Stay Organized and Start Early

The key to preparing for a successful move is easy: start early and stay organized.

Moving can be a great experience if done correctly and you can increase your families quality of life by just moving to a new location. Do your research on everything that can affect you and your family before moving out of your current home or business. It’s important to know the area that you are going to be living or working in.

Inventory your possessions: To stay organized during your move, start by making a complete list of items to be handled by the moving company, items to be moved by yourself, and items to be thrown away or donated. This will save both time and money and help us organize the move more productively. Make sure that you separate fragile items from non fragile items; this ensures that your fragile items are handled with extra care and will make the move without them being damaged.

Order your boxes and moving supplies early: Based on the inventory you’ve taken, order boxes from your moving company. Viking Moving Services, Inc. provides boxes that are specially designed for specific purposes, so make sure that you’re using boxes that are the right size and strength for the job.

Pack slowly and carefully: Take the time to pack your belongings and wrap each fragile item individually with newspaper or bubble wrap. Put the heavier items on the bottom and make sure that the boxes aren’t too heavy to carry. Clearly label every box with its contents and use lots of tape to make sure the boxes stay closed and intact.

Start with what you don’t use: When you begin packing, start with the items you won’t immediately need, such as your DVD collection, books, out-of-season clothes, or your finest china. Make sure that you set aside all the essentials and if they need to packed, keep them for last.

Keep the essentials accessible: Pack a suitcase or bag with the items you’ll need during your move and carry it with you. It’s also a good idea to designate an “open me first” box that will hold the possessions you’ll most immediately need in your new place such as disposable plates, toiletries, and towels.

Make notifications about your change of address: Contact the U.S. Postal Office to change your address and arrange to have all mail forwarded to your new residence. Give yourself plenty of time to also call your utility company, cable and internet provider, credit card company, bank, and newspaper subscription to notify them about your upcoming move and change of address.

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