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Packing Tips 101 – Pictures

  1. Use a picture box.
  2. Line bottom of box with paper.
  3. Place picture in box, then stuff front, back and along the top with paper.
  4. It is sometime possible to pack more than one picture in a box.
  5. Packing of pictures is always required for long distance moves or moves into storage.
  6. On a local move there is no need to pack your large pictures. The movers will deal with them on the day of the move.

Packing Tips 101 – Clothing

Packing Tips 101 – Dishes

  1. Use double corrugated boxes.
  2. Cushion the bottom with rolled up paper.
  3. Wrap each piece individually.
  4. Bundle flatware in groups of three and wrap the bundle.
  5. Don’t place one layer of dishware directly on top of another; separate with a layer of stuffed paper.
  6. Cushion the top and sides with paper to prevent shifting. The steadier the contents, the less the chance of damages is.

Packing Tips 101 – General

  1. Tape the bottom of every box; tape the top closed tightly when full. Run two strips of tape along the side and one strip down the center. (If the box is still not strong enough, apply more tape on the sides.)
  2. Use small boxes for heavier items; larger boxes for light weight, bulky items.
  3. Wrap small and/or fragile items individually.
  4. Stuff the top, bottom and sides of boxes with paper. This helps prevent shifting, rubbing and possible breakage.
  5. Stack boxes to the top to prevent them from being crushed. But don’t pack fragile items too tightly. Stuff with paper.
  6. Label the contents of every box and the room where it belongs. Group boxes together that belong in the same room. Label any boxes/items “STORAGE” that will be stored for you.

Money Saving Home Tips

Utility bills are constant expenses that you can’t really get rid of. Still, you can lower them by following a few simple tips, such as these for saving water:

  • Turn off the shower while you soap-up your body.
  • Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.
  • Use a cup of hot water to shave instead of a constantly-running shower or faucet.
  • Run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
  • Wash clothes when your washing machine is full.
  • Look for and fix water leaks in your garden hose or any other spots in the house.

Here are similar tips that will help you save electricity to keep those monthly utility costs as low as possible:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the house, or they’re not actively used by anyone.
  • Unplug appliances that can use electricity even when they’re not turned on.
  • Use a fan to stay cool and turn up your AC a little higher since fans cost less to operate.
  • Turn down the AC a few degrees when you’re not home. Don’t turn it off, however, since it takes more electricity to crank up and cool.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat to make the above tip much easier to complete and remember when you’re away.
  • Keep your AC vents and filters clean, so they don’t have to work as hard to function.

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