Over the years here at 916Movers, we’ve seen first-hand each and every possible situation and scenario that our customers experienced during their relocation’s.
Whether you choose us as your moving company or not, we hope you take these tips and moving advice to heart.
We came up with a point by point list of some helpful moving tips that will ultimately make your moving and relocating experience that much more pleasant.
Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.
For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.
Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china.
Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible including: children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information and photo albums.
Remember: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
Don’t pack with food or supermarket boxes. You never know what little critter is hiding – or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
Don’t use used boxes. You don’t know if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
Never use duct tape – use packing tape.
Clearly label all boxes on top and side.
As you take apart furniture and other items make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes.
Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.
By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives.
Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck.
Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.
Two weeks before the move don’t forget to arrange to transfer school records.
Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.
Remember to get snacks for move day.
Schedule disconnect times for about a week before your move day — you don’t want to have to pay for cable, phone and utilities when you aren’t even there!
Cancel newspapers, cable, pest control, cleaning help, lawn services about a week before the move.
Mail in your change of address forms about week before your move date.
Clean your stove before you move out.
The day before your move, defrost the fridge.
Make sure to get enough cash to get you through move day.
Don’t use boxes without tops. No tops make it impossible to stack properly in the truck.
Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing.
When interviewing moving companies:
Remember to ask if they are insured and bonded and how they charge.
Remember to ask if they charge extra for large items such as pianos and big screen TVs.
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 offer free estimates.
Remember to ask if they charge for travel time from their office to your location.
Remember to ask if they double drive time or have any additional fees.
Remember to ask if they have suggestions on how to make your move easier.
Remember to ask if they offer packing and unpacking services.
Remember to ask if your items will be insured during the move.
Remember to ask if they have a minimum charge.
Remember to ask if they charge by the piece or by the hour.
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