Moving Tips: Easing Transition to Your New Home
Use right boxes, and pack them carefully
Professional moving companies use only sturdy, reinforced cartons. The boxes you can get at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store might be free, but they are not nearly as strong or padded, and so can't shield your valuables as well from harm in transit.
Use sheets, blankets, pillows and towels to separate pictures and other fragile objects from each other and sides of carton. Pack plates and glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
Be sure to point out to your mover boxes in which you've packed fragile items, especially if those items are exceptionally valuable. The mover will advise you whether those valuables need to be repacked in sturdier, more appropriate boxes.
The heavier item, smaller box it should occupy. A good rule of thumb is if you can't lift carton easily, it's too heavy. Label your boxes, especially one containing sheets and towels, so you can find everything you need first night in your new home.
For your family's safety and comfort
Teach your children your new address. Let them practice writing it on packed cartons. You can lighten your load and reduce any storage space you need to rent by hosting a garage or yard sale.
Fill two "OPEN ME FIRST" cartons containing snacks, instant coffee or tea bags, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and brushes, medicine and toiletry items (make sure caps are tightly secured), flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups and utensils, a pan or two, paper towels, and any other items your family can't do without. Ask your van foreman to load one of these boxes, so that it will be unloaded at your new home first. Why second box? In case movers are delayed getting to your house on day of move.