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Easing the 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.
Use sheets, 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 heavier 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. Label your
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. You can lighten your load and reduce any storage space you
need to rent by hosting a garage or yard sale.
Fill two "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.
Keep your pets out of packing boxes and away from all the activity on
Let all your electrical gadgets return to room temperature before plugging
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.
If you're 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 cleanliness.