Moving Tips and Tricks
With 35 years of experience, Abstract Moving & Delivery has gathered plenty of know-how when it comes to commercial and residential packing and moving as efficiently as possible. Review our tips and tricks below to learn how to prepare for your home or office move!
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Get Organized Early
Avoid leaving anything until the last minute. Unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry, chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Create a countdown list and itemize everything you need to accomplish week by week.
Label all sides of the box (avoid the top). Whoever is carrying in your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in marker so you can easily find what you need in a stack.
Prepare a Moving Day Kit
Keep one box aside of “essentials” that you’ll need on moving day: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.
Pick the Right Transportation
If you're moving a short distance, you may be able to get away with making more than one trip. But if you don't have that luxury, you'll need to make sure you have the right size of truck to cart your belongings in one go. "Choosing the right size is particularly important when moving farther away, as making several trips could be a problem," says Andrew, who recommends using the following guidelines when determining the size of your truck:
- In general, the contents of bachelor and one-bedroom apartments will fit in a 16' cube truck available at your local rental company
- Two to three fully furnished bedrooms will require a 24'-26' truck to ensure your move is completed in one load
- The contents of most houses can be moved in the same 24' truck with one or two trips
Keep Your Movers In the Loop
Boxes are one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy stuff, it's important to let your movers know what to expect. It is imperative to communicate with your moving company and explain any and all requirements/expectations prior to choosing your movers. They need to be aware of all details, minor and major, to properly estimate your total move time and cost; and to also ensure the proper equipment is available. That includes informing the company about any overweight items (i.e. a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, walk-up only, narrow driveway) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.