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    Getting Ready to Move

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! Now, for the next challenge: moving. This is a great time to carefully weed through your possessions and to dispose of any clothes, furniture, and fixtures that you no longer want or need. Donate them to a charity, hold a garage sale – but if you don’t want them anymore, don’t move them.

    Are you going to pack yourself or hire professionals? If you’re doing your own packing, the following is a list of materials you’ll need. Moving companies and overnight mail businesses can furnish these, as well as specialized items including wardrobe boxes for clothing and heavy-duty boxes for china and other breakables. Liquor and computer stores also are good sources for sturdy boxes.

    You should start collecting the following materials:

    • Boxes of all sizes
    • Plastic bags
    • Non-shredded newspapers
    • Packing tape
    • Markers
    • Bubble wrap
    • Tissues paper

    Packing 101—A few guidelines

    • Cushion the bottom and sides of boxes first
    • Packed items should not exceed 30 pounds
    • When packing, go room by room – it will make unpacking easier
    • Begin your packing as early in the moving process as you can – it will take longer than you think at a time when you’ll be busy with many other concerns
    • Label all boxes by item and where in your new home they should be placed
    • Pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes
    • Thoroughly wrap your breakables in newsprint paper, paper towels or clothing, placing them in dresser drawers, containers with lids, large cans, etc.
    • Fill your refrigerator and washer and dryer with clothes, linens and other light objects
    • Tape cords underneath all electrical appliances
    • Don’t tape furniture, doors and drawers, as tape can cause damage; instead, use rope, elastic or long strips of fabric to secure furniture
    • If you have children, let them feel they are a part of the process by helping them pack their toys

    On moving day…
    Fill one box with moving-day essentials like paper plates, a coffee maker and coffee, hand tools and extension cords, a bucket, rags, soaps, and paper towels. You may also want to set aside a few days’ worth of clothing, food and other essentials you’ll need prior to arriving at your new home and prior to unpacking.

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