Moving? Prepare For An Easier, Happier Experience.

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By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
I’ve gathered these tips for your checklist…
Purge
Set up a free donation pick up.
Sell valuable items you no longer want.
Dedicate a file and a calendar to the process.
Save receipts.
File contracts.
Two weeks ahead
Set up utilities, cable, phone, Internet. Contact insurance company, schools and doctors to transfer records.
One week ahead
Change of address with post office or online. Close safety deposit box, change bank. Consider the need for maintenance on your vehicles.
Hiring a mover?
Get multiple quotes (unpakt). Study their reviews and insurance policies. Make sure they are licensed! Get a contract. Carry it with you on moving day.  Confirm with them a week before and the day before moving.
Control your moving costs
Prepare and Compare. Compare moving company or moving truck rental fees (check out hireahelper.com). Packing boxes, tape, padding, and supplies, (ULine is a good source),
or collect free boxes. Or, bekinssf.com is an eco-alternative to cardboard and can save you money. Prepare cleaning supplies. Prepare financially for gas and food. Book your hotel ahead of time.
Use your own baskets, laundry baskets and dresser drawers. Cover them with Press-N-Seal for transport. Use your suitcases with wheels to move heavy or bulky items like books or decor. Measure and diagram where furniture and art will go.  Label or color code your boxes: include room and contents. Mark all sides and indicate right side up. Use small boxes for heavy items. Pack heaviest items first.
Cheryl Adelman, owner of Organize In A Day™, loves helping people get organized, writing about it, and is an entertaining speaker on the subject. See her at Boca Library April 22, 1:30-2:30pm during the 6th annual Money Smart Week! organizeinaday.com   organizeinaday@gmail.com  609-287-3119.