Unpacking Tips

The post-move mountain of moving boxes makes it tough to know where your unpacking should begin and end. The time it takes to unpack means you need to get to the most important items for living first. Use these tips on how to unpack to make sure you have the items you need whenever you need them.

Don’t Rush, Make a Plan

It’s tempting to try to knock out your entire unpacking efforts in less than a day. However, unpacking can be physically exhausting, which increases your risk of injury and the risk of damage to your furniture and household goods.

If you take your time, you’re more likely to make smart and well-considered decisions about the arrangement of your home. The more decisive you are, the less you’ll have to correct poor decision-making later on.

We recommend unpacking in the following order so you can begin enjoying your home as you unpack:

Place your furniture

Place your boxes in an appropriate storage area away from other objects and try to arrange your furniture in its final arrangement once you arrive in your new home. Since many household objects require pieces of furniture on which they can stand or sit, you’ll need the support of pre-arranged furniture to complete the unpacking process.

Unpack for kitchen

The kitchen will be your home base while you begin unpacking your things. You’ll need a place to convene, prepare food, eat, and reenergize. Take out some pots and pans, a kettle or coffee maker, and some of your favorite, easy-to-prepare foods first so you’ll never run low on energy. The kitchen is a great place to unwind as it becomes unpacked.

Unpack the bathroom

Stocking the toilet paper and creating a handwashing station will be vital to your unpacking efforts. Set out some towels so that anyone unpacking will feel comfortable using the restroom, and make sure that you have toiletries such as hand soap and a toothbrush with toothpaste ready so you can rest after the first day of your move.

Unpack the living room

Once your kitchen area is ready for food prep and your restroom is fully prepared, you can start moving on to the areas of your home designed for comfort. The living room will likely be your sleeping area for the first parts of your move, but even if it’s not, you’ll need a place to sit and recuperate as you finish up your move.

Unpack the bedroom

The bedroom should be the last area you unpack. It contains one of the heaviest items you’ll have to move – your bed. Since the bedroom area is almost purely for comfort, you should prioritize your necessities – food and waste – above setting up your bedroom. If you need a sleeping surface, just lay down your mattress before setting up your bed frame.

Unpack fragile items

Take out mirrors, vases, lamps, and breakable decorations after you’ve made room for all of the objects that don’t need protection. They’re safest when padded inside of a moving box. If you need to, unpack any lighting items for use during your first few nights at your new home to minimize electricity use during your move.

Remember to keep in mind the importance of toiletries and food as you unpack. Stay patient and focused and you’ll turn your house into a home quickly and with minimal effort!

Practical Housewarming Gifts

Housewarming gifts bring a lot of unnecessary clutter into a new resident’s life. Thoughtful gifts are not always useful, so here is a list of practical items for a housewarming party.

Hand Soaps

Liquid hand soaps come in many creative scents and bottle designs. After a move, a new resident will need a lot of home necessities. Give a set of liquid hand soaps to leave a nice touch in your friend’s new home or apartment.

Olive Oil and Salad Dressing

Your friend may miss many of the necessities of cooking because of their move. Specialty cooking ingredients like olive oil or salad dressing will check one thing off your friend’s grocery list.

Personalized Stamps

Have a customizable stamp made online or in an office supply store with the new address of your friend. It may be an unusual gift but, when it comes time to mail in bills, your friend will find this gift useful.

Picture and Art Hangers

If the art is not on the walls at your friend’s new place, it is helpful to give some hooks and wall hangers. With a variety of weight limits and hanging styles, buy an assortment as your gift.

Local Newspaper or Magazine Subscription

If your friend is new to the area, a great way to introduce them is the gift of current events and entertainment. A six month subscription to the Austin Chronicle is only $35 and a one year subscription to the Austin Monthly is only $14.94.

Subscription Box

With so many subscription boxes available it is easy to find one your friend might enjoy. Birchbox sends cosmetics every month and is available in male and female packages. Plated is a weekly subscription where you can pick your daily meals from an online menu.

Solar Powered Lights

If your friend’s new place has an outdoor area or a walkway to the front door, solar powered outdoor lighting can be a practical gift. These lights come in many colors and styles so try to find a set that matches your friend’s preferences.

Welcome Mat

A welcome mat is an easy and practical housewarming gift. You can find generic welcome mats at home improvement stores or you can customize a mat online.

