Follow These Tips For a Smooth Move
General Moving Tips
- Label everything, even your furniture. Make sure the room that every box or item is supposed to go in is clearly labeled. Label boxes on more than one side for the most clarity.
- Make sure our movers have your phone number in case they have any issues finding you at the new location. Provide an alternate number if possible, just in case.
- Pack your essentials separately so you can find them easily when you get to your new place. These items may include:
- Toilet paper
- Basic kitchen items
- Paper towels
- Cleaning supplies
- Pack items you need immediately in clear plastic bins so that you can find them quickly and easily see what is inside.
- Make sure bedding is on your list of items you’ll want right away. Nothing beats a good nights rest after move and you don’t want to have to search through all of your bedroom boxes to find sheets, pillows, and comforters.
- Keep any tools and screws you need to reassemble furniture, entertainment systems and other household items in baggies and make sure they are with your first line items.
- Turn off your refrigerator and ensure that it has completely thawed and defrosted prior to the move. Wipe away any excess moisture to avoid having a mess to clean up after the move.
- Take out light bulbs from lamps before moving them and pack them carefully.
- Move anything that is irreplaceable yourself. This can include important family memorabilia or anything else in which an insurance claim wouldn’t quite fill the void.
- Take pictures of your electronics hookups such as computers and entertainment systems to make it easier to reconnect things when you set them up at the new place.
- Hire a sitter if you have small children or pets to minimize distractions. You have enough to keep track of on moving day without having to keep an eye on pets and kids.
- If you have plants you should arrange to move them separately, and make sure to not let the leaves rest agaist the windows of your car. They can scorch easily.
- Use colored labels if you can with a different color for every room of the new place.
- Remember to change your address in advance to avoid delays in receiving your mail.
- Make Sure Boxes are Closed and Sealed With Quality Tape.
- Don’t skimp on the tape, as it will add strength to the box. Use plenty of good quality packing tape and you won’t be sorry.
- Boxes sides should not bulge out as the box is more likely to burst open.
- Pack Light Items in Large Boxes and Heavy Items in Small Boxes.
- Boxes should weigh a maximum of 50 lbs.
- Small boxes should be used for books and any other dense, heavy items.
- Medium boxes should be for most of the common items, such as pots, pans, kitchen appliances, light tools, lamps, etc.
- Large boxes should only be used for lightweight items like clothing, towels, and linens.
- Mark boxes with a general description of the content, as well as what room they will go into in the new home.
- Plastic storage boxes are great, reusable and generally sturdy. If you use them for moving boxes, make sure they will stay closed. Often the lids will come off too easily and your belongings can get scattered. If in doubt, tape the lid on the box.
Packing Glass and China
- Place a layer of protective padding at the bottom of the box. Bubble wrap is best, but newspaper can be used. Never use newsprint for fine china.
- Stand plates upright because they are much stronger standing on edge than placed flat.
- Wrap cups and tops in bubble wrap if you have it. Newspaper can work, but be sure you use a minimum of three layers. If you use newspaper, you will need to wash everything after the move and another reminder: Never use newsprint for fine china.
- Use dividers from cardboard or packing paper between cups or glasses to make sure they don’t rattle against each other. If the item has a lid, wrap up each piece, and then put it together with the lid, then wrap it up again.
- Fill the remainder of the box with bubble wrap and/or newspaper to keep contents from moving around.
Packing Pictures, Mirrors, or Other Large, Fragile Items
- Use picture boxes whenever possible. Call us and we can bring some out when we come out to make the move.
- If absolutely necessary, cut apart regular boxes and tape them up to create a makeshift picture box.
- Start off by placing the framed picture on a large piece of bubble wrap. Then completely wrap the picture with bubble wrap.
- Slide the picture box over the corners of the picture. If using pieces of another box, the trick is to create an adjustable box that encloses the item.
- When loading the item it should be packed upright and not laid out flat on the side. Just like when packing dishes, this make the item stronger and more resistant to damage.
Preparing furniture for the move
- If drawers can be removed you can leave items in them, but be sure to remove anything that is valuable or breakable and pack them separately.
- For moving drawers it’s good to have some wrap such a Press’n’Seal to cover them for protection.
- Bookshelves should be removed from bookcases if they are loose. Be sure to label them so that you can reassemble.
- Plan where things will go in the new home and make sure you have some type of schematic or diagram to help us put your large furniture items where they belong.
- Measure your furniture and the room that it is going in if there is any doubt as to whether it will fit where you want it. Better to be over prepared than to realize you have to reorganize the whole layout because your couch doesn’t fit where you planned on placing it.
- Use large labels on every item to indicate what room it will need to be placed in.
- Be available at the new site when the movers are unloading so that you can answer any questions about where large furniture items should go.