Moving for Buyers
HOST A GARAGE SALE
Get rid of clutter and earn a little extra cash before you move with a garage sale.
- Don’t wait until the last minute.
- Invite the neighbors! A block wide event can lure more shoppers.
- Schedule the sale. Saturdays and Sundays generate the most traffic, 8-9 am start time is key.
- Get the word out! Craigslist, newspaper ads, and Facebook – include date, time, location and highlights of items for sale.
- Signage! Balloons and signs with prominent arrows to show the way.
- Price your goods. clearly mark with rounded prices (50 cents, 3 for $1, or $5, for example) with removable stickers.
- If it’s junk, recycle or donate it. If it’s truly garbage, throw it away or place it in a freebie bin.
- Display items nicely, and organize by category, and don’t make customers dig through boxes.
- Recycle grocery bags and newspapers are handy for wrapping fragile goods or carrying multiple items.
PACK LIKE A PRO
- Plan ahead. A master to-do list will make sure you don’t forget something heading into moving day. It will also help create estimates for time and costs.
- Discard items you no longer want or need. Sort unwanted items into “garage sale,” “donate,” and “recycle” piles.
- Pack similar items together.
- Decide what you want to move on your own. Precious items such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move should probably stay with you. Pack a moving day bag with a small first-aid kit, snacks, and other items you may need before unpacking your “Open First” box.
- Know what your movers will and will not move.
- Put heavy items in small boxes. Keep the weight of each box under 50 pounds.
- Don’t over pack boxes. It increases the chances of breakage.
- Wrap fragile items separately. Pad bottoms and sides of boxes and, if necessary, purchase bubble- wrap or other packing materials from moving stores. Secure plants in boxes with air holes.
- Label every box on all sides. You never know how they’ll be stacked.
- Keep moving documents together in one file, keep this with you. Include vital contact information, the driver’s name, the van’s license plate, and the company’s number.
- Print out a map and directions for movers and helpers. Make several copies, and highlight the route. Include your cell phone number on the map.
- Back up computer files on the cloud and/or an external hard drive
- Inspect each box and piece of furniture as soon as it arrives. Ahead of time, ensure your moving company has a relatively painless process for reporting damages.
Moving with Pets
- Update your pet’s tag with your new address, and be sure to update the micro chip’s information as well. Include cell number and e-mail address so that you can be reached quickly.
- Request veterinary records. Ask your current vet to send your pet’s medical history directly to the new vet.
- Keep a week’s worth of food and medication with you. You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. Take the same precaution with special therapeutic foods.
- Keep them safe from chaos. Keep your pet in a safe, quiet room on moving day with a clear sign posted on the door. If using a crate, be sure they are accustomed to it, prior to moving day.
- Prepare a pet first aid kit. Include your vet’s phone number, gauze for wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape, nonstick bandages, towels, cotton swabs, antibiotic ointment (without pain relief meds), and 3% hydrogen peroxide.
- Play it safe in the car. Use a crate or carrier in the car. Never leave your pet in the bed of a truck, the storage area of a moving van, or alone in a parked vehicle. Find pet-friendly lodging beforehand and have kitty litter/plastic bags.
- When traveling by air, check with the airline about pet requirements or restrictions and whether you must purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you.
- Prep your new home. Set up one room with everything your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, scratch post, and toys. Keep windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and beware of small spaces where nervous pets may hide.
- Learn about local health concerns and laws in your new area. If you’re moving to a new country, contact the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country to obtain specific information on special documents, quarantine, or costs related to bringing your pet into the country.