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Your Checklist for Moving to a New State

Are you moving from one state to another? My name is Laura, and I am a real estate expert. I work in multiple states and find that many of my clients don't know that each state has different laws about moving. For example, some states require you to get a new drivers license and car registration immediately while others give you a significant grace period. Some states require you to pay a fee for property you register while others do not. I will provide a checklist of things you need to consider before moving from one state to another. I hope you will learn a lot that can make your move easier.


Your Checklist for Moving to a New State

Three Steps To Minimizing Waste While Packing For A Move

by Lester Herrera

As an environmentally conscious mover, you know recycling things is better than throwing them out with the trash. But when you're planning a move, it can be overwhelming trying to plan environmental responsibility into the logistics. Once you've scheduled a move with an environmentally conscious moving company and the packing begins, it's time to think about doing your part to reduce the waste your packing may produce. Here are three pieces of advice to keep in mind while you're planning the packing and moving sequence. 

1. Minimize packing by donating or holding a yard sale

The less you have to pack, the fewer packing materials you'll need. So don't get rid of stuff you use and like, but do consider setting aside those items you dig out of the back corner of the closet that you aren't sure have a purpose any more. You can bundle these into a bag and donate them to charity or, if you have a family or a large house or just tons of stuff you don't need, you can organize a yard sale and maybe even get some profit from your unwanted items. You can also look in the classifieds for your community and see if there are any multiple-family yardsales happening soon that you can join.

2. Save space and boxes by using containers you have

Why unpack and re-pack things that are already packed tightly together . . . like the clothes in your dresser drawers? If you're using a moving company, you'll have to ask them about their policies on this, of course. And be sure to secure the drawers, perhaps with lots of paint-friendly masking tape, so nothing falls out during the move. Another way to cut down on the number of containers you'll need to obtain is by using tote bags, suitcases, and other similar object-holding containers for packing.

3. Close the loop on cardboard boxes and packaging materials

Once you've reduced the number of belongings you'll need to pack and utilized the storage space you already have, you'll probably still need some packing containers. The most earth-friendly way to go about this is to "close the loop" either by using cartons made of recycled material and then recycling them again, or by using previously used cartons and then giving them away when you're done for further re-use. Packaging materials can be approached in a similar fashion. You can buy recycled packing peanuts and then send them back for further recycling, or you can use brown paper and then compost it in your garden, or you can use soft items that you already own (such as linens, rolled-up socks, and grocery bags) to pad fragile things and then continue using the soft items for their original purposes after the move.

By following these minimizing and eco-friendly planning tips, you can make sure that you don't end up with a mountain of waste at the end of your move. For more assistance or information, talk to a company like A W Moving & Storage.