Moving and Packing Tips
A CHECKLIST FOR BEFORE AND AFTER YOU’VE MOVED
Please take advantage of our moving tips and moving advice. Print this page and carry it with you before and several days after the move. Moving tips that may seem obvious can be easily over looked. Take our moving advice and utilize this checklist before and after you have moved.
Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.
GET THE BED READY
Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE FRIDGE
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.
KEEP THE PHONE BOOK
Take your current phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.
PACK HEAVY – PACK LIGHT
Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
GIVE OUT YOUR NUMBER
Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached.
PROTECT YOUR MEMORIES
If it’s irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.
KNOW HOW TO PACK PLATES AND RECORDS
Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
REMEMBER THE BARE NECESSITIES
Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first.
Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.
TAG YOUR ITEMS
For your garage sale, tag all items and be prepared to wheel and deal. Garage sale gurus love to haggle.
GIVE THE KIDS AN EXERCISE
Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town.
HELP YOUR PET RELAX
Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him at their house.
BE NICE TO YOUR PLANTS
When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE COMPUTER
Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.
ENJOY THE HELP
Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!
- Packing Tips
If you decide to pack your belongings yourself, read through our packing tips for information on how to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
- Start packing several cartons each day a few weeks before your move. Be sure that the items you pack won’t be needed before your move. By pacing yourself, you’ll be more organized and the job won’t be so overwhelming.
- Pack on a room-by-room basis and do one area of the room at a time. It’s best not to mix items from different rooms in one box.
- Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes.
- To prevent small items from being lost or mistakenly thrown out with the packing paper, wrap miniature knickknacks and other small items in brightly colored tissue paper before placing them in the box.
- On the top and front of each carton, write a general description of the contents and indicate the room from which it came (or where it will go in your new home).
- Use different colored dot stickers for each box. Then, at your new house, hang a balloon of the same color outside the room where you want the color-coded boxes to be delivered.
- Use only unprinted newsprint paper to wrap items. Regular newspapers are messy and can soil your possessions.
- Place pictures in boxes between sheets and blankets to give them added protection.
- Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
- Use clean cartons designed for moving. Boxes obtained from grocery or liquor stores are not always clean, and they may not withstand the weight of the items you’ll be putting into them. Also their odd sizes tend to make loading more difficult.
- Some common household items cannot be included in your shipment because they are hazardous materials. Examples of these materials include flammables such as paint, varnish and thinners, gasoline, kerosene and oil, bottled gas, aerosol cans, nail polish and remover, ammunition and explosives, corrosives, and cleaning fluids and detergents.
- You should personally transport irreplaceable photos, financial papers and assets (bank checks, insurance policies, stock certificates, etc.), legal documents (wills, passports. etc.), valuables, jewelry, coin and stamp collections, etc.), and medical and family history records.
- Unpack breakables over the box you’re taking them out of; that way, if you happen to drop an item, it will land on some packing material, thereby reducing its chance of breakage.