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Resource Center: Packing Tips for Your Washington DC Move

When it comes to packing for a move, it's all about staying organized and efficient. Follow these tips to ensure your Washington DC move is easy, smooth - and maybe even fun.

  • Give yourself plenty of time to prepare and pack. Careful planning will save you lots of time, stress, and money.
  • Make sure you have enough packing supplies, such as boxes and tape, to accommodate your belongings.
  • Label each box with which room it should go in, whether or not the contents are fragile, and if it should be loaded last so it will be unloaded first.
  • Keep items that go in the same room in the same box; pack similar items together.
  • Prepare an essentials box, or a box of items you'll need for your last few nights before you move and first few nights in your new home.
  • If removing screws from appliances and equipment, tape them to the objects they are removed from.
  • Pack one room at a time to make the overall packing job into several smaller and more manageable goals.
  • Tape the bottom of boxes and cartons before filling them.
  • Wrap all breakable items individually in plenty of paper and provide plenty of cushioning to avoid shock.
  • Limit cartons and boxes to a manageable weight.
  • Pack boxes in layers, with heaviest things on the bottom, medium weight next, and lightest items on top.
  • Put a mark on boxes you want to unpack first in your new home.
  • Employ a tape or marker color-coding system for your boxes to indicate which room each box should go.

For more tips on tricks for a successful move, contact Michelle Buckman. Representing W.C. & A.N. Miller and Christie's Great Estates properties in Chevy Chase, Northwest Washington DC, Capitol Hill, and the Trinidad neighborhood, Michelle works with a full range of clients, notably first-time homebuyers.

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