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Declutter BEFORE You Move (You’ll Thank Us Later!)

Moving is a great time to get rid of things you no longer need or use. But too many people hold off on going through their possessions until moving day is actually upon them—when it’s time to hustle and get packing already or when you’ve hired professionals to do the packing for you. By then, it’s often too late to do a really efficient and rewarding job of cleaning up and clearing out, especially these days, when home buyers expect quick turnarounds and even quicker departures.

Now, you don’t have to go full-on Marie Kondo and dispose of every single thing that doesn’t bring you joy, but it’s a good idea—a very good idea—to start weeding through all those stuffed shelves, crammed cabinets, and overflowing closets long before moving day is on the calendar. In fact, it’s ideal to start even before you list your house.

Here are the top advantages to decluttering the clutter earlier rather than later:

  • Your house will show better when it’s neat and tidy, when prospective buyers can open doors and peek behind walls to actually see how much space is in your storage areas.
  • If you’ll be moving yourself, you’ll save money on renting a smaller truck. Not only that, but you’ll save even more on fewer boxes and less packing materials. All that tape and bubble wrap really adds up!
  • If you’ll be hiring a moving company, they’ll charge a lower fee for less space on the truck for a lower volume of content to transport.
  • Either way—with a self-move or a hired move—you’ll save significant time as well, with fewer trips loading and unloading all your boxes and belongings. A faster move is an easier move and one with fewer unexpected mishaps that could stall your progress.
  • By sorting through all your goods well in advance, you’ll have an opportunity to sell what you can instead of scrambling at the last minute and just throwing away or donating perfectly usable items. You’d be surprised how much Aunt Millie’s tea set could go for on eBay or how much you can get for your old record player or sewing machine on Facebook Marketplace. And never underestimate the draw of a well-timed yard sale to rake in some dough from decades’ worth of collected goods that haven’t seen the light of day in years. Who couldn’t use a little extra money to decorate their new place?

And the benefits just keep accruing once you move into your new home (especially if you’re downsizing), which will now be more streamlined, offer more open space, and contain only the things you truly want and need—all organized and in order from the start. No more wondering where that waffle iron is or giving up on decorating the porch with your hanging candy canes because you can’t get to them behind the mountain of rusty tools and lawn equipment.

So go ahead—start now! Attack the attic, plow through the basement, sweep out the shed, and tackle all those trunks and bins. It might well be the very best use of your valuable time throughout your entire move.

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Don’t Want to Pack? … Then Don’t Pack!

As exciting as moving to a new home can be, it usually also triggers flashbacks to previous moves, when you lived with boxes all around you for months, stacks of newspapers and tissue paper and packing material piling up in corners, all your possessions in disarray because you weren’t even sure where to begin packing up. For most people, moving equates to boxes, boxes everywhere for weeks on end, both where you’re coming from and where you’re going to.

But you don’t have to take on all that stress yourself. A reputable, professional moving company can do the packing for you—freeing you up for far more enjoyable and less tedious tasks, like picking new paint colors and making a profit by selling items you no longer use.

When you hire your movers to pack for you, they will:

  • Accurately estimate how many boxes and how much tape and bubble wrap your load will need—you no longer have to guess, only to discover you’ve run out on moving day
  • Work with your schedule, packing you up prior to the day of your move if you prefer
  • Optimize the organization of your belongings, packing like items together and balancing box weights
  • Carefully and securely pack all your goods, taking extra care with fragile items
  • Properly wrap and transport hard-to-pack items, like floor lamps and bicycles, to minimize chances of damage
  • Label all your belongings for you, both for ease of unpacking and efficient delivery to the correct rooms of your new home
  • Deliver boxes and unpack them at your destination
  • Place items as much or as little as you want, such as hanging clothes from wardrobe boxes in the appropriate closets, organizing the kitchen cabinets, or moving all the holiday decorations to the attic, basement, or garage
  • Dispose of all moving materials before leaving

And don’t worry: If there’s anything at all you’d rather pack up yourself and transport in your own vehicle, your moving team can be as “hands-off” or “hands-on” as you specify.

