Moving Tips

A couple of tips for a successful move from the experts at Family Moving & Storage……

  • Save space and money by using “soft” items such as towels, pillows, sheet sets, and t-shirts as packing materials and extra padding around fragile items in boxes.
  • Stack boxes with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest on top to prevent crushing.
  • Check if your homeowner’s insurance policy or any other insurance policy you may already hold will cover your household items if something happens to them during a move.  If not, you could look into purchasing an additional policy during the move.
  • Know your time line and keep track of the status of your items in order to hit your preset destination arrival time goal.  You don’t want your furniture to show up at your new home when you don’t even have the keys to open the door yet!
  • Pack a 3-day suitcase for each member of the family for the move and keep it separate from the rest of the boxes during the transition.  That way you will always have the essentials you need for the first few days.
  • Create and mark an “Open Me First” box for each room that includes the most important items that you want unpacked first.
  • Take a picture to remember – whether that is to remember how you had the furniture in a room set up or a picture of the complicated wiring hook up with your TV speakers.  This will make it easier to set up the room and/or hook up those speakers again.
  • Label each packed box on multiple sides (instead of just one side).  That way if a box gets turned, you can still identify its contents.
  • Do your research on the moving company you hire.  Check online for customer reviews, see if they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau, or you could even ask to see their licensing and insurance policies.  Verifying the legitimacy of the mover can ensure that your items are being transported safely and legally.
  • If moving locally, leave your pets with a friend on moving day.  With all the commotion of the big truck, boxes, and people, they may get in the way.  Plus, a move can be a frightening thing for animals too.
  • Remember to file your “change of address” notice with the Post Office at least 30 days prior to the date of your move.
  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator/freezer before you move it.
  • If moving locally, leave the utility services (such as power and water) on at your old address for a few extra days so you can go back and clean up after your move.
  • De-clutter and purge unwanted items.  The more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be, saving you packing time, loading/unloading time and ultimately money.
  • Back up all of your computer files and/or photos and videos on cameras just in case something should happen such as exposure to extreme temperatures, which could damage the software.

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions.  We are here to help!