Creative Ways to Bring Your Old Home with You When You Move

If you’re facing a move to a new home, you may be feeling a little—or perhaps a lot—nostalgic, particularly if you don’t want to move but have to for work or are moving with small children. It can be emotionally taxing to pick up and move, but there are ways you can bring a little piece of your old home with you. Here are some suggestions on creative ways to bring your old abode with you come moving day to make the new place feel like home.

Recreate Cherished Memories

It’s hard to leave behind the familiar sights, sounds and memories of one place and start brand new ones in another. But it’s possible to recreate some of those old memories in your new house to make you feel stable and comfortable. When there are kids involved, this becomes even more important, as they likely miss their old friends, neighborhood, school and daily routine—possibly more than you do. Let the kids pick out their own rooms if possible, giving them creative control as to what goes into decorating them. Perhaps they would like their room painted in the same colors or designs as their old one. Encourage a collection of special items to take center stage in a child’s room, such as a stamp or stuffed animal collection, favorite books or toys, or even special art. Good Housekeeping says this is an important step in helping your children feel secure in a world of chaos, as they mark their place in their new room. Hang a special photo in the room of your child and his or her friends, but don’t go overboard on the nostalgia. While it’s good to remember where you came from, kids can actually be held back from making new friends and memories when they’re confronted with images all over the house of their old lives.

Take a Beloved Item Along

Perhaps there was a gorgeous rosebush in your old yard that you just couldn’t part with. Take it with you! Replant it in a special place in your yard to begin a new life right alongside you. Did you tend a garden at your old home? Make a new one and encourage the kids to help you cultivate and harvest it. Hang artwork around the house of the places you’ve been to. If you’ve traveled a lot, you’ll have a virtual museum of artwork representing the stops you’ve made along the way in life. Simply not replacing some items of furniture, like mom and dad’s bed or an old and comfortingly familiar rocking chair, is another great way to incorporate the spirit of the old home into the new house.

Maintain a Familiar Schedule

A move can be traumatic and stressful on a family. Kids and teens won’t necessarily understand why they have to move and may feel resentful. To alleviate the stress of a new home and neighborhood, keep up the same schedule you used to have as much as possible. This includes everything from meal times and after school pickups to bedtime and wake time, but it can also mean lighting the same scented candles, placing the same small bins at the door for wallets and keys, and sitting at the same spots at the dinner table. KidsHealth says maintaining a regular schedule gives kids a sense of familiarity.

That same familiarity that is comforting to kids will also be stabilizing for you. Before you know it, your new house will stop feeling strange and new and you’ll soon be calling this new place home.

What First Time Homeowners Need to Know

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting time, but it can be stressful too. This is likely the biggest purchase you’ve ever made, and the prospect of maintaining a home after so many years of living with your parents or renting an apartment may be just a bit daunting. But the joys of homeownership outweigh the stresses if you know how to be successful. Here are some tips for making it through the “honeymoon phase” of owning your first home.

Mortgage Terms and Finances

Purchasing your first home may give you heart palpitations because of all the money involved. But you just need to educate yourself about the process and research all aspects of your home loan’s terms. Just because you’ve signed on the dotted line doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep up with your good credit standing. Now you have more reason than ever to stay current on credit card payments and make smart financial decisions, as failure to do so could result in foreclosure on your home in the most extreme cases. The FDIC recommends sticking to a monthly budget, setting up automatic mortgage payments so you don’t miss one, starting a rainy-day fund, reviewing all correspondence from lenders as soon as it arrives, and making arrangements to pay off your mortgage faster if possible.

Basic Repairs

How do you know when you should fix something yourself or call in a repair professional? If you’re a handy DIY veteran, the lines may be blurred as to what requires a professional’s attention. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from anything electrical in nature, along with materials that could contain asbestos (likely present only in homes built prior to the late 1970s), and intricate pipe work as part of your plumbing system, as the risks associated with unskilled work on these areas are too great. Another area that’s wise to hire a contractor to help with is when you have to demolish walls or alter the structure of your home in any way, particularly when there’s been water damage, advises the Huffington Post. This includes repairing door frames and replacing drywall as well.

