Monday, December 3, 2007

Getting Ready to Move

So, you have sold your house and bought another one. You thought that was challenging, but now comes the hard part--actually moving all of your stuff from one home to another. Whether you are moving across town or across the country, moving has the potential to be one of the most stressful events in your life. Here are some tips to help make moving day a little bit easier.

Make your moving van reservation two to three weeks ahead of time, and call to confirm regularly. For a standard two or three bedroom house, you will probably need at least a 20-foot truck. Consider reserving a dolly to help you move your larger items.

Get your boxes ahead of time, and consider spending a little more money on "auto bottom boxes." These are standard-sized moving boxes that pop into place and have an easy folding mechanism to close the box. No tape needed, and the box is securely closed in seconds.

Other supplies to have on hand include marking pens, strong packing tape and a tape gun, strong scissors, bubble wrap or other padding material for dishes and small fragile items, and blankets or furniture pads for protecting larger items.

You will need to keep some necessary possessions unpacked until the last minute. Keep a few changes of clothes and a toiletry bag handy, as well as a few towels and sheets. With all this activity is recommended to keep a first aid kit handy, too. Keep some disposable kitchen items around for simple meals, plus some activities to keep kids and pets happy. And, make sure to leave all of your cleaning materials easy to access.

Moving with pets can be very stressful for them. On moving day, keep them confined to one room, so that they will be the last members of your family to go into the car. When you get to your new home, take care of them first by placing them with love and attention in a room while the truck is being unloaded.

There are so many complicated aspects to moving, and everyone's situation is unique. If you have questions, or would like a complimentary Moving Tips guide, please let me know. I am always happy to help. I can be reached at 510-547-5970 x57 or

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