So if you want to take packing off your to-do list and start living in your new home the very day you move in, give us a call today for a free estimate on this value-added optional service.

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When and How to Start Packing for Your Move

Some questions are hard to answer—they require a considerable amount of thought and weighing multiple factors. But when to start packing? This one is easy! You should begin packing the very moment you decide to move.

Part of what makes moving so stressful is everything you have to get done to relocate from here to there: make repairs, prep your house for selling, shop for a new home, secure a mortgage, get estimates from moving companies or for moving vehicles, change your address, turn utilities on and off, make arrangements for new commutes or new schools … new everything.

So why not give yourself a nice long stretch of time and lots of breathing room to get the most labor-intensive task out of the way (or, at least, on the way) by packing up all your belongings just a little at a time, slow and steady, so that what could be overwhelming actually becomes fulfilling and productive. One or two boxes a day, perhaps. One room per weekend. Everything from the basement and attic first or, conversely, everything in the garage or shed first. The point is to give yourself wide margins between which you can pack your things comfortably and methodically so you don’t get squeezed in and short on time on the latter end of the move.

As to how to pack most efficiently and economically, a handful of tips can get you started down the right road … and keep you rolling right up until moving day:

  • Gather the supplies you’ll need:
    • Moving boxes of all different sizes. Get as many as you can for free at retail outlets and by checking with your neighbors on sites like, but it’s worth considering professional-grade sturdy boxes for some of your heavy and valuable items, like china, glassware, mirrors, artwork, and electronics.
    • Bubble wrap
    • Tissue paper and/or newspapers
    • Heavy-duty packing tape
    • Scissors
    • Stickers & markers for labeling
  • Pack out-of-season items first–no matter how early you pack them, you won’t miss them and any buyers coming to view your home won’t either.
  • Start in the least-used rooms in your house—the guest bedroom and the dining room, for example, saving the kitchen and bathrooms for last.
  • Even in rooms you use every day, items in those rooms that you don’t use every day can be packed well ahead of time, like all the videos and books in the den, figurines in the curio cabinet, extra linens in closets, board games.
  • As you proceed through packing, organize and streamline as you go: sell things you don’t use, make donation piles of clothing and household goods, throw out unsalvageable items that have just been taking up space.
  • Label, label, label. We can’t stress this enough. Whether you find yourself in need of something you packed away three weeks ago or whether your toddler simply won’t go to sleep the first night in your new home without his pet giraffe, having your boxes and tubs marked with what’s in them and what room they belong in is an invaluable time-saver and frustration-reducer.

Even if you run out of time, don’t panic! A professional moving company can offer any kind of assistance you need, from supplying specialty packing materials to dismantling the entertainment center. Call us anytime for a free estimate.

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How Long Does It Take to Move?

If you’re POTUS, that’s a straightforward question to answer, since it’s been reported that it takes approximately 95 workers to labor for precisely 5 hours to move one First Family out of the White House every four or eight years on Inauguration Day (aka Moving Day) and another First Family in, with time to spare in between for any painting or repairs needed.

But for the rest of us who don’t happen to be the Leader of the Free World? The time can vary, depending primarily on three factors.


Some people own a little stuff, some people own A LOT of stuff! Needless to say, volume is a factor in estimating how much time to block off for your move, but to get it done right, two things matter most: (1) choosing the appropriately sized moving truck and (2) knowing how to load it most efficiently. If space is underestimated, that can slow everything down as you scramble to find another vehicle or to make multiple trips you weren’t planning on. And if items aren’t loaded properly—if they’re tipping over, if the weight on bottom can’t support the weight on top, if items start rubbing up against each other damaging your valuables—then taking everything out just to bring it back in will turn very frustrating very quickly, eating up valuable time.


