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Prepare for move

Whether you’ve bought a new house or are renting an apartment, you know that finding the perfect place to call home is just the beginning.

Before you can settle in, you have to actually get all of your stuff packed and moved.

In today’s tightened economy, more and more people are opting for DIY moves.

“Do-it-yourselfers are becoming the norm for residential moves, and with the right planning, managing a move yourself can really pay off,” said Don Mikes, senior vice president of rental for Penske Truck Leasing.

Selecting the right truck is a critical first step.

You can save time by buying boxes ahead of time, and some companies even offer the ability to purchase boxes and other supplies online. Be sure to label all boxes so it’s easy to put them in the right room when you arrive.

Above all, plan ahead. Reserve your truck early and begin packing nonessential items as soon as possible.

When it comes to packing, the experts at Penske offer these tips:

Bureaus and dressers. Fill drawers with small breakable items, and cushion them with loose clothes. Secure drawers with a pad or blanket (tape can remove the finish) and tie with rope.

Dishes and glasses. Individually wrap each piece in plastic before protective newspaper to minimize dishwashing later. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge – not stacked flat. Place cups and bowls inside each other; wrapping three to four in a bundle.

Tools and gardening equipment. Drain hoses, coil and pack in boxes. Tie together rakes, shovels and other long-handled tools.

– Family Features

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