“Our moving ‘experience’ went without a hitch! The packers and transporters were efficient, obviously well-trained, and most pleasant to work with. Nothing was broken! Although we do not plan on moving for a very long time – let’s hope – we would definitely use Netmove again. And we would recommend your company to our friends as well. Thank you for a job well done!” -Peggy Lang
NetMOVE has compiled a list of 72 of those tips that will help you save money moving. While this is by no means inclusive, it will give you a good place to start and trigger some ideas that you may not have previously thought about.
ELIMINATE RATHER THAN RELOCATE
While you’re organizing or packing for your move, sift, sort and use a heavy hand toward the trash can. Let common sense and these tips be your guide.
The Floor Plan.
If possible, get a floor plan of your future residence, or make one to scale on graph paper. Try to fit your furniture in the mock up. If it won’t fit on paper, it won’t fit when you arrive. Get rid of it.
Color-Coordinate Your Move.
If the sofa just won’t match, don’t move it. Often you can replace furniture and appliances more cost-effectively than you can re-upholster and move them.
Ignore the “I Might Need It Someday” Syndrome.
Don’t move the riding mower to an apartment. Part with tools you won’t have a place to use. And remember, junk is junk. You don’t need a furnished attic.
Condense your library as much as possible and then investigate the cost of mailing treasured volumes compared to the cost of moving them. The special postage rate for books may save you money.
Plan for Plants.
Check with your mover. It is illegal to bring plants into many states. Even if it is possible, it may not be sensible.
It’s Not Dirt Cheap.
If you’re determined to take your huge outdoor planters, fill them with miscellaneous items instead of dirt. Same goes with the sandbox. There will be dirt and sand where you’re going.
The Shirt Off Your Back.
While one dress or one suit doesn’t weigh much, the average full wardrobe carton weighs 75 pounds. So if you’re never going to wear it, don’t move it. Contact your local Goodwill agency and make a donation — there may be tax benefits.
The Sound of Money.
Hundreds of CDs and DVDs can make for a heavy box. Burn your favorite songs to your computer and you’ll be able to keep the music without the bulk of the discs. Go through your DVD collection and eliminate DVDs that you’ll no longer watch. Sell your outdated CDs and DVDs for cash.
Toys — The Kids’.
Now’s the time to clean out the toy box. If the kids are old enough, give them incentive. Let them stage their own garage sale and keep the profits to buy something special — after you’ve moved.
Toys — Yours.
If your treadmill hasn’t gone a mile in months, moving it won’t help. Consider selling weight-lifting equipment and replacing it at your destination. Remember, weight equals cost. Sell any hobby equipment you no longer enjoy.
Food for Thought.
Frozen foods cannot be shipped, so eat up. Consume canned goods and food staples, and don’t replenish them. Plan menus to make the most of what you have. Be sure to empty your refrigerator completely and clean thoroughly to prevent odor problems.
The workshop is a storehouse of bulky, heavy items. Evaluate them carefully from the workbench to the tools. It might be advantageous to replace the massive workbench, etc.
Unless they’re valuable, or you’re sure they’ll fit and flatter your new residence, get them out from underfoot.
The Swing Set.
You’ll probably come out ahead with your back, your kids and your finances if you replace it rather than move it.
Burn your firewood prior to your move. Sell or give remaining wood to friends or neighbors. Don’t move it, especially if your new home doesn’t have a fireplace.
A pool table requires special handling. Your best shot might be to sell it and then replace it at your new destination.
Pianos and organs also require special handling and should be tuned after a move. If they’re an enjoyable part of your lifestyle, move them. If they’re just impressive trimming, you might want to trim your moving cost.
Be Scrooge when it comes to special holiday decorations. Don’t move what you can’t or won’t use.
Don’t Be Foolish.
Do not under any conditions move flammable items. Empty fuel from the lawn mower, power tools or kerosene lamps. Don’t take paints (oil base), bleach, cleaning fluids, lighter fluids, matches, ammunition or any other type of combustible. Check the kids’ chemistry set. Butane tanks cannot be loaded into a moving van unless they are certified as being professionally purged. If you have doubts, don’t take it. Better safe than sorry.
Can Your Aerosol Cans.
