Make sure that there is room to park a large moving van in front of your residence and that your neighbors are aware of the need for plenty of moving space. Disassemble beds, particleboard furniture, and remove mirrors off dressers. Disconnect and remove hoses and vents from washers and dryers and place inside the unit. Packed boxes should have taped closed tops. Write contents and room location on the side(s) of cartons. For new residence, number rooms for quick reference are always helpful.
Move small items yourself: lamps and lampshades, pictures, knickknacks, and small pieces of glass or other fragile items. If you would like us to move any of these items, they will first need to be properly packed. Unplug and bundle up all electric cords and wiring from appliances, computers and electronics. Load hanging clothes in wardrobe cartons yourself while we are moving furniture.
Make sure space is reserved in front of your new residence for a large moving van. Street access and close parking space is vital for efficiency. Sometimes city permits and/or no parking easels are required. Be present and available at all times during move in. We will ask where each piece goes and how you would like it placed as we walk in the door.
Measure and visualize the furniture placement within each room. We will place the items where you instruct us. Re-arranging can time-consuming and might have additional costs.
Useful materials for packing:
- Small boxes (1.5 cu. ft.)
- Medium boxes (3.02 cu. ft.)
- Large boxes (4.5 cu. ft.)
- Dish Pack boxes (5.25 cu. ft.)
- Several rolls of tape, with tape dispenser or tape gun. Avoid using masking tape for sealing boxes
- Bubble wrap. You may use instead blankets, sheets, linens or pillows for padding larger fragile items
- Wrapping paper or also called newsprint
- Heavy duty trash bags (30-45 gallon bags)
- Plastic cover for mattress and box spring
- Heavy duty marking pen
- Razor knife or box cutter
Begin packing in advance by packing items which you will not need over the next week or two. Pack one room at a time. Be sure to secure the box bottoms with plenty of packing tape. Put heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in bigger boxes, and don’t over-stuff. All boxes with breakables must be clearly and legibly marked “Fragile” or “F” on top and two sides of the box. Mark each box with its contents and room designation (i.e: label Living Room as “L/R”, Kitchen as “K”, Dining Room as “D/R”, Master Bedroom as “M/B”, Guest Room as “Guest”, Kid’s Room as “Kids”, Garage as “G”, Office as “O”, etc.). Do not pack items of different rooms in the same box.