April 22, 2011 10:11 am
By Barbara Pronin, RISMedia Columnist
RISMEDIA, April 22, 2011-Whether you are moving across town or across the country, packing and transporting your life's possessions is never an easy thing. But being prepared, and being organized, can simplify the process immensely, say the planners at Mayflower Transit.
Check Mayflower's top ten tips for a more seamless move before you begin to pack:
Stock up first Gather up cartons, bubble wrap, packing tape and newspapers before you pack your first box. That includes marking pens so you can label each box with its contents and intended location in your new home.
Start early The sooner you begin, the more stress-free you will be-and it's easier on your back, too. Aim to fill and mark at least two or three boxes each day.
Set aside valuables As you pack, set aside valuables or irreplaceable items such as jewelry, heirlooms or pieces of artwork that you'd feel more comfortable moving yourself. This should include important paperwork and photos.
Purge now The best time to declutter is while you're packing. Throw out or give away items you will likely not want in your new home.
Utility changes Make a list of utilities at both locations that need to be notified of your moving date. Check off each as you make arrangements for shut-off and turn-on dates.
Notify others List and contact creditors, Internet providers and anyone else who will need your new address, including magazine and book or movie subscriptions.
Set a date Make your move during the week if possible, when banks and other businesses are open in the event you need assistance during the move.
Pet plans If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move-and how you'll transport them to your new home.
Med plans Be sure you have enough prescription medications to see you through your moving period-and be sure to transfer existing prescriptions to a pharmacy in your new area.
Post office Don't forget to file your change of address with the post office at least a week before you move.
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