If you know someone who has spent any time in the moving industry, I would be tempted to bet my bottom dollar you have heard some nasty stories of unpreparedness. They make for a fun conversation after the fact but can you imagine walking into one of those scenarios? Speaking from experience, I can tell you that a situation like that can double the length of the move. Proper packing is the key to safe and timely transportation my friends! Each one of the suggestions below will make your relocation process safer, faster and more enjoyable for everyone.

Cartons

moving boxes stacked in empty room ready for movers

moving boxes stacked in empty room ready for movers

Have you ever heard of a pillow-box? When you try to get it off the ground it goes from being cube shaped to being a live entity that tries to escape your grasp! We can avoid that with these suggestions:

  • Fill your cartons completely and make sure they are still square (no bulging tops) and securely closed with packing tape. This keeps the carton strong and prevents damage.
  • Be aware of how heavy your cartons are. The general rule is if you can’t lift it, it may be too heavy. Of course, you’re hiring professionals so as long as you don’t put all of your free weights in one box you should be fine.
  • Your collection of books should be tightly packed in smaller boxes for safety sake. Yes, it sounds like common sense; the thing of it is, common sense can sometimes goes out the window when the deadline looms closer.
  • Make sure all of your cartons are properly labeled for the room they will go to and whether it is fragile or heavy.
  • Keep any of the heavier items evenly distributed at the bottom of the carton. Top-heavy cartons can spell disaster in short order!

Loose Items

We like to keep our customers happy so we’ll transport anything you have (within reason of course…no children!) so don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep it organized though.

  • Bundle any long handles or items together and tape them up.
  • Wrap all electrical cords on everything and secure them so that they stay wrapped; getting a cord under foot is one way to do a graceless face-plant. Needless to say, that hurts a bit so lets not do it.
  • Lamp shades and anything similar should go in a box but as long as we know they are there we can usually fit them up at the top of the load or in a crush-free zone. Make sure we see them and they should be fine.
  • Pictures should be placed together and in one location of your house. We take great care to see that they are protected and in order for us to place them in a safe spot we need to know how many and how large they are. Mirrors fit in this category as well.
  • Longer items are also something we would like to see before we begin to load the truck as they can cause havoc as a last minute item.

Furniture

man carrying sofa as he moves into new home

man carrying sofa as he moves into new home

You spent a lot of your hard earned pay for your furniture and hopefully it will last you a good long time. Let’s see if we can get some teamwork going and make sure it gets where it’s going exactly how it left (maybe even better if you happen to have a loose leg or two to tighten).

  • Cover your mattresses with either a mattress bag or wrap them securely with poly.
  • If you wish for us to assemble any furniture such as a bedroom suite, it is recommended that you let our team members disassemble the more complicated pieces ourselves. Tell us what you have and we will make sure we bring the right tools for the job.
  • Dressers are usually fine with a normal amount of clothing in them. Any other items such as watches, change, small knickknacks and the like should go in a carton. The last thing you want is your hidden treasures rolling around on the floor of the truck!
  • Any removable shelves are best left in until our crew sees them; we will check all the shelves and secure any loose pins or brackets we may find.
  • Point out those family heirlooms and pieces you’re proud of; we’ll handle it like it came from royalty.

Appliances

Every mover loves appliances…can you here the sarcasm in that statement? Actually, some of us really do enjoy them; that is, as long as we’re ready for them . Please let us know in advance if you have any appliances so we can make doubly sure we bring the right gear. It’s on our list of questions but details slip through the cracks sometimes so if we do our best to ask and you do your best to tell us everybody will go home happy.

  • Refrigerators and freezers are best left unplugged for the first ½ hour or so after they are in your new home so they can, “Settle in”.
  • Free standing air conditioning units should be completely drained of water; otherwise, you may end up with water where you don’t want it.
  • Stacking, or apartment-sized washers and dryers are something else we like to know about in advance.

Garage and Shed Items

We all know what happens in a garage, right? It is often the most complicated area to prepare! Here are a few tips to help make that part of your relocation go smoother:

  • Place all hand tools and smaller power tools in a toolbox or a container such as a 5 gallon bucket, a milk crate with the bottom lined with thick cardboard or a similar sturdy container.
  • Put items into groups if you can (we know this isn’t always possible so don’t fret too much). This will make it much easier on the unload.
  • Honestly, I have no parrot in my family tree but this bears repeating. Make sure longer items are visible or you let us know where they are so we can pack accordingly.
  • Larger tools such as drill presses or table saws should be accessible; they can be unwieldy and off balance so they need special consideration.
  • Make arrangements for any dangerous goods or toxic chemicals; most moving companies are not licensed to transport these.

Lawn Furniture and Play Sets

How long have you lived where you are? More to the point, how long has your patio set been getting rained on? I have seen it more than once that a table or chair has decorated a shirt with a small fountain of murky brown water! That’s one of the last things you want happening because the outdoor furniture and toys are usually the last thing to go on the truck. This means that mover that presented such a professional image when he rang your doorbell now looks like a metal worker after a really bad day. Would you like to avoid that? Here’s how:

  • Get everything under cover for a week or so. Throw a tarp over the set or get it into the garage if you can. That will give the rust a chance to dry.
  • Give everything a quick wipe. Go ½ a step higher than a teenager would (we all know what that means, right?). That’s good enough for us.
  • Take any drain plugs out of play sets and the like. If you have a basket ball stand, do the same for it.
  • Take any plastic play sets apart. All the parts are usually flat and that can possibly save you an extra trip.

Last Minute Items

Picture this:
You’re walking around your house saying your last goodbyes but you notice your great grandmother’s rocking chair tucked away under the stairs in the basement. You consider leaving it for firewood for the next owner but an image of granny pops into your head with a saddened look on her face; like a streak of lightning, you grab the rocker, hustle it out the front door and present it to your movers.

 

old rocking chair under the shadow of the morning.

old rocking chair under the shadow of the morning.

We’ve had the occasional move where we’ve seen an extra hour or so have to be tacked on to the bill because 3 or 4 pieces were tacked on at the end of loading a truck. I know that sounds a bit strange to the uninitiated so let me explain why.

When we pack a load we are very attentive to the placement of…..well, everything! The heavy items are at the bottom or supremely padded and secured, the boxes are placed in such a manner so as not to crush them as well as being part of a well-ordered tier (one row of belongings), everything is loaded with the shift of the truck in mind and the weight/fragility accounted for. If the truck is only half full and there is almost nothing left we will give you a big smile and get that extra item (or 5) onto the truck before you can blink!

On the flip side of the coin, you may see us eye the load, scratch our heads and begin the process of re-packing if we’re almost at the back door. That is the last thing we want to see happen to you so try not to forget anything.

I’m not saying you have to do each and every one of these things. My goal is to give you the information that can save you a wad of cash (and a possible migraine). The ball is now in your court my friend.

That’s about it, I think. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. We love talking with you; not to worry though, we can do two things at once!

Your Friendly Neighborhood Mover,

Jay

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