

7. Medication

You may also want to include a few doses of over-the-counter medications in your kit. These medications could include:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Tylenol
  • Excedrin
  • Allergy medications

If you take prescription medication each day, include a few doses of each prescription in your survival kit as well.

 

As you prepare for your next move, remember to create your own survival kit. Include the items listed above, and don’t forget to customize your kit to your specific needs. For more moving tips, check out the rest of our blog!

Seven Things You Should Do Before You Move Away From Home for the First Time

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When you decide to leave the nest, you probably experience a range of emotions. You feel excited about the new experiences you’ll encounter, but you also feel a little nervous at the responsibilities you’ll face once you live on your own.

With the proper preparation, moving out for the first time can give you confidence in your abilities. When you take the time to make a clear plan before you throw your belongings in the moving van, you’ll reap the benefits of independence without sacrificing your comforts.

Read our first-time mover’s checklist of seven things you should do before the moving van arrives.

Item #1: Save Your Money

In order to pay for your own place, you’ll need to put down your first and last month’s rent in advance. You’ll also shoulder the costs for your electricity, water, and phone bills. If your parents have typically paid these expenses in the past, you might want to save up your paychecks for a little while before you take the plunge and move out. 

Item #2: Make a Plan

Once you’ve saved up your cash, create a detailed plan for your move. Include every task you want to accomplish, and give each task its own deadline to make sure you stay on schedule.

You also should set a monthly budget for all your expenses. Financial experts recommend that you save 10% of your income each month, so you’ll want to budget for a rainy day in addition to your regular expenses.

Item #3: Store Your Valuables

After you decide on a plan, you can start sorting through your belongings. Your first apartment might not have the closet space for all of your stuff, so choose wisely.

Remember, anything from your distant past-scrapbooks, memorabilia from elementary school, or vacation souvenirs-will still be there at your parents’ house when you want to visit. Don’t feel obligated to take every sentimental item with you into your new place. 

Item #4: Toss Your Junk

Next, identify all of your possessions that you don’t want to bring or store. If you can’t recall a good reason to hold on to your old stuffed animals or swimsuits that no longer fit, get rid of them.

For gently used items, consider donating to a thrift store. You can feel good about letting go of your old stuff, and your goods can benefit someone new.

Item #5: Furnish Your New Place

Ask your future landlord about the status of your apartment or home. Even if you’re not the first tenant, you may have to provide your own furnishings.

Set apart part of your moving budget to cover basic furniture and supplies for your bedroom. Keep in mind that depending on how far away you move, you may prefer to buy large furniture items, like mattresses and tables, once you arrive.

You also want to remember to outfit your kitchen and bathroom too. Even if you know exactly where your parents keep the cleaning supplies, as soon as you move out you’re on your own. Make a list of kitchen basics to buy in advance, and expand your grocery list once you settle down.

Item #6: Pack the Bare Minimum

Once you’ve rid your closet of unwanted items and put your childhood toys safely in storage, you can begin packing. To save money when the movers come, you can opt to pack your own valuables. Wrap up fragile items in tissue paper or bubble wrap, and make sure not to crush these items with heavier objects.

For all your other clothes, books, and gear, you’ll want to sort your stuff into piles and then place them in boxes with other similar items. That way when you go to unpack, you won’t have to take everything out before you find what you’re looking for.

Invest in some quality packing materials, like boxes and Styrofoam peanuts, and tape up your boxes to make sure they don’t burst open in the moving van. Also take care to label any fragile items with clear instructions for the movers.

Item #7: Call the Experts

Schedule an appointment with your local moving company a few weeks prior to your move-in date. Give your company enough advance warning to make sure that they have the moving van or trailer available in your moment of need.

Movers can also help you transport fragile items that you wouldn’t be able to get out of the doorway on your own. For specialty items like musical instruments or antiques, consult your moving experts beforehand and request the necessary equipment.

 

Moving out for the first time gives you an opportunity to reinvent yourself and simplify your life. When you remember these seven tips before moving day, you’ll enjoy every step of the moving process without getting overwhelmed by the task at hand.

For more information, call a moving company to help you understand the cost of moving all of your stuff out of your parents’ basement and into your own space.

9 Tips to for an Easier Move

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You feel like packing and moving represent some of the most arduous tasks known to mankind. You have so many things to do, and you lack the time to accomplish everything before moving day arrives.

What you really want is some sort of spell that will pack your house for you. And though you can’t wave a magic wand and instantly have a packed home, you can try some of these packing tips to make your move easier to manage.

