Moving Day Packing: 3 Valuable Tips to Remember

Getting ready to move but haven’t started packing yet? Packing up all your things is not easy. It’s not something that can be done in an hour or two. Sometimes, it can take days. But fret not because there are different ways to make your task easier. Check out these three packing tips before you start putting your stuff inside the moving boxes.

1. Segregate your stuff.

The first thing you need to do is segregate your things. You can group them by room or by function; it depends on which method is easiest and most convenient for you. Once your things are segregated, go through them and determine if there are items you want to give away or sell. De-cluttering your stuff is one of the secrets of good packing. Bring with you only things that you can still use, or those with sentimental value.

2. Label the boxes and start packing.

To make sure it will be easy to track your boxes, label them individually. Assign a number to each box and on the label, indicate which room the box belongs. Of course, each box should also be labeled with your name and new address. Make sure you use a thick ink, solid-color marker. Also, write the labels in the top part and all sides of the box.

3. Follow some practical packing tips.

Here are some types we learned from Phoenix movers.  There are some items in your home that you don’t need to pack inside the moving boxes. There are practical packing tips you can follow if you want to do this. For example, you can use your suitcases to pack some items, especially the ones that are a little heavy. Since suitcases have wheels (most of them), it will be easy to transport them. You don’t have to pack your clothes inside these suitcases. Just buy large garbage bags and keep your clothes on hangers before putting them inside the bags. You won’t have a difficult time unpacking them later on.

Moving in Winter: 3 Important Tips to Keep In Mind

Moving to another place or neighborhood during the winter time is more challenging compared to relocating on a regular day. While many will prefer to move when the weather is a bit more cooperative, you might want to grab the opportunity to relocate during the off-peak season, like winter time. When you move during the off-peak season means lesser traffic and probably even lower rates. Of course, it won’t be easy moving everything by yourself when the show is thick and deep, so you need to hire a moving company. Even if the bulk of the work will be theirs, you also have to help out. So it helps if you remember these three important tips when moving during the winter season.

1. First things first; you need to prepare for moving day.

Your house will probably be engulfed in snow, so then you have to do some shoveling in the driveway. Do your best to remove all the snow and ice. If you think you cannot do this on your own, you can ask the moving company if they provide such services. The driveway or pathway is what you should thoroughly shovel so that the movers won’t have a difficult time driving in and out of your place. There should be enough space for parking and for the moving company’s vehicle to maneuver when there is a need to.  Also as we’ve learned from the Seattle movers we worked with previously if you are in a location that gets a lot of rain you have to deal with that also such is the case in Seattle, WA.

2. Before the movers start loading your boxes, cover your floor for protection.

As people will be going in and out of the house, be sure to protect your floor by covering it with cardboard, plastic tarps, floor mats, and padding. This will keep your floor safe from all the foot traffic, especially when the movers are carrying big and heavy boxes that often need to be transported using a moving dolly. The dolly’s wheels can damage the floor if you do not cover it. In the same manner, when the movers get to your new place, make sure that your floors are all covered, too.

3. Be aware of street and driving conditions.

Driving during the winter season can be a challenge and can be dangerous at times. This is the main reason why you need to ask the moving company you hire to make sure that the driver they assign to you is professionally trained and can handle difficult road conditions. Also, you have to get assurance (and proof) that the vehicle transporting your things is in top shape. It should be properly maintained. Ask the driver to check on the brakes, the engine, and other essentials for safe driving and travel.

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How to Properly Label Moving Boxes: 3 Simple Tips

One of the most tiring tasks, when you are moving to a new place, is the labeling of your moving boxes. At first, you might think it’s quite simple and easy to do. But the minute you realize that it’s more than just writing your name and new address on the box, you’ll want to give up even before you have started. But like everything else in life, there are simple tips that you need to follow if you want your labeling task to be easier and more convenient. Here are some tips from Auburn Moving & Storage, a local moving company in Roseville, CA.

1. Prepare your labeling materials.

Aside from good and reliable markers (Sharpies!), you will also need labeling papers. These are papers that you can download from the Internet (search for downloadable, printable moving box labels). Some labels already have the box numbers and rooms indicated, so your task is a little easier already. Also, do not forget to prepare a strong packing tape. You can choose the plain one or go for different colors so you can color-code your boxes. Don’t forget to choose marker colors that are solid and easy to see even from a distance.

2. Number and color code your boxes.

If the labels you downloaded do not come with numbers, use your marker to number all the boxes. To make it easy for you to track how many boxes you have, number your boxes like this: Box #1 or 30, Box #2 of 30, and so on. The next step is for you to place the printed labels on the boxes. After doing so, mark the boxes by writing your name and new address on the printed labels. If you have different colors for your markers, color-code your boxes by using a designated color for each room. For example, use red markers for numbering the boxes that go to the master’s bedroom and use blue for those that will go to your child’s room. This will make it easier for you – and the movers – to identify the boxes once they are delivered to your new home.

3. Make a list.

After labeling all your boxes, it’s time for you to write everything down on a piece of paper, or a notepad, or a notebook. You can also use your smartphone for the list (using apps like Notes/Notepad). List the box numbers and their corresponding room assignments. Don’t forget to include a column for checking whether the box was delivered or not. Also, make a separate list of the color codes; indicate the colors assigned to each room, so you and the movers will be able to trace which box goes where easily.