Moving Information

Written by Serena Berger
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There are a couple of things that you can do to make moving easier for yourself and your movers. If you don't want to spend the money to have movers pack your belongings or if you don't want strangers handling your things, you will have to face the daunting task yourself. Doing this in a cost-efficient manner requires a little forethought and planning.

Save Money with Free Boxes

You can often get free boxes if you know where to look. That can save you quite a bit of money, as cardboard boxes from a moving supply store tend to cost several dollars each. Ask a grocery store for boxes--they're a great source and are almost always happy to comply.

Other local businesses might be glad to help you out--and if they're not, it's not out of the question to check around their dumpsters. Especially in a college area, there are likely to be buildings, labs, or department offices that unthinkingly dispose of delivery boxes which are still useful and clean. If you buy boxes for one move, don't throw them out! Boxes can be collapsed and stored under your bed or in a basement or attic to save you money in the future.

Another thing to be aware of is that you should unplug all electrical equipment the day before you move it. If it's been plugged in, it will be hot, which makes it unpleasant or even unsafe to move. Internal damage can be done to a television or other electronic equipment if you move it while there is still heat retained inside, and you might not even be able to feel that there is warmth from the outside. A full 24 hours of being unplugged is the best way to ensure that the equipment is cool, and it also give you a chance to wind up cords and pack the equipment as securely as possible.

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