Renovation4 min

Moving On: Tips for an Organized Move

Did you know that Americans are one of the most mobile populations in the world? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that every year, about 12 percent of Americans relocate, most often due to a new job or job relocation. There’s no doubt that moving is a daunting task. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the challenge of moving everything you own from Point A to B, LP Outdoor Building Solutions – your #1 source for quality products for backyard sheds – offers the following tips to help you get organized.

Establish a Command Center.

Between tying up loose ends at your current home and getting housing and utilities set up at the new place, it’s easy to lose track of what needs to be done for a move. Dedicate a notebook or planner to the move, and keep it with you at all times. Record information about houses you’ve toured. Use it to track appointments and contact information for realtors, mortgage agents, handymen and all the other people who are essential to your move. Having all this information in one place is key to a stress-free move!

Create a Moving Legend.

Using colored circular sticker labels, create a moving legend to represent each room in your new home. Place a colored sticker on the top of each box to correspond with the room it goes in. Hang a piece of colored cardstock on the doorway of each room, so movers will know where each box should go. On moving day, this will eliminate confusion about where to put the boxes, and you’ll save lots of unpacking time.

Label Each Box with a Description of the Contents.

In addition to color-coding boxes by room, be sure to write down what’s inside each box. This will help you determine what needs to be unpacked first in the new house. Avoid packing items from different rooms in the same box.

Pack a “Last Out, First In” Box.

This is a box (or three) containing everyday essentials that your family will need for the first day and night in your new home. If you have small children, you should pack snacks, favorite toys, blankets and pillows. Pets will need food and dishes. Will you have to have your laptop computer, or cleaning supplies and a vacuum? Think about your immediate needs, and put those boxes in the moving truck last, so they’re first out in the new house.

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Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

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