A seemingly innocent aerosol can of hair spray could explode and endanger your whole shipment. Eliminate all aerosol cans — hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants, household cleaners, insecticides, tarnish removers, car cleaners and others. Liquidate or donate Once you decide what you’re going to part with, decide how. If you’re selling a home, the buyer may be your best customer. Some items that can often be advantageously sold with the home are listed in the next section. There are other ways to make a good riddance and a good profit in the process.
Have a Garage Sale.
Organize it, advertise it and manage it. You’ll be amazed to see how profitably your trash can become someone else’s treasures.
Advertise in the Classifieds or Online.
For more valuable items, post a classified ad in your local paper or online. Many websites offer free or low cost listings that can reach hundreds to thousands of people. Including a photo of the item can enhance its value and
Donate to Your Favorite Charity.
Itemize each donation and keep a receipt. It may help you qualify for a tax Deduction. Sell it like it is Before you even put your residence up for sale, carefully consider extras that can be included to increase the appeal and the value of your home – and to cut moving costs. Discriminating buyers will probably want everything but your family portrait. Many extras add more value to the house than they actually cost in the first place. This is even true for apartment dwellers, who may find the future tenant a ready and willing buyer.
From Chandeliers to Ceiling Fans.
Most buyers assume that such fixtures are included with the home. Unless there’s a special sentimental reason, they probably should be. Bulky, fragile ceiling fixtures require special packing and handling which costs money.
Consider the age, size and color of your appliances. These are very heavy items, and usually require professional servicing before the move and special installation upon moving in. So, if your stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer or freezer won’t fit or match in your new home, perhaps it’s time to start anew.
Verify Type of Power.
You can prevent wiring damage caused by temperature changes by unplugging all electronic items 24 hours before loading and waiting 24 hours at your new residence before plugging them into an outlet. Check to be sure that you have the proper power connections and sources for your appliances in your future residence. Don’t move a gasstove or dryer to an all-electric house.
Hearth and Home.
They go together. Special fireplace screens and tools are hard to move and may not fit where you’re going. Sell them with your home.
If you have a built-in shelving system, leave it that way. No new owner will appreciate holes in the wall where the shelves used to be.
Be sure to check to see if the same cable company services your new city before you move your satellite dish.
From Flag Poles to Basketball Goals.
We’ve been asked to move them before! Sell them with the house and save yourself time, trouble and money.
Arrange for the Transfer of Valuables.
Start with the contents of your safe deposit box. Carry with you or send by insured or registered mail, small valuables such as jewelry, insurance policies, legal documents, stocks and bonds, etc. Items of such unusual value should not be included in your shipment. The same is true for important computer disks and CDs which can warp and become unreadable. Miscellaneous money, time and headache savers Once you’ve organized your belongings, it’s time to organize your move. The things you don’t do can cost you both money and time. Here’s a listing of small details that can save you dollars and headaches.
Coordinate Your Move.
Give your mover plenty of notice and, if possible, arrange occupancy dates in your new residence to avoid storage or delays.
Notify Telephone, Electric, Gas and Water Companies.
Set a specific date for service discontinuation on a specific date. Request a final meter reading. Don’t forget to connect utilities in your destination city prior to your arrival. Otherwise, you might have to stay at a hotel until they are connected. Use Wheaton’s helpful Utility Connection Center to disconnect and reconnect many of your utilities.
Notify Your Cable Company and local Newspapers to discontinue service.
You can use Wheaton’s Utility Connection Center to do these tasks as well.
Change Your Magazine Subscription.
Make sure to change the address on your magazine subscription in advance to ensure you don’t miss any issues.
Cancel Security Company, Lawn Service or any other type of regular service.
Check Your Bank and Savings Accounts.
Arrange to transfer deposits so that you don’t lose interest. Use your bank as a credit reference.
Advise your Post Office, Publications and Correspondents in advance.
This will prevent a delay in service.
Contact Former Employers and the Social Security Administration.
This will simplify obtaining future information for income tax purposes.
Collect Any Deposits.
Whether it’s a landlord or a utility company, it’s easier to get deposits back in person than via long distance.
Check with Orthodontist, Obstetrician, etc.
If any members of your family require ongoing medical or dental treatment for which you have paid, arrange with the practitioner to pro-rate payments with a professional in your destination city.
Check Your Homeowners Insurance.
