Moving day. Sure…you’re excited about moving into your dream home or that cool condo. But who looks forward to packing and unpacking.

If you’ve ever listened to the radio commercials for 1-800-Got-Junk, it’s a wave of a magic wand and POOF! your junk is gone. Just so you know, to our knowledge, those guys don’t have magic wands. Their promise is to get rid of your stuff quickly and efficiently.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have your home packed up, moved, and unpacked…all in the blink of an eye? Well, it’s not going to happen. But…you can do your best to make your moving day run as smoothly as possible - by being prepared, organized, and realistic in what needs to been done.

The following list of moving tips is courtesy of Two Men and a Truck. They’ve been in business for 30 years now, beginning as a small business in Lansing, Michigan, and have grown a wee bit over time - from a pick up truck driven by founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ two sons, John and Brig Sorber - to 2,100 trucks, 9,000 employees, and 5.5 million completed moves.

They now have operations in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

President of its Canadian operation, John Prittie, credits the company’s success with “attentive customer service techniques the Sorber brothers instilled in all franchisees and employees. Two Men and a Truck's core belief is in treating each customer like their grandma – with dignity and respect.  And, we have a Canadian moving industry first, a Consumers' Bill of Rights, which further proves our commitment to providing top-notch service."

After 30 years, you definitely learn a few tricks along the way. Without further ado, here are Two Men and a Truck's "10 Best Tips for Moving”.

**Please note, all you DIYers out there - really, really, really take #1 into consideration. Some things are just best left to professionals.**

  1. Call a mover!!
  2. Be realistic about the number of boxes you need.
  3. The heavier the item, the smaller the box so that they are easy to carry.
  4. Purchase professional moving boxes. Grocery store boxes are often torn or have water damage, making them unreliable.
  5. Don't use newspaper to wrap dishes or valuable items; newsprint can stain.
  6. Start packing items you don't use daily, ahead of time.
  7. Pack and label a box of essentials, so you can open it first when you get to your new home.
  8. Pay attention to the weather forecast for the day of your move; if it's cold make sure plants, electronics and liquids are properly packed and protected from the cold.
  9. Take pictures of the backs of your televisions and any other electronics that will need to be setup in your new place; these photos will help you remember the way the cords need to be inserted.
  10. If you're planning to move in the summer, pick your date wisely. June 30th is the busiest moving day of the year, and movers start to get booked 6-8 weeks in advance.

Top image courtesy of Two Men and a Truck