Triangle Moving Tips

Making Your Relocation to The Triangle Easier!

Let's face it, moving day is no picnic. Experience has taught us organization is the key to making your relocation to The Triangle as smooth as possible.  By using these helpful tips, your move can be much more organized and less stressful.  If we can be of assistance, contact us, your Triangle real estate experts.

  • Host a garage or yard sale to get rid of outgrown or unused items. If time prevents you from holding a yard sale, consider donating the items to a charitable organization like the Salvation Army, Raleigh and Durham Rescue Mission, or the Goodwill Foundation.
  • Use sturdy, reinforced boxes if packing fragile items. Make sure to pack them with care!
  • Consider using bubble wrap or other packing material for extra cushion and security.
  • If you secure free boxes at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store, just remember they are not always reinforced. Consider placing light, unbreakable items in them, like clothes or shoes.
  • Mark fragile boxes so movers can identify them quickly and easily. Be sure you point out to your mover the boxes that contain high-value items. Secure extra insurance for those items as well.
  • Pack dishes, bowls, plates and other glass objects vertically with a layer or so of bubble wrap in-between them, rather than flat and stacked.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes. For example, a pile of books can become real heavy, real fast. Besides placing them in small boxes, you can place them in rolling suitcases; making moving them far easier than attempting to move one large, heavy box.

Don't forget to label your boxes, especially any box that contains items that are needed immediately; such as, sheets, towels, toiletries, etc. You'll need these items directly, or will at least need to know their location, right when you move in:

  • Create an "OPEN ME FIRST" box containing personal essentials, including: toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, paper plates, paper cups, paper towels, snacks, instant coffee or tea bags, soap, flashlight, tools (screwdriver, pliers), and any other items your family can't do without. Have this box available so it can be removed first from the moving van.
  • Take all your personal documentation (medical records, school records, financial records, etc.) for your security and peace of mind. Consider making a "Family Binder" with a sturdy, closable accordion folder to keep such documents neat and organized.
  • If you have several years worth of tax information, also consider organizing them into neater boxes and move them yourself. You don't want important documents getting lost in the move!
  • Keep all vital medications with you when moving, or place them in an specifically marked box. This doesn't only include medications for yourself or family members, but also your furry friends!

If you're using a moving company, remember these key details:

  • Read all moving documents before you sign anything. If you don't understand something, ask for a clear explanation.
  • Document your moving company's main phone number, but also the foreman's phone number for quick calls for any questions or concerns. 
  • Note your shipment's registration number, and keep your Bill of Loading handy during the move.
  • If you're moving long distance, it's possible your household goods and personal belongings could be on a truck with someone else's goods too. If this is the case, your mover may have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for several days.
  • Ask your mover if your goods will remain on the truck until delivered. If they have to be stored, ask if you may inspect the warehouse for security, organization, and cleanliness.

Take Care of Those You Love!

There are other moving tips to remember when relocating with your children and pets. Be sure to contact us to request these special tips to make your move with children and pets safe and sound.

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