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Tips for a Stress-Free Move

Posted July 24, 2012 by Jennifer

Hello and Happy July from PODS.®

Summer is in full swing, and so is moving season. If you’re one of the millions of people finding a new home this summer, congratulations – and keep reading. With the following tips (and a few deep breaths), your move can be easy, efficient, and hassle-free.

Planning

Before you make a move, you need to make a list. Write down everything that needs to happen in preparation for your move – and give each item a deadline. It’ll keep your move date from sneaking up on you and will instantly give you a sense of control.

While you have your pen handy, jot down all the people and organizations that will need your new address. This includes utility companies, insurance companies, banks, doctors, schools, charities, magazines, catalogs, and, of course, your friends and family.  You’ll also want to change your address at usps.com to have the post office forward anything else you might receive.

As your move day approaches, limit restaurant meals and start eating your way through your pantry. Most people have much more food on hand than they realize. Get creative and plan meals around existing frozen and canned goods. It’ll be that much less you have to pack or pitch.

 

Packing

When it comes to packing, our best piece of advice is to start early. Determine how many boxes you’ll need, and order your supplies well in advance. Packing just a couple of boxes a day during the weeks leading up to your move will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

As you pack, you’re bound to come across things you no longer need or want: the dusty treadmill, the VHS tapes, the clarinet your kid quit playing years ago.  There’s no reason to drag that stuff to your new place. Sell it, donate it, or call our friends at 1-800-GOT-JUNK. You’ll get a special deal when you mention the promo code PODS.

Finally, a word about what not to pack. Important family records such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and financial information should be set aside to go in your suitcase on moving day.

 

Loading

One of the best things about moving with PODS is that you get to load (and unload) at your own pace. Order your container a few days or weeks ahead of time, and fill it on your own schedule. There’s no need to risk injury or exhaustion trying to move too much too fast.

When you’re ready to load, start big. Cover appliances and heavy furniture in old blankets and use a dolly to place them at the far end of your container.  From there, you can fill open spaces with smaller boxes, building up toward the top of the unit. The tighter you can pack your things, the more stable they will be, so take the time to get a good, snug fit.

The last things you’ll want to load should be the first things you’ll want to unload. Whether it’s clothes, kitchen supplies, or electronics, hold back your most-used items until you’re almost done loading, and they’ll be the easiest things to access once you arrive at your new home.

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