Moving Tips

Helpful Moving Tips For a Smooth Move

Closing Day: Never plan to move in on your closing day. Sometimes there are delays in the closing or the former occupants may be late moving out.

Packing: If you are doing some or all of your own packing arrange to get started well in advance of the move to be sure packing is completed by moving day. Starting early is very important because packing a household can be much more time consuming than one would expect and proper packing is the most important part of a move.

Items Not Moving: Be sure any items not moving have a “DO NOT MOVE” label
Make a Floor Plan where all furniture is to be placed in your new home and be sure to name each room.

Elevators: If you are moving in or out of a condo or apartment be sure to have building management reserve the elevator. And if possible, reserve the spot where the moving van will park.

Truck Access: Be sure to have your vehicles moved out of your driveway and away from the front of your residence to make room for the moving van.
Be Accessible to guide the movers for the placement of furniture and to answer the movers questions during the move.

Little Ones: Please keep small children away from the moving process. Suggestions for small children is to spend the day with family members, relatives, or a childcare.

Our Furry Friends: Please keep pets away from the moving process by having them at a pet care, a pet sitter, or safely confining them in an empty room.

Wall Mounted Items: Takedown all wall-mounted items such as pictures, paintings, TV’s.

Electronics: Disconnect electronics completely and pack all components and their wires in boxes. Be sure to back up all your computer files on file storage disks or devices. Check if you still have the original boxes for your electronics to pack them in.

Parts Box: Take a 1.5 cube box or a 2 cube box and label it “PARTS BOX.” Tightly tape the box bottom shut and leave the top open. The Parts Box is where you put all the hardware and little pieces you will acquire as you are doing your move preparation. All the screws, nuts, bolts, washers, furniture cups, shelf pegs, etc. Seal the pieces into a manila folder or a zip lock bag, clearly write where the pieces go and put them in the parts box. It is best to use one envelope or bag per disassembled item so no pieces from different items can get mixed together. The Parts Box is a great way to keep all the little easily misplaced pieces in one accessible box.

Propane BBQ – disconnect and remove the propane tank.
Natural Gas BBQ – disconnect the natural gas connection and coil the hose.

Gasoline Powered Items: Drain the fuel tanks of lawnmowers, snow blowers and other gasoline-powered equipment as empty as you can and try to leave the tanks no more than 1/4 full.

Garden Tools: Bundle your garden tools. Take your shovels, rakes, brooms, etc and tape two or three of them together into handy moving bundles.

Garden Hoses: Drain, coil, & connect ends so they do not leak all over.

Appliances: Completely disconnect your washing machine and install your transit bolts to secure your washing machine drum

Removable Shelves: Remove all loose shelves from bookcases, cabinets, and shelf units. Smaller shelves can be packed into boxes and medium and large shelves we will wrap in furniture blankets. Please do not tape the shelves together. Remove all shelf support pegs and seal them into manila envelopes or zip lock bags clearly marked as to where they go. Place all envelopes or bags into the Parts Box

Area Rugs: Roll and tape them in 2 or 3 places, depending on the size

Grandfather Clocks: Remove the weights and pendulum and pack them separately. Then bundle the hanging chains together inside the clock to secure them so they don’t bang around during transport.