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Check the big move off the moving to-do list with ease

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Updated: 4/02 1:09 am

(BPT) - When you're planning the big move, you've probably created a lengthy to-do list of everything that needs to be packed, planned and previewed. While you're likely excited about your move, stress can create a bit of an emotional upheaval as well.

By staying organized and adopting a schedule that has served professional movers very well, you can check your big move off your to-do list with ease. If you follow this simple timeline and valuable advice, any move can be quick, easy and organized:

Three to four weeks prior to move day

1. Estimate how large a rental truck you'll need. In general, allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room. For example, a 12-foot truck offers 450 cubic feet while a 26-foot truck offers 1,400 cubic feet for your items.

2. Round up all the packing supplies you'll need. Save time by ordering your moving supplies like boxes, labels, bubble wrap and packing tape online now. Sometimes you can collect boxes at work or ask your local grocery store if they have any you may take.

3. Start packing. Begin with out-of-season and non-essential items. Remember to label boxes clearly. This is also a good time to lighten your load. If you haven't worn or used it in a year, donate it to charity or hold a garage sale to garner a little extra spending cash.

4. Utilize technology. Did you know you can use your smartphone to quickly and easily rent a moving truck with Penske's new mobile rental option? Simply access PenskeTruckRental.com from your smartphone and the site automatically becomes an easy-to-use mobile version. A few clicks and you'll reserve the perfect moving truck for your moving day, saving you time and headaches.

Two weeks prior to move day

1. Change your address with the post office. Remember to update your address with other important contacts such as banks, credit card companies, magazines and professional associations.

2. Call service providers and utilities to discontinue cable TV, trash collection, water, gas and electricity. Consider scheduling cut-off for a day or two after you move, just in case there is a delay and you still need those services.

3. Ask for help. Get a crew of family and friends to save the date to help on moving day. You'll need some strong folks to help move boxes and appliances, and some others who are willing to watch children and pets so they don't get in the way.

One day prior to move day

1. Finish any remaining packing. Pack all your essentials into a suitcase as if you were traveling. This will be the last item you pack and likely the first one you open at your new destination. Include items like checkbooks, credit cards, IDs, glasses, prescription drugs, house keys and other necessities.

2. Pick up your truck rental the day or evening before the move to save time on moving day. Penske professionals will get you familiarized with your vehicle and help you verify the best driving directions to your new home. They'll even check the upcoming weather and give you any necessary driving advice.

Move day

1. Pack the truck. Put the heaviest items on the truck first. When loading and unloading, be sure to bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back. Work diligently, but be sure to take breaks and stay hydrated.

2. Leave early in the morning. You'll run into less traffic and you'll leave yourself extra time to unload at your destination. Take turns driving and take breaks once every two to three hours.

3. Get help unpacking. After a long drive you'll appreciate assistance unloading the moving truck. If possible, have friends or relatives ready to help at your destination.

By using this schedule, you'll have an easy and smooth move without headaches so you can enjoy your new home and look forward to the future.

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