It may be possible to have it applied to your future residence, or reassigned to the future owners and pro-rate payments. If not, you may qualify for a partial refund. Be sure to coordinate insurance so that you’re covered in your new residence immediately.
If You Sold It, Don’t Move It.
Be on hand moving day to make sure that anything which was supposed to stay with the home doesn’t go on the van. If these items are shipped, it’s going to cost time and money to send them back.
Depending on the clubs or organizations to which you belong, you may be able to sell memberships or get a partial refund on dues.
Lockers and Cleaners.
Be sure to collect all your belongings in club or school lockers and at the cleaners.
Any time you need to make a long distance phone call, use the toll-free number.
Check on Car or Installment Loans.
You may be required to notify the lending company of your move.
Transfer all Insurance Records.
Verify that your car insurance is adequate, as rates vary from city to city.
Close any Revolving Charge Accounts with department stores or specialty shops without locations in your destination city.
Notify National Credit or Charge Card Organizations to change the address on your account.
Try to Complete Closing and any other legal matters before you move. It’s costly to make a return trip to take care of details.
Arrange for Payment of Your Mover at Destination.
Unless charges are to be billed to your employer or the cost of your move has been charged to your personal credit card, payment by cash, certified check or money order is required at your destination. The better the packing, the better the move Professional packing is an added expense, but it often pays for itself in convenience and safety. Your mover has the expertise and materials to protect your possessions. Even if you have the time and energy to pack, consider leaving your delicate or fragile items (china, glassware, silver, clocks, etc.) for the professionals. If you’re a determined do-it-yourselfer, do it right. Ask your Wheaton Agent about specially designed containers and materials. You can buy them at a minimum cost to assure maximum protection of your belongings.
Don’t Use Newspaper for Packing.
- Newsprint fades and the ink runs easily, possibly ruining the items it was supposed to protect.
- Pack Toiletries separately in small containers.
- Be sure corks and caps are secure.
- Don’t Pack Too Compactly.
- Give fragile items “breathing room” to avoid breakage. You can leave clothing in drawers, but remember — overstuffing can cause drawers to warp.
- Arrange for Proper Servicing of Your Appliances.
- Contact a professional or ask your Wheaton Agent to arrange service for you.
- Leave Fitted Sheets on Mattresses to protect them.
- Spread Your Linens Around.
- Instead of putting them all in one carton, use your linens as fillers to cushion other items.
- Put Heavy Items on the Bottom and Then Fill Up with Lighter Things.
- Use smaller cartons for books, cast-iron cookware, etc.
- Package Stereo Equipment and Plasma Televisions in Original Packaging,
- if possible, or have them serviced by professionals.
- Indicate Contents on the Outside of the Carton.
- If possible, designate which room the carton should go in; it’ll simplify things at your destination. Be sure to indicate on the outside of the carton if the contents are especially fragile.
- Combine Items You’ll Need Immediately Upon Arrival in One Box.
- Designate it “Unload First.” Include necessities like toilet paper, paper towels, cups, a can opener, soap, etc.
- Save on taxes. There are many small things that could save you big money on your taxes at the end of the year. Be sure to keep track of each of these items.
- When You Donate Items to Charity, Request and Keep an Itemized Receipt.
- It might help you qualify for a tax deduction.
- Keep a Detailed Record and Receipts of Your Moving Expenses.
- Include transportation, lodging, meals, etc. If you are moving because of a change in principal place of employment, such reasonable expenses are deductible. Check with the Internal Revenue Service or your accountant for
- Keep a Record of the Costs of Improvements Made in Your Home Through the Years and any expenses associated with the sale of your home, including realtor fees or classified costs.
- 66. & 67 Insurance and Inventory.
- The two go together. Your possessions are worth as much in transit as they are in your home. Make sure they’re insured accordingly. Talk to your insurance agent if you have any questions. Your Wheaton Agent will be glad to give you a complete inventory form. It can save you money moving — and afterward. The ideal time to prepare this inventory is while you organize for your move. List your possessions and their approximate value. Photograph or videotape your items room by room. You’ll probably be amazed what your possessions are really worth. Keep your completed inventory in a safe place. If you have extensive household damage in the future, you can establish accurate, comprehensive insurance claims.
- See Above
- Pick Your Mover Like You Picked Your Possessions. Very Carefully.
