You are moving to a new home. You have already chosen a moving company to move your furniture. What’s next? A whole lot of planning, work, work, and more work…That is no reason to fret, though. Here are some useful moving do’s and don’ts to get you started.

Useful tips to make your move as hassle-free as possible

1. Start early. Plan your move a couple of months before hand. As soon as you have picked a moving company to go with, ask them for advice. Pack household and personal items that you will not need immediately. You might also want to consider notifying your utility providers like the electricity and refuse removal departments ahead of time.

2. Make a list. List anything and everything that is related to your move. Believe me, you will thank yourself later. From household items that you will pack to who to notify of your move, list them all. While you’re at it, why not make it a well-organized chart as well?

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3. Stock up on materials. You would not want to go to the hardware store in the middle of your packing. Save yourself some trouble and purchase moving materials that you will need (and a little bit more) in one outing. Take special note of packing tapes and bubble wraps, as they tend to run out quickly. If there are any left to spare by the end of your move, you can always give them away or keep them for later use.

4. Get help. Sure you can pack your stuff all alone, but where’s the fun in that? Call up your closest friends and ask for a little of their time. Not only will this help you physically, the company would also help ease your stress and worries about your upcoming move.

5. Be there on moving day. Make sure that you are at hand when the movers arrive. This way you can dispense specific instructions for certain items. If you can’t be there, then have a trusted someone to take your place.

6. Don’t rush. Think before you act. Have a couple of deep breaths and relax. Once you have composed yourself, plan your actions. It would help a lot if you will make a list of things to do and organize them by priority.

7. Don’t expect too much out of your movers. Yes you will pay them (and hopefully pay them well), but there as some things that you yourself should take care of. Don’t get angry at them for every screw up. It is best that you contact your moving company and ask for advice.

8. Don’t be too thrifty. Times are hard, I know, but sometimes it is worth it to invest money on something as important as your move. You might be patting yourself on the back for getting such a good deal on second-hand moving boxes, next thing you know your plasma TV is lying on the concrete because the box caved in. The point is if you want to save on your move, do it right. 9. Don’t pack too much.

9. Don’t try to bring everything you own with you. Assess every item before deciding to pack them. Once you have sorted out the things you won’t need, have a garage sale or give them to your local charity.

10. Don’t try to do something you can’t. Again, don’t be a penny-pincher and do everything by yourself. Do you know how disassemble your queen-sized bed? No? Then have someone do it for you. You might damage it or worse, you might get hurt.

Rivers Cruz writes for E-Z Movers Inc., professional movers with more than 10 years of solid moving experience