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Access Moving Guide and Correct Supplies For a Smooth Move

If you’re preparing for a move in the next few months, one of the most helpful items you can have at our side is a moving guide.  It will provide suggested timelines for various aspects you might not consider, and a list of supplies that will be helpful for packing and labeling your belongings.  In some case it might also include suggestions for hiring others that can assist you in various phases of your move, including references and pricing.

Most large moving companies will have a guide available either online or in printed form from one of their retail offices. (Even companies that don’t necessarily move people themselves, but maybe sell boxes or other supplies will have guides and suggestions available online.) You should access a guide or two at least six months in advance if you’re moving long distance or to a new community. You should always get one as early as you can even if you’re just moving from one apartment to another down the street to have time to prepare for all aspects of your move.

The guide will include items to do and certain dates to keep in mind, for example:

• Choose movers that are licensed and verify what their insurance covers and what you should buy    coverage for yourself.

• Don’t forget the children’s feelings (if involved); they’ll need special attention to understand and   get comfortable with the idea.

• At four to five weeks, start packing things you’ll pack yourself (even if movers are going to pack   your other belongings later).

• At two to three weeks, notify the post office of your new address and when to begin forwarding   your mail.

• Read the fine print of your moving contract and keep it with you on moving day to be sure all   aspects are completed as agreed upon

• On moving day, keep a box with you that includes things like bottled water, aspirin, and    medications you’re taking, important records and documents, plus food and litter for your pets (if    you’re taking them with you in the car).

The guide will also suggest the moving supplies you’ll need to make packing and unpacking efficient and the least time-consuming. Typically, these supplies will include boxes, tape, protective materials like bubble wrap and tissue paper, lifting tools, furniture covers and pads, plus ropes or elasticized tie downs, plus labels, markers, and more. However, within things like boxes, you’ll have decisions as to sizes, types of boxes (some are designed for specific items like glassware), small to extra large in size, and those that include bars for hanging clothes called wardrobe boxes.

All these things are designed to make your move easier. Yes, you can gather boxes from work or your local grocery store, but often these items will cost you less in the end than the gas and time to collect them on your own. So consider all your options and weigh the small cost against your patience and expectations for a smooth, organized move. Guides are typically free, and the other supplies are usually reasonably priced, especially when you consider their ultimate value in time savings.