*Fill out the United States Postal Service change of address form six to eight weeks prior to your move to make sure you receive your mail when you relocate. The form can be found at www.usps.com/moversguide/welcome.html. And make sure you let the IRS know, too. A change of address form (Form No. 8822) is available on their Web site (www.irs.gov). *Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before your move day.
*Makin' a list – Make a schedule of appointments to turn on and off your electricity, gas, water, cable and other fundamentals for your home.
Clean out closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide it’s time to move. Moving is the best time to get rid if stuff that you don't need.
Be prepared – Advance planning and organization will make your move go smoother . Keep all documents related to your move in one, easily accessible location. Use a folder, notebook, or even a daily planner to keep track of important phone numbers and documents.
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.
Make a “survival closet” of things for the last cleanup before you move out – broom, dust cloth, dust pan, mop.
To save money on your move take apart furniture and other items make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as gasoline, bottled gases and other flammables, ammunition and explosives as stated in our Non-Movable List.
Don’t use boxes without tops. We do not move open boxes.
If there is snow or ice on moving day please consider your moving crew and make sure the access points are shoveled and de-iced as much as possible.
For large appliances be sure to check your owner’s manuals to see if there are special instructions for moving.
Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack.
Start packing the items you don't need as soon as you know you're moving.
Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.
Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china as the ink may stain, instead opt for packing paper or bubble wrap.
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.
If you opt to pack yourself make sure all boxes will be strong enough to support your possessions.
Clearly label all boxes on top and side according to room.
Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
If you have complicated electronic setup it helps to take pictures before packing so it is easier to reassemble later.
Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.
Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.
Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
*An unsuccessful packing job can lead to an unsuccessful move. Proper packing paper, padding and boxes are vital to protecting your belongings. We offer a full range of packing materials along with packing & unpacking services. Trained, professional packers are able to help you with as much or as little of the packing and unpacking as you need.