Preparing Your “Open first” Box

Your “Open First” box is the first box you will open after you and the moving truck get to your new home and it is very important that you make a list of things that will go into that box. This box should contain bathroom and kitchen items you will need and also some toys for the kids or accessory for your pet.


It would be a good idea for you to take this box with you traveling in your car to your new home.

Final Preparations For Your Open First Box

Bedroom Items

Make sure you pack enough clothes for one or two days into your open first box , along with some sheets and bed linens.

Bathroom items

You will definitely need to pack your toothbrush, hairbrush, towels, and slippers for each member of your family. You should also pack things like deodorant, soap, shampoo, and also a bathmat.

Kitchen Items

From your kitchen. You will need to pack some cups and dishes along with forks, knives, spoons, etc. into your open first box.

Other Items

You will need to pack a flashlight, some candles, and also a lighter along with basic tools like a screwdriver and hammer along with trash bags into your open first box.

If you have pets, bring along some toys to play with and also pack their food and water bowls into the open first box. Don’t forget to bring their food either.

If you have children, put some toys and games, along with other things like papers and pencils for drawing, anything fun that will keep them busy and occupied into your open first box.

Most importantly of all, make sure you pack all your important paperwork you have along with all your moving documents into your open first box and make sure these are all arranged neatly in a file for saving.

An Office Move

This article will let you know about important key areas that need to be covered and included in your office move checklist.


Commercial Real Estate

Your office move plan should begin with this. First time move coordinators frequently overlook many of the considerations when dealing with commercial real estate. First, consider your current commercial office space and think about what can be improved, could you get a less expensive lease and also will a different location put you closer to your prospective clients and cut down on employee commute time. You’ll also need to figure out if you’re going to need more space in your new office.

After you have considered all your options and have narrowed down all of yld Outour commercial real estate needs, you will then be ready to start checking out new facilities for lease and from there. Narrow down your search until you find the right space to lease.

Your Office Design

After you have found the office space to lease that is right for you, your office design will be one of the most important aspects of your office move.

Modern office design does make it possible for you to boost the productivity of your business while cutting down on overhead costs.

At this stage, it might be a good idea for you to find an expert architect with proven experience in office design to work with you and make your office design needs come to life in your new office space.

An expert architect can recommend interior designers, contractors, along with other office move experts that might be needed for your assigned projects.

Construction And Build Out

There’s a good chance that a wall or two may require being taken out in your view office once you have finalized the design. You will be needing a number of contractors for this and a good architect can recommend contractors that they trust and have previously worked with. Before hiring any of those contractors, you should sit down with each contractor individually along with your architect and work out a realistic construction timetable to eliminate any possible future delays caused by miscommunication or mismanagement. Having this conversation with the contractors and architect can also help you be sure that the contractors have the resources and the budget they need to complete the work on time.

IT Network And Relocation

Transferring your IT Network to your new office space more than likely will be the most difficult part of your office move checklist. You will need to hire an IT relocation expert to transfer your servers and your data on them to your new office location. Data recovery many times can fail and this can badly delay your move in date. If you have the right IT relocation expert along with plenty of time for planning a successful IT relocation strategy, your business data will be transferred safely and without incident.

Moving For A Job

This article will help you in deciding if moving for a job will be worth it to you and what you will need to do.



If your current employer plans to be moving you to another location you will need to find out what part of your expenses will be covered and what will not be covered.

Tax Deductions

Looking for a job are tax deductible. If two main requirements are fulfilled in accordance with the IRS. These two requirements are the following….

  1. You must be moving further than 50 miles away from your current location.
  1. You will be required to work at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after your move.


While making the decision on moving to a new job , you need to start yourself a relocation checklist first thing. This checklist should start with a detailed inventory of your belongings that will be moved.

After you have completed your inventory, you plan how you will be changing your address. You will need to notify any institutions like the post office or any people that need to be notified for your moving.

Self Moving

Self moving is hard work and time consuming but it will save you money.

The following are some professional moving company guidelines to follow that will make your self moving much easier.


Major Steps

Before beginning the moving process, you should ask yourself some questions and take into consideration every aspect of the moving process.