  1. Buy different colors of tape.

It’s easy to pack items, tape up the box, and move on to your next task. But sometimes you forget what items you packed in each box and where each box belongs in your home. Rather than reopen boxes to look at the contents and write a label, use a color code system.

As you buy boxes and other packing supplies, invest in different colors of duct tape (or other packing tape). Assign each room a color and tape up your boxes with that color of tape. Open up the notepad app on your smartphone and create a color code list so that you don’t forget which room is pink, blue, red, or yellow. Your list might look something like this:

  • Kitchen-green
  • Living room-purple
  • Bathroom-blue
  • Master bedroom-orange

Tape comes in a plethora of colors and patterns, so you’ll never run out of different options to use as you pack.

  1. Don’t buy bubble wrap.

Bubble wrap tends to cost a lot, especially when you have a lot of breakable items to protect. Instead of spending your moving budget on bubble wrap, secure your breakable items with clothing, towels, and linens. You can stuff a pair of clean socks inside your glass mugs, wrap plates and glass bake ware with T-shirts, and fill loose spaces in boxes with hand towels.

As you use your clothing and like items to protect your breakable items, you also save space and reduce your need for additional boxes and packing materials.

  1. Invest in lock boxes. If you have a lot of valuables, you might want to purchase a lock box. You can put your valuables inside and safely transport them between locations. Valuable items to store in a lock box include:
  • Bank records
  • Birth certificates
  • Car titles
  • Insurance information
  • Jewelry
  • Marriage documents
  • Wills and other legal documents

     4. Move your books in suitcases.

You never notice how heavy books are until you have to move. Rather than break your back lifting heavy boxes of books, use your suitcases to transport your favorite pieces of literature. Clothes are incredibly light, so you can easily pack your clothes in boxes and duffle bags. Fill your suitcases with books and zip the case closed. Most suitcases have wheels and handles, so you can roll your books right out the front door.

  1. Pack an overnight bag.

Chances are that you can’t unpack everything immediately. Pack an overnight bag with immediate essentials such as clothing, toiletries, phone chargers, medication, and other items you might need at first.

     6. Pack one room at a time.

It’s so easy to get distracted as you pack and move around your house. Instead of packing random boxes throughout your home, pack one room at a time. Start in the rooms you use least and finish with the rooms that you use most. You become more effective as you pack from room to room, and you’ll finish packing sooner than you think.

  1. Repurpose your phone books.

Phone books tend to appear out of nowhere, and since you don’t really have a use for them, you probably just shoved them in an empty cabinet or shelf in your home. Repurpose these old phone books and use the pages to wrap glass and other breakable items.

    8. Reutilize your sandwich bags.

When you disassemble furniture such as tables, desks, bookshelves, TV stands, and other big items, you can easily lose the screws and bolts. So, before you take an item apart, grab a sandwich bag from your kitchen and write the furniture’s label on the bag. Place the screws, bolts, nails, etc. inside the bag as you disassemble the item. This method keeps allows you to more easily reassemble your furniture when you get to your new home.

     9. Take pictures.

Do you remember how difficult it was for you to set up your flat screen TV when you first got it? You don’t want to relive that awful moment. Before you unplug your TV or other big electronics, take a picture of the back. When you set up these electronics in your new home, reference the picture for a faster set up time. You’ll know where each cable goes instantly.

Don’t let moving stresses make you feel miserable and frazzled. Use these tips to make packing an easier experience. This way, you’ll handle and enjoy the last few days you have in your current home.

Trailer Tips Before, During, and After Your Trip

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Trailers offer the space you need for a big move or a weekend camping trip. But the extra space comes with extra responsibility and liability.

Whether you’re a first-time trailer owner or you’re simply renting a trailer for the week, you should know what to do before, during, and after a trip.

Before You Go

To prepare for your drive, check the brake lights and make sure you’ve fully secured the trailer.

You’ll also want to practice behind the wheel. When you tow the trailer, it will feel different depending on your car-trailer combinations. Before your trip, be sure to test out your specific car-trailer setup.

Perform this test in a big, empty space, like a parking lot. You can practice turning, backing up, and stopping.

Turning

You’ll need to make larger turns with a trailer, and you might find it difficult to tell just how much space your trailer needs without practice. If you don’t train, you risk hitting curbs, telephone poles, and even pedestrians.

Practice adjusting your turn as well. If you realize you’ve made a too-tight turn, you can back up and try again if there’s no one behind you in the road.