Obviously, driving the truck farther away will take more time than local moves. If you’re going the DIY route to your relocation, though, and try to save a little money by renting a smaller truck to take several trips, you might want to reconsider. Your plan can easily backfire, for any money you save will surely be sucked up in the time expense it takes to repeat the same steps multiple times throughout the day. Not only will you spend more on gas, but you’ll have to switch gears multiple times: loading at the old place and unloading at the new place over and over, driving back and forth and dealing with any traffic or delays you may encounter (not to mention exposing yourself to possible vehicle trouble/accidents more than only one time), spending precious daylight hours in transit, locking up the houses each time, making sure family members are where they’re supposed to be, vacuuming only half the house because the other half is still stacked with boxes … a lot of little details like that that people forget about when they think it’ll be fine to just “take a few trips.” Multiple trips will wear you down faster than just doing it all at once.


This is by far the most important variable when determining how long it will take you to move. Whether you’ve hired a company to move you or whether it’s going to be a group effort among your family and friends, the more support you have—the more hands on deck—the faster the job will go. Much faster. Four arms and four legs get tired much more quickly than ten arms and ten legs. (That’s why the White House hires 95 workers for 5 hours instead of 5 workers for 95 hours!)

You won’t need that many movers to manage your relocation for you, but a professional moving company will surely assign the right number of team members, give you a firm estimate of start time and end time, and make sure that your move goes off as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

Call us today for a free estimate.

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Commercial Moving Services

Some people think that a move is a move is a move—that residential moves and commercial moves are just two sides of the same coin … six of one, half dozen of the other. Well, that isn’t the case. The two types of moves may be cut from the same cloth—both in involve packing away, boxing up, and shipping out, after all—but they’re actually quite different in terms of content, constitution, and concerns.

First of all, business equipment isn’t like knickknacks and craft-room supplies and the kids’ favorite toys—most of it can’t be safely ensconced in bubble wrap and snugly tucked away in reinforced boxes. Rather, there are bulky shapes involved, very sensitive and vulnerable pieces, cords and wires hanging out every which way. Second, moving a business can be a heavy-duty enterprise—wooden desks, metal chairs, conference tables, whiteboards, endless boxes of years’ worth of files and folders … these are not lightweight items that people can just easily load onto a U-Haul by themselves and drive on over to the new office. And third, there’s simply a different level of attachment to professional possessions versus personal ones. Sure, you need that printer or photocopier to get Tuesday’s workload done, but if it breaks or malfunctions, it can easily be replaced or repaired in a day, usually even covered by business insurance. Aunt Julia’s tea set, handed down through the generations? Not so much.

What all this means to the business owner is that it’s appropriate, applicable, prudent, and even emotionally comfortable to hire an outside company to complete the commercial move for you. Not just any company: a highly reputable one with expert-level service and extensive experience handling commercial relocations. So whether you’re moving from one town to another for a better lease arrangement or you’re downsizing or completely restructuring amid today’s great transition to remote work, here’s what you can expect from BB&D’s first-rate commercial “Smart Moving Package”:

  • Packing and Unpacking: everything from IT equipment to furniture and office supplies
  • Handling: loading and unloading of all office items
  • Eco-Friendly Plastic Containers: drop-off, pack-up, and pick-up options available
  • Plastic Dollies: to reduce volume and maximize time- and cost-effectiveness
  • Storage: lighted and temperature-controlled facilities, with 24/7 security
  • Disconnect and Reconnect: all office equipment and technology
  • Archiving: file and documentation backup and storage services available
  • Multiple Destinations: making as many stops as you need, to deliver specific items or to specific locations

BB&D is a family-owned company that employs full-time, background-checked, uniformed workers. We’re known for going above and beyond for our customers; let us go the extra mile for you so that you can get back to work quickly, safely, and efficiently.

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Moving with Cats: It’s Not Just People Who Can Have Trouble Transitioning

Check any ranking of stressful life events out there, and you’ll find moving pretty high up on the list. As exciting as residential relocations can be, they also pose challenges, fears, and anxieties that don’t fully subside until everyone and everything is all settled in and unpacked at your new home.

