Packing is a crucial part of your move. An organized and planned packing process will allow you to start your new life at your new location quickly and easily. Elite Moving & Storage has created these important packing tips for moving in order for you to create a smooth packing process.
– Pack early. It is important to go at your own pace and not rush the packing process in order to account for all items you plan to move with you and to make sure you are well-organized for easy unloading when you arrive at your new location.
– Mark all boxes to indicate what is in each box and what room it goes to.
– Heavier Items should be in smaller boxes and light bulky items in larger boxes in order to keep boxes from splitting or crushing.
– Pack all the boxes to their maximum capacity and, if possible, combine paper to prevent movements that will cause noise and damage to the boxed items.
– Save or Resell your used boxes that you’ve purchased after the move is complete.
– Dishes: make sure that each dish is separately wrapped with paper or bubble wrap and there is padding on the bottom of the box as well as between each individual item. Cover the top of the items before you close the box to ensure tightness and security.
– Drawers should be empty of any contents.
– Tools and Lawn Equipment — Drain oil and fuel from power tools such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers and chain saws (do not ship flammables under any circumstances). Pack hand tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately if valuable.
– Motorcycles — should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should be disconnected.
– Home Theater Systems, Plasma and Big-Screen TVs, Surround Sound Systems and Entertainment System Components — We recommend using a qualified third party to properly prepare plasma and big-screen TVs and entertainment system components for transport. It is best to use the original packaging when available. Consult the owner’s manual for specific instructions on your equipment.
– Lamps and Lampshades — Remove bulbs, harps and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrap separately and place up right in a clean, tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial with packing paper and tape to the inside wall of the carton that contains the shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper, and place upright in large, tissue-lined cartons .
– Medicine — Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons or metal waste containers. Some prescription drugs, such as insulin, lose their potency if exposed to heat. Check with your pharmacist before transporting them with your shipment. Our recommendation is that you carry all medications with you.
– Stereos — Secure the tone arm and turntable against the movement by tying. Secure the changer to avoid its moving forward. On delicate, expensive players, it is wise to have this done by an experienced serviceman.
– Microwave Ovens — Remove all loose articles inside the oven, such as cookware, glass shelves and carousels. Wrap loose articles and place in a separate container. Tape the door shut in an “X”-pattern to protect the glass. Use the original manufacturer’s carton if available.
– Glass items: Glass tops, glass shelves, Mirrors, Paintings and Pictures – For complete safety, these items should be crated. This is a “must” when storing or shipping; Wrap them in unprinted newspaper or paper pads and place them in picture / mirror box.
– Cables – Disconnect all the cables from all electronic items like TV, Stereo System, DVD, VCR and pack them together.
– Computers — Pack computer equipment — PCs, scanners, printers, etc. — in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton. Place additional padding between the carton and the computer.
– Rugs — Leave large rugs to be rolled up by the carrier.
– Silverware — Wrap each piece in cloth or low-sulfur-content paper to prevent tarnishing. Wrap the silver chest in an old blanket or moving pad to prevent scratching.
– Waterbed Mattresses — Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping the internal baffle system with the external vinyl, fold the 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
– Refrigerator / Freezes — Defrost and thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important. The doors should be left open several hours to air after defrosting. All pans, trays, crispers, shelves or removable parts should be removed and wrapped separately. Have your refrigerator serviced. Motor may have to be bolted down before moving. Do not plug it in at the new home until it has been unbolted.
– Stoves — Must be disconnected prior to pickup. Be sure gas lines are shut off tight and capped, if possible. For electric ranges, if the coils are loose, they must be removed together with griddles, deep fryers and removable parts, then packed separately.
Grandfather clocks, chandeliers, pool tables, hot tubs, washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, aquariums etc.
– Valuables — Legal documents, all important papers, jewels, stamps and currency should be handled by you personally. Keep them in your immediate possession.
– Firearms — You are responsible for transporting handguns and ammunition.
– 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, know that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment or others, you — not your carrier — will be held liable. – Frozen Foods and Plants — Because of the delicate and perishable nature of these items, carriers are prohibited from accepting these packed items unless the shipment is transported less than 150 miles and/or delivery will be accomplished within 24 hours of loading. Frozen food shipped within these guidelines should be packed in a cooler with dry ice, not in a freezer.
- SMALL BOXES: (1.5 cu. ft.) Books, Records, Magazines, Canned goods, Heavy tools, etc.
