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Moving Tips

Easing the Transition to Your New Home

As your local team of relocation experts, our team is often asked what moving tips we have to offer to our clients. With that in mind, below is a list of helpful moving tips to help reduce your stress during your move to the Maryland, Northern Virginia or D.C. area.

Use the Right Boxes, and Pack Them Carefully!

Professional moving companies will use only sturdy, reinforced cardboard cartons to move your personal belongings. The boxes you can get at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store might be free, however they are not nearly as strong to protect your valuables from harm when they are in transit. If you are responsible for packing your own belongings, we recommend these protective measures:

  • Use bubble wrap, sheets, blankets, pillows and towels to separate pictures and other fragile objects from each other and the sides of the carton.
  • Pack plates and glass objects vertically, rather than flat and stacked.

If you employ the services of a professional mover, be sure to point out to them the boxes in which you've packed and make sure those boxes are marked as fragile items, especially if those items are exceptionally valuable. The mover will advise you whether those valuables need to be repacked in sturdier, more appropriate boxes.

The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should occupy. A good rule of thumb is if you can't lift the carton easily, it's too heavy. Label your boxes, especially the one containing sheets and towels, so you can find everything you need the first night in your new home.

For Your Family's Safety and Comfort

For older children, we recommend you teach your children your new address. Why not let them practice writing it on their packed cartons of toys and clothing. You can lighten your load and reduce any storage space you need to rent by hosting a garage or yard sale.

Fill two "OPEN ME FIRST" cartons containing items you will need when you first arrive at your new address. Those items might include snacks, instant coffee or tea bags, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and brushes, medicine and toiletry items (make sure caps are tightly secured), flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups and utensils, a pan or two, paper towels, and any other items your family can't do without. Ask your van foreman to load these boxes last, so they will be unloaded first at your new home. Be sure to keep prescription medicine with you just in case the movers are delayed in route to your new home.

Pets, Electronics and Odds & Ends

  • On moving day, keep your pets out of packing boxes and away from all the activity.
  • Once you have moved to your new home, allow all your electronics (computers, TV’s, home theater system, etc.) to return to room temperature before plugging them in.
  • Since you may need to call old neighbors or businesses from your new home, be sure to pack your phone book.

We recommend you work hand in hand with your mover and give the moving foreman your contact information, including your cell phone numbers and email addresses, so he can remain in contact with you. Be sure to secure the mover’s contact information too!

Read the inventory form carefully, and ask the mover to explain anything you don't understand. Make a note of your shipment's registration number, and always keep your Bill of Lading handy.

If you're moving long distance, ask if your belongings will be sharing a truck with several other households. Your mover might have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for a few days. It is important to ask your mover whether your goods will remain on the truck until delivered. If they have to be stored, ask whether you can check the warehouse for organization, security and cleanliness.

By following these simple tips, your family’s move to this area will be less stressful and easier to manage. If you are thinking about relocating to the Maryland, Northern Virginia or D.C. area, contact us, The Sold By Sisler Team for all your homebuying needs!

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