That includes your pets. And not all pets are created equally: Cats, in particular, have particular characteristics and habits that need to adjust to new places.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help them more smoothly transition to new digs. With a bit of advance planning, you can have your beloved feline contentedly purring away in no time!

Steps to Smoothly Transition Your Cat(s)

  1. If you have an outdoor cat, begin limiting outdoor time at least a week before the move, then keep your cat indoors only for several days before your move. Cats can get nervous around all of the boxes and bustling activity and may decide to stay away from home for a few days. The last thing you need to deal with on moving day is a missing cat!
  2. Before you move into your new home, make sure it’s been cleaned thoroughly, especially if the previous owners or renters had pets. Cats are very territorial and sensitive to smells, and they can get upset or even mark their territory if they smell other animals. Getting any carpets professionally cleaned can go a long way toward making your cat comfortable.
  3. On moving day, keep your cat either locked in a room that the movers will empty last or in a pet carrier to ensure that your cat doesn’t run outside while the moving truck is being loaded.
  4. At the new house, keep your cat in the carrier until you have a room set up for them—preferably the room where the litter box will be. The litter box is absolutely the first thing you want your cat to investigate in your new home.
  5. Just like people, cats have different personalities. Some respond to the stress of moving by becoming more affectionate. Some would rather be left alone while they spend time investigating every nook and cranny of their new home. Some may lose their appetite for a few days. There is a wide range of normal reactions a cat can have to moving, and usually there is no need for concern. If your cat’s uncharacteristic behavior still concerns you after several days, though, it may be time for a visit to your vet.
  6. If you have an outdoor cat, wait until behavior has returned to normal before allowing any outdoor exploration. A good rule of thumb is to keep your cat indoors for at least a week after the move, allowing your cat to get used to one thing at a time.

Following these steps will make things easier for your cat—and, in the process—easier for you!

Visit our website for more tips on packing and moving, and call us anytime for a moving consult or estimate:
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How to Properly Pack a Bedroom

When it comes time to pack up your house for a move, most people assume that large pieces (like pianos and pool tables) and fragile objects (like crystal and figurines) require the most forethought … and that assumption wouldn’t be wrong. It’s just that different possessions and different areas of your home can each benefit from careful planning and prep work, and bedrooms are no exception.

In fact, bedrooms can be one of the trickier rooms to pack. Why? Because they contain items you and all your household members use every day. So you don’t want to pack away needed items too soon, nor do you want to wait until the last minute, when you’ll likely be rushed and stressed with the moving truck in your driveway and the daylight hours ticking away. Just like anything else in life, following a step-by-step plan will keep things at hand, keep you on schedule, and keep your move on track.

