MOVING TIP 1:
Get rid of stuff you donít need. Thereís no point packing and moving item that you will throw away anyway.
MOVING TIP 2:
Have enough supplies. Let's be clear about it -- having enough boxes will make your life easier. Get many more than you think you'll need. You can call us to have cartons delivered. If you donít use them you can always return them.
MOVING TIP 3:
Utilize wardrobe boxes. Wardrobe boxes are 24Ē wide. Calculate how large your closet are and we can have cartons ready for you to pick up or be delivered.
MOVING TIP 4:
Color coordinate. Designate a color for multiple destinations; we have colored stickers that are safe for your delicate finishes.
MOVING TIP 5:
Keep things together. Insist on keeping things together when you are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, extension cords with appliances. Attach small parts to the item using tape or small envelopes -- to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit. Keep larger items (such as a cable TV cord) in Ziplock bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item. As a backup, have a "Parts Box" open on the kitchen counter and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, or nails that are removed from any items of furniture. Keep this box with you, or mark it with a bright colored sticker so it can be easily located on move-in day.
MOVING TIP 6:
Pack ahead. Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also be packed while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.) .
MOVING TIP 7:
Consolidate cleaning supplies. If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. You can store this in a kitchen wastebasket, so you can easily move it down to the car when you are finished. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it.
MOVING TIP 8:
Use your luggage. Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Even for local moves you'll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favorite sweaters, whereas "Box #189" might remain elusive for days.
MOVING TIP 9:
Safeguard valued items. Silverware, collections, antiques -- take smaller items with you if you can, or bury them in a box titled "Misc. from kitchen pantry". Check your homeowner's insurance to make sure you are covered during the move, or if you need additional insurance from the mover. Also, what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) might be needed in case of loss.
MOVING TIP 10:
Keep important papers with you. Picture this: The truck left a few hours ago. It's now 2am, there's water all over your new kitchen floor, and you need your homeowner warranty policy number to call for help. Do you want to paw through 15 "office" boxes -- or just reach into your briefcase to find what you need? Your list of "important" papers might include: birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, realtor info, maps, and more.
MOVING TIP 11:
Personal boxes. Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill their box with items they'll want 'right away' in the new home. Important items include a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, kleenex, and travel cosmetic case, light bulbs and take this in the car to your new home. (Donít forget toilet paper)
MOVING TIP 12:
Speaking of time, it is important to note it takes time to do a move. Most interstate moves are done on large tractor trailers that typically hold 5 or 6 or more different household goods shipments. Movers rates are based on moving fully loaded trailers to and from origin to destination. That is why they need flexibility on the dates often for both loading and delivery. If you have a small shipment, but have specific date requirements for pickup and/or delivery, be prepared to pay a premium price for this service.
MOVING TIP 13:
Personal Computers - Keyboards - Modems - Printers - Fax Machines - EtcÖ Unplug all equipment from the power source and from other peripheral equipment. Place all cables, cords, covers, etc. in a moving carton with your other desk contents, etc. Make sure each piece of equipment has been properly serviced for moving, if any servicing is required.
MOVING TIP 14:
At destination, you might want to consider having the TV, DVD/Blue Ray, cable box and video game player hooked up first to occupy the kids while the rest of the van is being unloaded.
MOVING TIP 15:
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch your pet at their house.
MOVING TIP 16:
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest in the vehicle too long. Extreme heat or cold for even a short time can damage delicate shrubbery.
MOVING TIP 17:
Upon arrival at your new home, let your PC, TV, Monitors and other electronics "acclimate" itself to room temperature before plugging it in. Also certain appliances with Freon may need to sit for 8 hours or more before plugging in to allow chemicals to settle.
MOVING TIP 18:
Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, new friends, new experiences, etc., that are all part of any move.