Backing Up

It takes time and practice for you to feel comfortable backing up a trailer. Give yourself plenty of time in a safe space to get a handle on the technique.

You will likely not be able to see as clearly when backing up with an extra load, so have someone help you back out whenever you can.

Back up slowly with your hand firmly on the bottom of the steering wheel. As you turn your hand left, the vehicle and tow will move left and vice versa.

Avoid big or sudden movements since they can affect your position more than you might realize. Instead, use small, deliberate motions. If you need to, pull back in, realign, and start over.

Jackknifing while backing up is a common problem, so take the time to learn proper technique. Jackknifing is the term used to describe when the shape of a vehicle and trailer move pass an L shape and form a V shape.

To avoid this, go slow and make small movements when backing out. Again, you can always pull back in and readjust if necessary.

Stopping

Because of the added weight, it will take extra time and energy for your vehicle and trailer to stop. Test how long it takes you to stop in the parking lot, and pay attention to distance. This will help you know how far you should drive behind other cars.

On the Road

In our previous post (http://delstruckrenta.wpengine.com/stay-safe-truck-rental-seattle-wa/), we talked about basic trailer safety. In addition to things like knowing your clearance and using your mirrors, you’ll also want to know a little about driving on the road and trailer sway.

Signaling and Passing

It’s especially important when hauling a trailer to signal well before you intend to pass or change lanes. And, of course, you should be extra cautious and ensure you have enough space for you and your additional load. 

Pass or change lanes on level road whenever possible. Refrain from passing on uphill or downhill grades since it’s more difficult to control speed and movement.

Additionally, downshift when necessary on uphill or downhill terrain. When you drive downhill for long stretches, use your brakes in intervals instead of a constant application, which can cause the brakes to overheat.

Trailer Sway

Another good reason to avoid speeding, especially when you drive downhill, is to avoid trailer sway.

Trailer sway can be very dangerous and frightening to experience. This phenomenon can come from an unbalanced trailer load, jerky steering, wind, or speeding.

As the trailer moves back and forth, it gains momentum and the sway is further aggravated. To remedy the situation, apply the trailer’s brakes and slow down to a stop. If you apply the vehicle brakes, they won’t reduce trailer sway. In fact, doing so can make the situation worse.

You may also feel wind gusts from larger cars passing. To help control sway in this situation, try releasing the acceleration and steering firmly. If the trailer continues to sway, pull off and check to see if the trailer is balanced.

At Your Destination

When your trip is through, there are a few more practices you’ll want to use for safe and secure parking.

Parking

Whenever possible, opt for level ground instead of a slope. If you need to park on a grade, put parking blocks behind the wheels on the downslope (you’ll need an extra hand for this), apply the parking brake, shift into park, and then release the brake.

When you unhitch the trailer, place parking blocks in front of and behind the tires to keep the trailer from rolling away.

 

When it’s time to use a trailer, be sure you’re ready for the trip. Use these tips to prepare for before, during, and after your adventure.

5 Tips to Make Moving with Kids a Breeze

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You are more than prepared for your big moving day. You’ve boxed up everything in the house, you’ve rented a perfectly sized moving truck, and you’ve looked over the driving directions to your new home so many times that you’ve practically memorized them (but you keep the map pulled up on your phone, just in case). There’s just one thing you still worry about: how to help your kids during the move.

If you have young kids, you know they can be a handful on the best of days. But how will they cope with a frantic, busy moving day-from packing the boxes into the rental truck to the long drive to your new home?

Instead of worrying about your kids, follow our tips below. We’ll tell you how to keep your kids occupied to minimize the stress on everyone involved.

1. Let Friends, Neighbors, and Family Members Help

If you’re an independent person, you might not want to ask for moving help. But the truth is, when you have small kids, any little bit helps. Without the kids underfoot, you’ll accomplish a lot more in a shorter amount of time. If a trusted neighbor offers to watch the kids while you move boxes, accept. Let your neighbors load a few boxes into the moving truck while you feed the kids lunch.

If you need to, you can even call your babysitter to keep the kids occupied for a few hours. Once you’ve cleared out the house and filled the truck, your babysitter can help you get the kids settled in the car for the move.

2. Involve the Kids

If you want to keep your kids nearby or no one else can watch them on moving day, give them something to do. Find age appropriate activities that help each kid feel involved in the process. For instance, you could leave out a few of your child’s favorite possessions, then give him or her a small box to place them in.

