If you’ve been researching Rochester, Minnesota real estate and you’re stressed out about the thought of moving your belongings to a new home, sit back and read the list below. The key to a stress free move is to ensure you’re well organized. If you foresee yourself moving in the near future, whether from one side of Rochester to another or cross country, relax, most of the thinking has already been done for you.
Items to collect before your scheduled move:
1. Large, sturdy boxes
Before you spend hard earned money on moving boxes, it’s worth asking local businesses, such as furniture stores, if they have any large boxes they’re looking to part with. Always a good idea too, to ask friends and work colleagues if they have any boxes available.
We haven’t moved in a while, thankfully, but when we were in that mode going to places like HyVee grocery store for banana boxes and orange boxes was always a good bet. You should also check out any Rochester liquor store as they always seem to have extra liquor boxes that work great for smaller light-weight items. (With the added bonus of selling liquor which you’ll need to bribe your friends to help you move.)
If you can’t get what you need for free I’ve purchased flat fold-up boxes at Home Depot for a decent price. And if you’re moving cross-country the moving truck rental places – like U-Haul on Civic Center Drive by the Barlow Plaza HyVee – sell “moving” boxes. (Understand those quotes on either side of “moving” could be replaced with dollar signs.)
2. Protective materials
You’ll also want to stock up on protective materials such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts. And if you’re a newspaper subscriber it won’t take long to amass a pile of papers that work great for wrapping glassware and dishes and your collection of fair-glass ash trays.
No matter how carefully you pack the boxes are going move around inside your moving truck. Bungie cords and tie-down straps can save the day and keep your load secure. If you’re hauling stuff in an open bed pickup truck be sure to pick up a roll plastic wrap – look in the painting aisle at Home Depot or Menards – to cover larger items such as sofas and mattresses.
3. Furniture pads
Avoid injuring your back by using handy furniture pads to shift heavy furniture. As a bonus, by using furniture pads you’ll avoid scuffing or marking your flooring. It’s worth noting, if you’re moving from a rental property to a new home, you may be charged for any noticeable scuff marks or damage.
4. Moving straps and ropes
Moving straps are dual purpose, not only can they can help you move heavy items such as furniture but they can also be used to secure items in place, once you’ve stacked your items into your truck or van.
If you’ve never used moving straps they can take a little getting used to but they are great back savers.
5. A dolly (hand cart)
Opt for a upright dolly which will allow you to shift several heavy boxes at one time, with ease. A two wheel dolly should suit your needs unless you need help moving large heavy items such as refrigerator, in which case you may be better off hiring a four wheel dolly, with a flat base.
My brother and his wife moved a few years ago and they don’t own a stick of furniture that weighs less than a Buick – including their upright piano. My brother knew someone in the moving business who owned a set of piano dollies like these (you can rent them at the Rental Depot on 7th Street NW in Rochester). They didn’t make moving the piano any more fun – especially hauling it up the deck stairs at the back of their split foyer home – but we were able to move it without rupturing anything.
6. A tool box
Essential items on moving day include measuring tape, a razor blade or craft blade, a sharp pair of scissors, duct tape and a screw driver. The later of which you may need to use to take large items apart for easy transportation.
What to wear:
Your personal safety should be paramount, so ensure to wear sturdy shoes such as trainers or working boots which boast anti-slip soles, as the last thing you want to do is to drop a heavy item on your foot. It’s worthwhile picking up a pair of tough work gloves, which will give your hands extra protection and will minimize your chance of dropping expensive items. Lastly, make sure to dress for the weather and to wear breathable, comfortable fabrics as you’re likely to work up a sweat, moving items around.
Four clever ways to ensure that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible:
1. Sort your belongings into two lists
Your first step should be to list all the items in your home which you wish to keep as well as all the items you plan to give away or donate to charity.
On that donation note, the Salvation Army will happily take your gently used items for resale in their stores. The Army has two store locations in Rochester, Minnesota – next door to K-Mart on 9th Street SE and South Broadway and the north location on the Highway #52 west Frontage just north of Carlos O’Kellys restaurant.
2. Draw up an inventory
Make sure to draw up an inventory off all the items which you need to shift. Allow room to add extra notes, as an example you may want to make note of the items which you require a dolly to move, or items which are fragile and which need to be wrapped up and secured properly.
3. Don’t rush or make hasty decisions
Make sure that you’ve allotted plenty of time to move your items, without having to be hasty. If possible rent your moving van or truck for a full day, not a half day and start moving your items early in the morning. Make sure to take regular breaks.
4. Recruit your friends and family to lend a helping hand
Moving, isn’t a one person or a two person job, so it pays to ask around to see whether you can find half a dozen able bodied friends or family members to help you out. On moving day or before assign some friends to helping you sort and box items, whilst other friends can be tasked with the duty of moving your moving boxes to your moving van or truck. Just remember to thank your volunteers, be inviting them to a free lunch or dinner.
As long as you’re well organized, you should find that your moving day passes without any hitches!
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