Packing Tips Room By Room

Direct Energy is excited to offer you room by room packing tips to ensure a smooth moving experience. Pick a room and our guide will show you ways to make packing as simple as possible.

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Moving and Packing Checklist

HOME OFFICE

1. Pack books of the same size flat or the spine touching the bottom of the box. Avoid using large boxes that will be too heavy for you to lift. Be careful not to over-pack your books in cardboard boxes as they can easily cause the box to break.

2. You can also use a travel suitcase or clear plastic boxes for packing your books.

3. When packing electronics, keep a pack of colored stickers to mark the port and cable, so you know exactly how everything is hooked back up. Take photos of the electronics settings to help you remember how to reassemble it later and to provide proof of its condition before the move.

4. Important documents like contracts, insurance information, school, and medical records may be placed in large manila envelope or in a plastic box to keep with you.

GARAGE/STORAGE TOOLS

5. Your toolbox should be the last thing you pack and the first thing you unpack!

6. Brooms, mops and garden tools should be bundled together securely with strong plastic cord. Use old towels or linens to wrap and tape any sharp-edged tools.

OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

7. Before moving the grill, dispose any charcoal.

8. Clean furniture and dismantle it as much as possible. Place chair padding in a separate box or clear garbage bags.

KITCHEN / LAUNDRY ROOM

9. FOOD ITEMS

10. If you're moving a washer and dryer, take advantage of the extra packing space! Place comforters, pillows, towels, or extra bed linens in your washer and dryer.

11. CHINA AND GLASSWARE

12. APPLIANCES

DINING ROOM

13. Roll rugs and secure them with plastic ties.

14. Secure all doors and drawers in cabinets to ensure they don't open during the move. Use painters tape to avoid any damage on the furniture.

15. A bath towel or small blanket makes an excellent outer wrapping and padding for glass.

16. Fold draperies and curtains lengthwise, place them over a padded hanger, and then hang in a wardrobe. Curtains can be transported in suitcases—make sure you lined them with clean paper of plastic wrap.

LIVING / FAMILY / DEN ROOM

17. LAMPS AND CHANDELIERS

18. PHOTOS AND PAINTINGS

19. ELECTRONICS

BEDROOM/ NURSERY

20. CLOTHING

21. FOOTWEAR

  • Pack shoes in their original boxes, and then use medium-sized packages to store all the boxes. Label each box that contains footwear. This will help you save time when you are unpacking.
  • If you are moving to a warm, humid climate, or your household is going to be stored for a long period of time, stuff a pair of socks inside the shoes to help retain the shape and absorb any traces of leftover moisture.
  • 22. LINENS AND BEDDING

    BATHROOM

    23. Try to pack your bathroom last, just in case!

    24. If you're packing toiletries that can spill, unscrew the cap, place a bit of plastic wrap on the top, and then screw the cap back on as a way to avoid spills. For any toiletries with a pump, like lotion, wrap a sandwich bag over the pump and secure with tape or a rubber band around the neck of the bottle.

    MOVING FACTS


    GENERAL PACKING TIPS

    MOVING DONE EASY

    Not everything that you need in your new home can be easily packed; this includes your internet, television, phone, and electricity services. One call to your personal move assistant will take care of all of your relocation needs. Visit movingdoneeasy.com and let your personal move assistant lend you a hand during your move.

    SMART METER

    Depending on where you're moving, your new home may have a SMART METER instead of an old-school analog electricity meter. Did you know that with a Smart Meter you can monitor your usage in real time to learn when you're using the most electricity? You may also be eligible for special electricity plans and services! Learn more at www.directenergy.com/texas/electricity-plans.

    Before you move, find out if your new home has installed a Smart Meter. This type of technology can provide you more frequent, detailed information regarding your energy usage and help you lower your electric bills.

    HOME SERVICES

    Before you start moving into your new home, now might be the best time for a HOME ENERGY AUDIT. Did you know that the average homeowner can save anywhere from 5%–30% on their home energy bill when they make the suggested upgrades after an energy audit?

    When you buy a new home, you might be offered a home protection plan which protects homeowners against unexpected breakdowns. Learn more about benefits of a Home Protection Plan at www.directenergy.com/texas/home-services/home-protection-plans.

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