Make a note of your shipment registration found in the upper right-hand corner of your bill of lading.
Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won't have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.
If you need to store some of your goods, it is a good idea to tour our warehouse.
After you've thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
Pack your current phone book to take with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.
Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.
Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, provide a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide an alternate contact in case you can't be reached.
Place pictures in boxes between sheets and blankets to give them added protection.
Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically rather than placed flat and stacked.
Before packing medicine and toiletry items, make sure that their caps and lids have been tightly secured
Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.
Tag all items and be prepared to wheel and deal - garage sale gurus love to haggle.
If you'll be doing some packing yourself, start packing several cartons each day a few weeks before your move.
In addition to the room and contents, have children write their name and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new address before they get to their new home.
At destination, you might want to consider having the TV and VCR hooked up first to occupy the kids while the rest of the van is being unloaded.
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch your pet, if possible.
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
Upon arrival at your new home, let your PC acclimate itself to room temperature before plugging it in.
Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, new friends, new experiences, etc., that are part of any move.