Residential Moving Guide
Prepare to Move Into Your New Home
When you move into a new home, there are many details to cover to ensure everything goes smoothly. Knowing what to expect and being prepared ahead of time can help relieve the stress that the moving process can bring.
The residential moving process as well as the information below will help guide you through the necessary steps to a successful move. For even more help, call our professionals at Nilson Van & Storage for assistance with packing, shipping your items, or even storing your items.
Begin By Packing Smart
Packing your home for a move is probably the most daunting task associated with moving. Whether you hire professional movers to pack your home or decide to tackle the task yourself, keep these tips for some of the most common items in mind.
Besides things you may need for the last few days before you move, most of your kitchen items can be packed ahead of time. Wrap any fragile items in bubble wrap or paper and use crushed paper to fill empty space in boxes. Boxes with dividers work especially well when packing glasses and stemware.
Refrigerated or Frozen Foods
It is best to try and use any foods that could spoil if not kept refrigerated. You may also want to consider donating them to friends and neighbors if you cannot use all of the food before you move. If you do take them with you, they will need to be packed in special, refrigerated cartons. Nilson Van & Storage can recommend places to find these cartons.
Make sure to have any appliances that you plan to take with you serviced by a professional. Refrigerators and freezers should be unplugged at least 24 hours prior to your move-out date to thaw. To help absorb unwanted odors, fill a sock with unused coffee grounds and place it inside before securing the doors shut.
Expensive or Sentimental Items
Any items that have a high-dollar or sentimental value should not be packed. It is best to take these items with you personally. This can include anything from jewelry and family photos to personal identification documents and financial records.
Mirrors and Framed Photos
To protect the glass on mirrors and pictures from breaking, wrap these items in paper or bubble wrap. Please make sure these are taken off the wall if you’re hiring professionals to pack your things.
Cabinets and Wardrobes
T-shirts, blouses, and other light clothing items may be left in dresser drawers when moving. However, bedding, towels, and other heavier items should be packed separately in boxes. Be sure to keep any hardware or keys with the right piece of furniture by taping them to the inside of a drawer.
Use special “hang-up” boxes to pack any clothes that you’d like to leave on hangers. If you’re hiring professionals to pack for you, make sure to keep these clothes separate from those to be packed in regular boxes.
Don’t Pack These Items
Below is a list of items that should not be packed or included on the moving truck. Plan to either take these with you or discard them before your move.
- House plants
- Perishable foods
- Open bottles of things, such as soap and beverages
- Important documents, including passports, deeds, etc.
- Chemicals, such as fertilizer, bleach, paint, etc.
- Flammable items, such as matches, propane, motor oil, etc.
Update Your Change of Address with These Places
You will need to notify several places of your upcoming move. You can begin by filing a change of address form at your local post office. However, it is best to personally provide the following places with your new address:
- Credit card companies
- Insurance companies
- Magazine subscriptions
Additionally, you will need to speak to the below places to close accounts and obtain any paperwork you may need if you’re moving to a different town:
- Doctor’s offices
- Schools or daycare
- Utility companies
- Cable and phone companies
- Gym or other local membership organizations
Residential moves are a huge transition period for you and your family. Let the professionals at Nilson Van & Storage help you and your family settle into your new home.