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Moving Tips

  • Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.


  • For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.


  • Don’t try to get rid of your children’s favorite things before the move – even if it makes it easier. Kids sometimes have a hard time dealing with the change of the move itself.


  • By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gasses 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.


  • Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move.


  • 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 a 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.


  • Take time to say goodbye to friends and neighbors before your busy move day.


  • If you are depending on friends and family to help you move, have a backup plan if they don’t show.









Packing Tips

  • 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.


  • 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. Otherwise, use bubble wrap when packing these items.


  • Start packing items you will not need ahead of time.


  • Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.


  • Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.


  • 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.

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