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Tips for Moving Day

nws.movein3.8.22.11The process of moving is better compared to a marathon than a sprint: It starts with deciding a moving day and planning enough time to pack before then. Don’t be left scrambling the night before. Letting our student-friendly checklist guide your progress:

  1. Set a move-out date, and notify your previous landlord (if you have one) at least 60 days before that you intend to move out. Not doing so could cost you.
  2. Get boxes. They can be purchased, but many stores will be happy to hand over boxes for free.
  3. Make sure you have packing tape and a marker ready.
  4. Reinforce boxes by taping along the bottom seam and then across the bottom seam.
  5. Break packing into stages by packing up items you don’t use often or are not in season first.
  6. Pack like items together by function or room (think cleaning supplies, toiletries, art, etc.).
  7. Tape small parts to their larger components to keep them together (screws to book shelves, remotes to TVs).
  8. Use original boxes for items (boxes are easier to pack and move than loose electronics and parts).
  9. Label boxes clearly with what’s inside and what room they should go in. Example: “Scarves, jewelry, purses: Bedroom”. Also label for breakable items.
  10. Wrap dishware and glassware in newspaper to keep them from getting scratched. (The Shorthorn makes for perfect wrapping Paper when you’re done reading!)
  11. Use smaller boxes for books and heavy objects to keep weight low.
  12. Use items like towels, pillows and blankets to cushion delicate objects or fill boxes.
  13. Fill boxes to the top to prevent them from bending or collapsing under heavier boxes.
  14. One hard stop with a moving truck could dump a wall of heavy boxes onto precious items, so keep those heavier boxes at the bottom.
  15. Don’t move what you don’t have to. Donate clothes and items you haven’t used since your last move, and throw away damaged goods. Clear out your pantry and fridge and take only items that wouldn’t go bad in the back of a moving truck that’s 100 degrees.
  16. The last thing you pack up should be a box of items you need immediately, like toilet paper, bandages, a bottle of water, snacks, a phone charger and any keys or documents you’ve received from the housing center.
  17. Do a walk-through before you get on the road. Check that lights are off, there’s nothing in cabinets, and all windows and doors are locked.