Home Maintenance

Buying a home is only the first step: maintaining it is an ongoing challenge that never lets up. From mowing the lawn to applying a fresh coat of paint, you learn the frequency with which to do things over time. Basic home maintenance includes a spring checklist each year to inspect the state of your roof, gutters, chimney, outdoor faucets and surrounding shrubbery, says HGTV. Check for clogged gutters, loose shingles and crumbling bricks.

In terms of caring for your lawn, you should mow it every week during the height of the growing season, advises SF Gate. When it’s cooler out and the weather starts to carry the chill of fall, you can get away with every other week. Wondering how often to paint your house? You’ll need to do this every five years or so, but this will depend on the climate in which you live. You may be able to get away with more time—up to 10 years—between repainting if you live in a locale that isn’t subjected to frequent cycles of harsh sun, rain, snow and sleet.

As a first time homeowner, you may feel overwhelmed, but don’t worry—you’ve got this! Follow these tips and you’ll feel like the king of your very own castle in no time.

How to Survive Moving Nightmares

Moving from one home to another can be a very stressful ordeal. Every routine is changed, including the familiar route from the bedroom to acquire coffee first thing in the morning. While every move will require adjustment, there are certain moving nightmares that can make it much harder to get back to normal.

Having Personal Property Stolen During the Move

Sadly, having items stolen during a move can happen. Two movers, one from Tennessee and another from Virginia, were just arrested for stealing valuables while helping a Kingsport family in a move. When you’re moving overseas, everything has to be inventoried and counted before and after the move to make getting through customs easier and quicker. When moving from state to state, or even just across the street, individuals are often too frazzled with the move to take stock of their belongings and it is easy for valuables to be “lost in the shuffle” and stolen. Whether or not you hire professional movers, take inventory for yourself both before and after the move to make sure nothing gets lost or goes missing.

Problems With A Moving Truck

Moving trucks can be well used, and there is no guarantee that there won’t an old truck won’t break down—or worse. In one case from California last summer, a U-haul truck caught fire and a load of household items was lost while the blaze caught some brush and started a wildfire. Moving truck nightmares need not be fiery to be stressful. Many times individuals who attempt to move themselves by renting a large truck aren’t well versed in driving large vehicles. If you rent a truck on your own, make sure to speak with someone about the condition of the vehicle and its safety features, just in case.

Personal Injuries Due to Improper Lifting

During household moves, it is easy to injure yourself by hefting furniture or boxes in a hurry and without adopting the proper posture. Muscle injury can occur from this strain, causing pain and small tears in the tissue. Injuries to the disks that form the spine are also a possibility, and they could cause debilitating pain and possibly require surgery or ongoing treatment. Joint injuries are also a risk, including shoulder and knee problems. Make sure that you, your family and anyone else helping you move knows how to safely lift and lower large, heavy items to avoid injury when you move.

Surviving The Move Easily

Moving can be seamless with correct planning and execution. Whether you are planning to do everything yourself or to hire a little extra help, it’s very likely that you’ll be dealing with a rental truck company or professional movers at some point. Choosing a company with a good reputation will give you peace of mind and make things much easier. Estes SureMove is an excellent choice for a moving expert that can provide information as well as services to assist with a great moving experience. Having a trusted source for anything from storage and truck rental to help with packing and loading will make all the difference between a great moving experience and a nightmare.

The Most Popular Months to Move

Moving to a new home might be stressful, but we all do it: nearly 40 million Americans relocate every year. Naturally, people do their best to make the moving process as easy as possible. That might mean having a garage sale to get rid of things you don’t want to take with you, hiring professional movers and choosing a move-in date that works with their schedule. 40 million people can’t all have the same schedule, but some months are markedly more popular for moving—keep reading to find out why that might be.

