Packing Tips to Make Moving Easier

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As CEO of Parsifal Corporation, Mark Olsen has led the three-decades-old company in executing complex corporate and individual relocations across North America. With a nationwide network of offices, Parsifal Corporation’s Mark Olsen leverages the company’s experience and innovative practices to make moving easier and hassle-free for clients.

Here are a few tips for successful packing before you move:

1) Plan early 
Unless you don’t have much personal property, you’ll have to plan early. Sift through all your belongings and make a list of everything you don’t plan on taking with you. Give these things to charity or hold a garage sale. Clean your laundry so you won’t be carrying any damp clothes. Check your insurance to see if it covers any moving-related breakages.

2) Get boxes
You’ll need boxes, lots of them. Get them in various sizes. Corrugated cardboard boxes are stronger, so use these for heavier items. Remember not to fill up large boxes with too many heavy things as they may be difficult to carry. Get some newspapers to wrap fragile items in before packing, bubble wrap to layer the inside of boxes, and strong tape to close the boxes after packing. Self-sealing freezer bags are great for storing nuts and bolts, nails, and similar things.

3) Make a list
Start with a high-priority list of everything your family will need on the first day at your new home. It’s unlikely you will unpack everything immediately upon arriving. The priority list should include everyday items such as a first-aid kit, coffee, tea, cups, plates, snacks, tissue, toothbrushes, soap, and kitchen utensils. Afterward, convert your notebook into record keeping system. Assign a number to every box and list the contents of that box in a corresponding numbered page on your notebook. Be as descriptive as possible when describing the contents, to make quick and easy retrieval possible. And remember to pack hazardous materials like bleach, paint, and aerosols in their own box and mark the box clearly.


Seven Tips to Consider if Relocating for Work

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Under the leadership of Mark Olsen, Parsifal Corporation strives to develop quality products and services associated with auditing, billing, and relocation management. Parsifal Corporation is also the developer of MyReloWork, an advanced relocation management tool for employers and their transferring employees. The following tips may prove useful to employees preparing to undergo a job transfer that requires them to move.

1. Use employer supported resources. Many employers offer relocation services for employees undergoing a transfer, such as assistance with transportation expenses and housing searches. If your employer does not openly offer, you may try requesting them.

2. Plan ahead. A successful move involves planning ahead and making the right decisions for you and your family regarding neighborhood, travel distance to work, and similar considerations. Do research and become familiar with the area you will be moving to.

3. Keep your budget in mind. Develop a relocation budget that leaves leeway for unexpected costs and charges.

4. Factor in family needs. If your family unit includes a spouse or children, you will also need to help them adjust to the new environment. For instance, you may need to help a spouse find a new job or research the best schools for children.

5. Choose the right realtor. Make sure you choose an experienced real estate agent to list your home to receive a realistic estimate of your home’s worth and how long selling it might take. In addition, do similar research for a realtor in your new hometown.

6. Decide upon moving services. Determine what kind of moving services you will need and begin making arrangements. You may want to use an insured, reputable moving company for long-distance moves, particularly those with long-distance experience.

7. Stay organized. Keep important documents, contact information, and other essential items together for easy access. You might also want to keep a to-do list to help remind you what you have finished and what remains to do.