Simple Steps to Efficiently Packing Bedrooms

  1. Schedule sorting time. Before you put one thing in one box, make sure you’re not wasting time, energy, and money by moving things you no longer want, need, or use. You can get through this step pretty quickly if you devote about one hour to each bedroom, one session at a time. Start with the least-populated room and work your way up to the master bedroom, since, admittedly, the master closet might need a little extra attention. Better yet, have each family member be the “sorter” for their own room, sifting through all its contents and extracting those items that can either be thrown away, given away, or sold. The broken hat rack in the corner? On the curb for trash pickup. The rocker you haven’t rocked in since your teenager was a baby? List it online. Toys the kids no longer play with and books they’ve outgrown … the sweater with the permanent stain … the empty dust-collecting perfume bottles … the lamp you’ve been meaning to fix for months but never will—time to let it all go and start with a clean slate. As for clothing, the universal rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn it in over year, it’s safe to donate (like that prom dress from 2001). The great thing about this step is that you can complete it long before packing begins and it can greatly reduce the volume you’ll be moving.
  2. Off-season items go first. Moving in late spring or summer? Then it’s completely safe to pack up all winter things in the bedroom: flannel sheets, blankets and quilts, furry robes, and all your cold-weather apparel—coats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, boots. Same goes for a late fall or winter move: pack up your bathing suits, shorts and tanks, flip-flops, flimsy pj’s, pool toys, suntan lotions and potions now and it’ll save you valuable time later.
  3. Stow away those knickknacks. Have small boxes and plenty of protective bubble wrap / cushioning material on hand so you can clear away your tchotchkes and such at a casual pace, without fear of breaking or damaging anything by moving too quickly or carelessly. Yeah, you love that graduation photo, but it doesn’t need to be out on your dresser till moving day, so now’s the time to pack up shelf decorations, photos, collectibles, glass articles, and anything else nonessential to the daily operations of your bedroom. While you’re at it, add all but one of the books stacked on your nightstand, your photo albums and journals stowed away in drawers, tokens and trophies … for the next couple of weeks at least, you can get by with only necessities, not extras.
  4. Proceed to shoes and bedding. We’ve all got more pairs of shoes than we’d ever wear in a given time span, right? Might as well pull out just the few you’ll need and wear most often as your move approaches, then pack up the rest in medium-sized boxes. And you won’t be needing more than one change of sheets, either, so it’s safe to pack up any other bedding and linens that aren’t currently in use on beds already; given how light these items are, you should be able to squeeze a lot of throws and pillows in just a few large boxes.
  5. Label, label, label! This last step is the most important, and it applies to your move as a whole. Make sure you clearly mark what room each box, tub, and crate belongs in, along with its contents and any special instructions, such as a FRAGILE sticker. There’s nothing more frustrating in the immediate aftermath of a move than trying to find something you need quickly and having to go on a lengthy treasure hunt to locate it. Oh, and be sure to fill your boxes to the brim, leaving no empty space, so that they’ll stack nicely in the truck.

All that’s left now falls into two categories: (1) things you need on a daily basis and (2) your furniture. Bring along the things you use every day in your car with you, to make sure you have uninterrupted access to them. As for your furniture, mattresses, and other large items, leave those to your professional movers. They’re experts at taking things apart when necessary, wrapping and protecting all your bulky items with care, and setting them back up, ready for your first night’s sleep in your new home.

Visit our website for more tips on packing and moving, and call us anytime for a moving consult or estimate:

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Moving 101: The Basics

With as much as 25% of the U.S. adult population moving or considering a move amid the current national climate, relocating is a timely topic and has taken center stage in a lot of people’s minds. Whether you’re 18 or 80, own a little or a lot, or are moving near or far, moving is known to be a stressful life event. But there are steps you can take to reduce the stress and professionals you can call to ease your load.

When things are complex, make them simpler. When something feels overwhelming, make it manageable. The following tips are exactly that—simple and manageable—so that you can start your move off on the best foot possible, with an eye toward keeping the whole process running smoothly and successfully.

Tips to Start Your Move Off Right

Tip #1: Pick an Advantageous Date. Having a set date on the calendar is the single-most important factor in launching a low-stress move. Try to find a date that’s beneficial for both you and your moving company. You want it to fit nicely into your schedule—not too soon or too late, not conflicting with any work or family commitments, and not interfering with any holiday or travel plans—but you also want to take advantage of a moving company’s slower days of the week or slower times of the year so you can get the most personalized attention and the most affordable pricing. Call around to learn about cost and availability differences at different times.

Tip #2: Schedule Backward from Your Moving Date. Once you’ve settled on a date, you can stay organized, on track, and on budget by allowing yourself enough time to proceed through all the moving tasks in orderly, efficient, and feasible time chunks. Map out your schedule ahead of time: how much time you’ll need to separate what’s coming with you from what you’ll donate or dump, what rooms/items to pack in what order, when to shop for moving supplies, what day you’ll need help to disassemble your entertainment unit, when to start in on pre-moving cleaning, when to schedule your utility shutoffs.