If your children are in elementary school, let them practice their handwriting as they label a few boxes. When each child feels involved in the process, they’ll less likely act out or get in the way while you move.

3. Familiarize Them with the Process

As an adult, you feel a lot of stress, anxiety, and responsibility during your move. Your kids might feel the same way. While they can be excited by the prospect of a new home, they can also feel overwhelmed by the frantic pace, which can cause a few meltdowns that you simply don’t have the time or energy to deal with while you move.

Set aside some time to help your kids get accustomed to the process. Many younger kids find large trucks exciting. Once you pull up with the rental truck, walk around (and even in) it with them. Talk to them about how all of their possessions can fit inside this one truck. Teach them proper safety protocol (for example, they should know not to climb into the truck or play on the ramp while the adults load boxes), but help them feel excited about the moving process.

The next morning, tell them that you’ll spend a lot of time moving boxes into the truck. Find a few smaller boxes with non-breakable items that they can hand to the adults. The better your kids understand and can participate in every part of the process, they better they’ll cope with it.

4. Pack Snacks and Toys for the Road

One of you will probably drive the rental truck, and one of you will follow behind in the car with the kids. During this drive, you’ll need to keep the kids occupied to drive safely and preserve your own sanity. This can prove tricky if you’ve packed most of their possessions and if you avoided purchasing food in the days leading up to the move.

Before you start to pack the truck, leave a few of your kids’ favorite toys out, or place them in a small, easy-to-reach box that you keep on the front seat. Label this box clearly so that any neighbors who come to help don’t pack it in the truck by mistake.

Go shopping a few days before you leave for some snack foods you can keep in the car. Choose healthy items like fruit snacks, apples, and crackers. You can also store a few perishable items in a small cooler. Choose easy snacks like string cheese that won’t make a mess in the car. With the right snacks, toys, and activities, you can keep your kids occupied while you focus on getting to your new home safely.

5. Plan On-the-Road Activities

While toys and snacks can go a long way towards keeping your kids occupied, you might need to break up the monotony of a long drive with a few engaging activities. Play common road trip games like I Spy when your kids start to get bored. Have them look for each letter of the alphabet on billboards and license plates.

You can also purchase inexpensive activity and coloring books that get kids engaged with things happening on the road around them, like finding a license plate from each state in the continental United States.

 With these five tips, your moving experience can go as smoothly as possible. Your kids will feel happy, and you’ll have more time to focus more on the move itself. Don’t forget to invest in the right rental truck for your move, and talk to your moving truck rental company for more tips on that can make your next move a breeze.

How to Protect Your Valuables in Every Phase of the Move

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A relocation represents a huge transition for everyone involved. You and your children have to leave your friends and neighbors behind and move to a new area. You may even have to start a new job or learn a new language.

You also have to prepare your belongings for their own transition. Some items you can throw in the back of your minivan, but other items, your valuables especially, will require careful preparation. You need to know how to secure these breakable objects to protect them from the elements.

Read these tips to prepare and package your valuables. Proper preparation guarantees that you’ll enjoy a worry-free move and that your valuables will survive intact.

When Hiring a Moving Company

Carry any birth certificates, passports, stock certificates, prescription meds, wills, and documents to close your home’s sale on your person.

Your Life in Boxes

Each of your special belongings demands special treatment when you pack it away. The following tips will update you on the best ways to protect valuables of all shapes and sizes.

Artwork or Framed Photos

Wrap art in multiple layers of soft paper. Don’t use bubble wrap-if it pops, it can leave marks on the painting. Use it only as a supplemental layer after the paper.

Antique Furniture

You don’t want to take any unnecessary risks with breakable furniture. Make sure you strap down or shrink wrap all doors and cupboards and put any handles or other hardware inside the drawers. Pad any glass with fabric or soft paper, and then gently cover the entire piece in bubble wrap and place in a crate.

Collectibles

If you held onto the original boxes for your china dolls or vintage action figures, use them. If not, wrap them in tissue paper and put them in a box filled with Styrofoam peanuts.

Dishes and Glassware

Wrap each individual dish in tissue paper and return to the original boxes. As a general rule, plates should be placed standing up, not stacked on top of each other the way you display them on your shelves.

Glasses and stemware fare best in their original boxes because these containers have structures to hold them steady. You also won’t have to label these boxes to identify your flatware.

If you don’t have original packaging visit Del’s Truck Rentals to purchase a variety of moving supplies including dish and glass packs made specifically to move your dishware and glassware without damaging them.

