Although moving is often an exciting time in one's life, it can also be incredibly stressful. As a result, many people do not bother learning the many useful packing tips and instead procrastinate, saving their packing until the last minute. This in turn leads to poorly packed boxes and creates more stress when it comes time to unpack. Listed below are suggestions from years of moving every sized box, piece of furniture, etc... and are not only beneficial to us, but for you as well. We will abstain from stating the obvious (i.e., don't pack fragile items with large and heavy items) and focus on the essentials.
Label each box with the name of its final destination (e.g. Kitchen, Master Bedroom, 1/2 Bath, etc...)
Limit the weight of 1.5 cu. ft. boxes to 50lbs
Use 1.5 cu. ft. boxes for books, dishes, DVDs, breakables, and other small, but heavy items. Your move will be more efficient if you have these items in 20 small boxes rather than 10 larger, heavier boxes. In addition, small boxes reduce damages from excess weight on your fragiles.
Limit the weight of 3.0 cu. ft. boxes and larger to 40lbs
3.0 cu. ft. boxes should be used to pack clothing and other large, but light items.
Everyday dishes should be individually wrapped with packing paper before placing into boxes.
Figurines, crystal, china and other extremely fragile items should be bubble wrapped individually.
Wardrobe boxes are perfect to move hanging items directly from one closet to another while still on the hangers. They can also be used for shoes, bedding, and miscellaneous light items.
Mirror/picture cartons protect your glass items such as mirrors, frames, and tabletops. These special cartons can be customized to fit any sized piece.
ON MOVING DAY
Be fully packed, organized, and ready to go when your movers arrive.
If possible, make arrangements for children and pets for safety and efficiency purposes
Make sure all pathways are clear of clutter or obstructions.
Disassemble large furniture such as beds and desks. Unplug all electronics and wrap the cords. Doing this before your movers arrive will save you time. If this is not possible, we will be happy to take care of this for you.
Once the moving truck is loaded, be sure to double check that nothing was left behind in closets, cabinets, and drawers.
Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished.
If you can't be there, please keep your cell phone on you at all times in case we have questions.
Once the move is complete we will do a walk through with you to make sure everything is where you wanted it.
AFTER MOVING DAY
Unpack and check the condition of your goods. Run the appliances and electronics, and check whether they are working properly or not. Your insurance policy may have a limited time in which you can make a claim.
Fill in a Change of Address form with the post office which can be done online at http://www.usps.com.
Send your new address to any publications you subscribe to, as it can take up to eight weeks for the change to become effective.
For the safety of you and your family, change all the locks in the house. You can do this either before moving or on the moving day. This is important, as one never knows who else has keys to your new home.
You should know the access to the main and sub electrical panel boxes. Label the main circuit breaker so that you know about the functioning of the breakers in different areas of your home.