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How Movers Move Their Own Stuff: 8 Insider Hacks You'll Be Glad to Know

1. Time your move to save moneyAs a rule of thumb, people in the moving industry load up a moving truck on a weekend that falls mid-

month. This tactic avoids both the headaches of weekday commuter traffic and the higher prices at the beginning and end of each month, when most people move. Reserve a moving company or moving truck at least seven days in advance, to ensure you get your preferred date.

2. Pay for real moving boxesScavenging free boxes at the grocery store may seem like a great idea. But, oftentimes, it ends in disaster, when boxes with a limited weight capacity split or get crushed. Professional movers spend the extra cash on boxes that have a box maker’s certificate and provide the most protection. Lift your boxes and give a gentle shake. If you hear anything moving, you need to repack, because items may break.

3. Number your boxes by weightLabel your heaviest boxes with a '1' and the lightest, or most fragile boxes, with a '5'. Everything in the middle then gets labeled accordingly. With this system, you can quickly identify which boxes should be on the bottom—heaviest or “1”—of the truck and which boxes should be stacked on top. Pack heavy items in small or medium boxes and light things in big boxes when possible. That way, none of them end up too heavy or light.

4. Saran-wrap dresser drawersMoving dresser drawers? Remove the drawers, grab some plastic wrap, and wrap each drawer individually, with the clothes still in them, says Miller. For one, a drawer-less dresser is light and easy to move—and keeping clothes in the drawers cuts down on boxes. Win-win! Also, put knives wrapped in paper inside potholders to keep them from poking anything.

5. Place packed boxes near the front doorWhen most people pack up a room, they leave the boxes in that same space. Pros pack a box, then move it near the front door. This saves time when movers are loading the truck, which in turn saves you money. Write a brief list of the contents inside on each box filled with a mix of things. You'll almost certainly forget what's inside when looking for something specific during unpacking.

6. Build custom-size boxesPros put as much as possible inside boxes to limit trips to the truck and protect belongings. For unusually shaped items that seem difficult to pack, use multiple boxes to build a custom-sized box. Box your mattresses! All it takes is a slight bend to break and destroy a spring mattress.

7. Avoid newspapers as packing materialUse clean newsprint-grade packing paper—not actual newspaper—to wrap up your breakables. It will save you lots of cleaning on the unpacking side when you don't have to wash off all the newsprint ink. For fragile items, Bubble Wrap™ alone may not be enough. Bubble Wrap™ doesn’t really protect from movement inside the box that will occur during the move. Make sure to pack any gaps with paper, too.

8. Rent the right hand truckBesides the risk of damaging your possessions, moving risks damaging your back. Save your vertebrae by getting a hand truck with inflatable wheels to move heavy or large items. Inflatable wheels are much better than solid wheels for moving loads up and down curbs, stairs, and dealing with bad weather. Rent or buy a strap that you can wrap around the bulky objects to ratchet them into place on the hand truck. .

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