- Because it’s not just anybody’s furniture — it’s your collection. Trivia or treasures, miscellaneous or heirlooms, your possessions are a part of your personality and lifestyle. They’re what will make your new home uniquely you. A proven, professional mover is your best assurance of a good move.
- Don’t Be Sold By a Low Estimate.
- Estimates are exactly that. The actual cost of your move will be determined primarily by weight and distance, plus the cost of any extra services you require. So if one estimate is significantly lower, be suspicious. That way you
- won’t be surprised on moving day.
- An Estimate Is Only as Accurate as You Are.
- Be precise and thorough when you show your Wheaton Agent what is to be moved, and what, if anything, is not to be
- moved. Canvass everything from the attic to the basement. The more thorough you are, the more accurate your estimate will be.
- Check the Record.
- Although movers are no longer required by the government to furnish customers with information about their performance, it’s a good idea to compare movers. You’ll find that Wheaton Van Lines has one of the best records in the moving industry for estimating accuracy, as well as on-time pickup and delivery.
- Ask Someone Who Knows.
- At NetMOVE, most of our moves come to us as repeats or referrals. We are proud of this fact, and strive to perform our services in a way which gives our customers the confidence to recommend us to their friends and colleagues.
This document was prepared to give you some valuable and helpful tips on packing your small articles so that they can be safely moved on a truck or moving van.
Small articles such as dishes, table lamps, pictures, and other fragile bric-a-brac must be thoughtfully and carefully packed in boxes if they are to arrive at your destination in as good condition as they were prior to being packed and moved.
Packing for moving is an art requiring a certain amount of expertise and know-how. Moving professionals have many years of experience at packing. They have a well-trained and qualified staff to do any part of the packing you might prefer to leave to them. They have all of the proper equipment and materials to do the job efficiently and thoroughly. If you need assistance with your packing please let them know, they will be happy to help.
Much of the secret of packing, however, is having the right materials with which to work, and the application of some good common sense. If you are going to do your own packing, the tips contained on this page should help remove some of the mystery.
Materials You Will Need
- Wrapping Paper
- You are going to need plenty of wrapping paper. Many people save and use their old newspapers. Keep in mind, however, that the ink on newsprint never thoroughly dries. Consequently, the goods you wrap in newspapers are most likely going to be soiled and will require cleaning after unpacking, and before you put them away. For items you prefer to keep clean it would be best to purchase some packing paper from your mover.
- You’ll need many boxes in assorted sizes. All boxes should be in good condition, and must have covers on them in order that they can be closed up and sealed. You can purchase cartons from your mover, if you wish. It must be pointed out, however, that all paper products are expensive these days, and specially designed movers cartons are no exception. With the huge investment movers have in cartons, they cannot afford to give them away. You might start collecting cartons from your local grocery and liquor stores. All too often grocery store cartons have the tops removed, but if you have a talk with the store manager he would probably be willing to save you some cartons with the covers still intact. Liquor cartons are excellent packing cartons. They are sturdy, and contain dividers which make them ideal for packing glasses, goblets, vases, etc.
- Sealing Tape
- The best tape for this purpose is plastic tape. Your rolls of tape should be at least 1.5 to 2 inches wide.
- Magic Marker
- This is for marking your packed boxes with such information as the contents of the box, “FRAGILE” “THIS SIDE UP”, etc.
Some Things To Consider
- Start collecting boxes early. An easy way to store cartons so that they won’t require a great deal of storage is to open both ends of the cartons and flatten them out. You can open them up again and re-seal the bottoms with your plastic tape as you are ready to use them.
- Pack on a room-by-room basis. That is, don’t pack articles from the living room in boxes with articles from the kitchen. This will save much confusion later when it’s time to unpack.
- If possible, start packing early. Remember, if you were to pack only a couple of boxes a day, in thirty days you would have sixty boxes packed. You could start in areas where the goods are not in frequent use – such as the cellar, attic, garage, closet shelves, etc.
- It will probably be necessary to have your mover do some of your packing for you. At the very least, it may be necessary to purchase some of his specialized cartons that will be impossible for you to find elsewhere. This category would include such cartons as mattress cartons, wardrobe cartons, containers for large pictures and mirrors, and possibly some large cartons for tall table lamps.