- MEDIUM BOXES: (3.0 cu. ft.) Linens, Shoes, Small appliances, almost all miscellaneous items in the house.
- LARGE BOXES: (4.5 cu. ft.) Lampshades, Shoes, Pillows, Bedding, Stuffed Animals, Lighter clothing items such as sweaters, robes, etc.
- EXTRA LARGE: (6.0 cu. ft.) Lampshades, Pillows, Bedding, Only light “Fluffy” articles.
- CHINA BOXES / DISHPACKS: (Double Wall) These are for breakables such as Dishes, Stemware, Figurines, Objects of art, Lamps, other fragile items, Etc.
- MIRROR & PICTURE BOXES: (2 Piece or 4 Way) These are for Pictures, Mirrors, Glass table tops, Shelves, Marble slabs, Etc. (Use paper pads, or Bubble Wrap to cushion these items).
- LAMP BOXES: Lamp Bases, Tall Items.
- WARDROBE BOXES (With Hanging Bars): These are for good suits and dresses you don’t want to get wrinkled. To save space, you can fit blankets and pillows on the bottom of the wardrobe box.
Dishware / Cups:
Select a medium-sized carton or a china box (dish pack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper. Stack the packing paper on the work table, center one plate on the paper, Grasp a corner of several sheets and pull the paper over the plate until the plate is completely covered. Stack a second plate on the first and grasp another corner of several sheets and pull them over the second plate. Stack a third plate. Grasp the remaining two corners and fold using two sheets, one corner at a time over the plate. Turn the wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your paper. Re-wrap the entire bundle. Start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover the bundle with the next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth. Seal the bundle with packing tape. Place the bundle of dishware in a medium-sized box or china box (dishpack) so that the plates are standing on edge. Use this technique on all saucers, bread and butter dishes and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in greater quantities.
Stemware / Glasses:
Before wrapping, stuff glassware with crumpled tissue or packing paper. Lay glass on the corner of the packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations; pull the sides of the packing paper up and over the glass and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls may be used for added protection. Glasses should be placed toward the top of the box. Heavier items (dishware, pitchers, etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box. Very delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in a vertical position — not on their sides. As you pack each layer of a box, use crumpled packing paper to assure a snug fit wherever there is a gap. All boxes that contain fragile items should be marked “Fragile.”
General Moving Tips
With so many moving companies to choose from, how do you know which mover will provide you with the best service tailored to fit all your specific needs?
There are several ways you can narrow down your choices.
Make sure that the company is legal (licensed and insured).
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the government agency responsible for licensing all interstate movers. DOT maintains records on each moving company and moving agent’s liability and cargo insurance to make sure that they operate safely. A good status with DOT will establish that you have chosen a safe, insured mover to ship your goods. You can view the information on their website directly: http://www.dot.gov/
To check a moving company or moving agent’s licenses, insurance, safety data and other services related to the transportation industry please visit:http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/. When visiting, make sure to have the company’s DOT or MC number so you can see the requested data.
Make sure that the company is reputable:
Check the company’s record in the Better Business Bureau – http://www.bbb.org. You can see an overview of when the company was established and check the rating of the company. We recommend only using companies with an A rating that been in business for over 5 years.
Who can you trust to give you the most honest information? Your friends and relatives! Ask them for a recommendation.
While the Elite Moving & Storage Inc guarantee that you will get competitive prices on your move, prices are just one factor to consider. We represent quality and excellence. We are fully licensed and insured with an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. We also rely on the previous experiences of our clients to make sure we provide the best service in the moving industry.
Items that cannot be shipped because they represent a hazard or Hazardous Materials – items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive.
Listed below are some common non-allowable items that you will need to address prior to your pack and load dates:
Nail Polish Remover
Paints (latex & oil-based)
Poisons (such as weed killer)
Items that cannot be shipped because they are perishable.
Listed below are some common perishable items such as food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit.*
Refrigerated Food Produce
Open or half used foods or food without adequate preservation.
* For shipments moving less than 150 miles and delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.
Note: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.
Items of Personal Importance/Sentimental Value
This third category of non-transportables can create problems should your shipment be delayed or items lost. We suggest that irreplaceable items and/or sentimental items be carried with you instead of being packed with your shipment.
Medical & Dental Records
Insurance Policies (Life/Auto/Home, etc.)
Documents Pertaining to Your New Home
Keys to Furniture, Safe, Home
Certificates of Deposit
Six to Eight Weeks Before Moving Day:
Receiving an accurate moving quote:
Call Elite Moving & Storage to obtain the estimate for your long distance move.
