Moving Tips

 

  • Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
  • Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
  • Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.
  • For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.
  • Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.
  • Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
  • Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible including: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums.
  • Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
  • Don’t pack with food or supermarket boxes. You never know what little critter is hiding – or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
  • Don’t use used boxes. You don't know if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
  • Never use duct tape – use packing tape.
  • Clearly label all boxes on top and side.
  • Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favorite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.
  • As you take apart furniture and other items make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
  • Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
  • Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
  • By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
  • Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.
  • Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
  • Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
  • Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your day.
  • Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.
  • Two weeks before the move don’t forget to arrange to transfer school records.
  • Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.
  • Remember to get snacks for move day.
  • Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day  -- you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there!
  • Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, lawn services about a week before the move.
  • Mail in your change of address forms about week before your move date.
  • Clean your stove before you move out.
  • The day before your move, defrost the fridge.
  • Make sure to get enough cash to get you through move day.
  • Take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.
  • If you are depending on friends and family to help you move, have a back-up plan if they don’t show.
  • Don’t use boxes without tops. No tops make it impossible to stack properly in the truck.
  • Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing.
  • When interviewing moving companies, make sure to ask if they are insured and bonded and how they charge.
  • When interviewing moving company, make sure to ask if they charge extra for large items such as pianos and big screen TVs.
  • When interviewing a possible moving company, remember to ask what kind of training their movers and drivers go through before servicing customers.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if there is a cancellation policy.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they will have a contact person on site or provide a contact number for the day of the move.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they move nights and weekends and if they charge for that service.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask what type of payment options they offer.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask what their customer referral rate is.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they use full-time employees or temps and day labor. (Be cautious of those who use temps and day labor because they may not have proper insurance.)
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they offer free estimates.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they charge for travel time from their office to your location.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they have suggestions on how to make your move easier.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they offer packing and unpacking services.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if your items will be insured during the move.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they have a minimum charge.
  • When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they charge by the piece or by the hour.
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