Moving Tips

THE RIGHT PACKING MATERIALS

While free boxes from your local supermarket may be tempting, they are not as strong as proper cartons from a moving company so be careful!

FRAGILE OBJECTS

Use sheets, blankets, towels, pillows, etc. to separate fragile items such as mirrors and paintings. Pack plates and glass objects vertically rather than stacking them on top of one another.

DO NOT PACK BOXES SO THAT THEY BECOME DANGEROUS TO LIFT!

If an item is heavy, pack it in its own box. Don't risk a back injury by trying to cram too much into one carton. Label all your boxes so that you can easily find the things you need first when you move into your new home. You might want to lighten your total load by hosting a garage sale before you move!

GET USED TO YOUR NEW ADDRESS

Make sure the whole family is familiar with your new address. Encourage your children to help label cartons with the new address to help familiarize them with the new address. May and Associates Realty can assist you in relocating with a personal assistant to update mailing records, contacting utility companies, etc.

PACK "OPEN FIRST" CARTONS

Pack essentials such as snacks, coffee, mugs, soap and toiletries, flashlight and a toolkit and any other items you may need when you first move in. Take these items with you rather than have them shipped by your moving company, just in case your mover is delayed in any way. You will probably want to include your Address Book in this "Care Package" so you won't be out of touch for any period of time!

WORK CLOSELY WITH YOUR MOVER

If you are familiar with how your belongings are packed, you will be better able to unpack and store things in the correct places. Keep pets out of the way so they don't accidentally get included in a package! Keep copies of the inventory form, Bill of Lading and shipment registration close at hand. If you goods will require temporary storage by the mover, check that the storage facility is clean and secure.

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