Things to know before Moving
One of the most important moving tips is to make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day
Begin packing the least used areas of your home first and leave the essentials until last. Pack a box of items you will need immediately after the move and ensure it’s the last thing added to the truck.
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 of the box, whether or not it is fragile, and, most important: in which room you will place it at the destination.
Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. You can place clothes in drawers in large containers or suitcases. Avoid using trash bags.
Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing. Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.
As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to put all hardware in a bag and tape it to the main base.
Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gasses, other flammables, ammunition, and explosives.
Reserve all elevators, loading docks or parking areas for adequate periods.
Best moving packing materials
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
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. We recommend you move them in your vehicle for safety.
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 stock them into the truck. Tape all cartons carefully on both the 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.
Use packing tape. Never use duct tape. Don't interlock the tops
As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to put all hardware in a bag and tape it to the main base
Above all, take a deep breath and remain calm during one of the most stressful times of your life! We'll do our best to make your move as smooth as possible
Choose the Right Moving Company
When interviewing moving companies, ask if they are insured and bonded and how they charge
Ask if they charge extra for large-sized items such as pianos and big screen TVs.
Remember to ask what kind of training their movers and drivers go through before servicing customers.
Remember to ask if there is a cancellation policy.
Remember to ask if they will have a contact person on site or provide a contact number for the day of the move
Remember to ask if they move nights and weekends and if they charge for that service.
Remember to ask what type of payment options they offer
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).
Request a FREE Moving Estimate
Don't forget to ask if they offer free estimates.
Ask them if they charge for travel time from their office to your location.
Ask if they have suggestions on how to make your move easier.
Enquire if they offer packing and unpacking services.
Ask the moving company if your items will be insured during the move.
Ask them if they charge by the piece or by the hour.
Ask if they have a minimum charge.
Ask what their customer referral rate is.