June 06th, 2016

2 Months Before your move

  • Create a file or binder for moving: Download and print our moving checklist, add a notepad, and keep all of your estimates, receipts, and inventory list in one place.
  • Research moving companies: Go online, talk to your friends and family, and get ready for visits from the movers as they create estimates. Get each estimate in writing.
  • Start student transfers: Visit your kids’ school to have their student records transferred to the new school district.
  • Organize your stuff to sell, donate, throw away, or keep: You’ll be doing this up to the final days, but create a dedicated area and start making a donation pile, now.

6 weeks before your move

  • Buy your supplies: You’ll need markers labels, tape, bubble wrap, specialty boxes for dishes, a box cutter, and maybe blankets and furniture wrap, too.
  • Schedule time off for moving day: Or make it two days, if you prefer. But get your time-off request in early to ensure it’s approved.
  • Measure twice, move once: Take note of furniture sizes and room dimensions to avoid damage to your doors and figure out where everything goes before it gets there.

1 month before your move

  • Confirm your moving day: Reach out to your movers (or your friends) to confirm the date and the costs. This is a good time to plan for tips or refreshments, too.
  • Submit your change-of-address form: Visit USPS.com, or drop by your local post office and fill out the change-of-address form.
  • Contact your utility companies: Schedule your service changes early. Try to overlap connections by a day or two so you have electricity, water, and connectivity in both your old home and your new one. U-verse customers can schedule their move right now at att.com/move.
  • Start packing: Begin with the things you aren’t using, and label the sides of every box for easy drop-off and unpacking. For any special items, add a value estimate to your inventory list.
  • Create a first-day box: Provide easy access to the things you’ll need first: charging cords, travel supplies (like your toothbrush, toilet paper, and daily medications), a box cutter, and garbage bags. Add a bare-bones kitchen set for simple cooking.

2 weeks before your move

  • Finish your notifications: Give your new address and phone number to your human resources department and manager. Forward your medical records to your new doctor. Transfer your magazine subscriptions. Update your credit card and insurance details.
  • Get your car ready, too: Especially if you’re traveling a long way to your new home, bring your car in for a tune-up and a tire check.
  • Update your bank: Order new checks, and transfer your safety deposit box contents to your new local bank.
  • Schedule donation pickup: Your donations should be out of your way a few days before you move. If you’re getting rid of electronics, you’ll find specialty services for safe handling and recycling.
  • Reduce your food supplies: Toss any pantry items more than six months old. Get rid of stale spices. Cook and use what’s in your freezer, and reduce your stock of fresh food. If you’re not eating it, don’t move it; donate it!

1 week before your move

  • Prepare your new home: Stop by the new place and set up the bathroom with a shower curtain, towels, and toiletries. Bring sponges, towels, and dish soap for the kitchen.
  • Transfer and refill your prescriptions: Set up your new pharmacy information, and make sure you’ve got medications for the next two weeks to a month.
  • Use those suitcases: Think of your first few days in your new home as travel time. Pack a few sets of clothes so you aren’t hunting through boxes when you move in.
  • Take a break and catch up on your DVR recordings: If you’re already with U-verse TV, your recordings will move with you. Even so, you can’t spend all of your time packing!

A few days before your move

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How to pack electronics when moving

When was the last time you were inside a home that had no pieces of electronics in it? Do you remember ever being inside such a residence?

With the evolution and ever-presence of technology in our daily lives, it’s hard to imagine that a modern house or apartment can be devoid of at least one TV set, or a personal computer of some sort – a desktop, or a laptop. Needless to say, most homes during the Information Age have much more pieces of electronics – audio systems, home theater systems, gaming consoles, computer peripheral devices – monitors, printers, scanners, projectors, and so on.

And if you happen to be facing a house move anytime soon, then the question of how to pack electronics for moving so that your expensive gadgets arrive in your new home in one piece, and in good working order, becomes essential. Yes, most electronic devices are too fragile and can be easily damaged if you fail to take the necessary safety steps when packing them for shipping.
What to know and what to have when packing electronics for moving

The good news is that when packing electronics for moving, you won’t have to worry about the handheld devices you own (smartphones, tablets, or another portable gadget) as 1) they will stay with your throughout the move, and 2) they should already be well protected by their respective cases. And in addition to the protective cases, pouches, or bags, your pockets and carry-on bags will serve as another level of protection during the often chaotic period of house relocation.

So, before we move on to explain how you should prepare your electronic devices for packing, let’s say a few words about what type of packing materials you will need for the electronics packing task ahead of you.

Original packages. If you keep the original packages that your various electronic devices came in, then you have little to worry about. Original packing boxes are designed to best protect the products that leave their respective production factories, so you can be sure that such packages will do an excellent job protecting your electronics while you’re moving to a new home. If you don’t keep those packages, then you will need to find other packing boxes that are just big enough to accommodate your separate pieces of electronic equipment. Local moving companies should have special electronics boxes which provide improved protection (thicker cardboard and double walls) and come in different shapes and sizes.

