Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Make Moving Day an Easier Day

RISMEDIA, August 3, 2010--Moving across country or even across a state or province can be stressful. The move can become even more challenging if it includes relocating a vehicle.

Here are some tips from U-Haul on how to make moving day a bit easier:

•Move on a weekday if you can, when banks, utilities and government offices are open.
•Order preprinted address labels with your new address as soon as you know it. It makes the change-of-address process much easier.
•Keep a utility log to check service-transfer dates. If you're moving locally, leave the power and water on at your old address a few extra days so you can go back and clean up after your move.
•Choose a "packing room" ahead of time and box up a few things each day.
•To save time, rent a carpet shampooer at the same time you rent your truck.
•Mark each box with its contents and destination room. That way, you and your helpers will know where each box belongs at your new home.
•If moving locally, you may want to leave your pets with a friend during moving day. Animals can become confused and frightened during a move.
•Remember to allow for extra braking room when driving a moving van. Anticipate stops and allow a 3-second gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
•U-Haul moving vans require up to 12 feet of overhead clearance. Watch out for drive-thru restaurant and motel over-hangs.

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