- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Moving into a new home can be a thrill, but transporting possessions into that new home can be fraught with obstacles. The American Moving and Storage Association offers the following tips to keep in mind to make your next move a smooth transition.
Drain oil and fuel from machinery such as lawn mowers and throw away or wrap in waterproof bags any items that may leak.
Professionally clean rugs and draperies and keep them in their wrapping for the move.
Appraise any antiques being moved to verify their value. Don't wax or oil wooden antiques before a move. Those treatments can soften the wood and make them vulnerable to moving damage or furniture-pad imprints.
Don't tackle major projects, such as disassembling hot tubs or major exercise equipment, without seeking a professional first.
Ask your moving company about pre- and post-servicing of washer and dryer, dishwasher, grandfather clocks and other intricate appliances.
Dispose of dangerous or flammable items such as cleaning fluids, acids, aerosol cans and ammunition before the move.
Christian Toto

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