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Packing Tips
  
Set aside the following supplies for packing: 

-Sturdy boxes that can support weight.  Lots and lots of boxes.  It is better to have more than enough now than to be scrambling towards the end trying to gather more.  ...And you don’t want to start over-packing them.

-Marking pens, various colored 

-Colored stickers  
-Bubble wrap or similar packing material 
-Newspaper & tissue paper (be careful how you use newspaper.  Direct contact can stain some of your items.)  
-Packing tape.  Lots and lots of packing tape. 
-Resealable plastic bags, like Ziploc® bags, are great for keeping small items together - and you can label the bags with pernmanent marker.
-Rubber bands: better than tape for keeping cords wrapped up; no sticky residue  
-Twine 
-Scissors 
-Tape measure 
 
Here are some packing tips and things that you may not have thought of: 
-Keep a notebook so you can write everything down.  You’ll be quite grateful later. 
-Check with your homeowners or renters insurance to see how you and your valuables are covered during the move.  Find out what your insurance company requires when filing a claim and keep that information in a safe place – don’t load it on the moving van.  Also, check with the mover if you need any additional coverage. 
-Pack everything ahead of time that you can.  Moving is stressful enough, so don’t wait until the last minute on items that don’t have to. 
-Use strong, sturdy boxes and containers that can be secured tightly.  Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe, and other special items.  Make sure you have enough!  Set aside ten (10) boxes for last minute items. 
-If hiring a moving company, ask them to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day.  
-Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.  If you think it’s too heavy, it probably is.  
-Wardrobe boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items like comforters and pillows, or clothing that needs to remain on a hanger. Pack it tightly to keep contents from disorganizing during the move. 
-Assign one storage tote (color coordinate) for each person.  Let them fill their own storage tote with items they will want right away in the new home.  (Glasses case, pens, paper, flashlight, tissues, makeup, etc.)  
-You can never have enough packing tape to secure all those boxes.  
-Develop a system and label each box: which room, whether it is fragile, will you need it unloaded first?  Pack it last. Click here for our Box # & Contents List.
-To make things easier for you and the movers, color code the boxes according to room, such as orange for the kitchen, yellow for the dining room, etc.  Track this on our Box # & Contents List.  For the movers, put a matching sticker on the door to each room.  It’s also helpful to post an obvious sign in each room telling the movers where to stack the boxes.  
-Cushion contents with packing material (newspaper, tissue paper) or wrap up items in towels and blankets to save room (you have to pack them anyway).  
-Pack your luggage with items and clothing you will need for the first couple days in your new home. 
-Have rugs and drapes cleaned before moving and leave them in their wrappings for the move.  
-Pack audio, video, and other media equipment in their original boxes.  Label cables and tighten screws.  If removing screws, store them in resealable plastic bags.  Use rubber bands to keep cables together and store them with the screws in the resealable plastic bags.  Resealable plastic bags are great for keeping smaller items together. Mark the bags with what equipment the parts belong to with a permanent marker.  Color-coordinate (box/room) and pack. 
-Pack medicines in a leak-proof container. 
-If you must clean your old place, put aside all the cleaning supplies you will need for when it is empty.  Surprisingly, this is a benefit, as you will need your cleaning supplies right away for your new home.  
-Carry all valuables and important papers with you.  Do not put them on the moving van/truck. 
 
Plants: Check with your local U.S. Department of Agriculture for regulations regarding moving plants from one state to another.  Many states have restrictions.  For more about moving plants, please visit our Moving Your Plants page.  
 
 
The Northern Fairfield County Association of Realtors® (NFCAR) offers this information strictly as a guide to assist in the task of residential moving.  Under no terms may NFCAR, its Board of Directors, staff, nor membership may be held responsible nor liable for any inaccuracies, complications, or problems associated with your move, contracts, or transactions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

     

 

 

 

 
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