For bigger items, like vases and decorative bowls, select a new box that stands almost double the height of your item. Then fill the bottom layer of a box with crumpled up newspaper. Wrap the item in bubble wrap (bubbles facing in) and then set it in the box. You can put multiple items in the same box as long as they don’t touch each other. Then fill the box or container with more newspaper or packing peanuts.

Other Items

For mirrors and glass pieces, tape up the surface with an X to prevent shattering during the move. You should store books and other goods that are heavy but not particularly breakable in small- to medium-sized boxes. Larger boxes will buckle under the weight and scatter your belongings.

The Right Vehicle for the Job

Select a bigger moving truck to provide more space for your valuables. More square footage also means that you won’t have to risk stacking your valuables, and they won’t get crushed by other personal belongings during your move.

Loading Techniques

Once you’ve wrapped, stacked, and boxed up your breakable goods, the time has come to load up the moving van. Remember to arrange the heaviest items on the bottom to avoid crushing smaller items. Also, don’t stack boxes that aren’t completely full, or they might cave in and smash the delicate objects inside.

Checks and Rechecks

While on the way to your new location, periodically check to make sure the boxes in the van haven’t shifted around too much. If needed, rearrange some boxes or take some in the cab with you. When you arrive, unpack slowly and carefully so you don’t break any items in your haste.

If you follow these guidelines to prepare and protect your valuables, you will safeguard your most prized possessions from breakage. For more tips on moving your specific belongings, ask your truck rental company. 

The Ultimate Guide to Moving with Cats or Dogs

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You just received the phone call: the one from your realtor saying that your offer was accepted and you get to move into your new home. You feel elated and overjoyed at the news-so much so that your cat or dog peers into the room to see what caused the commotion. You look at your furry friend with pure excitement on your face.

However, your enthusiasm soon turns to stress. Not only do you have to prepare yourself, your home, and your belongings for the move, but you also have to get your pet ready for this transition.

Not sure how to manage moving with a pet? To alleviate some of your concern, we’ve provided you with six effective tips below so you can move with your pet in mind.

1. Take Your Pet for a Drive

If you don’t usually take trips with your cat or dog, then your pet might not adjust well to driving around in a car. To make your drive on moving day smoother, take a few preliminary trips with your pal. These short journeys introduce your pet to a car and let them get used to the sensations associated with driving around.

Remember to start slowly and only drive for a short distance. Over the next several days or weeks, gradually increase your speed and distance so your pet feels comfortable traveling in a vehicle.

If you have a cat or small dog, you should always place him or her inside a pet carrier before you drive. This carrier keeps your pet safe and reduces his or her risk for injury. If you have a larger dog, secure him or her with a seatbelt.

2. Call Your Current Vet and Find a New One

To keep your dog or cat healthy while you move, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. During this visit, make sure your pet is up to date on all vaccinations. Ask your vet to perform a routine checkup as well.

Since you’ll need a vet to care for your beloved animal after your move, ask your current vet if he or she knows of a reputable professional close to your new home. Or, talk with your soon-to-be neighbors or colleagues about dependable veterinarians in the area.

3. Pack a Pet-Friendly Overnight Bag

When you finally move into your new home, your animal pal needs a few comfort items-just like you do. As you pack up your pet’s toys, bed, food, and other belongings, set a few things aside in an overnight bag. Include items such as:

  • Toys
  • A blanket
  • Food and treats

Make sure to put these belongings in a duffle bag or small storage container, and pack it in your car or moving van last. Once you get to your new home, bring your pet’s overnight bag inside immediately and put it in his or her new sleeping area for convenient access.

4. Update Your Pet’s ID Tags

As you prepare to move, you know you need to update your mailing address. But did you know that you have to update your pet’s information as well? If your animal’s ID tags list your old home address or phone number, change them. You’ll want to use the most current information just in case your pet gets lost in your new neighborhood.

You can also talk to your vet about microchipping your cat or dog. Microchips contain an ID number and all of your contact information, and they are embedded under your pet’s skin. If your cherished animal accidentally gets outside and ends up at an animal shelter, this permanent ID system lets shelter coordinators easily get in touch with you.

5. Groom Your Pet Before the Move

You don’t want to leave your current home filled with cat or dog hair, and you definitely don’t want your pet’s fur to overrun your car and new abode. To reduce shedding, schedule an appointment with your preferred pet groomer. You can request various services, including:

  • Baths
  • Fur and nail trimming
  • Teeth brushing
  • Odor removal

Some groomers also offer additional bathing services and aromatherapy to calm your cat or dog. Be sure to ask these professionals which services they offer.

