As a Houston mover and freight preparation, we are getting calls about summer moves. Most of the country has started to warm up. After this long cold winter it is time to plan both summer vacations and summer moves. Whether you are moving within the city, out of state or are shipping via international freight, we are going to share a few moving tips.
If you don’t use an item or don’t need the item-donate it or give it away. If it no longer works, then throw it away. No need to move something that you no longer use or want. If you have not used an item during the past year, you probably do not need to move it.
Make a list of the items you will need the 1st few days after your move. Make a list of the items you want to take with you. Moving time is a good time to donate unused items. Ask for a donation receipt.
Start to plan your move at least 6 weeks ahead of time.
Decide ahead of time if you will need to rent a storage unit. Empty out your old storage unit at the time of your move.
There may be items that you don't use or need anymore. Maybe you do not have enough space in your new residence, or you are moving to a temporary residence. If you cannot empty out your storage unit, you may want to take the items that you cannot put in your new residence to the storage unit.
Make a list before you move of the items that you want to put into storage and the items that you want to retrieve from storage. Moving is the best time to sort out needed and unneeded items. List the items you are going to move. This helps plan out the moving supplies that you will need to have on hand.
Have a tape measure or ruler handy to pre measure items you are moving. Measure items before you purchase your moving boxes. Identify which items will need special packing materials for the move. Examples are lamps and china. Measure your delicate and fragile items. Take these measurements with you when you go shopping for packing supplies.
Look for inexpensive moving boxes. Shop prices for moving boxes. Just because the boxes are marked sale, or half price does not mean that they are less expensive than a store that consistently sells for a less expensive price. Boxes that are sold in bundles may cost you more since you may not need all of the box sizes that are included in the bundle. Why not only purchase the box sizes that you need.
Check out your locally owned shipping store. If you are moving dishes, use blank newsprint paper. Don’t use old newspapers. The print can come off on your valuable items.
Need your papers moved in an orderly fashion? Place your documents in file boxes. Organize your moving scissors, tape, box cutter and markers all in one container. Move it with you from room to room as you pack.
Moving clothes from your closet? Purchase wardrobe boxes. This way you can hang your clothes during your move. Wardrobe boxes let you hang your clothes during your move.
When buying supplies for moving, remember to buy a roll of bubble wrap for your fragile items. You may need to purchase double wall boxes for your heavier items. Purchase a tape gun. Ask the clerk to show you how to use it. It will save you time when you tape up your boxes. Place packing peanuts as a cushion around your delicate items.
While the moving tips listed above can be used for interstate and intrastate move, some of these tips also apply to international freight shipping both from Houston and the rest of the country.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any domestic or international moving questions.