Moving Green - Your New Home

By: Josh Allen

Finally, your move is almost over and you have arrived at your new house. Your movers are on their way and now you need to get ready to unpack and get settled in.

Before The Movers Arrive

Prior to the arrival of your moving company, you may want to give your new house a nice cleaning as this will be one of the few times when furniture is not in the way.

Walk through your new home to see if there was anything left behind by previous occupants that you wish to discard of. Look in the closets, attic, basement and other hidden areas of your home. You may have a lot of boxes that you will want to store temporarily, so clear up these areas as storing space.

Be sure that materials you come across in your cleaning process are recycled or reused if possible. Prior to the arrival of your movers is a good time to get acquainted with your local transfer station or recycling center, as you will need their services.

Before your movers arrive, you should give your new house a thorough cleaning by dusting windowsills and ledges, mopping and vacuuming floors, and wiping countertops. Make sure you use non-toxic and biodegradable products like simple green to clean with. You can also, of course, hire a cleaning service to come to your house and make it spotless before your moving company arrives.

After The Movers Arrive

When the movers have unloaded your household items off of the truck, it will be time to unpack and sort everything. If you did a good labeling job, relocate the boxes to the appropriate rooms and do the unpacking from each room. During the unpacking process, make a separate pile of all the recyclable materials, such as the moving boxes, or the packing paper used to protect your fragile items.

If your new home has enough storage space, try to keep the moving boxes in good condition by flattening them and keeping them for future use. Always remember that the more you can expand the lifecycle of a product like this, the less resources will be used to create a box in its place.

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