- Hanging clothing, such as suits, dresses and coats, should be hung in movers wardrobe cartons. This will save you the trouble and expense of having your garments cleaned and pressed later. Hanging clothing cannot be left in garment bags. Garment bags were not designed to be used as movers wardrobes, and they will not withstand the stress. Clothing to be hung is usually taken out of the garment bags, hung in the wardrobes, and the garment bags folded and placed in the bottom of the wardrobe.
- Dresser drawers need to be empty. Movers usually do not move chests of drawers with the contents of drawers left intact. Too much weight in the drawer could cause damage to the drawer while your furniture is enroute.
- What size boxes should you use? The rule-of-thumb here is the small, heavy articles, such as books, records, canned goods, etc., would go in smaller boxes. Bulkier, but not-so-heavy articles, such as pots and pans, linens, small kitchen appliances, etc., would go in somewhat larger boxes. Very bulky, lightweight articles, such as blankets, pillows, toys, large lampshades, shoes, etc., would go in the largest boxes.
- Do not pack for moving on a van any flammables, combustibles, or explosives. The safety of the shipment is the primary concern. Movers are not supposed to transport aerosol spray cans, paint thinner, gasoline, or anything else of a flammable or explosive nature.
Packing In The Kitchen
- Packing is much more convenient, and less tiring when you have a good work area. It is suggested that you clear the kitchen table and do your packing on the table. Keep in mind that when you are packing fragile articles you should plan to pack the heaviest objects toward the bottom of the carton; more delicate articles should be packed closer to the top of the carton. The first thing to do is to lay out flat on the table a sizable stack of packing paper. Select a sturdy, medium sized carton. Line the bottom of the carton with several layers of packing paper for additional cushioning.
- Place one plate in approximately the center of your packing paper.
- Grasp about two sheets of paper at one corner. Pull over plate so as to completely cover plate. Stack second plate on first plate.
- Grasp second corner of your paper. Pull over and cover stacked plates.
- Stack third plate. Take remaining two corners (one at a time) and fold each over your stack of plates.
- Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
- Re-wrap entire bundle. Follow same wrapping procedure as before, Start with one corner of packing paper, and pull two sheets over the bundle; cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner, and finally, the fourth.
- Seal the bundle with plastic tape.
- Place the bundle of flatware in carton so the plates are standing on edge.
- For all flatware, saucers, bread and butter dishes, etc., follow the same procedure.
Note: Small dishes (saucers, bread and butter dishes) can be stacked in greater quantity in a bundle. Also you can omit steps 5 and 6 and seal your bundle without rewrapping.
Packing Cups And Glasses
- Cups and glasses may be “nested” (one placed inside another) and three or four wrapped in a bundle. Tear or cut-up some small sheets of paper. Use at least a couple of small sheets between each glass or cup as protective lining.
- Take first glass and line with a couple of sheets of your cut-up paper.
- Place second glass (or cup) inside the first one. Line with two more sheets of paper. Insert another glass (or cup).
- Using your best judgment, nest three or four glasses (or cups) and lay these on your stack of wrapping paper in a diagonal manner, off center closer to your body.
- Grasp corner closest to you of two sheets of wrapping paper. Wrap around your glasses (or cups).
- Grasp next corner of wrapping paper and wrap around your glasses.
- Repeat procedure with remaining corners of wrapping paper. Then roll into a bundle (much the same as a butcher might wrap a package of hamburger).
- If you have collected some liquor cartons with dividers, pack glasses, cups and stemware in these boxes. If your bundle does not fill to the top of the compartment, stuff additional wadded-up packing paper in the compartment to fill it up.
- If you don’t have liquor cartons then pack your glasses, cups and stemware in boxes with your other dishes fitting them in where ever you find some spaces. Be sure these articles are toward the top of your carton.
Goblets And Stemware
- Pack goblets and stemware singly. Do not attempt to nest them as you did with glasses. Follow the same wrapping procedure as you did with glasses and cups.
Packing Small Kitchen Appliances
- It’s best to pack your small kitchen appliances (blender, toaster, can opener, coffee maker, etc.) together in one or two boxes (or more, as necessary) rather than in other boxes with other goods. Later, when unpacking, you will find this much more convenient.
- Wrap each appliance individually with two or three sheets of your packing paper. Place each one in the box you have selected for appliances. When all appliances have been packed in a box, or boxes, if there are small spaces that are empty, wad-up some packing paper and fill in the spaces. However, if you should have a great amount of space left over then you should pack some other things in the box in order to fill it up and not waste the space. For example, you might get a few pots and pans in the carton, too.