Spring and Summer Weather

People move throughout the year for various reasons, but most move-in dates tend to fall during the spring and summer months, between May and September. Part of the reason for this could be because the weather is nicer and movers don’t have to worry about driving through ice and snow, but there are a few other reasons why these are the most popular moving months.

Settling In Before School Starts

Many families who move during the summer do so because they have children who are still in school. Having to go to a new school is always hard on a child, but it can be especially difficult when the move happens right in the middle of the school year. Both parent and child have to adjust to a different school schedule, meet new teachers and make sure that the child is caught up with the rest of their new classmates. A move during the summer eliminates these challenges. Most children don’t go to school during the summer, so they don’t have to worry about transitioning from one classroom environment to another mid-year. They can start school at the same time as the rest of their classmates without having to catch up on recent assignments.

Moving After School Ends

Moving during the summer makes perfect sense for families who have children, but even those who don’t have any kids seem to prefer to move during the spring. Many of these people are just finishing college once spring rolls around, and they may be getting ready to leave the tiny apartments that were so convenient while they were in school. Not only does this mean that college students are leaving for greener pastures and different homes themselves, but it means that countless apartments are suddenly available for rent. These apartments tend to be fairly inexpensive, and they are ideal for young couples or those who may be living alone for the first time in their lives.

Why The Slow Winter Months Shouldn’t Be Ignored

The spring and summer may be the most popular seasons to relocate to a new home, but those who are trying to save money on a new apartment shouldn’t ignore the winter months. Not many people want to move during the winter, so any places that are available for rent during this time will be a lot cheaper. As much as you may not want to go out into the cold to hunt for an apartment, it might be wise to buck moving trends and start looking around when the snow starts falling.

How to Move Your Plants and Pack Up Your Garden

Packing to move can be stressful and require meticulous organization in order to know what you’ll need at your new home, and what’s better off staying behind or being donated to the thrift store. For an invested gardener, or someone attached to the basil they’ve been growing in their kitchen window for a few years, there are special considerations to be made in preparing your plants for the journey ahead. While some plants—indoor or outdoor—are hearty and tough to disturb, others are delicate and very sensitive to even subtle changes in lighting or soil conditions. Knowing ahead of time which will likely survive the trip and which ones are better left for the next homeowner will help save you time and a little flora heartbreak.

Indoor Plants

There are a few basic rules to follow in preparing your fronds for transplant. Find a stable, open-air means of transporting your plants. Get a crate and arrange small house plants so they won’t tip over, and are protected from being smashed or having their leaves torn off. Keep your more delicate plants in a temperature-controlled environment like your car, where they won’t be subjected to unusual highs and lows of temperature, especially if you’re moving long-distance.

Be sure to keep the soil moist, and be careful about over-watering, as this will not only be bad for your plants but it can also create a muddy mess. Make sure all the pots and containers have proper drainage, and that the carrier will prevent any of that drainage from seeping out into the interior of your car. It’s important to be gentle, but most house plants are resilient and accustomed to small, confined spaces in which to grow.

If you’re moving between states or to another country there are some limits about what species of plants you may take with you. Due to pest control laws, some states, such as California, have a strict border enforcement policy. This is their way of protecting the state from any unwanted pests from getting in to their agricultural environment from an outside source. Check the agriculture website for the state you’ll be moving to, and all the states you’ll pass through in between, for more specific information about what’s allowed through the checkpoints, and what must be left behind. If you are moving to a new country, many plants are not allowed through customs, and you may have to give them to a neighbor before you move on.

Outdoor Plants

Transplanting outdoor plants can be more difficult, given their size and scope. If you have a backyard garden, it may be better that you leave most of it behind. If there’s a plant you’re determined to take with you, ensure that you dig out enough soil to support the root ball, and place it in to a plastic pot large enough to safely transport it. Use sterilized soil, which does not contain banned pesticides or foreign organisms and is available in many garden centers, if you’re moving to a more restrictive state. If you’re going to move larger outdoor plants, be sure to uproot them while they’re not actively growing, if at all possible.

