Contact all relevant utility companies to make sure accounts are closed where you are leaving and ready to go where you’re moving to. 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.
Make sure that you have good quality boxes for your move. They will protect your precious belongings and be much easier to stack evenly in a truck.
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.
Choose a “packing room” ahead of time and box up a few things each day.
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. That way, you and your helpers will know where each box belongs at your new home.
If moving locally, you may want your pets to spend moving day with a friend. Animals can become confused and frightened during a move.
Make sure your load is tied down well. Cut Price can supply you with ropes and blankets as an extra charge. Any spare old blankets you may have will also come in handy to protect your furniture.
Put some of your less valuable clothing inside boxes with crockery and glassware. This will help protect against bumps and knocking. Cut Price has selection of Boxes for purchase.
Stand couches on their end when loading your van. You can put a number of boxes in the space where the cushions usually go. Don’t lay fridges flat and leave them off for at least an hour after moving. This helps the refrigerant settle with minimal loss.
The more willing people you have to help the means less stress on your back and your patience. Remember children can hold doors open and help too. Always bend your knees when lifting and gloves are a good idea to protect your hands.