Boxes - These can be purchased at a moving supply company (check your yellow pages). You can also go to the grocery store for their boxes, but keep in mind they will not be as strong as the new boxes made especially for moving household goods and not for fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that you do not need to get huge boxes, because they will be too hard to lift when filled. So keep them manageable.
Garbage bags: A lot of people will probably recommend you to save the money of purchasing boxes and use garbage bags. If you moving locally it may be right but for a long distance move it is most definitely not recommended. You are being charged for the space your belongings is holding on the truck, you'll want the movers to be able to stack everything in order to save some space, the bags are not stackable. If you decided to use them any way buy the clear ones that you'll be able to see through.
Important items (such as photographs, wills, jewelry, home videos, and any other important documents) should be packed separately so that you can personally carry them with you on moving day. (insurance money will not compensate you for the lost of it).
- It always makes good sense to begin packing well ahead of the move.
- We strongly recommend that you use good quality, strong moving boxes, and always be certain that the bottoms are fully secured.
- Don't get overwhelmed. Try to concentrate on one room at a time. Be sure that every box is clearly labeled by room and item.
- Once your moving boxes are filled, they should be placed in an area close to your front door.
For long distance move it is recommended to have an insurance cover for the move on top of the basic insurance the movers will offer. The movers are obligated only for 60 cent per pound per article, if something happens it will not cover even the simple repair. It will not help you to scream and threat after the move, they are legally covered. Find out if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers your belongings in transit.
- When disassembling your bed, use tape or rope to bind the frames together.
- Your drawers should be filled with wrapped items or clothes. Entire drawers should be covered with a blanket or old linens. You shouldn't tape the drawers shut - the finish on your drawers may be damaged.
- Cover your tables with a blanket or old linen. When possible, remove the legs. Always wrap the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and secure them to a leg.
- Check your owner's manual for any special moving instructions of appliances and other electronic equipment.
- In order to keep the tub of your washing machine from moving around during the move, fill it with stuffed toys, blankets, towels, and old linens.
- Make sure that all loose parts in your refrigerator (including ice containers and drawers) are secure. Any exposed coils should be padded to protect them during the move as well.
- Small mirrors should be carefully wrapped and packed in boxes. Cardboard should be used to cover large paintings, artwork, or wall mirrors. When possible, these items will be kept safe in wardrobe boxes.
- Because your outdoor furniture may be too bulky or heavy to move in one piece, you may need to disassemble it. If so, be sure to place the nuts and bolts in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
- Carpets and rugs should be rolled up and carefully secured with tape or rope.
- Wrapping sharp edges on any tools or attachments will help prevent injury. Power tools should be packed with plenty of cushioning. Be sure to tie or tape your tool chests securely closed.
- A very important reminder is to carefully dispose of the gasoline and oil from your lawnmower and other machinery, as well as any flammable or poisonous household products.
- Order preprinted address labels with your new address as soon as you know it. It makes the change-of-address process much easier.
- Keep a utility log to check service-transfer dates. If you're moving locally, leave the power and water on at your old address a few extra days so you can go back and clean up after your move.
- Mark each box with its contents and destination room. That way, you and your movers will know where to place each box at your new home.
- Pets - If moving locally, you may want to leave your pets with a friend during moving day. Animals can become confused and frightened during a move. Depending on the temperament and size of your pet, as well as the distance you're moving, it may be make sense to enlist the help of a pet transporter. Reputable pet transporters can organize every aspect of moving your pet from beginning to end.
Certain times of the year are busier moving times. It's wise to plan ahead and make sure there is availability on the day you want to move. You will probably get better deals on winter times (December thru April). As soon as you decided on a company, make a reservation, as soon as you'll book — the better rates you'll get.
The moving industry has «peak» and «off peak» seasons. The «peak» season for movers is during the summer. Also, the beginning and the end of the month and the end of year holidays are extra busy for movers. During that period of time the demand for moving equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy.
Your move should occur at a time that is convenient for you and your family. If you have children you will most likely want to move when the school term is up. Unfortunately this may fall in to the peak season and your costs will probably be higher. If your move can be rescheduled for a time when the van line agents will be less busy you may be able to reduce your moving costs.
It is important to book your moving services well ahead to secure your ideal moving date.
Before making a reservation — check what is the cancellation policy of the company. Sometimes last minute changes can cost you a fortune (loosing your deposit, etc.)
It's a good idea to compare measurements of the doorways and hallways in your new home. You may actually need to sell or donate some items.
Take measurements of all large items and furniture if you being charge by cu.ft. It will help them, even if they didn't ask for it, to provide you with an accurate estimate.
Make some homework before the move day and while searching for a company. Be aware of your rights.
If something hasn't been used in over 12 months, seriously consider selling or donating it. Remember that either if you're moving locally or long distance you will be charged for each item. You'll have to pack it, the movers will spend more time and it will hold more space on the moving van.
Do not hesitate or feel uncomfortable to ask the movers any question you may have. Even if it will take 15 minutes that the helpers will not work, spend this time with the foreman and make sure you understand the procedure.
- If you decide to do your own packing or partial packing, remember that the moving company is not liable for damage to boxes packed by the customer. However, if there is obvious exterior damage on packing up your goods, make a note on the inventory sheet of your shipment. The driver has the right to refuse to accept any carton that may be improperly packed.
- Notify the post office that you will be moving. Provide them with a new address (permanent or temporary). Use the attached link to change your address online