Manage Your Move With This Checklist

Moving dayUndoubtedly, moving can be stressful. Every belonging and piece of your life is picked up and then transported somewhere that was previously foreign to you. Add kids and pets to the equation and you have a recipe for chaos. Having said that, it can be quite difficult to remember everything that needs to get done on moving day.

Lucky for you, we’ve made a list of things you might forget:

Day before the move

•    Get keys to your new home or apartment ahead of time. Or, make arrangements for the landlord or real estate broker to meet you at the new place. This will ensure that you are able to get into your new place on moving day.

•    The night before the move, print directions to your new address. This will save you a huge headache, if ever you were to hit traffic or get lost the day of. If you are hiring a moving company, give them a copy of these directions too.

•    Pack a suitcase for each member of your family. Each suitcase should include a change of clothes, toiletries and any medications. Keep these suitcases separate from your moving boxes so that they will be easy to find. If you have pets, include enough food and water for them to get through a couple days.

•    Charge your cell phone the night before. Place a cell phone charger in your purse or backpack. Chances are your new place doesn’t have a phone already hooked up. Therefore, you will want a charged phone on hand in case you have to contact movers, friends or family throughout the move.

On moving day

•    Pack plenty of snacks and water for the day. Moving requires a lot of energy. Therefore, you’ll need plenty of healthy snacks to keep you and your helpers energized. Include plenty of protein bars, fruits and veggies to make it throughout the day.

•    Double-check all rooms and closets of your old home to ensure that no belongings have been forgotten. Then take a quick walk in your backyard for objects that shouldn’t be left behind.

•    Make sure all windows are closed and doors locked. You may want to leave your keys in the mailbox, depending upon the landlord or real estate broker’s request. Don’t forget to include any hidden or spare keys.

•    Keep a list of emergency contact numbers on hand. This will be helpful should anything go awry.

Moving can be dreadful, but with a little organization you can reduce the amount of stress for you and everyone involved. Following this checklist will put your mind at ease when the details of a big move begin to overwhelm you. Good luck!

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

How to Properly Unload a Moving Truck

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Moving can be a pain, especially if you’re doing it primarily on your own. Regardless of how organized, prepared and strong you think you are to handle a move, make sure you’ve gone through every logistic before you load up your moving truck. Often times, people can become extremely stressed throughout a moving process simply because they just don’t prepare properly. Lucky for you, today we have several tips to help you in this process. Here are some tips to properly unloading a moving truck.

Walk-through

It’s critical to know where things are going prior to actually moving anything. This is because if you do begin unloading your moving truck into your new space and don’t have your set-up figured out, you’re left scrambling trying to fit everything in appropriately. If this is the case, your entire home will be cluttered because let’s face it, by the end of the day you’ll be too tired to rearrange things. Before the move, take a walk through your new home and mentally plan where all the large and smaller items will go. This way, on moving day you’ll have a designated spot for all of your items!

Measure

While we’d all like to pretend that we can make things fit through small doorways if we angle appropriately, this is not true. Being realistic, it’s very important to visit your new space and measure each doorway you plan on moving furniture through. Some doorways might be too short or not wide enough for certain items like couches and dressers, so plan ahead. If necessary, many doors can be taken off to provide additional space in a doorway.

Take clothes boxes off first

During a move, having a hefty amount of clothing is only going to make the moving process more complicated. When you’re moving, the first thing you should start to do once you’ve arrived at your new home is to remove the clothes from the truck and start unpacking them. This will help you once your day is over and you can relax knowing that your clothes are where they need to be and your room is organized!

Store away equipment

After you’ve finished moving your items from the truck to your new home, it’s time to discard of the unwanted moving equipment. Whether you’ve collected several blanket pads, straps, or wrapping, sort through and decide what’s worth keeping and what’s worth pitching. Once you’ve determined what you don’t need, throw it out immediately. For anything that you’re keeping, find a safe place to store the equipment that can be easily accessed if you need to use these items in the future.

Unpack

The last step of the day when you’re making a move is of course, to unpack. Before even moving, you should have priorities set for yourself so you know where to start. While you should have already unpacked your clothes (see above), you should probably focus on the kitchen and bathroom. Since these two rooms have your every day necessities in them, it’s beneficial to have these rooms unpacked and set up before the end of the day.

Eric is the owner of J&L Moving Supplies. You can find him on , Facebook or Twitter, so be sure to connect with him!

Proper Lifting Etiquette For Heavy Objects

Improperly lifting heavy objects like boxes and furniture can result in back, leg and arm pain. More important, poor lifting technique can cause both acute and chronic effects. Learning the how to lift the right way can help you to avoid unnecessary injury. Here are five tips to proper lifting etiquette:

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Before you lift any object, have a plan. Where is this object going? Can you lift the object on your own? Start by clearing a path to the object’s final destination. If you need help from another person, make sure he or she understands the plan too. Knowing what you’re doing and where you’re going will help reduce risk of injury.

Lift close to your body

You are stronger and more stable when you hold an object close to your body. And holding heavy objects at the end of your reach can place strain on your arms and back. Instead, try to keep your body balanced and have a firm grip on the object.

Feet shoulder width apart

A solid base is important when lifting heavy objects. If your feet are too close together they will hinder movement. Your feet are most stable when they are shoulder width apart. Also, if an object is too heavy or an awkward shape, get help. Do not try to lift it by yourself.

Bend at your knees

To reduce your chances of hurting your back, you should always lift with your legs. Practice good lifting posture by keeping your spine straight and lowering yourself to the ground by bending your knees. Tightening your abdominal muscles will also hold your back in good lifting position.

Wear a back belt

If you have a long day of lifting ahead of you, it might be a good idea to get a back belt. Wearing a back belt will support your spine and prevent a back injury. It will also help you to maintain a better lifting posture. You can get back belt at your local CVS or Walgreens.

Lifting heavy objects can be extremely dangerous for your body. Following these simple steps to proper lifting etiquette will ensure the safety of you and those around you. Good luck, and happy moving day!