MOVING TIPS

Moving Tips

  • Make your reservation with a moving company at least two to four weeks before the actual moving date.
  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms into the same box.
  • Use wardrobe boxes for easier packing and unpacking of the clothes. Try to use suitcases for folded clothes.
  • Only use small boxes for books, for they can get very heavy.
  • For large appliances, check your owner’s manual for special instructions on how to move them.
  • Never use newspaper to wrap fine china. Only use wrapping paper or bubble wrap.
  • Always stack dishes upward when packing.
  • Pack important and sentimental documents separately. Family’s health records, passports, insurance documents, photos, etc.
  • Please remember, the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
  • Do not pack with food or supermarket boxes. They tend to be weak and might not be able to handle the weight of the household or office items.
  • Do not use used boxes.
  • Never use duct tape.
  • Clearly label all boxes on the top and sides.
  • Try not to get rid of the child’s favorite things before the move. The move itself can be very stressful for children.  They will need their favorite toys to be comforted.
  • If you are going to disassemble furniture, make sure you tape the screws and parts to the base of the furniture.
  • Try to pack all electronic devices in their original boxes. Otherwise, use bubble wrap when packing these items.
  • Start packing unused item ahead of time.
  • By law, moving companies are not allowed to transport hazardous materials, such as gasoline, bottled gases, flammables, and explosives.
  • Pack a few boxes with items that you will need immediately after the move and be sure that it is loaded lastly on the truck.
  • Always pack and unpack fragile items over a padded surface.
  • Always use tape for boxes. Do not interlock the tops.
  • Clean out closets, attics, storage spaces, garages, and basements as soon as the moving date is set.
  • Don’t forget to arrange a school transfer process for the children. This can be done at least two weeks before the moving date.
  • Make a “survival closet” of things you will need for the final clean up. A broom, dust cloth, dust pan, a mop, windex, etc.
  • Remember to have snacks ready for moving day.
  • Schedule a disconnection date for all of your utilities. You won’t want to pay for any unused utility fees.
  • Cancel newspaper, cable, pest control, gardening service, pool service, and other household or office maintenance services at least a week before the moving date.
  • Mail in your change of address forms a week before the moving date.
  • Clean your stove before moving out.
  • Defrost your refrigerator a day before the moving date.
  • Make sure you have enough cash to get you through the moving day.
  • Take some time to say goodbye to neighbors and friends.
  • If you are depending on friends or family members to help you move, have a back-up plan ready, just in case they can’t make it.
  • Do not use boxes without tops. It is impossible to stack boxes without the top.
  • Use custom designed boxes for fine china and valuable items.