Bubble wrap. It’s important to know that bubble wrap is your best bet when packing your electronics for moving as it creates an outstanding cushioning effect against unfavorable factors during transit. Opt for anti-static bubble wrap to also avoid the possible harmful effects of static electricity on your electronic devices.

Packing paper. Soft packing paper is a must when you’re packing electronics for a move, for it will keep dust from entering the packed gadgets and will serve as a cushion against external impacts at the same time.

How to prepare your electronics for packing

Before you’re ready to pack your electronics for moving, you will need to make sure that your equipment is ready to be packed up safely for the road ahead.

Before you disconnect an electronic device, take a photo with your smartphone or digital camera of how the cables are connected and wired up, especially if there are numerous cords coming in and going out of the equipment piece. This way, you will save loads of time and nerves when you reach the re-connection moment after the move is over. And, of course, you will eliminate the possibility of damage due to improper installation.

Roll up and secure the disconnected cables with rubber bands or zip ties to avoid possible entanglement during the house move.

It’s a good idea to backup important information from computer storage devices such as HDD or SSD drives. Use online storage, an external hard drive or a flash memory stick to keep essential files safe from the unpredictability of a residential move.

Consider removing the batteries from specific electronic devices if you think there’s a chance of battery leakage or if you’re moving during very hot spells in the summer.

Also, if you’re taking your printer with you, consider removing its ink or toner cartridges to prevent spills.

If you’re about to move very expensive electronic equipment to your new home, speak with your moving company for adequate insurance coverage to stay on the safe side of things.

MUST READ: Should I get moving insurance?
How to pack electronics for moving

Once you have the necessary packing supplies and have completed the pre-packing steps, it’s time to get down to work. Here are the successive steps and tips for packing electronics for moving.

Step 1: Use soft wrapping paper or newsprint to create a protective cushioning layer on the bottom of each electronics box. That layer will actually absorb the vibrations and shocks along the way and will thus keep the piece of electronics safe and sound.

Step 2: Again, use soft packing paper to wrap up an electronic device first and then use packing tape to secure the bundle.

Step 3: The electronics packing checklist continues with the most important protective layer of them all – the bubble wrap layer. The air-filled bubbles should provide the ultimate level of safety but you need to make sure the bubble wrap sheet is well secured over the piece of fragile and sensitive equipment – use tape generously.

Step 4: If you intend to pack more than one pieces of electronics in a single cardboard box, then remember to place the heavier and larger device on the bottom, and then keep the lighter and smaller pieces on top of them.

Step 5: To avoid damage, there shouldn’t be any empty spaces inside a box once the electronic pieces have been packed in it. Shifts are highly undesirable so fill all visible holes with paper or pieces of clothing.

Step 6: If available, user manuals or other relevant documents or spare parts should be kept inside their respective boxes for easier re-installation after the relocation.

Step 7: Before closing up the lids of a cardboard box, be sure to place protective sheets of bubble wrap and/or packing paper on the very top to complete the cushioning protection on the bottom.

Step 8. Seal a packed boxed with quality packing tape, including its bottom.

Step 9. Use a soft marker pen to write the contents, destination room and handling instructions on each electronics packaging box, for example: SCANNER, LIVING ROOM, FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP.

Step 10. Don’t be quick to plug in an electronic device right after you find yourself in your new home but give it enough time to acclimate to the different temperature and humidity values.

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Moving Tips + Hacks

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Dread your upcoming move all you want, but it’s going to happen. Make moving day less painful with this series of clever and easy tips and hacks that are simple, but will make the whole process faster and easier. And then maybe, just maybe, you won’t go insane after packing your 99th box, and will enjoy the first night in your new home.

Above, a toothpick or safety pin marks the end of packing tape, making it easier to spot the edge so you don’t waste time running your finger around the roll, looking for where the tape begins.

Put any screws or hardware in marked sealable bags, then tape the bag inside the corresponding boxes, or on the furniture itself.

Don’t bother emptying your bedroom dresser of its contents. If you cover each drawer with plastic wrap, you can move them as is without the need to unpack, then repack and organize your clothing.

Use socks as packing material to protect glasses, and extra linens for other breakable dish ware. It’ll save you money on bubble wrap and is more protective than newspaper.

Cover salt & shakers, half-used shampoo bottles, or anything else in danger of leaking during the move, with more plastic wrap. Screw on the tops over the plastic wrap. Hey look, no spillage in transit!

Before you unplug and pack up all electronics, label your cords. A piece of duct tape or masking tape, with the name of the corresponding equipment written in pen, will save you from having to guess what’s what when you reassemble everything in your new home.

Also, take a picture of the back of your television and/or stereo equipment, so you’ll know exactly how to set it up once you get to your new home.

Place knives in padded potholders so no one gets cut, poked or scraped in the process of moving. (If they are really nice knives, you can wrap them individually as well so they don’t damage each other.)

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