6. Separate Your Pet from Noise

Pets are incredibly sensitive to loud noises, high levels of commotion, and strangers. Before the movers start to pack up your moving truck, separate your cat or dog from the chaos. Call neighbors, friends, or family members and see if they can watch your pet for the day.

If you can’t find anyone to pet sit, put your cat or dog in a gated-off room or in your backyard. This separation reduces your pet’s anxiety, as well as his or her chances for getting out of the house.

 

As you and your pet prepare for your next move, keep these tips in mind. When moving day finally arrives, you won’t have to worry so much about your dog or cat adjusting to this big change.

5 Ways to Declutter Your Home Before Your Next Move

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You recently purchased a new home-either in your current city, across the state, or somewhere else in the country. You know that you have several things to take care of simultaneously. You must schedule a moving truck, pack your possessions, stock up on supplies, clean your current home and prepare your new one, and more.

As you look around your house, you realize that you’ve collected hundreds-if not thousands-of possessions over the last few years. You glance in each room and discover piles of clothing, books, papers, and other items. And everything seems cluttered.

You don’t want to take all of these items to your new home. In fact, you know that you probably should get rid of some of them before you move. Below, we’ll list five different ways you can clean out your home as you prepare for your next move.

  1. Determine each item’s usefulness.

Stand in a room of your choice. Look around you. To declutter your home, follow one of these methods.

Method One

Grab a notebook and a pen. Or, if you prefer, pull out your laptop and open up a new Word document. Start in the upper left-hand corner of your room. Write or type down each item you see, and determine its usefulness. Do you use the item often? Does it serve a specific purpose? Add the item’s value next to its name on your list. Continue throughout the room, in a clockwise motion, until you catalogue every object.

For example, if you find a book that defines mechanical engineering terminology, write down the book’s title on your list. If you don’t use this tome in your profession, write “don’t use” next to the book’s name. However, if you read this book at least three times a year to refresh yourself on terms and definitions, then write down “important” or “vital.”

Method Two

Set aside a few hours one Saturday and take your family members with you into each room. Designate a gatherer, and have him or her pick up objects and ask everyone how often they use them. If no one does, then you can safely discard the object before you move. In contrast, if your family uses an item regularly, hold onto it.

You should repeat this method room by room to better manage the clutter. You can also group items together to speed up the process. For instance, as you look in your bedroom, you can classify your bed, dresser, chairs, and other similar items as furniture. And since you need to use your furniture every day, it has a high value.

  1. Donate unused items to a secondhand store.

With items that you don’t want to keep or toss out, you can donate them to a used or secondhand store, such as Goodwill. However, you should only donate items that appear in good condition. Individuals who shop at these locations don’t want to buy tattered jeans, broken toys, or torn books.

Additionally, most secondhand stores will give you a donation receipt that you can present as proof of a charitable donation. So this option also allows you to make a little extra money on your tax return.

  1. Ask your friends and neighbors for help.

If you don’t want to donate your unused possessions to a secondhand store, then ask your friends, neighbors, and other people in your community to have a look. Simply gather all of your unwanted items together in one location, and then have these individuals come visit you during a specified time.

You can make this a first-come-first-served event, which means that people will visit you and take what they want from this collection. After all of these items find new homes, let everyone know that the event has ended. And remember to thank your friends for taking these items for you.

  1. Hold a garage or yard sale.

If you’d prefer to sell your items, then organize a garage sale. Or, if the weather permits, try a yard sale. You can set prices on your unwanted items, and you control how long this sale lasts. Have your family members make signs and place them down the street from your home. You can also post an ad in your local newspaper.

If this option doesn’t appeal to you, you can always take clothing and accessories to Plato’s Closet or similar consignment stores.

  1. Invest in a paper shredder.

Dispose of old school papers, notes, scraps, bills, and receipts with a paper shredder. If you don’t use these documents on a regular basis, then you shouldn’t take them to your new home. Paper shredders allow you to dispose of these documents safely, so you don’t have to worry about what will happen should someone rummage through your garbage.

 

As you prepare for your next move, implement the tips listed above. You’ll reduce the clutter in your current home and increase the storage space in your new one. And don’t forget to visit our blog again. We’ll post more mover-friendly tips that you can use in the future.

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