Moving, Packing and Tips

Packing Tips

Don’t forget about these packing tips before your moving day!

Pack Heavy – Pack Light

Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.

Know how to Pack Plates and Records

Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.

Protect Your Memories

If it’s irreplaceable, take it with you in the car (you don’t want regrets later). But if you do decide to pack framed photos or art, place sheets or blankets between them for added protection.

If you were able to including packing by the professional, then stand back and let them do there job!

Unscrew Bulbs

Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.

Don’t forget about the Fridge

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator, put a handful of fresh coffee, baking soda or charcoal in a sock or nylon stocking and place it inside to keep the interior smelling fresh.

Be Nice to Your Plants

When moving plants to your new residence via your car, try not to let foliage rest against the windows, as the leaves will scorch.

Keep track of your move

Take Notes

Make a note of your shipment registration number and keep it with you in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.

Prepare your family for the move

Give the Kids an Exercise

Have children write their names and new address on the cartons from their rooms so they can become familiar with their new street and town.

Help your Pet Relax

Keep your pet calm and away from all the activity on moving day by arranging for a friend to watch him at their house.

Moving day tips

Be sure to check off these essentials on moving day so that you can have the best moving day possible.

Get the Bed Ready

Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to rummage through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.

Give out your Number

Before the van foreman leaves for your destination residence, give him a phone number where you can be reached. It is also a good idea to provide him with an alternate contact in case you can’t be reached.

Remember the Bare Necessities

Toilet paper, telephone, toiletries, snacks, coffee (and pot), soap, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups, utensils, a couple of pans, paper towels, and cleaning supplies are some of the essentials you may need upon arrival at your new home. Pack a box with these types of items and ask your van foreman to load it last so that it will be unloaded first.

Take a Break from the Computer

Upon arrival at your new home, let your computer “acclimate” itself to room temperature before plugging it in.

Enjoy the Help

Leave the rest to the professionals, sit back and relax, and look forward to the new opportunities, friends and experiences that are part of any move. Be sure to get a good night’s rest before the pickup and delivery days!


If you are not having professionals coming into pack for you, then be sure that you have your items packed before the movers arrive. Why is this? For one, it can make the process go much easier as they are not waiting on you. Two, remember that moving companies often have several jobs in one day. If you are not ready, they may reschedule your loading and delivery.

You can offer to help the movers, but chances are they have a system that they are using. They may have a team of four, and each person is going to be working with the other to lift those big objects. Therefore, you may simply get in the way. However, do not let this stop you from trying to help. A great way to be helpful: Offer some water, Gatorade or snacks to the movers, especially if they have been working on your home for quite some time!

Remember, your movers are meant to move those items that you are moving with. They are not meant to be extra muscle to carry trash down to the curb and the like. Too many people think that their movers are there to do whatever muscle or physical work needed, and that is not the case.