Tips for Packing Your Dining Room When Moving

In today’s ever-busy world, many homeowners don’t make use of their formal dining room except for special occasions, like Easter holiday. The fall of the dining room can be attributed to the kitchen. Often regarded as the heart of the home, the kitchen is now used as the dining area in most homes.

Although the dining room table and chairs are not frequently used, they are still precious pieces of furniture. So, it is vital to be extra careful when preparing and moving your dining room furniture to prevent it from damage. Follow these expert tips to make sure every item gets packed safely.

Get the necessary packing supplies

If you are planning to move out of your house, the first thing you need to do is gather all the necessary packing supplies. These include:

– Sturdy boxes in different sizes with flaps that can be completely closed

– Packing paper

– Bubble wrap

– Tissue paper

– Paper pads

– A marker for labeling the boxes

– Packing tape for sealing the boxes

Packing the furniture

When packing the furniture, the first thing you need to do is dust it properly. After that, make the furniture easy to transport by unscrewing the legs from the table. Place it gently into the boxes and label it for easy identification when you get to your new home.

Packing fine china 

When packing breakable items like fine china make sure to line the bottom of the boxes with extra padded with crushed paper. For easy wrapping of fine china, start from the corner and all the paper diagonally across it and tuck in the overlap edges. Ensure you place them on their bottoms in the box.

Packing Stemware

Stemware can be quite tricky to pack. To make sure you are doing it right, the first thing you need to do is roll up a sheet of clean packing paper and carefully wrap it around the stem of the glass. After you have successfully covered the stem, take another sheet of clean packing paper to wrap up the rest of the glass.

Packing a chandelier

If your dining room has a chandelier, request for a special box from the moving company or allows them to help you pack it if it is very expensive.

Packing Vases and other fragile items 

Always wrap your vases and other fragile dining room items like your silverware in bubble wrap with a good paper pad around the outside.

When moving to a new home, It is essential you pack your furniture safely especially treasured dining room tables, vase, and chandeliers. Doing so, you will be able to make use of the items for many years in your new home.

How To Keep Your Home Neat And Organized After A Move

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isn’t important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who don’t have one yet.

And if you can’t think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when you’re done using this “station” of your home.

Practice not being “lazy”. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you’re done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isn’t a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what you’re allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 

How To Successfully Hire Movers

If you decide that moving on your own isn’t for you, you need to find and hire good movers to get you from place to place. You can start with a simple internet search, but you need to find the right movers to be able to get dependable service. Below, you’ll find some tips to help making the process of finding a moving company that much easier. 

Get Quotes From A Few Companies

Get quotes on prices from a few different moving companies. Don’t just go with the first company that you find. Do a bit of research and even see if you can get some type of a background check on each company that you get a quote from. This way, you’ll avoid any nightmare stories from your move.

Have A Mover Do An Assessment

Your movers should come and visit your home before you move. Will they be packing for you? Do They need a larger size truck? If the moving company comes to make an assessment of the home, they will know what needs to be done when moving day arrives. Make an inventory list of everything in your home so that you’ll know what you have to take with you. You’ll also know what you have in your new home once you get there. This can really help streamline the process.   

Price Isn’t Everything

The most expensive mover may not provide much more services over the least expensive moving company. Sometimes, it’s better to pay a bit more if you get additional services like boxes or packing. If a quote is much lower than you think it should be, then you probably should be a bit cautious of hiring the company.

Look For Reputation


You need to be aware of the reputation that a moving company carries with them. If you’re moving locally, you can usually go with a local company that has some good reviews. If you’re moving across states, try and find a larger company that has a lot of experience and a reputation built up for those types of long-distance moves. 

Ask Questions

You’re paying a lot of money to hire a moving company and have a right to know exactly what you’re paying for. Make a list of questions to ask each company. Find out their protocols and understand how your things will be treated. You want to know that your items will be in good hands. Some things you’ll want to know about each moving company:

  • What kind of insurance do you have?
  • What types of fees do you have?
  • What’s the timeline for my move? 
  • Have all your movers undergone background checks?

If the company tends to avoid certain questions, you should beware. With a little research, moving both near and far will be a breeze.

Avoiding Moving Scams

If you’ve never heard of a moving scam, then consider yourself lucky. But many people across America are falling victim to these scams. Moving scammers have a multitude of ways that they can take advantage of you. The main scam seems to be packing all of your household items into their truck, and then adding on exorbitant additional fees in transit, effectively holding your items hostage until you pay up. Less popular scams involve unlicensed movers posing as legitimate companies, by-the-hour rates where you are charged even while no work is being done, and in the rare case, a sham company showing up, packing up all of your possessions, and driving away, never to be heard from again. To minimize your risk, follow a few simple guidelines.

  • Use a local, reputable business.
  • Never do business with a broker. Always do business with the actual moving company.
  • Always be sure that the company is licensed to do the work they are to be performing. This includes getting the business’s full name and address, motor carrier (MC) and Department of Transportation (DOT) license numbers, phone numbers and an e-mail address. If a company cannot provide you access to these things, then move on.
  • Be sure to use a company with actual employees, and not day laborers. If they use day laborers, there is a chance that they may not have the proper insurance in place.

Additionally, be sure to get any estimates in paper form. They are legally obligated to do so, and if they balk at the idea, then it’s time for you to move on, and find a company that will play by the rules.