Wednesday, April 13, 2016

10 Ways to Get Your Home Packed and Moved without Breaking Stuff:

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1.  Where and How to Start Packing?

Each time we move I feel overwhelmed, a little anxious and definitely unprepared. Moving is tough and with so many tasks to do, it's hard to know where you should start. To help, we came up with this easy guide to help you through the first steps inmoving house which usually begins with how to organize the packing and sorting of all that stuff.  More »

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2.  Everything You Need to Know About Moving Boxes

When you're moving, getting organized with boxes is an important step. Should you spend some money and buy sturdy boxes, or is recycling old ones the way to go? Is bigger better? Sure a big box will hold more, but is the box strong enough to hold more, and will it then be too unwieldy to carry?  And how many will I need?
To get you thinking beyond the box, here is help on what you need to know when getting boxes for your move.  More »
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3.  Easy and Essential Packing Quick Tips

Not all of us have a lot of time to move. While I usually recommend at least 8-12 weeks to organize, pack up and move a home, some of us don't always have that kind of luxury.  So, to help, we've provided some quick packing tips that will make your packing go a little more smoother and faster. So faster, in fact, that you'll be surprised just how easy it is to get your home ready before the movers arrive.More »

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4.  Must Have Packing Supplies

I remember one move when the night before the movers were to arrive to pick up your household goods we ran out of packing tape. It was a nightmare trying to find a store open late, never mind one that sells packing tape. My husband spent over an hour trying to track down a roll or two.  In the end, we completed our packing in time.  But not without a lot of unnecessary stress.
So, to make sure your household goods are packed securely and on time, start with purchasing the right kind and amount of packing supplies. Just remember that buying the right supplies from the beginning will save you time and energy. More »
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5.  Packing the Moving Truck

You've booked your moving truck and packed your belongings, now it's time to think about moving day. If you're like my husband, then you'll want to plan how thetruck should be loaded before you put even a single box in the back of the truck. I have to admit, I'm not the most patient mover, but advance planning on how to load the truck is a good idea. Just don't tell my husband I said so! More »

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6.  How to Pack and Prepare Major Appliances for a Move

Large appliances are difficult to move. Not only are they heavy and awkward, but they usually require some kind of uninstallation. Add to this issue is the fact that most moving companies insist that all major appliances are prepared before they arrive. Most movers do offer a professional service that will prepare major appliancesfor you for a fee. While it may seem pretty simple to prepare your appliances for moving, if it isn't done correctly, you may find units not working when they arrive at the new destination. More »
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7.  How to Pack Electronics

While electronics aren't as complex to disassemble as major appliances, they still require some knowledge when it comes to packing. Use this easy to follow step-by-step guide to pack all your electronics, including how to properly label the plugs and wires to ensure you can set-up the equipment when you get to your new home. More »
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8.  Guide to Packing Pictures, Frames and Mirrors

A friend of mine who moved recently decided to move her framed pictures by stacking them side-by-side then taping them together. While she managed to move them from her old home to the new place without any chips or breaks, the tape ruined the finish.
So, how do you pack pictures and frames without chipping corners or breaking glass or using tape that will cause permanent damage? Find out in this easy step-by-step guide. You'll be sure to have all your artwork and photos arrive safely. More »
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9.  How to Pack Flatware and Plates

It may seem that plates are pretty easy to pack and move. But, over the years andmany moves our family has made, we found that plates can be easily chipped and cracked depending on how they're packed into the box. Use this guide to pack your plates to ensure they arrive in one piece.  More »
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10.  All You Need to Know About an Essentials Box and How to Pack One

I can't tell you how frustrating it is to move without an essentials box.  Our first few moves we didn't know how important it was to prepare one, which left us scrambling for the first night in our new