Moving tips

MOVE ON A WEEKDAY IF YOU CAN

When banks, utilities and government offices are open.

KEEP A UTILITY LOG TO CHECK SERVICE-TRANSFER DATES

If you’re moving locally, leave the power and water on at your old address a few extra days so you can go back and clean up after your move.

USE WARDROBE BOXES FOR YOUR CLOTHING

Not only can you move clothes directly from the closet, but there’s room on the bottom of the box for shoes, throw pillows and linens.

PACK ITEMS YOU KNOW YOU’LL NEED

(Sheets, towels, toiletries, tissues and a change of clothes) in your clothes hamper on moving day and you’ll know just where to find them at your new place!

PUT PLASTIC BAGS AROUND THE HOSES OF YOUR WASHING MACHINE

And secure them with rubber bands to prevent leakage in transit.

ORDER PREPRINTED ADDRESS LABELS WITH YOUR NEW ADDRESS AS SOON AS YOU KNOW IT

It makes the change-of-address process much easier.

WRAP LAMP SHADES SEPARATELY WITH CLEAN, NON-PRINTED PACKING PAPER

Put two or three in a large box. They’ll stay clean and won’t get crushed.

MARK EACH BOX WITH ITS CONTENTS AND DESTINATION ROOM

Mark each box with its contents and destination room. That way, you and your helpers will know where each box belongs at your new home.

CHOOSE A “PACKING ROOM” AHEAD OF TIME AND BOX UP A FEW THINGS EACH DAY

Load houseplants last and unload them first.

IF MOVING LOCALLY, YOU MAY WANT YOUR PETS TO SPEND MOVING DAY WITH A FRIEND

Animals can become confused and frightened during a move.