Moving from one home or office to another can be a great challenge whether it is across town or across the country. If you let it become a worry ahead of time then it most likely will be and also will be on the receiving end when you unpack.
My first suggestion is to sit down, pour some coffee, get out a yellow legal pad, (or a laptop computer if you are not as old fashioned as I am), and start planning as far ahead of time as you can.
Don’t start calling moving companies yet! Relax and sip on that coffee or tea for a moment. Write down all of the items that you will need to keep in your possession at all times during the move such as deeds, titles, insurance papers, birth certificates, passports, any important papers and documents. Now on your paper write the number (1) beside that entry.
Do not write the contents on boxes of valuables, just assign a number of your choice and put it with the corresponding entry on your legal pad. People too often write things like ” Coin Collection” on their boxes making them a billboard for thieves as boxes are transferred from point to point.
Now that you have your papers and small valuables in mind to keep in your possession, lets start on other household items and determining what you will pack and how. I like to save a little money on packing materials by packing all of our nice dishes in smaller boxes and using bath towels and washcloths between them. They need to be packed anyhow so take advantage unless it is some rarely used dishes that you do not intend to immediately unpack.
If you have drinking glasses that fit inside one another, a styrofoam cup between each makes a soft padding and you can wrap the outer portion in a towel, very quickly with no chance of damage or breakage during moving.
All larger items such as lamps, furniture, electronics, appliances, etc will need to be individually wrapped and/or boxed. I prefer to bubble wrap such items prior to the blanket wrap just to keep rub marks from happening and a little wall of defense during transport.
Now that we have in mind how we will do this, lets get that legal pad going and assign box numbers to each box and get anything not used regularly packed up and ready to go, so by the time you move, the absolute worst part of the job is complete and you know which boxes to keep with you at all times and which ones can go on the moving truck
Now, get length, width, height measurements and estimated weight of furniture and appliances, along with the number and sizes of loaded boxes that you will be sending on a moving truck and write it all on the legal pad. You will use all of this information when you hire a mover to transport your household goods..
Now that you have an exact count of boxes, furniture and appliances to be loaded and moved, you can be assured that since you organized well ahead of time you will get the best price on the transport by listing it on ShipRightNow.com and letting transporters bid on your load..
Now you can relax, sip that coffee, and know that you saved a bundle of money, got the job done yourself and as long as you dont forget your legal pad and coffee mug you will be in great shape at the other end of the move.