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    Best Bet Moving and Labor knows that a successful move is the result of a well prepared move. That’s why we have created a list of moving and packing tips to assist you with preparing for your move.

    See below our moving checklist:

    Moving Tips

    Start early:

    • Research and find a moving company as soon as you know that you are moving.
    • Obtain plenty of boxes, packing tape, markers, bubble wrap, stretch wrap, garbage bags, Ziploc bags, etc.
    • Designate a “packing room” – a ground zero for all things packing and moving – to keep all things you will need to pack.
    • Pack strategically and pack backwards. Start with packing the items and rooms you know you will not need – think attic, closets, garage, and basement. Set aside and pack last all the things you will need first when you unpack.
    • Make a “survival closet” filled with cleaning supplies for your last cleanup.

    Two to four weeks out:

    • Verify reservations with the moving company.
    • Continue packing backwards; start staging boxes for moving truck starting with the boxes containing items you will not need immediately when you unpack the moving truck.
    • Start a box or two of moving day necessities, including snacks, water, and even an overnight bag.
    • Find alternative disposals for hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gasses and flammables, ammunition and explosives as moving companies, by law, are unable to transport these items.

    One week out:

    • Schedule disconnection times for your utilities, cancel newspapers, all services, and mail in your change of address form.
    • Defrost the freezer if you are leaving it.
    • Start cleaning rooms that are empty; if renting, take pictures of everything.

    Packing Tips

    General:

    • Pack backwards. Begin packing attics, garages, closets, and items you know you will not need before the move as soon as possible.
    • Use new boxes instead of used ones to ensure the box is strong enough for your valuables. With each move, the integrity of the box is compromised; you don’t know if a used box will be strong enough to hold your valuables.
    • Always use moving tape to seal boxes. Interlocking tops and boxes without tops make stacking properly in the moving truck impossible and dangerous.
    • Take the time to clearly label each and every box on the top and side, what is in the box as well as what room the box will be going into to avoid unnecessary confusion and frustration when unpacking.
    • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes, including books, as the boxes will get very heavy, very fast.
    • Keep separate rooms in separate boxes to ensure easier unpacking.
    • Pack all important and/or sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible. These documents can include: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, photo albums.
    • Check all appliance manuals. Some appliances have special requirements for moving.
    • When disassembling any furniture, tape all loose parts to the main base.
    • When packing electronics, try to pack in original box if available, otherwise, use bubble wrap. If the electronic set up is complex with many wires, snap a picture of the wires and label them to know what goes where.
    • While packing children’s rooms and toys, avoid the urge to purge some of their things. The change of a move is already hard enough on most kids, when they go to unpack their rooms only to find some of their things didn’t make the move, it might just be too much.

    Bedroom Packing:

    • Wardrobe boxes make packing closets much easier.
    • Clothes in drawers can be packed easily in suitcases.
    • Store jewelry in Ziploc bags.

    Kitchen and Dining Room Packing:

    • Use plain, unprinted packing paper to wrap fine China and white collectibles as newspaper ink can leave marks.
    • Use custom-designed boxes for fine China.
    • Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
    • Stack dishes upward.

    For additional questions about how to properly pack for a move, feel free to contact us at 336-457-6065.

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