To make sure that the estimate is accurate we would need to receive a detailed inventory list of all the items that you would need to move (anything that can not fit in a box) and an estimated number of boxes. If you are not sure about the amount of boxes and items, our Moving Specialist at Elite will help you to estimate based on the amount of things that you are taking, number of rooms and people in the house and the time you have been there.
Advise our moving specialist about everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
Request for an estimate with the full packing and without - this will help you to decide if you want to do any of the packing by yourself or if you have it done by our experienced packers. Our moving specialist will be happy to discuss all packing services with you.
If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
Read the Your Rights and Responsibilities Manual (linked to https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/protect-your-move) to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier's liability. Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your moving specialist to explain. Keep the phone number and name of a your salesperson handy.
Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day
Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available on the United States Postal Service Web site or you can use this link to go directly to it: https://moversguide.usps.com/
Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. You can use our checklist that we prepared for you to help you to manage your change of address list:
Utilities and Personal Accounts
Credit Card Companies
Auto Finance Company
Publications and Personal Services:
Social Security Administration
City/County Tax Assessor
Have a garage sale or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.
Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions. Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.
Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Day
Notify your moving specialist if you add or subtract items from your planned move or if there are any changes in dates. Be sure to supply your moving consultant with destination address and phone numbers where you can be reached. Confirm any extra stops required to pick up or deliver goods to a location other than the main pickup or delivery points. If your car is being moved, be prepared to drive it to a suitable loading site. Also be prepared to pick up your car at a suitable destination location.
Preparing the Family
Make family travel plans. Reserve hotel rooms and airline tickets as needed. If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
Preparing Household Items
Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak. Please read the complete list of non-allowable items below. Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills. Set an appointment with a service technician to prepare your major appliances for shipment — or have your agent send someone out who is authorized to perform this service. Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through the next day after the move. Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners. Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads. Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage.
One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day
Pet and Plants:
Decide what to do with house plants. Elite cannot safely move your plants because they may suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.
Give plants to friends or relatives. Donate plants to a hospital or other organization.Include plants in a garage sale.
Take pets to the veterinarian. Most states require health certificates and rabies inoculations. See that identification and rabies tags are securely attached to your pet's collar. Arrange for transportation of pets. Take them in the car or send via air. Consider boarding pets either at destination or at a kennel near your present home until you are settled in the new city.
Other Important Details:
Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.). Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you may have loaned.
Day Before Moving Day
Last Minute Details
Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense. If you have failed to have an article serviced, the van operator may load and haul it but will mark the inventory sheet "Not Serviced."
Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions, so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers, stereos, and audio/video equipment.
The crew manager will review the inventory of goods that you have in your home and the services that you will require and will compare it to the list and information that was provided by you to your moving consultant. If there are any changes from the original estimate, the crew manager should notify you and have you signed on the new estimate based on the visual survey of your home. Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign the declared valuation statement.
Make sure the movers has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household goods.
If you are having our packing specialists to pack your goods, point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention and watch professionals work. Mark appropriately any items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the van arrives at destination.
If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before movers arrival to your home. Upon arrival, the crew manager will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children's toys, and place in separate groups.
It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, get your copy of the inventory of your goods from the mover and keep it with you.
Take a Last Look Around
Water shut off?
Furnace and air conditioner shut off?
Light switches turned off?
All utilities arranged for disconnection?
Windows shut and locked?
Old house keys surrendered?
Have you left anything?
Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you authorize an adult to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.
On the day of delivery, the movers will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an appearance at residence if they are unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your shipment at the time after notification of arrival at destination, you may request waiting time until delivery can be made at an additional cost. Check your household goods as they are unloaded.
If there is a change in the condition of the property from what is noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note discrepancies on the movers copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your salesperson or move coordinator. When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin. However, mattresses will not be unpacked, and appliances and/or fixtures will NOT be installed. At your request and at an additional charge, your moving consultant can arrange for this service. The mover is not obligated to rearrange your furniture.
Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine where each piece of furniture should go. Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns. To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room temperature.
One Week After Move
Check with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.
Check state (and local) requirements for auto registration and a driver's license.
You may want to select an attorney to discuss laws that pertain to your destination state, county, and/or city. Be sure to cover such matters as wills, transfers of property and investments, insurance regulations, inheritance laws, taxes, etc. Most laws affect a family as soon as residence in the new state and city is established.
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