Packing And Moving Tips

You’re moving and want to make the best use of your time and money. Consider the following suggestions that will simplify the moving process and aid in getting you settled in your new home.

Before You Move

  • Set up mail forwarding at the post office
  • Transfer and set up utilities about two weeks before the move
  • Pick medium-sized boxes (18x18x15 or 22x16x15) for household items
  • Compare pricing on a round trip or a one-way moving truck rental, and reserve the truck at least a week in advance
  • Pack a moving day bag with a phone charger, change of clothes and body care products
  • Don’t forget water and snacks for packing day

Get Packing

  • Save money on packing materials by using your clothing to protect breakables
  • Start early so you don’t feel so rushed
  • Use labels on the outside of the box to note where items will go in your new space
  • Pack room by room
  • Pack the kitchen last

Moving And Unpacking

  • Place heavy items on the bottom of the truck, with large furniture items in the back
  • Distribute heavy items evenly inside so the truck stays balanced
  • Position small stuff on top of furniture and nearest the door for easy removal
  • You don’t have to unpack everything at once. Put things away correctly in your new space the first time
  • Make a music playlist that will motivate you to unpack

Wrapping Up

  • Donate non-perishable food you’re not using
  • Transfer and set up utilities right away
  • Save money by filling the rental truck gas tank yourself instead of having them do it upon return

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Going Green Saves Green

Homeowners can take simple steps that help save some green when going green. Try practical and economical alternatives when making changes to your home:

  • Replace your incandescent bulbs with LED lights to save on energy costs.
  • Refresh it, don’t remodel it. Use salvaged materials like barn wood for updating.
  • Change out old toilets, showerheads and faucets to reduce water waste.
  • Purchase power strips and connect major electronics to them. Turning the power strip off when you leave saves on your energy bill.

Are you planning to purchase a new construction home instead of modernizing your current home? Request key green features during the planning process:

  • Build small, which keeps expenses and bills lower.
  • Install programmable thermostats to manage energy usage effectively.
  • Request low-emittance windows to maintain preferred internal temperatures.
  • Choose sustainable lumber and energy-efficient lighting.

Are you still looking for more ideas for spending less and being green? Start new habits that keep money in your pocket and help the environment.

  • Shop farmer’s markets for produce, which reduces transportation emissions by buying locally.
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
  • Use washable rags instead of paper towels.
  • Ditch disposable plastic and refill with stainless steel bottles.

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