Wrap large plants, after you’ve pruned them, in tissue paper or a sheet in order to protect branches and limbs from breaking on the ride. Make sure the plant can still breathe, but is secure enough to transport. Load the plants in to a car or truck just before departure, and when you arrive at your new location, they should be the first things to be unpacked. Small trees, shrubs, and other bushes do best in transport. More fragile plants such as vegetables, flowers and succulents are more delicate.

If you have questions relating to transporting a specific plant, ask your neighborhood gardening center, they may have more information.

Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale

If the housing crash of 2008 taught us anything, it taught us that when the market is hot you need to sell, because the market is fickle. It can turn on a dime, causing your $300,000 home to depreciate by $50,000 literally overnight. Still, even when you know the importance of selling, it’s not always a smooth process: people either bite or they don’t, you can’t exactly force them to sign on the dotted line. Thus, it pays to increase your odds of making a sale any way you can. The best way to influence potential buyers? Staging your home for sale.

The Market Recovery

Home prices have been on the rise since the market’s recovery began. This year they continue to rise at a slow and a steady pace. This recovery has been felt far and wide, and houses all across the nation have increased in price. Even after the nadir of the crash saw median home values fall to $215,000, the recovery has seen them climb back up to around $300,000—good news for anyone getting ready to sell their home.

Making Your Home Say “Buy Me”

There are several things you can do to stage your home like a professional would. It all begins with removing clutter. The appearance of clutter will destroy a sale faster than the resident ghost making an appearance. This step not only involves cleaning your home—really cleaning it—but also removing anything that isn’t absolutely essential. Things like kids’ toys, storage boxes, and old computers should all be put in storage (or your parents’ garage) during the selling process.

What you should definitely avoid doing with your clutter is storing it in one room of the house. A room filled with junk makes the home seem less appealing by visually removing one useable room from the mix. So instead of turning your den into a jumbo junk drawer, empty it out and turn it into something attractive, such as an art studio or reading room.

Figure Out the Furniture

Another element that can make or break your home in terms of staging has to do with your furniture. Furniture that is arranged poorly isn’t going to benefit you; furniture that is pulled away from the wall and arranged into smaller conversational units will. If you reposition couches, chairs, and love seats into conversational groups, the traffic flow in the room will become more obvious. This helps give off the appearance that the space is more user-friendly and larger.

Use Light to Your Advantage

Another element of a home that can make or break a sale is the lighting. Most homes are lit improperly, resulting in an uninviting or dim aesthetic. To fix this problem, be sure you up the wattage in your lamps and overhead fixtures. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 100 watts for each 50 square feet of your home. It’s best to go all the way with lighting, rather than depending on one or two bulbs to do all the work. Be sure to focus on all elements: ambient lighting (general lighting and overhead lights), task lighting (reading lights and underneath cabinets), and accent lighting (table and wall lights).

Color Your Home Awesome

The final step in staging your home involves the painting: colors have the power to actually dictate how a person feels about your house. One way they do this is by making your home look and seem larger than it actually is. Painting adjacent rooms the same color or painting the walls the same color as the drapes will give an illusion of space, making the rooms look much more expansive than they are.

You should also stay away from very bright or daring colors; you may like them, but they’ll scare many home owners off. So, as you try to sell your home, let your colors be Switzerland, and let them revel in subtle neutrality.

Tips for a Successful Moving Sale

Moving can be a rough business for all involved, especially when the homeowners are planning an estate or yard sale before setting out to their new home. Knowing what items will sell and how to price them, which items to simply donate, and when to mark prices down always takes a little research. Advertising is important as well, but if it isn’t done correctly it can actually hurt the sale rather than help it. Here are a few tips to help make sure your moving sale is a success.

