10 Things You Can Do Today to Start Prepping For Your Move

Do you anticipate a pending relocation? Undertaking careful preparations helps streamline the moving process. Consider taking these steps today to enhance your household’s transition to a new address:

1. Create a Moving Timetable

Invest in a calendar or planner devoted exclusively to your relocation. Mark down firm deadlines and record target dates for accomplishing essential tasks.

2. Begin Sorting Personal Belongings

Begin sorting personal items on a room-by-room basis. Determine which items you should pack, sell, discard, donate, or place in storage. This process expedites moving.

3. Invest in High-Quality Packing Supplies

Most experts recommend investing in high quality moving boxes and supplies. Good quality items will help you avoid (or at least, reduce) property damage during transport. Many moving companies carry these materials.

4. Schedule Garage Sales And Donation Collection Times

Take action now to advertise any upcoming garage sale(s). You may also wish to schedule any charitable donation collection pickups by nonprofits if you plan on giving some belongings to charity.

5. Update Loved Ones About Your Moving Schedule

Apprise loved ones about your travel timetable. They’ll appreciate knowing your itinerary. If problems arise, they’ll remain “in the loop.”

6. Prepare a “Moving Day” Travel Kit

Consider packing a travel bag to use during Moving Day. Include necessary personal items and a spare change of clothing. Also take along some essential cleaning supplies, a flashlight, and a few snack food items. This type of kit should help Moving Day proceed more smoothly.

7. Complete Necessary Immunizations And Health Screens

People suffering from medical conditions benefit by consulting with a physician before relocating long distances. Consider scheduling a doctor’s visit to obtain a complete physical. Request a referral for a care provider near your destination.

8. Prepare to Rehouse or Transport Pets Correctly

Sometimes relocating households must make difficult decisions concerning family pets. Will four-footed companions travel with you, or must they reside with others soon? Begin planning for your pets as soon as possible. (Finding new families for dogs and cats often requires considerable effort.)

9. Arrange to Sell or Relocate Vehicles

Transporting a vehicle across town requires little effort. However, if you plan to relocate to a distant address, you’ll probably find it useful to devote some attention to transportation issues. Will you drive your car during your move, or pay to have it commercially transported? Will you sell the vehicle instead?

10. Visit The Landfill

Most households discover they need to dispose of a variety of damaged or partly-used household belongings during a relocation. For instance, usually legitimate moving companies cannot transport flammable or liquid items. Many storage units refuse to accept these materials. Rather than make repeated trips to a local landfill, it often makes sense to schedule a single visit to obtain the correct disposal of unwanted goods.

A More Carefree Experience

Meticulous advance preparations ease most relocations. The time you spend now planning your household’s move will yield significant benefits later: reduce stress, manage time more effectively, and ensure you don’t overlook essential tasks. You’ll appreciate your smart advanced planning decisions when Moving Day arrives!

A Quick Start Guide to Packing Fine Artwork for Storage

The safest place for artwork is on your walls, but sometimes you need a change. Whether you are moving or redecorating, there are special precautions you should take when you pack fine art for storage.

What you’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Furniture polish or metal polish for frames
  • White gloves
  • Acid-free glassine paper
  • Silicone release paper
  • Bubble wrap or storage blankets
  • Crescent board

Clean Your Art

Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and clean the canvas. Some experts recommend using a soft, fresh paint brush to remove dirt and dust. If the artwork has a metal frame, use a metal polish to restore it to its original shine. Furniture polish is great for wooden frames. Take care not to get polish on the canvas.

If you are nervous about cleaning your paintings, ask an appraiser for a condition report, and have your fine art cleaned by a professional.

To Wrap or Not to Wrap

It might seem like a good idea to wrap your art pieces in saran wrap before moving them, but any type of plastic wrap can trap moisture. Trapped moisture often leads to mold. Derek Smith, the president of the AXIS fine art installation, recommends not wrapping art for storage.

If you’re wrapping art for transport, wear white gloves. The oils in your skin could ruin your artwork. Framed art can be wrapped with bubble wrap, but only if you put silicone release paper between the canvas and the bubble wrap. For unframed art, cover the canvas with silicone release paper and wrap the piece with glassine paper. Use acid-free glassine paper with a neutral pH. Once your art arrives at its destination, remove the wrap so your artwork can breathe. If you want extra protection for your artwork, you can build a shadow box.

Don’t Forget the Crescent Board

Crescent board is an acid-free mounting board used by galleries to protect art during storage. Crescent board stops pieces from touching while allowing them to breathe. It’s a great way to prevent moisture buildup and mold.

Proper Storage Conditions

Never store your paintings in direct sunlight or near a heating source. Sunlight will fade paintings, and heat will cause paint to peel. Attics and basements should also be avoided. Any room with concrete walls or floors can absorb moisture and damage your art.

The room you store your paintings in must have a consistent temperature and humidity level. The proper temperature for storing paintings is 70 degrees. An ideal humidity level is 55 percent.

If you find yourself stressing out over storing your art pieces, hire a professional to handle it for you. Fine art is an investment, and damaged art depreciates quickly. Professional movers can pack your art, ship it in a climate controlled environment and ensure it is stored properly at its destination.