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.

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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