MOVING TIPS

 

General Packing and Moving Tips

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Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.
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Begin packing the least used areas of your home first and leave the essentials until last. Pack a box of items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.
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Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box. Label boxes on top. Use color stickers if possible, assigning a different color for each room. Note the contents on the box, whether or not it is fragile, and the most important: in which room it will be placed at the destination.
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Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in large boxes or suitcases. Avoid using trash bags.
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Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing. Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.
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Always pack heavy items on the bottom, lighter items on the top. Use medium boxes for books.
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Do not put heavy items in with breakables, and make sure there is an inch of paper cushioning between layers of breakables. Although your movers will be cooperative enough to move whatever you have, they will not vouch for the safety of loose pictures, lampshades, mirrors, or small electronic equipment. You can buy bubble-wrap for pictures and mirrors, or request mirror boxes from us.
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Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
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Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible including: health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums. Pack all valuable items in the same few cartons and check them on their arrival at the destination. It’s recommended to move them in your own vehicle for safety.
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Don’t use used boxes like food or supermarket boxes. You never know what little critter is hiding – or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions or stocking them into the truck. Tape all cartons carefully on both top and bottom. Open top boxes make it impossible to stack properly in the truck. Double tape boxes that will be carrying heavy items like books.
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Use packing tape. Never use duct tape. Don’t interlock the tops.
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As you take apart furniture and other items make sure to all hardware in a bag and tape it to the main base.
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Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
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By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives.
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Do not move any liquids that have been opened, only containers that are still factory sealed.
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Mattresses can be wrapped in furniture pads on the truck, but special bags or boxes can be purchased if desired. You can request your movers to wrap your upholstered furniture with shrink wrap or get plastic covers from us or a moving supplies store.
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Washers and dryers can be disconnected by your moving crew if necessary. Arrangements must be done in advance if reconnection is required.
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Defrost the fridge the day before your move. For microwaves, you only have to remove the glass tray inside and pack separately.
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Reserve all elevators, loading docks or parking areas for adequate time periods.
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Be on hand to answer questions and direct the placement of furniture items. A floor plan taped to the door indicating where boxes and pieces should be placed will greatly facilitate the unloading.
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Above all, take a deep breath and try to remain calm at one of the most stressful times of your life! We'll do our best to make the move go as smoothly as possible.

 

Choosing Your Moving Company

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When interviewing moving companies, make sure to ask if they are insured and bonded and how they charge.
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When interviewing moving company, make sure to ask if they charge extra for large items such as pianos and big screen TVs.
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When interviewing a possible moving company, remember to ask what kind of training their movers and drivers go through before servicing customers.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if there is a cancellation policy.
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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.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they move nights and weekends and if they charge for that service.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask what type of payment options they offer.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask what their customer referral rate is.
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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).
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they offer free estimates.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they charge for travel time from their office to your location.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they have suggestions on how to make your move easier.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they offer packing and unpacking services.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if your items will be insured during the move.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they have a minimum charge.
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When interviewing possible moving companies, remember to ask if they charge by the piece or by the hour.