Consumer Reports: Moving Tips

Late spring into early summer is the busiest time of the year to move. That means many people will be packing, wrapping and hauling their personal items to a new home. But Barry Levy has today's Consumer Report with some good tips on how to help reduce the chaos.

You know two of the most stressful events that can occur in your life are divorce...glad to say I'm still a well-trained husband...and moving. And I'm pretty sure there are folks out there who would rather get divorced than move..No one likes moving all their stuff. But if you are maybe these tips will come in handy...uh, oh, I think I left my phone in one of these boxes.

Moving to a new home can be stressful. To make it as simple and sane as possible, Consumer Reports reveals its best tips:
Here's an obvious one, don't move what you don't want in your new home. Sell that unwanted stuff at a garage sale, or online.

Plan ahead. Will your big sofa, entertainment center, or other large furniture fit through the doorways of your new place? More measuring means less regret. 
Don’t move your food! A month before your move, stop buying frozen foods and eat what’s in your fridge and freezer.

As for packing - empty suitcases, baskets and hampers should be filled with bulky or heavy items, like bedding or books.
Assign each room unique colored stickers, put them on the sides of boxes - and make a chart for your movers.

Also, take a photo of the back of your electronics so you can easily hook them up again. Loose wires and remotes should be tucked in a plastic bag and taped to the unit.
The same goes for anything you take apart. Keep the bits and pieces with the item they came off of.

And, the first night after your big move should be cozy, not chaotic. So pack the items you’ll need right away in a separate bin, and move it yourself. This includes valuables, baby and pet items, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

Most important – bring the bedding you’ll need for a good night’s sleep in your new home.

Found it...thank goodness. Consumer Reports also suggests that the week before you move, get online with the postal service and change your address information and program the date that you’d like your mail to be forwarded, so you won’t miss any of your important bills...or housewarming anybody want to help move all this stuff? 

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