Moving in a Hurry

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Ever had to move in a hurry? The job offer is great, but the training starts in a week … three states away. Time to pack up the house—quick! Here are some tips to make the process of relocating all your possessions easier and faster.

Buy Your Boxes

If possible, buy your moving boxes. Compare prices. The moving store might not have the best price, but a home improvement store might have excellent prices. You may find your catch-all grocery store has a better deal. When it comes to packing and loading a truck, having uniform square boxes is much better than dealing with different sizes and shapes.

Moving Supplies

Vacuum seal bags are a terrific way to shrink down many puffy items, like comforters, sheets, pillows and winter gear. This is a great space saver and worth the extra expense, even if only for the bedding. While you’re purchasing your boxes, don’t forget all the other moving supplies. You’ll need several rolls of tape, paper for wrapping, bubble wrap for fragile items and some mover’s wrap to protect furniture and electronics. And don’t forget the markers!

Pack or Purge?

Some people like to purge as they pack, but remember you’re on a tight deadline. If you can quickly make decisions and toss some items you no longer need as you pack, great! But it you need to stop and think or if there’s an attachment to certain things, you may want to just move it for now and purge when you unpack. The goal is to get it in a box and get it moved to the new place.

A Box for Everything

Remember everything must go in a box, so try not to ignore closets and other nooks and crannies till the last minute. It’s easier to focus on the big stuff, but it all has to go. Depending on how far you’re going and if you’re driving vehicles in addition to your moving truck, you may be able to lay some things in the back of a car, like clothes or large pictures. Otherwise, just get it in a box, tape it and mark it.

New Home

As you’re packing and pulling all the details together for your new adventure, be sure to look up the local real estate office in your new town and ask them to be on the lookout for your new home. They can do some advance research based on your preferences and have some places ready for you to view when you arrive with all your quickly and neatly packed belongings.

5 Expert Packing Tips for Your Next Move

At it’s best, packing and moving your things when you buy a new home is a lot of work. At its worst, it can be downright dangerous if you aren’t careful when lifting and moving heavy items.

A necessary evil of moving to a new home, packing is probably the least favorite part of moving for your average homeowner. However, there are ways you can make this process easier, saving you time and ensuring that decorating your new homes is a simple and satisfying task.

In today’s post, I’m going to run down the list of 5 packing and moving tips to help make your move faster and easier than you thought possible.

1. Cleaning and decluttering

One of the best times to clean out your home is leading up to a move. First, if you’re selling your old home, it will pay off to make the house as clean and uncluttered as possible to attract potential buyers. However, you’ll also likely find that there is a lot of junk that you simply don’t need to bring to your new home.

When packing each room, keep a garbage bag with you for things you might want to donate or throw away. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you’ve used or appreciated the item in the last two years. If not, you might find that it’s easier just to get rid of.

2. Schedule your packing

There are some items in your home that you’ll want available up until the day you move. Others you might not need for weeks or months until after you’ve settled into your new home. You can lessen your workload by spreading out your packing process across the span of a month or so, tackling a few items each week.

A good example of planned packing is to start packing your seasonal clothing that you won’t need until the next winter or summer.

3. Have someone carry away your old junk

If you have bulk items or furniture that you plan on getting rid of, put them on Craigslist or call a donation center with pick-up a month in advance of your move. This will help you get rid of large items without ever having to leave your home.

4. Hiring movers

Hiring movers might be out of some new homeowners’ budgets. However, there are certain times of the week that you can get lower prices. Movers are typically the busiest on the weekend, often making weekdays a more affordable alternative.

5. Find your local box stockpile

There’s typically no need to spend money on boxes if you give yourself enough time to find a good supplier. Some grocery and department stores will give away their boxes for free because you’re saving them on recycling costs.

Another good option is your local liquor store who probably has several empty wine and beer cases to give away.

3 Tips for Packing a TV

Planning to take your TV to your new home? For those who recently bought or sold a residence, you may have only a short period of time to pack your TV and other belongings and bring them to your new address. Fortunately, we’re here to help you simplify the process of packing your TV for moving day.

Now, let’s take a look at three tips to properly pack your TV.

1. Use the Right-Sized Box

If you saved the original box for your TV, you should use the box for moving day. That way, you can store your TV in a strong, durable box that offers maximum protection.

On the other hand, if you threw away the box for your TV, there’s no need to worry. You should have no trouble finding a heavy-duty box that is big enough to hold your TV and will ensure your TV will be protected throughout your move.

In most instances, a double-wall corrugated box is ideal for a TV. Double-wall corrugated boxes are available in multiple sizes and are unlikely to get damaged or punctured while in transit.

2. Cover Your TV

Wrapping your TV in a soft blanket usually is a good idea. With this blanket in place, you can protect your TV’s screen against scratches.

Also, don’t forget to secure the blanket to your TV with rope or moving-grade shrink wrap. This will ensure the blanket will stay in place for the duration of your move.

If you can’t find a suitable blanket to cover your TV, you can always substitute a blanket with bubble wrap. Cover your TV in bubble wrap and seal the ends with tape, and you’re good to go.

3. Label and Secure the TV Box

Slide your TV into your moving box and keep it in an upright position. By doing so, you can avoid putting pressure on the TV screen – something that otherwise may cause permanent damage to your TV.

Before you seal the box that contains your TV, you’ll want to add plenty of packing material. This will ensure your TV is firmly padded and won’t tip or shift while you’re on the go.

Finally, seal the box with packing tape and label it accordingly. Since your TV is sensitive, you’ll want to label the box as “Fragile” as well.

If you need help packing your TV or other belongings, it often pays to hire a moving company. With a team of professional movers at your side, you can quickly and safely get all of your belongings from Point A to Point B.

Lastly, if you require extra assistance getting ready for moving day, don’t hesitate to contact a real estate agent. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can put you in touch with the best moving companies in your area and guarantee that you can enjoy a fast, seamless transition to a new home.