The Must-Go Pile

The first step to any successful yard, garage or moving sale is to decide what will actually be up for sale. For furniture and knickknacks, it is a good policy to inspect the item in question thoroughly. If there are cracks, breaks, missing pieces or serious malfunctions, the item is unlikely to draw any interest. Buyers are generally looking for cheap or gently used items. If a long distance move is just around the corner, consider parting with small pieces of furniture that can be easily (and inexpensively) replaced upon arrival at the new home.

Recruit Friends and Family

Once the items that will be for sale have begun to accumulate, reach out to friends and family for help. Yard and estate sales are quite a bit of work, and many hands will make light work. Having trustworthy people around to make sure nothing is stolen or damaged is a good idea, and leaves the owner free to haggle with buyers, take payments, and otherwise supervise the overall sale. Be wary of charging too much for items, however. If the price is too high, the furniture or keepsake may be overlooked and wind up not selling.

Advertise, Advertise, Advertise

For many who spend their weekends moving from yard sale to yard sale, the newspaper, social media sites, advertisement sites and street signs are the main avenues to find when and where a sale is taking place. Be sure to take advantages of everything available to get the word out. Weekends are the best time to plan a yard or estate sale, simply because many people have weekends off. When it comes time for the big day, hang some colorful and attention-grabbing signs in the neighborhood to attract attention to your sale.

Pristine and Presentable

The setup of a yard sale is important. The average shopper is unlikely to stop and look around and give the sale a chance if the first thing visible from the curb is a box of old, outdated junk. Used toys, dated figurines and even boxes of clothes that have been rifled through several times can drive potential customers away.

Be sure that everything is neat and organized, and don’t be afraid to use your helpful volunteers for periodic clean-up and tidying of the merchandise. Find an old clothes rack and keep garments orderly. Arrange knickknacks neatly on a table, each one clearly visible. It might be a good idea to offer refreshments, as well. A bowl of chips or a plate of cookies are usually enticing to shoppers who have been out and about all day.

At the end of the day, remember that it is more important to get rid of these things than it is to turn a big profit. These items are being sold to make room for a move. With friends and family there to help, a solid plan in place for the days leading up to the sale, and a reasonable price on the items, you’re bound to walk away with a little extra cash and a great deal fewer items.

How to Care for Your Art During a Move

Gearing up for and making a move from one home to another is a highly stressful thing, whether the move is just down the street or across the country. Packing up furniture and clothes can be relatively straight forward, but packing up artwork and valuables such as sculptures and photographs can be a little trickier. Is there a proper way to protect them? All too often, movers open up the van or truck to discover that their favorite piece of art has been run through by a wayward box or the lamp pole that used to live in their bedroom. Here are some easy ways to ensure your favorite decorative pieces will survive the big move.

Create an Inventory

The first step to successful packing is to create an inventory of all the valuables of the home, such as artwork, antiques, framed photos and sculptures. Smaller items are quite easily handled, making it possible for the owner to make the necessary preparations for the move. Bigger items, however, may need a more specialized touch. Consider hiring a moving company to help with the packing as well as the transportation. During the inventory process, be sure to have the more valuable pieces appraised and insured. It is better to err on the side of caution, in case an accident should happen and damage occurs.

Framed Artwork

Often considered the easiest kind of art to move, framed artwork can be protected using picture boxes. These boxes, made of cardboard, are flat, adjustable, and come in different sizes. Many movers will place masking or packing tape in an ‘X’ over the glass of a framed piece of artwork or photograph in case something goes awry. If the glass were to break, the tape keeps the broken shards from spilling into the box and becoming a hazard. Corner protectors are the next step, followed by bubble wrap around the entire frame.

Artwork not protected by glass will take some different tender loving care. Because the bubble wrap may react poorly with the paint or ink, be sure to wrap it in unprinted newspaper before applying any plastic to the surface of the painting. Once the bubble wrap is secured, many people opt to add a little extra layer of protection by taping flat pieces of cardboard to the outside to ensure stability. Once those have been added, the artwork is now ready to be boxed up and stored for the move. Be sure to mark these boxes as fragile so others know to handle them with care.

