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Packing for Your Move in Austin ---Now You're the Pro

Now that you've used up a mountain of boxes and tape, your garage is overflowing with packed boxes, and you're eating off of with forks you took from the fast food joint, the simple part is over. Now that you're all packed up, a day or two before the truck arriving, it's time to work on the last few items.

You will most likely need a ladder for this part, along with the tools listed in our last post. If you've had big window treatments you might need some wood filler, in addition. If you are doing a do-it-yourself move, you will need moving blankets, baggies or small containers, and plastic wrap on a large roll for furniture, mirrors, art and lighting.

Be Flexible and Plan Ahead

Packing for a move takes quite a while, and you must plan for that if you are going to handle it yourself. A large dry-erase calendar should help keep you on schedule, and you can edit it as changes occur. There are three stages of a move--purging, packing, and the move itself--and keeping on top of steps 1 and 2 will make step 3 a lot less exasperating.

One of the worst blunders you can make as a pack-it-yourselfer is overloading boxes. Books are a big offender; they are relatively not large but they weigh a lot. Four or five hardbacks is enough for a small box, so fill in the rest of the box with lighter weight accessories--coasters, photos, magazines--that will go back in the same room or bookcase with the books themselves.

The Day Before the Big Move in Austin

Considering the big day is tomorrow, it's time to tackle the pantry and the fridge. Unless you’re moving right around the corner, your best bet is to take all the unwrapped non-perishables to a food pantry, and toss the rest. For a short trip, you can put perishables in coolers containing dry ice, but food is a lot like everything else--is unpacking those half-empty jelly jars worth your time?

Movers most of the time want the art and mirrors wrapped in bubble wrap or crated before they load them. If not, you still need to cover each piece (flannel sheets, beach towels, etc. work great between pieces) and move them in your car instead of the moving van. You can secure lighting with a seatbelt if you're moving yourself.

If you put any of your furniture together, now's the time to take it apart. Most furniture can be dismantled using a slot or Phillips head screwdriver and a small hammer. Keep the bolts, screws, and other hardware in a baggie or container and label it, and tape it to the inside of a bed rail or a drawer so you can put it all back together again without having to go to the hardware store up the street. It is a smart idea to take photos of the hardware in case something gets misplaced--and it will.

Pack your cleaning supplies and plan on taking them to the new home in your vehicle--the chemicals can't go on the truck.

Cover furniture in the moving blankets and hold the blankets in place with the plastic wrap. The wrap won't mar finishes and keeps drawers in place when chests are moving around.

Moving Day in Austin

If you've spent the last night in your residence, you were smart enough to sleep on mattresses on the floor, because your beds have been disassembled. You have also packed a small duffel with necessities for the day since all your clothes packed. Toss your linens and towels in a large box or bag, and away you go. Movers schedule their days in blocks, so a bigger move could take multiple days. They'll likely be at your house bright and early and ready to get started—their time starts when they get there, not after you've had your coffee. It's going to be a long day, so respect their time and expertise by being ready for them.

Follow these tips for proper packing and you'll be incredibly pleased with your new home—expecially when you can find the coffee pot.