(BPT) - Beyond the flowers blooming, the sound of birds singing and the burst of warm weather, something happens in May. After a long winter, the rising temperatures make spring a prime time to move. College students are moving out of dorms, young families are transitioning to new homes after the school year and retirees are looking for an easier, more maintenance-free living situation. If you are among those about to start the next chapter in your life with a new home, here are some valuable tips that go beyond choosing the right size box or the appropriate padding.
Take inventory and mark your boxes. Most people think it's inevitable that things get lost or misplaced when moving, but it doesn't have to be that way. By taking the time to properly mark boxes and write out a detailed inventory of their contents, you'll know where everything is and avoid misplacing anything. With a little forethought and effort, you'll save a lot of time. All it takes to get organized is a clipboard, some paper and a permanent marker. Or, for the more technologically inclined, you can make use of your tablet or smartphone.
Remember to take care of yourself. Whether you're moving apartments or starting a new job, any life transition - no matter how exciting - can be stressful. During these times, it's important to decompress and unwind. One of the best ways to do that is to go out for a bike ride. Even if it's just for 15 minutes, the fresh air and exercise does wonders for your stress level. If you stop for a smoothie or cup of coffee, don't forget to use a Master Lock 8300D Bike Lock to secure your ride.
Stay up to date. Technology isn't only changing the way people communicate or listen to music, it's also changing the way people secure their items inside and around their homes. With Master Lock's Bluetooth Padlocks, you don't have to worry about losing a key or forgetting a combination. The award-winning product turns your phone or any Bluetooth-enabled device into a key. With models suitable for indoor and outdoor use, valuables you need to store while moving - and afterwards - will have superior protection.
Consider insurance. If you're hiring a moving company or have valuable items you're worried might be damaged during the move, you should consider purchasing moving insurance. Many recommend insuring anything that goes into a truck. Not only will insurance provide financial relief in case anything is mishandled, but it will give you peace of mind that can reduce the stress of moving.
Protect your valuable documents. Even after you move and are settling into your new residence, it's important to keep your valuables protected. For documents like a passport, birth certificate, social security card and more, the Sentry Safe H0100 Small Privacy Lock Chest will provide you with the security you need during and after the move into your new home.
No matter what season or what stage of life you're at, you should always have a reliable way to protect your most prized possessions. With an extensive line of security solutions, Master Lock can provide you with the peace of mind you need while moving and beyond.
(BPT) - For millions of Americans, the turn of seasons means it's time to tackle the big move. Whether you've purchased a new home or are changing apartments, moving is a lot of work - both physically and mentally. By planning ahead, packing smart and moving safely, you can avoid some of the most notorious moving day mistakes.
"AAA shares a longstanding commitment to driver safety with Penske, which is especially important during the spring and summer moving season," says Scott Denman, AAA, vice president, Financial Services and Discounts & Rewards.
To streamline your moving day, avoid these top mistakes and feel great about entering your new home sweet home:
Mistake: Renting the wrong size truck
In general, allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room. For example, a 12-foot truck offers 450 cubic feet while a 26-foot truck offers 1,400 cubic feet for your items.
Mistake: Packing items too early or too late
Begin with out-of-season and non-essential items several weeks prior to move day. Donate or sell anything you won't use at your new home. Pack essentials like personal necessities and basic cookware the day before or morning of moving day.
Mistake: Damaging breakable items
Poor packing can cause items to break during the move. Plan ahead and have plenty of paper and bubble wrap on hand. Towels, socks and other soft materials are great for packing breakables as well.
Mistake: Reserving a rental truck too late
Wait too long and you might not get the truck you need. Reserve a truck at least two weeks prior to the move. Access PenskeTruckRental.com from your smartphone and in a few clicks you'll reserve the perfect moving truck for your moving day, saving you time and headaches.
Mistake: Poorly labeled boxes
Where did you put those tools you now so desperately need? Always remember to label boxes clearly. Note the boxes' contents and what room it belongs in.
Mistake: Not having enough hands on deck
Now is the time to cash in some favors and elicit friends and family to help on moving day. This allows you to use your truck rental time efficiently while ensuring you're not too sore from doing it all yourself.
Mistake: Not utilizing truck space efficiently
Put the biggest items in the truck first followed by heavy boxes. Then stack with lighter boxes and other items to fill in the remaining space.
Mistake: Lifting incorrectly
When loading and unloading, be sure to bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Work diligently, but be sure to take breaks and stay hydrated.
Mistake: Driving at peak times
Leave early in the morning. You'll run into less traffic and you'll leave yourself extra time to unload at your destination. Take turns driving and take breaks once every two to three hours.
Mistake: Unsafe driving practices
Driving a big truck is new for many people. Penske professionals will get you familiarized with your vehicle, verify the best driving directions to your new home, check the upcoming weather and give you any necessary driving advice.
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