Inventory Every Room

Make a detailed list of every item in each room. This will help you decide what the overall size of your move will be and will also help you in organizing the next steps of the moving process.

Also, make and keep yourself a moving checklist to keep track with everything you need to do.

Unused Items

As you inventory each room if you find things you have not been using and probably will not use, sell them or donate them.

Moving Supplies

More than likely you will need to purchase some moving supplies like packing tape, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, wrapping paper and also buy packing boxes. It would probably be a good idea for you to purchase labels for your boxes. Purchasing professional packing materials will save you money in the long run.

Renting Moving Equipment

You are going to need the proper equipment to load your possessions onto the truck. You will need things like a utility dolly, furniture dolly, and appliance dolly, and also some moving pads and straps.

If your goal to be the one driving the truck, you’re going to need towing equipment  for your car. For this, you could rent a car carrier or a car dolly.

Get Some Help

If you want to be self moving you are going to need some manpower. Ask your friends and family in advance for help.

Self Moving Containers

You should consider renting a moving container or a moving pod for your move. By renting a moving container, all you will have to do is pack and load your things into the container.

Moving By Truck

After you have decided exactly what you will be moving then you can decide what size rental moving truck you will need. It would be a good idea if you choose to rent a moving truck, company close by your old residence.

Hiring Help

If you have an overabundance of furniture to be moved, you should seriously consider hiring moving help.


Insurance And Your Move

You should always make sure you have good insurance coverage when you move.

It is always a possibility for accidents to happen even with the most careful people or moving companies.

The following are some tips on making sure your possessions are protected during your move…..

Basic Coverage:

Federal regulations require each moving company to offer 2 different types of coverage for out of state moves.

One coverage is called “released value protection” and the cost of this coverage and $.60 per pound.

What this means is in the case of an accident or damage you will be reimbursed for everything ranging from scissors to family heirlooms at $.60 per pound.

The coverage of this insurance is usually included in the quote given to you by the moving company.

You’re probably thinking to yourself that your valuables worth much more than just $.60 per pound and more than likely they are worth much more than that. This is the reason long distance movers offer a ” full value protection”plan.

This coverage is based on your valuation of your items being transported. The cost of this coverage is 1% of the total valuation so in other words, if you value your contents being transported at $40,000, you would pay $400 for full value protection.

You should always keep in mind that any article valued at more than $100 per pound must be specifically listed on the shipping documents for you to be reimbursed in the case of damage or the article being lost.

Expanded Coverage:

If you have  a low tolerance for risk, you will probably want to expand and upgrade your coverage. If you decide to do this you have several options open to you.

Ask the moving company if they offer expanded valuations. Expanded valuations are a declared value allowing you to set a per pound value amount for processions. If you decide your belongings are worth six dollars per pound and your shipment is 10,000 pounds, your valuation would be $60,000 on the total shipment. This is the maximum amount you would be reimbursed in the case of the entire shipment being lost or destroyed.

Individual items would be replaced with like-kind items, a three-year-old refrigerator would be replaced with a three-year-old refrigerator. This is an important consideration because some items like used clothes have little to no cash value at all but in this case you could ask your moving company if they offer a lump sum value, which is also called the assessed value. This coverage is basically no different than other coverages except with assessed value, you set your amount by value instead of by weight and this is a much better option if you are have a lot of smaller, higher value items that weigh very little.

What Is Not Covered With Valuation Coverage:

If you opt for valuation coverage you should remember that your movers will not be held responsible for any items placed in boxes that they did not pack themselves and unless the box is showing significant damage on the outside, it is possible that you may not be covered for anything damaged inside the box.

You will also not be covered in the case of a natural disaster, like a fire, rain, hail, etc. You should remember also that any of your items that may become damaged while they are in a storage place that is not managed or controlled by the moving company, you will not be covered.

Other Options To Consider:

There is a good possibility that you may already have some bit of insurance coverage through your homeowners insurance policy, even though it may not be worth very much because most homeowners policies cover your possessions that are in your house and not on the road you decide of a big truck.

You should check with your insurance company and your insurance agent about this.

There are some insurance companies that offer “relocation insurance”and these policies are somewhat similar to the lump sum and declared value coverage policies offered by moving companies.


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