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Tips to Get Your Move On

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You’re excited to start living in your new home, but before you start decorating, entertaining or relaxing with coffee in your new breakfast nook, you have to move your possessions from point A to point B. But with a little planning, you can make your move without shattering your great grandmother’s vase or slipping a disc while carrying kitchen appliances.

PakMail (www.pakmail.com), a company that specializes in packing, custom crating and shipping, offers the following tips to help you get your move on:

* Give yourself more time than you think you need. It doesn’t seem like you have that much stuff — until it’s time to neatly organize everything into cardboard boxes and load them into moving vans. You will probably need at least a month to pack. Start by going through your rooms and taking a quick inventory — figure out what you need to pack, and what you’d rather freecycle.

* Make sure you have plenty of packing materials. You will need more boxes than you expect. Make sure that you have 10 new boxes for last-minute additions. Other useful items include thick markers, bubble wrap, packing tape and foam wrap. PakMail sells a full line of shipping supplies, including boxes, bubble wrap, foam wrap, tape, labels, kits, packing peanuts and sealing tubes. PakMail also offers custom packaging for oddly shaped items.

* Choose the right box for your item. Heavy objects, like books, should always go in smaller boxes. Certain items, such as mattresses or mirrors, may require special packaging. It’s always best to ask an expert. Try to keep boxes under 30 pounds.

* Organize your packing. As you’re packing, assign each box a number. Create a list where you record everything that was put in each box. Also, decide where the boxes should go. For example, if boxes one through three contain DVDs, books and video games, make sure they end up in your new living room.

* Don’t forget your suitcase! Make sure you have enough clothes and toiletries to last three days in your suitcase, so you don’t have to buy new clothes if you can’t unpack your wardrobe immediately. Never pack important personal documents, medications or valuables — keeping them with you will provide easy access, not to mention help prevent theft or loss.

For more information, visit www.pakmail.com.

Packing Ideas for a Smooth Move

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The big day approaches, but the house still looks helter-skelter with piles and pieces waiting to be packed. Sound familiar? A hectic moving day doesn’t have to be the norm. With a little planning, you can move from your old digs to your new home without incurring a headache.

Here are some tips for people looking to make their next move a smooth one:

– Plan ahead. Packing and unpacking usually develop into bigger jobs than originally expected. Ideally, you should begin packing six months before the date of your big move. Pack the items that are of least importance first so that your necessities are more easily accessible when unpacking.

– Pack clothes in suitcases and other luggage containers. Boxes often look the same. It is easier to identify which package holds your casual clothes or towels if they are packed in a different-style container. Pack luggage with items that you will want to use soon after your move, like towels and toiletries.

– Develop a color-code. Assign each room in your new home a color, then label boxes meant for that room in the same color. For example, if you label all of the boxes meant for your kitchen in blue, you won’t have to worry about the movers putting your dining set in an upstairs bedroom.

– Keep personal items with you. Never trust valuables, medications or important paperwork to the movers. Pack them in your own vehicle to avoid possible theft and to gain easier access to them later.

– Get more boxes than you think you will need. You will undoubtedly find some items to pack at the last minute. To avoid any last-minute headaches, make sure that you have at least 10 extra boxes set aside for moving day. Buy new boxes – they’re the sturdiest.

– Make sure that you have plenty of packing materials, including bubble or foam wrap and protective tape. Pak Mail, a company that specializes in packing, custom crating and shipping, sells a full line of moving materials, including boxes, bubble wrap, moving kits, foam wrap, labels, packing peanuts, sealing tape and moving tubes. Pak Mail also creates custom crates for customers shipping oddly shaped or sized items.

For more information or to locate a Pak Mail center near you, visit www.pakmail.com.