Moving & Maintenance Tips
Making the 'right moves' for your new home is easier if you know what to expect, how to plan ahead, and how to perform seasonal upkeep for your beautiful abode.
A little planning, organization and professional expertise can help you through your move with fewer troubles. And once you're settled in, we have seasonal maintenance tips that help keep your new home safe, secure and even stylish.
Packing Made Easy
When you begin packing, start with the nonessentials and keep them in an out-of-the-way place.
When you get to the essential items, mark the boxes as "Open First." As you fill your boxes, try to keep the weight of each to less than 50 pounds. When packing fragile items, use pillows, linens, and towels to protect them. Mark the box as "Fragile" and remember to list the soft items you used as padding on the outside of the box.
Whether you use professional movers or not, it's a good idea to take inventory. Number each of your boxes and keep a list of what is in each box. This way, if a box is missing in your new home, you'll know which one it is and what it contained.
Movers—Not Shakers, Please
Once you find a trustworthy moving company, know that personnel are required by law to furnish you with "Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move." For more information about moving house, go to the Department of Transportation site www.ProtectYourMove.gov.
Seasonal Maintenance Lists
From cleaning and sharpening garden tools (Spring), and controlling weeds in the garden (Summer), to testing your carbon monoxide alarms (Autumn) and installing storm windows (Winter), keep a checklist of your seasonal maintenance tasks close at hand.
Moving into your new home using the proper preparation and information will make the process much easier. Adapting a seasonal maintenance list for your home will enhance its safety and style.
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