Transition to Your New Home
Use the 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.
blankets, pillows and towels to separate pictures and other fragile
objects from each other and the sides of the carton. Pack plates and
glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.
Be sure to
point out to your mover the 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 item, the smaller the box it should occupy. A good rule of thumb
is if you can't lift the carton easily, it's too heavy.
boxes, especially the one containing sheets and towels, so you can
find everything you need the 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.
lighten your load and reduce any storage space you need to rent by
hosting a garage or yard sale.
"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 the second box? In case
the movers are delayed getting to your house on the day of the move.
pets out of packing boxes and away from all the activity on moving
day. Let all your electrical gadgets return to room temperature
before plugging them in. Since you may need to call old neighbors or
businesses from your new home, pack your phone book.
Work hand in
hand with your mover Give the mover's foreman your reach numbers and
email addresses so you can stay in contact. Read the inventory form
carefully, and ask the mover to explain anything you don't
understand. Make a note of your shipment's registration number, and
keep your Bill of Lading handy.
moving long distance, be aware that your property might share a
truck with that of several other households. For this reason, your
mover might have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for
several days. Therefore, ask your mover whether your goods will
remain on the truck until delivered. If they have to be stored, ask
whether you can check the warehouse for security, organization and
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