If you are like most people, you probably view moving
as an unpleasant, stressful and time-consuming experience which often
results in broken dishes and sore muscles. The Northrop Team would like
to make the transition a little easier for you. With a little care and
planning, you and your belongings will both arrive at your new home in
mint condition. The checklist below will help you prepare for your move.
Packing Supplies. If you are a do-it-yourself
mover, you will need to gather packing materials including boxes,
tape, scissors, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspapers and
blankets. The produce department at your local grocery store
is a good source for large, sturdy boxes for your non-fragile
items. Your local beer store is also a good source for small
boxes. The boxes that wine bottles come in are great for packing
glasses and stemware since they come with cardboard dividers.
Suitcases and gym bags are also good options for packing clothes,
shoes and other items.
Sell or Donate Unwanted Items. Go through
each room of your house and sort through your belongings. Place
all of the unused items into one of three piles - (1) Discard,
(2) Sell, or (3) Donate. This will force you to do the cleaning
probably been putting off and will result in fewer items to pack.
Throw out the items in the “discard” pile. Hold a
yard sale to get rid of the items you want to sell. After the
yard sale is over, gather the items that did not sell, add it
to the pile of items to “donate” and give it all
to charity. Most donations are tax-deductible.
people wait until the last minute to start packing. You can make packing
easier by doing it a little at a time. Get a head start by boxing items
that are not frequently used such as books, linen, and seasonal clothing.
Pack one room at a time and try not to mix items from different rooms
in one box. Pack heavy items such as books in small boxes. Pack clothes
in wardrobe boxes to save ironing time later. Clearly label each box,
including the Room it goes in and a brief description of the contents.
on how to pack specific items.
Your Address. Contact the post office with your new
address and the date it becomes effective. Address changes can
be done online simply by going to the U.S. Postal Service website.
Remember to contact your employer, creditors, banks, insurance
carriers, newspapers, magazines, physicians, and schools with your
address change. Do not forget to change your address with the Motor
and Friends. Inform
your family and friends of your new address (and phone number, if applicable).
Your Old Residence. Leave
your old residence as you would like to find it. Vacuum the carpet,
sweep & mop the floor, wipe off counters and stoves, clean sinks,
tubs and toilets, and wipe out the refrigerator. Be sure to double-check
cabinets, drawers, closets, storage rooms, the washer and dryer, and
the refrigerator to make sure nothing is left behind before you leave
the house for the last time.
Day Kits. Since
the majority of your property will be in boxes, it is important to
remember to set aside the items you will need on the day of the move.
This should include a change of clothes, a towel, prescription drugs,
toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, and your toiletries. You should
also set aside moving-related items such as tools, scissors/utility
knife, tape, trash bags, paper towels, a flashlight, a first aid kit,
and aspirin. Other items to have handy on moving day include paper
plates, plastic utensils and cups, snacks and beverages.