Over the years we've assembled a list of useful moving and packing tips. No move is easy, but these tips will make your move less difficult.
A month before moving….
*Start making up your change of address list.
*Locate the local branch of your bank, shopping centers, schools, etc.
* Plan ahead and try to have a good idea of where the furniture will be placed in your new home.
* Arrange to have mail forwarded.
* Clear out unwanted goods – hold a garage sale.
* Clothes – do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
* Separate books – disposable, family reading, valuable.
* Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
* Have rugs cleaned.
* With regards to family pets– make sure vaccinations and documentation are up to date.
* Shops, schools, theaters, life styles – it’s never too early to find out about your new home.
* Will your new home be ready? If not, you need to arrange temporary storage.
* Want to take the car? Check on import regulations and the duty payable.
* Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if necessary.
A couple weeks before move….
* If possible, disconnect the water lines on refrigerators with ice makers prior to the move. This will prevent any last minute plumbing problems such as leaky valves, or lines which will not shut off.
* Have stereo components disconnected and boxed prior to your move
* Disconnect any gas appliances prior to the move. Have “Pipe Dope” at new location if you would like to reconnect the appliances which are gas.
* Check all electrical goods – will they work in the new home?
* Get rid of flammables – paint, petrol, gas cylinders.
* Start running down freezer stocks.
* If you are taking electrical goods such as a stereo, see if you still have their original boxes.
* If possible, disconnect washer and dryer
* We are prohibited by law from moving any flammable materials - such as, fuels, lighter fluid, aerosol cans, propane tanks, paints, bleach or any toxic materials.
* Reserve elevators in advance, if necessary. Please ask property management if elevator pads and masonite are required.
* Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers and so on.
A week before move….
* Try to arrange parking space for the moving truck at both loading and unloading points. Please try to have cars out of the driveways before the movers arrive.
* Have your telephone disconnected (at your old residence) one day after you plan to move, as the telephone company usually disconnects the phone first thing in the morning. This will not be possible if you keep the same number.
* Please pack and transport any extremely valuable items such as coins, jewelry, silver, money, etc.
* If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you.
* Round up personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses and so on.
* Keep passports separate so they are not packed.
* Label boxes according to what room they are to go, such as kitchen, master bedroom, garage, etc. mark boxes on top and at one end
On the big moving day…
* Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic, and garage to be sure they are empty.
* Carry traveler’s checks for quick, available funds.
* Make sure cellphones are charged.
After arriving at your new home…
* Renew your driver’s license, auto registration, and tags as needed.
* Plan to spend the day with us so that we can be instructed as to how you would like your furniture set up in you new house.
* Locate the hospitals, police stations, fire stations, grocery stores, and banks/atms near your home.
* Enjoy your new home!
No matter what you're packing, you should use crumpled packing paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there's a gap. All boxes with "fragile" items should be marked accordingly.
The list of individual household items is endless. Most can be packed by following our packing pointers. Here are some additional packing tips for major items. If you want a more comprehensive list of how to pack special items, drop us a line.
Bureau Drawers -- Don't overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove firearms and any items that might break or leak. Firearms, along with serial numbers, must be registered with your van line representative before the move.
Canned Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food -- Pack upright with no more than 24-30 cans per carton. Don't attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.
Frozen Foods and Plants -Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, your mover is prohibited from accepting these packed items when your shipment is being transported more than 150 miles and/or delivery will not be accomplished within twenty-four (24) hours from the time of loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines must be packed in a freezer which at time of loading is at normal deep-freeze temperature.
Clocks -- Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
Drapes and Curtains -- Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons, or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.
Flammables and Combustibles -- Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to leak, or even explode. For your own protection, you should know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you, not your mover, may be held liable.
Lamps and Lampshades -- Remove bulbs, harps and shades. Roll up cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place upright in clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with packing paper and tape to inside wall of carton that contains shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue lined cartons.
Medicines -- Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons. If needed during travel, carry with you.
Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures -- Tell your agent about valuable paintings for special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames and place on edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors will be taken down by the movers and placed in special cartons. For added safety, place tape diagonally across mirror to protect better against damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.
Personal Computers and Video Recorders -- Pack valuable electronic equipment in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Wrap an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place it in its carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer or video recorder. Wrap cords separately, label to identify usage and place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces. Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between the padded computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your personal computer is "parked" and ready for transport.
Silverware -- Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulfur content paper to prevent tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent scratching the silverware chest.
Tools -- Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
Water-bed Mattresses -- Drain all water from the water-bed and, grasping internal baffle systems with external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles. Consult your owner's manual for special instructions concerning the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects.
Cars and Motorcycles -- Cars and motorcycles shipped on the moving van should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze should be ample to protect against severe cold in winter.
Barbecue Grills and Propane Tanks -- Wrap grates and briquettes separately in a newspaper (or place all briquettes into a grocery bag) and place parts in carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce movement of contents. Propane tanks must be drained before the move. Consult your local gas grill distributor for the safest method.
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