[Tips] Pack Moving Boxes like a Pro!

Unless you want all your belongings to end up smashed and broken, you will need to be careful how you pack your moving boxes. Plus, the better you pack your boxes, the fewer you will need – which means the move will go much faster because there are so fewer boxes to carry. Here are some tips for packing moving boxes to get you started.

Use the Right Packing Supplies
It is understandable that you don’t want to pay for moving boxes, but that doesn’t mean you should use the gross, dirty ones from the supermarket either. First scour online sites for free boxes, and then go to places where they can give you clean boxes for free, such as furniture and appliance stores. In addition to moving boxes, you will also need packing tape and box labels.

Know Your Boxes
Don’t make the mistake of loading up a lot of heavy items into a large box. You won’t be able to carry the box and it could break. Follow these guidelines instead:
• Small boxes: Tools, books, DVDs, heavy items
• Medium boxes: Kitchen items, small appliances, toys
• Large boxes: Lamp shades, board games, large appliances
• Extra-large boxes: Linens, pillows, towels, stuffed toys

Know Your Bubble Wrap Alternatives
You will need some sort of cushioning for your breakable belongings. Instead of using bubble wrap or tissue paper, you can save some money and space by using soft items that you already have. For example, you can fold towels in the bottom of a box to provide extra cushioning. You can put socks over your stemware to protect it. And you can use dish towels to wrap your China. This will make unpacking a bit of a pain (you will have socks in with your kitchen stuff!) but you will save room in your boxes.

Get Some Specialty Boxes
There are a lot more types of boxes for moving than just S, M and L! You can also find specialty boxes for easily packing certain items. These can be a life saver and help ensure your belongings don’t end up broken. Some to consider are:
• Mirror boxes (also good for other framed objects)
• Wardrobe boxes
• Flat screen TV boxes
• Mattress cartons (some moving companies provide these for free)
• Reinforced boxes (for extra heavy items)
• Dish packs

Clean and Organize Before You Pack
The best thing you can do to make packing and unpacking easier is to clean and organize your home before packing. Take the time (several weeks if necessary!) to sort through all of your belongings and put them where they should be – such as all extra linens in the linen closet, all toys in your child’s room, and all office supplies together. This will allow you to pack items by room so you don’t end up with a lot of mismatched items in each box (which means you’d have to walk all over your new home to put the item where it really should go).

Tips for Moving into a New Build Home

There are always a lot of things to do when moving to a new home. If your home is a brand new build though, then you will have a few extra things to keep in mind when moving in. Here are some tips to get you started!

Beware of Moisture
Wood is a natural material which contains a lot of moisture. In new build homes, it is common for the fresh wood which is used to have high moisture levels. Over time, the moisture will come out of the wood. This excess moisture can cause problems in your new build home, such as mold and making the paint feel.

Do not paint during the first year in your new build! It will probably be futile since that paint may bubble from the escaping moisture in the wood.

Try to keep the windows open and get a dehumidifier to control moisture levels in the air and reduce the likelihood of mold growth.

Be Prepared for a Long To-Do List
Get a moving checklist for all of the things you will have to do when moving into the home. Some of these things include:
• Turning off and on utilities
• Notifying change of address
• Packing
• Hiring a moving company
• Transferring school records
• Learning neighborhood regulations
• Ordering trash bins

Make sure you set timelines for when you need to do everything on the checklist. Some things, like calling to turn on utilities, can’t wait until the last minute.

Plan for Maintenance
One of the benefits of moving into a new build is that you won’t have to spend as much on maintenance of the home. However, don’t think you won’t have to pay for maintenance at all just because the home is brand new. Put aside some money to pay for any maintenance tasks which come up in the future.

Do a Walk-through with an Inspector
It is common for new builds to have 100 to 200 defects! These defects are usually small, like a dented floorboard or broken roof tile, but they still matter. Right before you move into your home (or, if the home is already built, then before you exchange contracts), you should go through the property with an inspector. It pays to have those trained third-party eyes with you. Negotiate with the builder to have these defects fixed before you move in, and ensure that they are fixed on a timeline.

Leave Some Flexibility with the Move-In Date
What if your new build isn’t finished, but you’ve got to get out of your rental? That would create a moving nightmare where you’d have to put all of your belongings in storage and live in temporary housing until the build is completed. Avoid this disaster by giving yourself some flexibility with the move-in date.

Get an Extended Warranty on Appliances
In a new build home, you will probably have all brand-new appliances. This means that they will probably all start breaking down around the same time, so you will have a huge expense to pay at once to fix/replace them. Spare yourself this sudden expense by paying for the extended warranty on new appliances. You then have more wiggle room with upgrading appliances in the future.

5 Things You Will Forget to Do On Moving Day

Moving day is here! You’ve taken care of all the big steps like choosing a moving company, purging, packing, changing your address, and more. But the job isn’t done yet! People are often so rushed leading up to moving day that they forget these small but very important things to do.

Verify the Moving Company USDOT Number

Moving scams are getting increasingly rarer, but they still do occur sometimes. The last thing you want is a rouge moving company showing up at your home and driving away with all of your worldly possessions. To avoid this disaster, check that the moving company USDOT number is the same as the one on your estimate (which you checked at the FMSCA website), and also that the truck number matches the one in the estimate.

Have Cash On Hand

You will need cash on moving day to tip the movers, pay for food, and also for other small things which might arise.

Take Pictures of Your Rental

You probably had to put a security deposit down on your rental before moving in. Now that you are moving out, you want to make sure you get the security deposit back! After the movers load up all of your belongings, take pictures of the rental as evidence of the condition you left it in. That way, if anything happens, the landlord can’t blame you for the damages. Likewise, take photos before you move into your new rental as evidence of its condition. Be sure to take photos of any damaged areas so the landlord doesn’t try to pin those on you!

Keep the Family Pet from Getting Outside

It is a good idea to have someone pet-sit on moving day so you don’t have to worry about Fido or Fluffy escaping in the midst of all the chaos. Or, you can empty one room and put your pet in this room while the movers work. Just make sure the movers know not to open that door!

Secure Parking

If you are moving into a building, then parking can be tough. Be sure to ask the building manager if there are parking options, such as a loading dock. You might even be surprised to learn that you are only allowed to move in during certain hours! If the moving truck can’t get parking near the entranceway, be warned that you may be forced to pay a “long carry” fee.