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Moving and Packaging Tips

Packing

  • Gather boxes in small sizes from friends, neighbors, stores, and the office
  • Collect cushioning materials such as bubble wrap, Styrofoam pellets, furniture pads, old blankets, plastic bags, tissue paper, newspaper, and small towels to use as padding inside boxes
  • Create a “Portable Packing Kit” complete with markers, tape measure, packing tape, twine and scissors. Carry it with you as pack up items around your home
  • Pack a bag of personal items you’ll need during the move such as a change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food and drinks. Label the box “First Day Kit”. Keep this box where it can be easily found
  • Reinforce the bottom of boxes with extra tape for added strength
  • Label each box with the name of the room where it should be placed in your new home
  • List the contents of the box on the side of it
  • Mark “fragile” on boxes containing delicate items such as glassware and dishes 
  • Number the boxes and keep a list of which boxes go in which room in your new home
  • Pack valuables such as jewelry, important papers, safe deposit contents separately and label accordingly. These items will be kept with you during the move
  • Place china in plastic bag and stack plates upright on their sides, not flat
  • Pack your TV, stereo, and computer in their original boxes if at all possible
  • Leave only lightweight clothing in drawers. Use your best judgment as to how much you leave in drawers
  • Keep boxes to 50 pounds or less
  • Pack heavy items into their own smaller separate boxes and combine lighter items together into larger boxes. Don’t combine heavy items and lighter items all into one box
  • Do not move flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive items such as paint, gasoline, and ammunition

Moving

  • Ensure all boxes are marked and labeled with room and contents 
  • Move boxes from basement, upstairs, or attic to main floor prior to your move date. Consider carrying items from the backyard to the front yard or garage ahead time
  • Drain lawn mowers and gasoline equipment prior to loading
  • Disconnect and bundle wiring on TV and stereos. Label removable wiring with masking tape
  • Disconnect washer, dryer, and refrigerator hoses
  • Remove all loose fittings and accessories for major appliances. Pack separately and label accordingly
  • Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. It’s helpful to draw a layout of your new home and sketch in the major furniture pieces

Easy Steps to Help Move House with Pets

Moving to a new home is an exciting experience but not for your pets. The experience is much more stressful to them, perhaps even depressing as it changes everything they’re used to and familiar with; feeding and playing time, the layout of the house and routes around them. There are ways, however, to make the transition smoother and comfortable for your furry friends. To find out how, read these four easy moving tips for pets.

#1: Prepare well ahead of time – The key to moving pets to a new home easily is to make early preparations. Your furry friends don’t augur well with last-minute preparations as it gets them into panic mode. In the chaos of hurriedly tapping, packing your massive cardboard boxes and frantic movements of trucks pets get overly startled. To avoid this, start packing a few weeks before to get the pets acquainted. This keeps them calm and familiar with moving of boxes.

#2: Prepare your pet’s essentials in a box – Every pet owner wants to help their pet cope easily and fast with the new environment but just don’t know how. According to Dallas and Fort Worth movers, getting a box prepared with everything your pet cherishes helps a great deal – their favorite toys, medication in case of any emergencies (anything can happen), a week’s worth of food, and anything else you can think of. A box with essentials always comes in handy.

#3: Keep your pets’ safe on the moving day – Subjecting your furry friends to the commotion and noisy activities on the day of the move will only get them frightened and ill at ease – and that’s not what you want. Keep your furry friends in a room, with doors locked, and windows closed. This will prevent them from sneaking out and getting lost, it also keeps them safe. So once you’re done moving and packing everything into the moving truck, gladly come for them.

#4: Keep your pets comfortable enough – In all the handy and easy moving tips for pets, this is perhaps the most crucial. An eight-hour journey can make your pets weary (much as you would be yourself). So ensure your pet is well fed prior to taking the trip. Also, have it rest in a comfy box (your cat) and the dog in a comfy kennel. Dallas and Fort Worth movers discourage pet owners from letting out their pets at stops during trips. Wait until you arrive in your new home.

Taking these handy and easy steps will almost certainly make moving day a lot more comfortable and easier for you and your furry friends. Once you’ve moved at your new residence, find a new vet just in case your pet(s) suffered from dehydration (most pets don’t eat or drink anything in a moving car) or motion sickness.