By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
With more than forty years in the moving business, we've talked to many, many individuals who are moving, and we have compiled their preferred tips to help make moving to Houston less intimidating. We understand that every move presents its own set of problems and difficulties, but we've come up with a list of accessories, tools and tactics that have made the process significantly less overwhelming.
As well as making use of the recommended solutions listed below, we have discovered that adhering to a simple methodology is beneficial no matter where you are heading or what you are moving. To begin with, sell or give away anything that is a hassle (or particularly costly) to move, such as household furniture or sizeable appliances. Whatever you keep, pack with caution-it demands time to obtain dependable and purposeful possessions. Moving is costly and also demanding, and we have all made use of whatever no cost or economical materials work good for moving replaceable things, but safety measures for the personal belongings that matter justifies putting out some cash. And in case it's inside of your price range to do so, hiring professional movers in Houston is virtually always well worth the expense: Your back (and your pals) are going to thank you.
Have an abundance of permanent markers on hand
You need to label every box, container, or bag to ensure you distinguish what is what during the move, and the most effective method to make it happen is to have ample permanent markers easily obtainable. They are economical markers, so you shouldn't be reluctant to go crazy. Get no less than one for each person assisting with the packing in addition to at least one per room. This way no one is likely to “label it later” or to tag too few of the boxes’ sides to avoid wasting ink, and you are more likely to have sizeable, legible labels that state “hand towels, bath stuff, toiletries”-or at the very least “bathroom”-instead of a pile of unknown boxes to decipher as soon as you reach your new residence in Houston.
Seal boxes more rapidly utilizing a tape gun
Look for a great tape gun for more efficient, heavy-duty packing and moving.
And speaking of tape.....don't get the low quality stuff
Get top quality packing tape. Here's what one customer reported following purchasing cheap tape, "It was a complete freaking pain. The tape was flimsy and would continuously rip down the middle, so I spent more time looking for the leading edge of the tape than I did packing."
Start keeping your egg cartons now
Put jewelry and other little items into empty egg cartons, so it does not get snarled. Simply tape it shut once you're done and try to keep it upright throughout the move.
Color code your boxes
Take advantage of colored duct tape to keep your boxes organized. Designate a unique color for every room or living area, and be sure to create a key that you can hang up at your new house so that the movers understand which area the box goes to!
Use your smartphone
Snap a photograph of the back of your TV and other electronic gadgets. This way, you know exactly which cords go where when you're setting up in the new house!
Give liquids a wrap
To prevent spills mid-move, uncap all household liquids - from toiletries to cleaning materials - then cover the top using transparent plastic wrap, and tightly reseal the cap. And, be certain to talk to your movers regarding what liquids can go on the moving van and which ones you will want to transport on your own.
Corral cords using toilet paper rolls
One method to reduce the jumbled mess of extension cords is to wind each cord up in a 6-inch coil, and insert each into its individual toilet tissue roll. You’ll have lots more room in the carton, with no tangled mess to unpack down the road. Just remember to clearly label the box!
Place essential gadgets (like your coffee maker) in a laundry basket so that you can put them on your countertop right away in your new home in Houston.
Unpack with a box cutter and gloves
Packing up is only 50 percent of the mission-at the other end of the road, you are going to be unpacking everything. A quality box cutter, also known as utility knife, makes cutting open and breaking down numerous cartons much faster and much easier. And a pair of light work gloves is going to safeguard your hands from the chafing, drying effects of coming in contact with all that cardboard; gloves composed of breathable cloth, with grippy, rubbery fingers and palms, are perfect.
For some extra ideas on how to execute a long-distance move, click HERE
to read a post from our friends at Apartment List.
And when all of the moving tasks are all finished.....take a deep breath and give yourself some "me time". Check out a movie, order some pizza, or do anything you need to unwind after a lengthy day of hard work.
Ready to find out how a professional mover can help make moving to Houston less overwhelming? Call A-1 Freeman Moving Group today!!
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