Protecting Sculptures

Artwork is not limited to framed paintings or professional photographs. When preparing sculptures or pottery for a move, the first step is to find a box that is bigger than the item in question. Be sure the box leaves plenty of extra room for padding, as the sculpture or pottery will be wrapped in bubble wrap and newspaper before being placed inside. Seal each layer of wrapping before moving on to the next to give the item some stability. Once the sculpture is in the box, wrapping and all, fill any remaining extra space with packing peanuts or wadded bits of newspaper for some cushioning during the drive. As with the paintings and photographs, place the word “fragile” somewhere in plain view.

With these tips in mind, packing for a move just might be a little less stressful, and instead of focusing time and energy on worry that valued pieces of art and family portraits might not survive the journey, homeowners can transfer that focus to a more productive task. If you’re working with movers, be sure you hire a company who will respect your art and treat it with the care it needs.

Summer Landscaping and Gardening Tips

Whether or not you consider yourself a green thumb, it’s safe to say that a nice home looks best with a bright green yard and just enough flowery plants and shrubs, especially in summer. Spending time in the yard with your hands in the dirt is not only good for the aesthetic value of your home, but good for the soul, too. Research shows that gardeners feel more satisfied with their lives and are less likely to suffer bouts of depression – even better, CNN Money reports that good landscaping can increase your home’s value from 5-11%. There are more reasons to keep your lawn happy and healthy, but these two reasons alone are enough to get you outside, even during the hot summer months.

This summer, as you care for you lawn, your landscaping, your herb and veggie garden, flowers, fruit trees, hanging baskets – anything you enjoy pruning and nurturing – keep these general tips in mind:

  • Mow for healthy grass. Many people feel that shorter grass keeps the maintenance down, but the truth is the shorter you cut your grass, the more you’ll have to mow. Lawns should be about 2-3 inches high, and keeping the mower on its highest setting helps grass stay green and healthy, which means less up-keep.
  • Irrigate as needed. During the dry summer months, certain kinds of grasses need consistent water. Even though a hefty July rainstorm will soak your lawn, it may run off more than you think, depending on your region. Know what kind of grass you have and its watering needs, and save water by investing in irrigation systems that water efficiently.
  • Practice deadheading. And no, we don’t mean dancing around in tie-dye. Deadheading is a way to keep your flowers and shrubs blooming and flowering longer, and involves cutting back flowers and pinching spent buds to prevent early seeding.
  • Choose drought friendly plants and prepare before dry spells. Especially if you live in high-drought areas.
  • Compost, mulch, and fertilize well. There are so many great options for organic matter and making your own compost, so find the best that works for you. Well-fed plants are happy plants.
  • Don’t neglect the lawn on vacation. Have people who care for their own lawn come by and keep it alive for you when traveling.
  • Store and use hoses well—cool water is best. A hot, crinkled hose can spray hot water onto your plants and lawn, stressing even the hardiest varieties.
  • Check for and monitor pests regularly. It’s important to use insecticides and pesticides only when necessary, and know their effects on other plants, the important pollinating bees, and pets and people in your yard. If you stay on top of your lawn and garden, pests will be easy to remove before they get chompin’.
  • Weed once a week. No matter how hot it is, put on a hat and get to it. Get yourself a good kneepad and remove weeds the best way possible: by hand.
  • Hanging baskets need extra care. Through the summer, these plants need daily watering, weekly fertilizer, and consistent pinching and pruning.
  • Harvest daily. If you’re growing fruits and veggies, it’s important to pull summer varieties daily so the plants aren’t damaged by the weight and they keep on giving.
  • Edge your lawn and raised beds. To keep everything bright and clean, edge your lawn, sidewalks, and even fence lines. Bricks beside raised garden beds are useful, too.
  • Water plants and lawns early. Cool mornings with early sun are the best times for yard work and watering. The soil accepts the water before the heat evaporates it, and your body is fresh and less likely to tire and burn.

