Moving Tips

Over the years we’ve managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade. Whether we are helping with your move or not, dig into our cache of moving tips. They make moving easy — easy moves make people happy.

Take it From the Pros…

• Tape boxes on top and bottom.
• Clearly label all of your boxes according to their content and handling instructions (e.g.: “Fragile,” “Top Load Only”). You can also categorize the boxes by room using color-coordinated sticker dots.
• Towels and linens make excellent packing materials for fragile items.
• Use closet space to store packed boxes.
• If you are moving into storage, arrange your storage unit in advance. If you have antiques, you may want to reserve a climate controlled storage unit.
• If you are renting a truck, do it as early as possible. Don’t forget to rent plenty of moving blankets! (About 2 blankets per item.)
• Cloth items can be left in drawers.
• Bundle garden tools, fishing poles and the like together.
• When packing breakables use a lot of newsprint, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. There’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to your fragile valuables.
• Use linens or blankets for wrapping mirrors, pictures and such.
• Stage coolers on top of the fridge/freezer for when they have to be emptied on moving day.
• Always move cash, jewelry, and other precious items yourself.
• Empty lateral file cabinets.
• Movers should not move any flammable materials such as gas, propane, ammo, etc.
• Pack a box of cleaning supplies and keep it under the sink so it’s not misplaced on moving day.
• Arrange all transfer of utilities well in advance!
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• Most moving companies will not disconnect or reconnect washers or ice machines. Be sure to have yours disconnected before the movers arrive!
• Be careful not to schedule any important engagements on the evening or day of the move.
• In an apartment situation, save space for the moving van by blocking a parking spot with your car overnight.
• Pack things you will need right away (clothes, toiletries, phone, keys, current bills, important papers, et cetera) and move these yourself.