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The day you get married and the day you and your spouse first move in together are two of the biggest days of your life. And just as you’re getting ready to join hands before friends and family, you might also be figuring out the logistics of combining both of your places into one new home.  Preparing for these events will definitely be stressful, but in both cases some solid planning beforehand will help ensure you are able to experience the joy of these life-changing moments.

Two months
Purge your belongings. If you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, chances are you don’t need it. Besides, you can always donate it.

Six Weeks
If moving into a place together means you’ll need some extra storage space, arrange your unit in advance. Consider putting antiques into a climate-controlled space.

One Month
Hire a trustworthy, experienced mover. Find someone that will be able to accommodate moving both you and your spouse into your new home.

Food: Start planning meals that help reduce your frozen or perishable food. Place coolers on standby on top of fridge for moving day.

Get to packing! Use closet space to store packed boxes.

Two Weeks
Arrange transfer of all utilities.

Pack a box of post-move cleaning supplies and keep it under the kitchen sinks.

Change your addresses with the post office. Also, contact your bank, your
employer’s HR department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, and your credit card and insurance companies to notify them of the change.

Don’t plan any important engagements on the evening or day of the move.

Call your mover to confirm the date and time. Be sure your contact info is correct.

A Few Days
Pack things you will need right away (clothes, toiletries, phone, keys, current bills, important papers, etc.). Move these and your cash, jewelry, and other valuables

Clean out fridge and, if it’s coming with you, defrost the freezer.

Plan for payment; be prepared to tip the movers and/or offer them refreshments.

The Big Day

If you or your spouse is moving from an apartment, save space for the moving van by blocking a parking spot with your car overnight.

Once reconnected in your new place, always run the washer and dryer before the movers leave.

Tips For Packing Boxes

Tape boxes on top and bottom.

Label: Coordinate with your roommate-to-be -- use colored dots on all packed boxes and furniture that correlate to the appropriate rooms in the new home. (Place a colored dot outside each room so movers know where the boxes go.) Clearly label boxes according to content and handling instructions (e.g. “Fragile,” “Top Load Only, etc.”).

Use linens, towels or blankets for wrapping mirrors, pictures and the like. When packing glass, use plenty of newsprint or bubble wrap.


For more information, check out our Moving Tips board on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/littleguysmover/moving-tips/

Article provided by Little Guys Movers. They can be reached at 615-567-5566 or littleguys.com/murfreesboro

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