Tip #3: Get At Least Three Box Sizes. One size does not fit all, especially when it comes to moving boxes. Gather as large a variety as you can—from grocery stores, liquor stores, retailers, friends and family—so that heavier items (like books) can be packed in sturdy boxes no larger than one armload, so that small items (like costume jewelry and figurines) don’t get lost and squashed in huge piles in massive boxes, and so that larger items that need to be boxed (like table lamps or floor vases) can comfortably fit without parts jutting out that could get damaged during the move. Acquire what you can for free (neighborhood networking websites are a good place to look), purchase the rest.

Tip #4: Safer Material for the Safety of Your Possessions. Think outside the box—literally! Sure, standard cardboard boxes will work for the majority of your goods, but plastic, wood, and metal containers are great options when it comes to fragile items like electronics, glass, china, and heirlooms. Such materials won’t bend, pucker, or collapse under weight the way cardboard can. But there are also specially made heavy-duty boxes for things like dishes, mirrors, artwork, and clothes that you can purchase at hardware stores or through your moving company.

Tip #5: Don’t Forget Packing Material. It’s not just what goes in your boxes that matters, it’s also what goes around your items, protecting and stabilizing them. Styrofoam peanuts, shredded paper, newsprint, packing foam, rolls of plastic and tissue paper, bubble wrap, dish dividers–use ’em all so that there’s no loose space left in your packed and taped boxes.

Tip #6: Cleary Label Everything. Clearly labeling and tagging your bundles and boxes just might be the most critical step in a stress-free move. Make sure your labels are large, legible, easy to understand, and won’t peel off or wash off when wet. Not only will it help you immensely to keep track of your belongings, to know what goes into which rooms, and to be able to quickly find what you’re looking for once you’re in your new place, but labeling also helps your movers know what they’re carrying, how to stack/pack it on the truck, how much special care should be taken with fragile or unruly items. Take the time to mark up each and every box, and it’ll save you untold time in the long run.

Looking for a skilled, reliable, and trustworthy moving company to take things from here? Look no further than BB&D Moving Services to help you with all your organizing, packing, storage, and moving needs: 301-573-5447 (MD)  |  571-375-2826 (VA)  |  786-390-4040 (FL)  |

Tips for Moving in the Fall

Fall can be a great time of year to move. The weather cools down, making the manual labor side of things more comfortable, without having to pack and haul in the heat of summer. Not only that, but since the spring-to-summer span is the most popular time of year to move, you’ll often find better prices and more availability in terms of moving company and truck rental costs.

As a buyer, you’ll likely be in a better position in autumn as well. Spring and summer are also the peak seasons for buying and selling a home, so you’ll face less competition both on the market and in your home search if you list and house-hunt after the peak. All of this can translate to less pressure to make a decision before you’re ready.

When you are ready, though, following these tips will make for an optimal fall move:

  • Clear your sidewalks and pathways. All that fall foliage blanketing our yards sure is beautiful … but fallen leaves can be dangerous too, especially when wet. Make sure you sweep, rake, or use a leaf blower on all curbs, sidewalks, and driveways to avoid slips and spills. Piles of fallen leaves can also conceal hidden debris and branches that could do serious damage to you, your movers, or your belongings, so it’s always better to play it safe by clearing all walkways entirely.
  • Schedule your move during the school day. The school calendar doesn’t affect families without kids much, but if you do have school-aged children, take advantage of booking your local move when they’re busy and distracted at school, for minimal disruption to everyone. Most moves are scheduled for weekends, so if you have the flexibility to move on a weekday instead, it can improve an on-time, on-point, on-budget move all the more.
  • Dress for the weather. Layers are always a good bet in the fall, when weather can be quite unpredictable. Whether it’s cool mornings and evenings but warmer days or an unfortunately timed downpour, you don’t want to be in the middle of moving or in transit with clothing that leaves you too hot, too cold, or wet and soggy. Have a jacket or sweatshirt on hand, and keep a raincoat unpacked and readily available. And no matter what time of year you move, comfortable and supportive closed-toe shoes are always a must.
  • Plan for sundown. As the fall months progress—particularly once daylight saving time ends—the days get shorter and shorter and dusk comes earlier and earlier. Start your move as early in the day as you can, to benefit from as much sunlight as possible.

