Start packing well ahead of the move. Be sure to have plenty
of filling and padding material available. Newspapers, bubble
wrap, linens and blankets all work well to provide extra cushioning.
Dispose of everything you don't want to bring with you.
Systematically pack one room at a time. Label each box with
its desired destination (bedroom, basement, kitchen, etc.).
First pack items for storage. For example, if you are moving
during the summer, pack your winter clothes and sports gear
first. Pack heavy items (books, tools, etc.) in small boxes.
Put linens and towels in medium sized boxes. Be sure to fully
secure the bottoms of all your cartons so they will hold the
weight of its contents. Packing tape holds more securely than
masking tape. Pack heavier items toward the bottom of the
box and lighter items toward the top.
Also try to keep the weight of each of your boxes below 50
lbs or less. Always stack packed boxes as close as possible
to where you will park the truck. Loading like the Professionals
Pre-mark all of your boxes. This will insure that they end
up in the right rooms.
Make a floor plan of your new residence. It helps speed the
unloading if everyone knows exactly where to place the furniture.
Load boxes first and furniture last. This way the path will
be clear when you load (and unload) your furniture.
Please make sure your muscles are warmed up and stretched
out. It's very easy to pull muscles when moving. And practice
safe lifting techniques!
Check to make sure the utilities have been connected, and
follow up on any delays. Make sure your phone is connected.
Ideally, you should have the telephone company hook it up
the day before you move in.
Confine your pets to help keep them from running away or
becoming stressed by all of the activity.
To prevent possible damage, televisions, stereos, computers,
other electronic equipment and major appliances should not
be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to
adjust to room temperature.
Information contained herein subject
to change without notice.