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Tips of the Week Moving Blog

A series of tips to help you get moved into your home faster, courtesy of Veterans Moving America, written by Hannah Law

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Guest Post: 10 Interesting Tips To Avoid A House Moving Nightmare by CVL Interstate Removalists

Hannah Law

Moving can be difficult to coordinate, but with a few tips to simplify moving, you can avoid common pitfalls including packing, taxes, moving, bill of lading and more.

To avoid a nightmare move you have to make sure you research, plan, measure, and coordinate to ensure the smoothest process possible. Thanks to our packing service Helping Hands, we can take the hard work literally off your hands. 

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Tip 33

Hannah Law

Do not pack food.

Food is very easily squished, spoiled, cooked in its wrappers, or makes a disgusting mess. If you try and pack your food it's going to inevitably explode, somehow. Avoid the trouble entirely, don't pack food.

Tip 29

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Make sure your items are sorted in an easy to understand way.

If you've packed all your spatulas with your collection of books, are the people helping you move going to be able to find them? NO! So pack your things in a way that others can easily understand, rather than just throwing things in boxes.

Tip 26

Hannah Law

Saran wrap will be your best friend when it comes to liquids and gels.

Caps are great for keeping liquids inside their containers, but then there have to be openings added for toiletries! You need to cover those holes so nothing starts spraying all over the place as soon as something heavy hits your shampoo bottle!

Tip 24

Hannah Law

Original boxes are your friends, use them!

If you have a TV, a desk you can disassemble, or anything else that came to you in a box, you're going to want to put it back in there. Boxes are your best friends when you're moving, so if you can get your posessions back into their original packaging, you'll be doing a great job of saving space and time.

Tip 22

Hannah Law

Throw out your trash. If you aren't going to be moving something, get rid of it so it doesn't take up space.

This goes along with an earlier tip, because when you don't label something for your move, it means you don't actually need or want it. Why hold onto it then? Donate it to charity, throw it in the trash, or sell it to a pawn shop. Don't waste space!

Tip 21

Hannah Law

Remember to get something into containers to stop anything from breaking inside if there are valuables.

Things like makeup kits have a lot of small bits that can easily break, so it's always smart to put a cotton ball into the container so that nothing shatters. Keep your valuables safe! Nothing's worse than getting everything perfect all throughout your move, then opening up that one thing that matters to you and finding that it's been destroyed in transit.

Tip 19

Hannah Law

Socks. They are the most valuable thing you have when it comes to moving.

You have a lot of loose space in your boxes, and you probably have more than a few socks laying around. Make use of them, don't spring on packing peanuts if you don't have to. Use what you have in the house!

Tip 17

Hannah Law

Get quality boxes for your move, don't go dumpster diving!

One thing you're always going to have to do when moving is pack your stuff. If you pack everything into the old boxes that you keep in your closet, attic, or basement, there's a good chance that they're going to fall apart in transit. Newer boxes are better, because the wear of time hasn't turned them from cardboard to paper just yet! So get some good boxes so your things stay in good condition.

Tip 16

Hannah Law

Don't leave things rattling around in drawers.

It's not a big problem if you do, but one thing you should make sure is taken care of when you're moving everything is that all of the movable objects are tied down in some way. That means you should tape your drawers shut and empty them of everything that's usually rattling around within!

Tip 15

Hannah Law

Be clever when you're padding your valuables.

You probably have a lot of socks in your drawer, so why not use them? Stuff those and other small but padding articles of clothing into the spaces between valuable or fragile items so that when you hit the road nothing smacks together and breaks!

Tip 14

Hannah Law

Pack what you're going to need so you can get at it first.

When you're plotting your move, the things that you're going to be packing last are going to be those things that you need right up until you need to move out, so make sure that when you pack them up (anything from toiletries to bedding) make sure that they're easy to find when you arrive and even easier to take out and set up properly!

Tip 12

Hannah Law

Get the right boxes for your stuff so you don't have to lug around heavy stuff in big boxes and light stuff in small ones.

The suggestion is that bigger boxes should be for the lighter items that don't really gain weight until there's a lot in place, like sheets. If you've got a big box full of sheets, it's going to feel like a big box full of sheets. If you've got a big box full of plates, it's going to feel like you're carrying a car. One is easy, one is not, so make sure to pack things into the boxes that make the most sense.

Tip 9

Hannah Law

Fill your boxes, that way things are less likely to get thrown around and smashed.

If all you've got in a box is a piece of grandma's old china, it's going to be thrown around and probably end up shattering. You don't want that, so fill your boxes as best you can, then invest in peanuts. Little foam peanuts, bubble wrap, or even crumpled paper are all great ways to fill in the space that needs filling in a box so items don't start smacking into each other and smashing while in transit.