Gift Cards

Lowe’s offers a 10% off moving discount in the USPS change of address form and Ikea offers $25 off purchases over $250 for the newly moved, so a gift card to a store with moving discounts is a practical housewarming idea. You can also buy your friend a gift card to a local restaurant with delivery to help during the long nights of unpacking.

Refrigerator Magnets

Refrigerator magnets are a practical gift that take some creativity. You can build a magnetic storage container out of vintage spice tin or craft your own DIY fridge magnet project.

Fire Extinguisher

Sometimes fire extinguishers come with a home or apartment, but it is a practical housewarming gift to give to a new resident. The most versatile fire extinguisher is a dry powder extinguisher which fights wood, paper and textiles, flammable liquids, flammable gases and electrical fires. However, the dry powder extinguisher does not cover cooking oil and fat fires, so consider purchasing a wet chemical fire extinguisher to cover all of the possible home fires.

How To Move Alone Without Hurting Yourself

Those who are eager to get to their new home might feel the need to start moving immediately without the help of a moving company. For those who decide to go this route, it’s important to keep a few tips in mind to ensure that you and your items both get home safely.

The most important rule to follow when moving alone is that you should move items that are smaller than the width and height of your body.

It might be common sense to some, but many have tried to move large objects by themselves with unhappy results. These mistakes often lead to damaged furniture or broken appliances that end up costing much more in the end.

What can I move by myself?

  • Boxes that contain plates, clothes, or other household objects
  • Dining room chairs
  • Side tables
  • Paintings
  • Small appliances such as speakers
  • Lightweight televisions

Moving without the hassle

Large appliances such as refrigerators, pianos, beds, dining room tables, and more should be best left to the moving company to assure a trip to your new home doesn’t include a trip to the hospital.

A person who lacks the knowledge of where to place buffers on the items also runs the risk of scratching, damaging, or even losing the item due to extensive damage.

Items must be secured firmly to ensure that they don’t get damaged on the journey. Moving while using a pick-up truck is recommended since it allows for easy access to items while unloading.

Make sure not to place items larger than the truck bed on the pick-up truck. Doing so could lead to instances where the furniture falls from the truck, or damage could be caused to other drivers on the road if not securely fastened. There is also a risk of transporting an over-sized item that could result in a fine from law enforcement.

If you must move without a moving company, make sure to call a few close friends to help out. The extra hands reduce the likelihood of damage happening and provides a much smoother moving experience.

Need help moving?

Moving that king sized bed by yourself might seem impossible, but with the help of an Austin moving company like Dependable Relo you are in great hands. We offer a variety of residential moving services to cover your move across town as well as moving across the US.

Contact Dependable Relo today to help get you to your new home in one piece.

Moving Out of A College Dorm Stress-Free

Moving is never easy, but moving home after college can be especially stressful because you often have two rooms to consider — your dorm room and your bedroom back home.

Thankfully, we have a few ideas that will make your move much easier.

Make a checklist

Before you pack up any storage boxes, make a list, prioritizing tasks by date or importance. Don’t forget to include:

  • Donating or tossing out unnecessary items
  • Organizing items you wish to keep.
  • Storing items that you wish to keep nearby.
  • Researching moving companies you might use to make the job easier.
  • Purchasing items you need to help your move (e.g., storage boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • Confirming any small tasks you need to complete before you move, such as turning in your dorm keys, checking the dorm schedule for move out dates, etc.

Organize your dorm

The next step is to organize your dorm room. This makes the moving process much simpler for you and anyone you enlist to help.

As you tidy your belongings, keep a box handy for donations and a garbage bag nearby for cleanup.

Pack it all up

Call a college moving company to purchase boxes, tape and other necessities. As you’re packing, organize your boxes and bags so they’re easier to locate later.

Use a color-coded system to improve organization. For example, your clothes might go in a pink-labeled box and your toiletries in a blue one. You can use colored markers, masking tape or even different colored trash bags for your system.

Moving day

Moving day is easily the most exhausting part of the process, especially in this Texas heat. Create a timetable with a list of tasks to keep all your helpers on track. Otherwise, this can easily become a multi-day event if you fall behind schedule.

Moving out of a college dorm in Texas isn’t always a fun task, but these tips should make it much more bearable. Just stick to the plan, and you’ll be back home in no time.

If you want to greatly simplify the actual move, consider hiring college movers such as Dependable Relo. They’re much faster and more efficient than attempting to move yourself.

Contact Dependable Relo and Moving today and get back home stress free and safely.

