Moving your stuff
- Moving exercise equipment such as treadmills or elliptical trainers can be tricky. First, be sure to secure all moving pieces. Next, be sure to carry them by sturdy parts. Finally, in the moving truck be sure not to pile anything on the electronics.
- Move dumbbells or free weights with care. Unless you have reinforced boxes, consider keeping them loose in the moving van. But be sure to carefully secure them in the van with rope, or pin them alongside large pieces of furniture â€“ loose weights can cause damage en route.
- Lawn mowers, snow blowers, and other power equipment need special care during moves. For safety, run all of the gasoline out of the machine, and empty the oil. Disconnect the spark plug for additional safety. And be sure to secure the equipment in the moving van with rope and by blocking the wheels.
- If youâ€™re moving area rugs or draperies, consider sending them to the dry cleaners just prior to your move. That way they will be clean when you move into your new home â€“ and you can leave them wrapped in plastic to keep them clean during the move.
- Many people have valuable information on their computers, including financial data, personal records, and addresses and phone numbers for family and friends. Before moving your computer, consider backing up all your personal files and keeping the backups with you during the move.
- Before you move be sure to clean the gas grill. And while you have the grill apart, pack the grades, briquettes or other loose items, placing them back inside the grill for safety. Propane tanks, full or empty, will likely not be accepted by most moving companies.
Todayâ€™s homes are often loaded with gadgets, from programmable thermostats, to heated tile floors, solar panels, and security systems. Be sure you get the manuals, or at least instructions, on how to operate all electronic gadgets that will be included in your new home.