You have decided on a new home; now it’s time for the dreaded packing.
Buy both black and white trash bags. Designate white trash bags for things to donate and black trash bags for the garbage. Go through drawers, closets, under beds, the attic and the garage and place items either in a box that will go with you or in a garbage bag.
Do not pay for boxes. Ask for them at grocery stores, drugstores and at work.
Labeling the boxes will help when moving and unpacking. Draw the outline of your new home and designate a code for each room. Create labels with the room codes and put a minimum of two on each box.
Find the right movers. There are so many options out there. Set your budget, then determine the best way to move.
If you decide to do things yourself, U-Haul not only rents trucks but also dollies and shipping blankets for heavy appliances and furniture. U-Haul also offers insured movers.
Schedule your move as soon as possible. Mondays through Thursdays are the least popular days to move, and many moving companies will offer off-day deals. Be clear on all the fees, including mileage and hourly rates.
Moving insurance? Some companies ask consumers to sign up for extra insurance for an additional fee. Check your homeowners insurance to be sure you are not already covered and wasting money on extra insurance.
We are moving! If you are planning to send out an announcement to family and friends to let them know about your new home, visit Vistaprint.com, Shutterfly.com and zazzle.com to create your own. Before you buy, look for coupon codes on RetailMeNot.com.
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