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- Move on a weekday if you can, when banks, utilities and government offices are open.
- Order preprinted address labels with your new address as soon as you know it. It makes the change-of-address process much easier.
- Never make a move without wardrobe boxes! Not only can you move clothes directly from the closet, but there’s room on the bottom of the box for shoes, throw pillows and linens.
- Keep a utility log to check service-transfer dates. If you’re moving locally, leave the power and water on at your old address a few extra days so you can go back and clean up after your move.
- Pack items you know you’ll need (sheets, towels, toiletries, tissues and a change of clothes) in your clothes hamper on moving day and you’ll know just where to find them at your new place!
- Put plastic bags around the hoses of your washing machine and secure them with rubber bands to prevent leakage in transit.
- Choose a “packing room” ahead of time and box up a few things each day.
- Wrap lamp shades separately with clean, non-printed packing paper. Put two or three in a large box. They’ll stay clean and won’t get crushed.
- Mark each box with its contents and destination room. That way, you and your helpers will know where each box belongs at your new home.
- If moving locally, you may want your pets to spend moving day with a friend. Animals can become confused and frightened during a move.
- Load houseplants last and unload them first.
- Remember to allow for extra braking room when driving a moving van. Anticipate stops and allow a 3 second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Load the heaviest items first, in front, and on the floor. Pack items firmly and closely.
- U-Haul moving vans require up to 12 feet of overhead clearance. Watch out for drive-thru restaurant and motel over-hangs.
- U-Haul has a variety of box kits to help you safely move breakable items.
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