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Moving Tips

tips1 When it comes to moving tips, A-Plus Moving & Storage knows a thing or two. What’s the key to a smooth move?

Organization.

Based on our years of moving and packing experience, we have compiled a series of moving tips and helpful hints – suggestions to assist you in organizing and planning your next move.

    • Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
 
    • Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
 
    • Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
 
    • Clothes – do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
 
    • Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
 
    • Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
 
    • Start making up your change of address list
 
    • Arrange to have mail forwarded.
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    • Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
 
    • If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
 
    • Have rugs cleaned.
 
    • If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
 
    • Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
 
    • Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
 
    • Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
 

Before actually packing-up, you need to have a game plan.

For example:

  • Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
 
    • Pack a couple of boxes a day, starting well ahead of the move.

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  • Mark all boxes, designating room and box number.
 
  • Make a box identification log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total number of boxes packed. It’s a good idea to leave space in your log for a special comments section to note box conditions or location of high value goods.
 
  • Notify our movers of any high value items.
 
  • Be sure to have plenty of “filling” material available.
 
  • Be sure that the bottoms of all boxes are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
 
  • Packing tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
 
  • Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember on box size — the heavier the item, the smaller the box.

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