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Moving Tips

  • Eliminate what you don’t want or need before you move. If you haven’t used it in over a year, and it isn’t a valuable family heirloom, you probably don’t need it. Donate it to a charity, sell it in a garage sale, or get rid of it. There is little sense in paying us to move items you don’t want and won’t use.
  • Keep a copy of all relevant paperwork (estimate, confirmation, etc.) with you throughout your move in case you need to refer to it. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • Keep your boxes light and manageable. Be careful not to overload the cartons. If you cannot lift the carton easily, it is too heavy! Keep the weight of a single box to less than 50 pounds.
  • Use appropriate cartons when packing. This will go a long way toward ensuring your goods arrive safely. Please note that plastic trash bags are not appropriate cartons under any circumstances.
  • Use appropriate padding when packing your boxes. Do not skimp on packing paper or bubble wrap. As a general rule of thumb, more padding is better.
  • Dishes should be packed vertically in dish barrels. Do not stack your dishes in a box under any circumstances. As a general rule, you should only expect to fit about the equivalent of four place settings in one dish pack. If you have more than that in the box, you have not used enough padding (see above).
  • Do not pack your fragile items in the same carton as heavy or bulky items.
    Carry your valuables and necessary medications with you. The mover is not responsible for these items.
  • When packing, note the contents on the box and designate which room the box will go in when you arrive. This will greatly speed up the unloading at your new home. You may also wish to make an inventory of what items are in each box to help you unpack quickly and find crucial items in your new home.
  • Have an “OPEN FIRST” box for each room. For bedrooms, this box might contain bed linens, toiletries, bathroom tissue, first aid supplies, etc. For the kitchen, you may want the box to contain coffee supplies, soft drinks or water, your first night’s dinner dishes and utensils, etc.
  • Place all items not to be packed or given to the movers in a safe and separate place, like an empty closet or spare bathroom. These items may include purses, valuables, plants, pets, etc. Tell the movers that this area is off limits because it contains items you wish to move yourself. Be sure that all the packers and movers know which items are to be packed and moved, and which items are not. Clear communication from everyone is absolutely essential to a smooth move.
  • Whenever possible, arrange for young children and pets to be out of the house on moving day. It is best when you and the movers can give one another your undivided attention for the entire move. Moving day can also be a bit dangerous for little ones and pets, so it’s best that they are elsewhere.
  • Keep your phone service at your original house connected until after the move is completely finished. Your ability to fully communicate with your mover and everyone else can be critical.
  • Arrange to have newspaper deliveries, gas, electricity, cable, and other services turned off at your old home and turned on at the destination. If possible, have these things overlap for a day or so just in case something changes with the move-in date. Make sure your post office knows where and when to start forwarding your mail.

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