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Moving Day DIY style
Tips for a smoother transition between homes
 
Published Monday, March 24, 2014
by Family Features

Whether you've bought a new house or are renting an apartment, you know that finding the perfect place to call home is just the beginning. Before you can settle in and begin enjoying your new surroundings, you have to actually get all of your stuff packed and moved.

In today's tightened economy, more and more people are opting for DIY moves. Not only can personally overseeing your move save money, it can give you a sense of security from having a hands-on role in managing how all your possessions are handled.

"Do-it-yourselfers are becoming the norm for residential moves,” said Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental for Penske Truck Leasing. “With the right planning, managing a move yourself can really pay off.”

Mikes said selecting the right truck is a critical first step. Other services such as towing equipment, storage space and even moving labor may help make your moving day run a little smoother.

You can save time by buying boxes ahead of time, and some companies even offer the ability to purchase boxes and other supplies online. Be sure to label all boxes so it's easy to put them in the right room when you arrive.

Above all, it is important to plan ahead. Reserve your truck early and begin packing nonessential items as soon as possible. Give yourself time to sort items for donation or a garage sale.

Prepare a moving-day kit, including directions, map, GPS, checkbook, credit cards, IDs, eyeglasses, sunglasses, prescription drugs, flashlight, water, snacks, games for kids, and old and new house keys.

With the right preparation, you can turn the daunting task of a DIY move into a done deal and get on with enjoying your new digs.

Here are some additional moving tips from Penske to help make your moving day run smoothly:

Packing 101

Set yourself up for a hassle-free move and keep your possessions safe by carefully and properly packing your belongings.

Bureaus and dressers

Fill drawers with small breakable items, and cushion them with loose clothes. Secure drawers with a pad or blanket (tape can remove the finish) and tie with rope.

Dishes and glasses

Individually wrap each piece in plastic before protective newspaper to minimize dishwashing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge - not stacked flat. Place cups and bowls inside each other; wrapping three to four in a bundle.

Tools and gardening equipment

Drain hoses, coil and pack in boxes. Fill remaining space with lawn sprinklers, small garden hand tools and so forth. Tie rakes, shovels and other long-handled tools together with rope or tape.

Handling your valuables

During any move, you need to take special care to protect your valuables. Set aside jewelry, important papers and safe deposit box contents in a small container that you can keep with you throughout the move. Among the less obvious but important items may want to include:

• Vehicle registration and title

• Children’s school records

• Bank statements and credit records

• Insurance policies

• Medical and dental records

• Irreplaceable photographs

• Tax return records

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