Keep Your Cool: How To Easily Move In The Summer

With the family at home and students everywhere packing up for a new semester at college, summer has quickly become a busy season for moving, despite the rising temperatures.

Before you brave the high heats in Texas, make sure to keep the following in mind to make the move as easy as possible.

Prepare for the move

  • Keep important documents easily accessible such as school records you might need upon arriving to your new home.
  • Pack everything into categories, making moving much easier. Separating your belongings into priority objects like clothes and cooking supplies will allow you to unpack what you need upon arriving. It will also give you a chance to see what you can easily give away to friends or give to charity.
  • Set up your utilities before you arrive to have lights and cool air from your AC as you arrive. Getting the utilities taken care of beforehand will make it easier and avoid any sleepless nights in the heat.
  • Pack objects that could be affected by heat elsewhere due to the high heats. Vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, as well as candles could be damaged, so packing them separately or in your vehicle will allow for less of an issue upon arriving.
  • Plan ahead for your kids and pets by keeping them cool in a separate room or asking a friend to watch them so that you can take care of the packing fast.

Avoid the Texas heat when moving

  • Check the weather the day of the move for higher than expected temperatures. Moving heavy furniture like sofas, beds, and electronics in the high heat could result in heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
  • Consider changing the day of the move for a later date if the temperature will be high to ensure you’re not placing yourself in harm’s way.
  • Move in the early morning or evening to take advantage of the lower temperatures. Less heat also means that vehicles are less likely to overheat.
  • Protect yourself from the heat by using sunscreen lotions as well as wearing loose, light-colored clothing to avoid any risk of overheating.
  • Hydrate and keep yourself nourished by drinking cold water or beverages with electrolytes as well as snacks that are non-perishable. Granola, fruit bars, and mixed nuts are solid options that will keep you full of energy.

Moving companies are here to help you

Having to move boxes by yourself can be overwhelming, and having to do so with the high temperatures could be dangerous. The best option is to use the help of a moving company to make the transition as smooth as possible.

  • Schedule a moving company early due to the high demand. Booking your movers as soon as possible could help reduce costs as well as taking the stress out of your move.
  • Moving on a weekday makes it easier to avoid the rush of moving and is usually a solid choice for moving companies to schedule a move that works best for you. Weekends and holidays tend to be the busiest days of the year.
  • Gather your moving supplies early if you will be packing up most of your belongings. Some of the supplies such as boxes and packing tape might be a bit hard to come by, so make a list of the supplies you will need beforehand.

Ready to move? Contact Dependable Relo Moving today to begin or request a quote to get a head start.

How to Get Your Security Deposit Returned When Moving Out

When you move into a rental apartment, you’ll likely have to pay a security deposit to cover possible damage to the apartment. It’s important to start thinking about protecting your security deposit from the day you move into an apartment to save time and money when you decide to leave for a new home.

Here are some tips to help you get your security deposit returned after moving out.

Read your rental agreement

Take the time to read your rental agreement thoroughly and carefully. Once you sign it, the terms are legally binding. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your landlord for clarification. Once you’ve signed the rental agreement, make a copy and store it in a safe place.

Take photographs before moving in and out

At the beginning of your tenancy, take photographs of each room within your apartment, clearly showing any existing damage or wear and tear. Make sure your photographs are taken in good lighting at a high resolution and contain a time and date stamp. Repeat the process before moving out.

Fill out an apartment rental inspection checklist

Your landlord may ask you to fill out an apartment rental inspection checklist on the day you move in. Use this checklist to create a record of every item in the apartment and the item’s state and condition. Once you’re satisfied with your completed checklist, ask your landlord to sign it and retain a copy for future reference. If you don’t receive a checklist, be sure to ask for one or create one yourself.

Report damages as they occur

Your rental agreement may require you to report damages as they occur. Failure to report damage may result in security deposit deductions. If you need to report damage, it’s best to report it in writing. Keep a record of all contact with your landlord so you can prove you reported the damage.

Maintain the apartment in good condition

You’ll need to leave the apartment and its contents in good condition at the end of your tenancy. This may require you to repair any minor damage you’ve caused and repair or replace any items damaged beyond fair wear and tear. You may also be required to deep clean the apartment prior to moving out.

Moving out of an apartment can be hard work, but getting a security deposit refund shouldn’t be. By following our simple tips, you can get your security deposit returned at the end of your tenancy.

If you’re moving to a new living space, don’t forget to contact Dependable Relo. We’ll help you make a smooth transition from your current home to your new one.