If you can, take advantage of the benefits a fall move offers. With just a little advanced planning, you can have a great experience in the primo pocket of time after summer vacation and back-to-school hubbub but before the holidays hit. So fill your coffee cup to the brim, put on your favorite comfy sweater, and enjoy the scenery around you as you transition to your new home!

We’ve got lots more guidance and advice for smooth and successful moves. Contact BB&D Moving Services today for a free consult and estimate:

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What NOT to Pack on the Moving Truck

Much has been written about prepping and packing for the moving van when the big day arrives. But it’s just as important to know what not to pack—what to hold out and transport yourself, either because (a) certain items are not permitted on moving company trucks or because (b) certain items are too valuable or irreplaceable for you to entrust to anyone else’s care.

The first category—what’s not allowed, usually for safety or insurance reasons—includes objects or substances that you’ll have to move yourself or perhaps just dispose of prior to moving day:

  • Gasoline: Make sure you use up the last of your gas in the lawnmower and that your propane tank is disconnected from your gas grill. If you have portable gas containers for your cars and such, those must be empty too or you can bring them along in your car trunk, where they’re usually already stored anyway.
  • All other liquids: Gardening sprays and chemicals, cleaning fluids, paint tins, solvents—none of them should be packed on the truck, including beverages, booze, and other frozen food or drink items that will melt.
  • Batteries: Any and all batteries—whether for cars, remote controls, smoke detectors, toys, and anything in between—should go with you, not the movers.

The second category is more subjective and consists of anything and everything you truly cannot afford to lose, misplace, or have damaged. It also includes items you’ll want with you immediately upon arrival at your new location, simply for practicality and convenience. In your own vehicle or luggage, consider packing:

  • All important documents: Paperwork like birth certificates, passports, social security cards, marriage certificates, financial records, and the like are best kept with you during the move, not only because they’re most secure that way, but because you also may need some of these documents along the way for interstate or international moves. And don’t forget the moving contract—you’ll want your own copy on hand at delivery.
  • Jewelry, family heirlooms, old photos: Anything expensive or very near and dear to your heart should be kept that way. Best to keep them on your person for those very rare but possible “just in case” scenarios.
  • Perishable or open food: An unopened box of rice or canned vegetables aren’t likely to do any harm, but why transport edibles in a hot moving truck when you can just do your best to empty your fridge, freezer, cupboards, and pantry in the days leading up to your move. Eat up all those leftovers, drink all the juice and soda, and cook meals with the groceries you already have on hand before heading out. If you really want to keep that special maple syrup you bought on vacation or your grandma’s canned peaches, pack a cooler and bring it with you in the car.
  • Pet food: Unless you plan to stop at a store on your way to your new home, your pets will appreciate not having to wait for dinner! (And make sure you have some kind of receptacles for their food/water.)
  • First night’s bedding: After a long day of moving, the last thing you’ll want to do is go on a hunt in boxes or be without your pillows and comfy sheets so you can get that good night’s sleep you’ve earned.
  • Toiletries: You’ll also surely want your toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and brush, and any other bathroom items that will make you comfortable that first day and night.
  • Medications: Any prescriptions or supplements you take on a daily basis should be close at hand. You don’t want to be rummaging around for them in a house full of unpacked goods or, worse yet, without them altogether if the moving truck is delayed for any reason.
  • A day or two’s worth of clothing: Filling a bag or suitcase with a few changes of clothes for each of your family members is a smart, time-saving move. Just bring along whatever you would pack for a weekend getaway and you should be all set.
  • Chargers: Who goes anywhere without their cell phone these days, right? But it won’t do you any good if it goes dead. Make sure your smart devices are juiced up so you can receive and send messages throughout the move.

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