TIPS FOR NEW MOVERS
The general rule of thumb is 'what fits in a box goes in a box'. The better prepared our customers are, the quicker and easier (on everybody!) the move will be. Be thorough and Give yourself MORE than enough time to and pack up your belongings, and also use the occasion to sort through and throw out what you don't need.
Often our clients make the mistake of underestimating what is involved in correct prep and packing, then rushing through the process and not sorting and organizing properly. This results in us moving items that are often thrown away at the client's new residence. Certainly something to avoid!
If you ever get stuck, run out of materials or have a question, don't hesitate to call our office for advice or a little direction - we are professional movers after all - you can be sure that what ever your question is, we have fielded it before - and we will be able to answer it.
1. Plan how you will pack. Pack items first that you don't use often.
2. Start packing as soon as you find out you're moving.
3. Never pack flammable items or non-allowable items. Ask our office for help if you're not sure on this.
4. Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the top and especially at the bottom to provide good cushioning.
5. List contents and room on the outside of the carton on more than one side.
6. Clearly mark "Fragile" on the outside of cartons when applicable.
7. Use clean newsprint paper. We stock this in 25 lb. bundles and we offer free delivery of all our materials. See our supplies list. Old newspapers may work, but use them carefully because the ink may rub off onto your items.
8. Write "Open First" on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
9. Separate breakables and non-breakables.
10. Pack all cartons tightly but don't over pack. Heavier, denser items such as books should be packed into smaller boxes; larger and lighter items should go into boxes of corresponding sizes.
11. Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn't strong enough to support fully packed cartons. Packing tape is preferred and always in stock. PLEASE do not make the mistake of folding in corners to seal a box - this often happens - and our crews will often have to take the time to re-pack and then tape them closed.
12. BEFORE putting anything in a box, make sure the bottom of the box is secured by folding in the box leaves and placing 2 or 3 strips of tape covering the entire length of the seam where the leaves meet. You can never put too much tape on a box!
13. Play some music while you pack or put the radio on - you will be happy you did!