Moving Guide and Packing Tips
Are you getting prepared for an upcoming move to a new house? You’re about to go through one of the most stressful experiences in everyday life, but you have come to the right place! SecurCare Self Storage is an industry expert in all things storage related, and we’re happy to share everything we know about it.
That includes this tip: Whether you’re heading across the country or down the street, renting a storage unit prior to your move will give you the space you need not only to get things out of the way, but to unpack and settle in on your own time. There are a lot more tips where that came from, so check out the below info we have on Packing for your Move, as well as a complete Moving Guide to get you there in one piece.
We also offer plenty of extra services to help you save time and money along the way. Features like Moving Truck Rental that you can either rent for free or for a low cost. We even have moving supplies at many locations, so you can check it all off in one place. Find a storage unit near you to get moving now!
14 Tips for Packing
- Start by packing the least-used items as soon as you find out you’re moving. You’ll thank yourself later for getting those boxed up and out of the way.
- Keep the same stuff together. Either organize it by room or by theme. Dishes go together, clothes go together, linens stay together, and so on.
- Break furniture down as much as possible. Take chairs, desks, entertainment systems, drawers, beds and other large furniture apart. Bag up the screws, nails and other small hardware, and tape the bag to the item it belongs to.
- Label everything; not only what’s inside but what room it goes in.
- Try not to use newspaper to wrap dishes. It’s extremely dirty and the ink could easily stain your items. You can use it as an outer wrap, though.
- Try to pack each box in a way that doesn’t allow for too much shifting of items, especially if those items are fragile. Balance this with over-packing the box and making it too heavy.
- Electronics like televisions and computers are one of those things worth investing in specially-designed boxes, if you don’t have the original package.
- Invest in couch and mattress covers to protect these expensive items. Wrap your bulky furniture in thick blankets, and bungee cord to prevent it from getting scratches – and giving them.
- When you’re packing up the kitchen, cleaning supplies and other liquids should first be wrapped in sealed plastic bags, in case they leak or bust on the way over.
- Glass cups, vases and anything that is hollow should first be carefully packed with foam or paper to help support weight that may be placed on it, as well as wrapped on the outside to prevent scratching.
- Pack an overnight box for your new place that includes toiletries, linens, cell phone chargers, flashlights, air mattresses, pillows, prescriptions, trash bags and any items you’ll want immediate access to at the new place.
- All valuables such as paper records, family albums, financial documents, technology and jewelry should be packed separately. If you are using movers, you will want to move these particular things yourself.
- When loading the truck, make sure the heaviest items go in first, along with the things you’ll be taking to a storage facility.
- If you need to take two loads, make sure the storage items are loaded on the second trip. That way, you can unload everything else at the new house and head straight to your storage unit to drop off the rest. Then, you can just leave the truck at the front office, and you’re all done.
Things to do about two months before:
- Start by renting your storage unit, and going through all of the items in your house. You’ll want to figure out ahead of time what is staying, going and what can easily spend time in your storage unit without being missed.
- Save all of your receipts for tax purposes.
- Go online and start looking up pharmacies, banks, grocery and convenience stores near your new house.
- Do the same with moving companies, and start getting quotes.
- Make a list of your most expensive items, and call your homeowners insurance company to have these items covered during the transition. You can also tell them your new address, and set a date for the policy change.
- In fact, make a list of all the places you need to provide an updated address to.
- If you’re leaving any of these institutions, then get a copy of your records. Health and bank accounts are particularly important. While you’re calling them, set up any last-minute appointments. You’ll probably be out of a doctor or dentist if you’re heading to a completely new area.
- Set up all your travel plans: who is taking what cars, planes, trains or cabs.
Things to do about one month before:
- If you’re adding new carpet or painting the house, set up these appointments now.
- While you’re making calls, dial the utilities, and set the date of transfer.
- Start packing. We have lots of moving supplies to help, but you can also ask friends and coworkers for any extras. Items like décor, seasonal clothing, junk drawers and spare dishes can be packed.
- If you’re moving nearby, try to figure out where everything will go. It will aid anyone helping you move, or the hired moving company.
- If you’re moving to a new area, determine what you need to do about your car title and license plate.
- No matter where you’re moving, you will need to update your driver’s license.
Things to do about two weeks before:
- Start cleaning any near-empty rooms. Scrub appliances, baseboards, walls, ceilings and any wall treatments you will be leaving behind.
- Continue packing all the way down to the absolute essentials.
- Start putting together your overnight box with essentials.
- Start backing up computers, and prepare them for the move.
- If you’re using a moving company, go ahead and give them a call to confirm the date and time. Get them printed directions and your cell number.
Things to do about one week before:
- You should know if closing is going ahead as scheduled, and start getting keys, garage door openers and alarm codes prepared.
- Do your final walk-through at the new place about 3 days prior to closing.
- Finish packing, but leave a couple sets of clothes out in paper bags just in case there’s an emergency and the moving trucks don’t show.
- It’s time to get your appliances ready, so remove flammable materials like propane tanks and wipe everything down.
- Don’t forget to grab some cash if you need to tip the movers. It’s about $20 a person.
- Clean out the fridge the day before your move begins.
- Pre-make signs on pieces of paper that label each door in the house. When you get to the new house, hang up the signs on the appropriate doors.
Things to do on moving day:
- Pack it all up, and when it looks like everything is out, give the house a final check.
- Head to the new place, and immediately set up the toiletries, trash bags and linens.
- Give the place a thorough walk-through, and hang up all your room signs.
- Check fire detectors to ensure they’re still functioning.
- Consider laying down plastic to protect the flooring. When everyone arrives, give them a brief tour of the house to get acclimated.
- As soon as the movers are done, if they haven’t already done so, set up the beds. Doing this now will make you pretty happy to have a place to fall into at the end of the day.