Though it may seem like hard work, we all know that good manual labor makes for a proud exhaustion at the end of the day. If your house and lawn is in top shape, it makes the payoff even better, especially when it comes time to sell your home and move on to the next. Increase your own happiness and property value by keeping your lawn fresh and green all summer long.

Keeping Breakables Safe

One of the hardest things about moving is assuring your breakables make it to your new home safely. Most of the time, our breakable items are our most precious items – good plates and glasses, antique ceramics and figurines, expensive mirrors and picture frames that house family photos, and precious electronics. We’ve gathered some great tips for keeping valuables safe and secure in transit, so you feel at home in your new space.

Gather the Right Tools and Materials

Often, the biggest moving mistake people make – and later regret – is not having the right packing materials on hand. We know moving can be expensive and tedious, but even more costly can be the annoyance of replacing costly items when you’d rather be setting up your new home. You don’t have to buy the most expensive packing materials to keep your breakables safe, either. Plan over a six-month period, save old blankets, towels, papers and shipping boxe,s and you’ll only have to invest in a few extra things come moving day.

Plates and Glasses

The best way to pack glasses is with bubble wrap and paper, according to most. Wrap and tape glasses individually, then place them in well-lined boxes labeled accordingly. Many people use newspaper or towels to save money, but know that newspaper will require extra washing and towels may slide and slip.

Dishes can be wrapped in bubble wrap or paper, but the most surprising way to pack dishes lies in their placement boxes. Many stack their dishes as if they’re in the cabinet, but we found that placing them wrapped on their sides is the best. Be sure the box is well-lined and labeled, too. If a plate or dishware is antique, it’s best to keep it separate and double-wrapped. The more fragile or meaningful the item, the more secure it should be.

Mirrors and Frames

We recommend doubling up on these items. Tape the front of any glass in an X shape to keep from shattering, and then consider wrapping them in cloth or paper. We think it’s a good idea to pack them in a thin frame box, or make one of your own. Many people tape mirrors and frames and simply use blankets in the back of the truck to keep them safe, and they end up shattering anyway. Save boxes year round and then cut larger ones and mold them to your frames and mirrors.

Lamps and Shades

The best way to pack lamps and shades is to first remove all your shades and wrap them in paper, cloth or bubble wrap. Choose large boxes that will accommodate the shades when stacked together, with plenty of extra room for padding. Once stacked and in the box, do not put anything on top – shades can easily crush. Simply label as fragile and “this side up” and keep an eye on them in transit. The rest of the lamp, depending on the size and shape, can be wrapped and placed in its own box.

Electronics

People quite often leave the television alone, and hope the movers will keep it safe, or that the right place in the truck with a blanket will keep everything in top condition, only to find a deep scratch and unworkable items when they arrive. Treat all electronics like fragile glass, and you won’t have this problem. Keep things like computers safe with you in the car if possible, and use bubble wrap, tape, and cardboard to safeguard televisions, stereos, and microwaves – anything with delicate internal mechanisms.

The Big Stuff

What about the antique bed frame that doesn’t come apart? The piano? The old wooden trunk with delicate latches? It’s important to safeguard these big items just as much as the dishes. If you have an old, valuable desk to move but would be heartbroken to find it scratched or damaged, consider wrapping it in paper or investing in cardboard edges. Be sure you use the right tools to transport it from the door to the truck and once in utilize all your extra towels and blankets to keep it safe and immobile.

Patience

What’s the most valuable material you can have on hand when packing breakables? Patience. Give yourself plenty of time, if possible, to really safeguard your belongings and pack well. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll stuff an antique mixing bowl or family heirloom into a box of socks and hope for the best. Though sometimes it can work, you’re better safe than sorry.

Estes SureMove is happy to provide you with all the moving tips you need, especially when moving across the country. Visit our homepage for a free quote today!