4 Tips for a Successful Move

by Matt Solis


When it comes to ensuring a successful move, preparation is absolutely crucial. Consider the following preparation tips:

1. Go easy on the cushion wrap. When packing boxes, you can speed up the process by using newspaper instead of cushion wrap or packing peanuts. Some people feel safer when they cushion wrap everything, but it should be reserved for fragile items. Not only is newspaper easier to work with than cushion wrap, it’s also less expensive and takes up less space in a box.

2. Use better boxes. It’s important to use strong boxes with plenty of tape to ensure they don’t collapse in transit. However, an even better alternative to cardboard boxes are stackable plastic storage bins. Not only do they conveniently stack upon each other, they’re also low-maintenance (no tape needed), sturdy and reusable.

3. Prepare fragile items. Remove light bulbs from lamps so they don’t shatter from the vibration of the moving truck. Also, smaller lamps and lamp shades tend to be very fragile, so box them up instead of keeping them out with standing lamps. Tightly wrap framed pictures in blankets and ask if your mover has a special rack in the truck for transporting them.

4. Consider the location. If you live in an urban setting, you might need to reserve a loading dock (particularly if it’s a high-rise building) or procure a street parking permit for the day. Remember, these details are your responsibility, not the moving company’s. To obtain a parking permit, you can either go to your local police station or visit the city’s website. Parking permits may not be cheap, but they’re less expensive than a parking ticket or rescheduling your entire move. Other factors that might come into play in an urban area are road closures for maintenance or street fairs, so do some preliminary research to make sure nothing is going to cause a delay on the day of your move.

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