Moving Tip Center

Planning Your Move

Making a list to ease packing confusion

It is best to make a list of different types of items and list your items by room. This will help you to plan the best approach to sorting items and boxing them. Make a list of items that:
  • Require special transportation, insurance etc.
  • You are prohibited from moving (explosives, hazardous chemicals, etc.)
  • Have special legal requirements (guns)
  • Need to be organized by weight
  • Need to be unpacked first

Organize your packing

It is always faster and easier to pack up your home or apartment if you can first clear out a room or area for the packing process. It is best to keep an area set aside for emptying cabinets, desks, shelves and bookcases. Mark your boxes on the outside as to what the contents are and what room they belong in. This will make it easier to unpack and have the boxes left in the correct room.

Hold on to your valuables

Many people wonder what should they should do when it comes to moving very valuable items like jewelry, hobby collections or other rare or one-of-a-kind items. Most people choose to keep these valuable items in their personal possession when they move. Although moving companies may offer to move rare items, you probably will not be able to insure them for a reasonable replacement value. Some of your most valuable items are actually priceless because they have sentimental value to you or your family. It is always a good idea to keep your sentimental items with you while you are moving. Put these items in luggage or boxes that you can move in your car or carry on a plane.