- Pack room by room. Pack one room at a time to stay organized. Make sure to take a thorough inventory of all you’re taking with you to determine how many boxes you’ll need. It’s better to have too many boxes than not enough!
- Label every box. Mark all boxes with its destination room and brief description. Label the box on the top and at least 2 sides to make it easier to organize.
- Right Choice Movers tip: Create and mark an “Open First” box. Also, be sure to label any “Fragile” boxes accordingly to ensure everything gets to its destination safely.
- Fill boxes appropriately and safely. It’s important to use plenty of filling material in boxes, and if you don’t know if you have enough, use more.
- Check the bottom of your boxes. Make sure that the bottoms of your boxes are secure and will support the contents you’re packing.
- Do not exceed 50 lbs. Keeping your boxes under 50 lbs. Will make moving them much easier and safer. A good rule of thumb is to put heavier items in smaller boxes.
- Confirm what you want to keep, throw away, sell, and donate. If you no longer use an item, or don’t use it often enough to reasonably or logically keep it, then selling it or donating it is always an option. As you went through your packing checklist, you separated your items into categories of things you want to keep, throw away, sell, and donate. Go through your items one last time to make sure that everything is in its appropriately categorized pile.
- Ask members of your household to do the same thing with their items. Have your family members separate their items into the categories above, and then consolidate all household items according to their corresponding category.
- Ask your neighbors to get involved with the sale. The larger the sale, the larger the crowds.
- Pick a good date and time for the sale. Fridays and Saturdays typically work best for a garage or yard sale. When you announce the sale dates, be sure to announce the time as well, such as 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- Choose a convenient location for the sale. Before you announce your sale, it may be a good idea to check with your local authorities to ensure that your sale will not violate any city codes. Also, it’s important to choose a location with ample parking. This will make it easier for potential buyers to come, and go quickly, and easily. Be sure to set up your sale in an organized, spacious way to allow people to comfortably browse.
- Advertise your sale. Spread the word with flyers, posters, signs, social media, or even the local media, like the classifieds.
- Be prepared. Have a money till with enough change ready to go, as well as a record keeping system to note what you sell, and for how much. Label all the items you’re selling with a price sticker, and organize your sale items so potential buyers can easily browse. Sort clothes by womens, mens, and kids, and put them in order by sizes. Hang/fold clothes neatly, and don’t be afraid to negotiate prices with potential buyers; after all, any sale is better than no sale at all. If you’re selling board games, craft sets, hobby kits, etc., make sure all parts and/or pieces are present — no one wants to buy an incomplete game, set, or kit.
- Offer something extra. Have some music playing while your visitors shop. If it’s a hot day and your sale is outside, provide a few folding chairs seated under some shade for your visitors to sit down, or offer free water bottles or lemonade from a cooler. By extending these gestures, it’s a simple way to thank your visitors for stopping at your sale.
Before you start planning to move your pets, it’s important to do appropriate research on the following:
- State rules. Each state has their own laws and regulations for pet owners.
- Local ordinances. Check with the City Clerk's office in your new town to find out about local ordinances. You can learn about any leash laws, licensing rules, limits on the number of pets per household, and zoning laws that may prohibit specific animals in residential areas.
- Apartments and condos. Many communities do not permit cats and dogs, let alone exotic pets like iguanas, snakes, tarantulas, and ferrets. Make sure that you know the policies for your furry (and scaly) friends and any extra costs they charge for pets.
- Health certificates. Many states require a health certificate for dogs and some require it for cats and other pets as well.
- Rabies tags. Most states require a rabies tag for cats, dogs, and some exotic animals.
- Permits. You may need to purchase a permit before your exotic pet can enter your new home. Ask your veterinarian for help with the application process.
Make sure before and during the moving process, you and/or your pets have the following:
- ID tags. If your pet can wear a collar, put one on and attach an ID tag. (For birds, put the tag on a leg band.) The tag should include:
- the pet's name
- your name
- the destination address
- your number
- Microchips. Pets with microchips are entered into a pet recovery system so if your pet gets loose, you’ll be contacted once it’s found. If your pet was purchased from a breeder, pet store, or shelter it likely already has a microchip.
- Pictures. Keep a photograph of your pet so you can show your new neighbors what your pet looks like if it gets lost.
- Collars. Make sure you have collars on your pets while they’re traveling in the car or on a plane. For animals that get fidgety, you probably want to get a harness they can’t wiggle out of.
- Leashes. Keep a chain and leash for your dog to keep them in your new yard if you have to wait for a fence to be built. Pack a spare in case your pet breaks the leash.
- Pet carriers. If you’re traveling by airplane, any pet in the cabin must be in a pet carrier. In a car, some pets are less stressed in a carrier rather than on the loose.
- Records. Getting your pet's health records from your veterinarian will help a new vet provide the best care for your pet.
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