Packing Tips

  • Lighten your Load. Don't move what you don't need. Go through your home and decide what you no longer use or need. Hold a Garage Sale or use Craigslist or Ebay to sell items. Donate the rest to charities.
  • Use the right box for the right job. Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in large boxes.
  • Don't be afraid to use lots of packing paper, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts – this is your best insurance against damage and many of these items can be recycled.
  • Label boxes on 2 sides with the room they will be moved to. Do not label the top since the boxes will be stacked and the label will not be visible. If you like, put a brief description of the packed items on the top.
  • Be sure and prominently mark boxes as "Fragile" – Consider purchasing bright red labels so these boxes can be easily identified.
  • When packing items such as a Lamp Shade, write "Do Not Stack" on the box to prevent contents from being crushed.
  • Point out high dollar value items to the movers. These are items that are worth more than $100 per pound such as computers and artwork. Keep a list of these since they will have to be entered separately on the High-Value Inventory Form. Consider purchasing extra insurance on these items.
  • Pack an "OPEN FIRST" box with all the essentials for your first day. Paper plates, cups and utensils, paper towels, garbage bags, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, snacks, first aid kit, flashlight, basic tools – and anything else your family cannot live without that first day. Have the movers place the box on the truck last so it's the first one unloaded. If you have the space, you might consider bringing it along with you in your car.


Working with your Mover

  • Obtain a Binding Estimate from your moving company. If you don't the actual cost of the move could be much higher than you expected.
  • Point out all items that you want to move and items that require special handling/packaging by the movers. If you fail to mention items or request additional services, the price you pay will increase, even if you received a binding estimate.
  • Keep a record of your High Value Articles – anything that is valued at more than $100 per pound – and note each item on the movers High-Value Inventory Form.
  • Be available the day of the move. Review the Inventory Checklist as the items are packed. Note the condition of each item as recorded by the mover. If you don't agree with the stated condition, note your objections on the sheet. If your brand new refrigerator is marked “dented" speak up! If you don't and it later arrives dented you might be out of luck when it comes time to file a claim.
  • Read all your moving documents. If you don't understand something, ask for an explanation.
  • If you have young children, consider having them stay with a relative or friend on moving day or arrange for a babysitter.
  • Move your most valuable items yourself – financial documents, passports, birth certificates, and jewelry. Back up computer files and move the CDs yourself.
  • Purchase the proper amount of insurance. The basic insurance coverage provided by the mover only covers you for 60 cents per pound in the event something is lost or damaged.
  • Provide your driver with a telephone number where you can be reached while en route and at your new home.
  • Your mover must provide you with a complete copy of the Inventory Checklist. When your belongings arrive at your new home, use the Inventory Checklist to identify any missing items. Check off box numbers as they are removed from the moving truck.
  • Carefully check over furniture as it is unwrapped and placed in your home. Do not be afraid to note any damage on the Inventory Checklist or the Movers Damaged Goods Form. Do this before the movers leave. The standard language in some moving contracts states the moving company is not responsible for claims for damage or missing items if they are not noted at the time of the delivery. If you notice the damage later, the moving company may deny your claim.
  • Treat your movers with respect and consideration; after all, it is a demanding job. Offering beverages, snacks or lunch is a good way to show you appreciate the care with which they are handling your belongings.


Finally – Enjoy your New Home!!


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