Moving Tips

This is a general list of moving tips provided to help you if you would like to spend some time before the movers arrive to speed the process along. But, please note, that we provide most of these services at no additional cost as a part of our moving service.

Current Residence

  • 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 of dressers. 
  • Disconnect and remove hoses and vents from washers and dryers and place inside the unit. 
  • Tape tops of packed boxes closed.
  • Write the contents and room location on the side(s) of cartons. For a new residence, numbering the rooms as a quick reference is 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 electrical cords and wiring from appliances, computers and electronics.  
  • Load hanging clothes in the wardrobe cartons yourself while we are moving furniture.

New Residence

  • 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. 
  • Find out if city permits and/or no parking easels are required. 
  • Be present and available at all times during the 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. Rearranging can be time-consuming and might incur 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 to seal boxes.
  • Bubble wrap. You may use instead of blankets, sheets, linens or pillows for padding larger fragile items.
  • Wrapping paper or newspaper.
  • Heavy-duty trash bags (30-45 gallon bags).
  • Plastic cover for mattress and box spring.
  • Heavy-duty marking pen.
  • Razor knife or box cutter.

Additional Moving Tips

  • 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 them.
  • All boxes with breakables must be clearly and legibly marked Fragile or F on top and at least 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.

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