Most people dread the thought of moving. Stress is high because the list of things to do is endless and multiple things can go wrong. After selecting an experienced and reputable Fort Lauderdale moving company, there are many things you can do to ensure your move is as stress free as possible.

Choosing the proper packing supplies will ensure your belongings remain safe and secure until they arrive at your new destination. Everyone wants to recycle these days but new boxes are best for a move because used ones may not be strong enough to support the weight of your possessions. You should use packing tape instead of duct tape to seal the boxes and clearly mark each box on the top and all sides. If you still have them, pack all electronic items and small household appliances in their original boxes.

All items in a box should be from the same room to make unpacking easier. Pack your books and other heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry. Reserve one box for any essential items you will need immediately upon arrival at your destination and either take that box with you or make sure it is the final thing loaded onto the van.

The majority of movers will not be responsible for disassembling and reassembling items such as baby cribs, swing sets, and exercise equipment. You will have to disassemble them yourself before the day of your move. Place all screws, bolts, and other hardware in small plastic zipper bags and pack them together in one box, so you can find them easily when you arrive at your new home.

Obtain a list of the items the mover will not transport. The list of restricted items will include any combustible or hazardous products such as paint, aerosols, propane tanks, and firearms. Professional movers will transport lawn mowers, snow blowers, and other yard equipment but you must empty the gas tanks first.

To safeguard your valuables against theft, never pack them with the items that will be loaded on the van. This includes cash, furs, family heirlooms, important personal documents, and anything else you cannot easily replace. Pack these items in suitcases or tote bags and take them with you.

On the day of the move, make sure you clear pathways to each room, so the movers can walk about freely. If you live in a house, move your personal vehicles out of the driveway and make sure there is enough space for the van to park so the movers have easy access. Clear all objects from the walkway leading from the house to the street. If you live in an apartment, check with the manager ahead of time to find out what procedure you should follow so the movers can park the van as close to your apartment as possible.

Moving does not have to be a hassle. With advance planning and preparation, you can eliminate most of the stress. Follow these tips and your moving day will go smoothly so you can look forward to moving into your home.