Packing Pots And Pans
- Approximately three pots or pans can be nested, one inside the other. Tear or cut up some pieces of your packing paper (large enough so that they will line the entire interior of the largest pan). Place two or three sheets of your lining paper in the larger pan. Place the next small pan inside the first pan. Again line this pan with two or three protective pieces of lining paper and insert a smaller pan.
- Place these pans upside down in the middle of your stack of packing paper. Use at least three sheets of packing paper to wrap the pans. Start by grasping one corner of approximately three sheets of your packing paper, and pulling over, and covering the pans. Then pull the next corner of paper over the pans; then the third corner, and finally the fourth corner. Seal with your plastic tape so that the bundle will not come apart.
- Pack in a medium sized carton.
- This same procedure can be followed in packing large bowls, too.
More Kitchen Packing Tips
- Boxed Foods (cereals, etc.): Seal with your plastic tape those boxes which have been opened. No need to wrap such items in packing paper. Note: If your shipment is going into storage then you should dispose of boxed foods. These items can attract rodents and insects.
- Spices: Okay to pack and ship. Make sure all cans are closed and won’t leak. If in doubt, seal them with tape.
- Canister sets: Contents may be left in cannister sets. Again, it’s a good idea to seal them with tape. Each canister should be individually wrapped with packing paper.
Packing Tall Table Lamps
- Your major problem in packing a tall lamp may be acquiring a carton large enough to accommodate the lamp. If you can’t find such a carton you can purchase dishpack cartons from your mover in which to pack tall lamps. Dish Pack cartons are tall, extra sturdy cartons originally intended for packing fragile articles, such as dishes.
- Remove lamp shade and bulb, Wrap cord around base of lamp.
- Line the bottom of your carton with a considerable amount of wadded-up packing paper. This will insure extra cushioning and protection for the lamp.
- Spread out several sheets of packing paper so that your packing paper is extended longer and wider than the lamp. Place lamp in the center of your packing paper.
- Roll packing paper around your lamp.Tuck in the end ot the paper at base of lamp. Use sealing tape, it necessary, to prevent end from coming apart.
- Seal the seams where packing paper overlaps around your bundle with your tape.
- Fold up other end (at the top of lamp) of packing paper and seal with tape, Place bundle in previously lined carton.
- If you have several tall table lamps, place them each in the carton so that the base of one lamp is next to the top of the next lamp. Alternate them. This will make them fit better in the carton.
- When all lamps are packed in the carton, fill out the carton with plenty of wadded-up packing paper. Be generous.
- Mark “FRAGILE” and “LAMPS” in large, clear letters on all sides of the carton.
- Lamp shades, where possible, should be nested so that you can get two or three in a box. Use CLEAN packing paper (do not use newspaper) as protective linings between each shade.
- Do not pack anything with lamp shades.
- Be sure and mark on all sides of the carton in large, bold letters “FRAGILE”, “LAMP SHADES” with your magic marker.
- Small pictures can be wrapped and stood up in normal packing boxes with other goods.
- Extremely large pictures, such as the type commonly found hanging over a sofa or mantle (usually measuring 24″ x 36″) should be packed by your mover in one of his specially designed picture or mirror cartons.
- Many pictures, however, that are just a little too large to fit in regular cartons (16″ x 20″ or 18″ x 24″) can be packed in a self-devised picture carton.
- Select a carton that is larger than your picture when open at both ends.
- Lay your picture, face down, on several sheets of packing paper which have been spread out so as to be almost twice as wide as your picture.
- Open the bottom of the carton, and then flatten the carton. Seal one of the open sides with your tape.
- Wrap the picture in much the same manner as you might a gift box. Bring one side of the packing paper around the picture so that it will cover most of the back of the picture. Then bring the second side of the packing paper around to cover the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Fold up both ends of the packing paper and bring over the back of the picture. Seal with tape. Turn picture over and seal the areas where the packing paper overlaps.
- Slide picture into unsealed side of your carton and seal this end with your tape.
Miscellaneous Packing Tips
- Hat and Shoe Boxes: Small boxes of this type should be consolidated and packed into large boxes. Fill in small spaces with wadded packing paper.
- Toys: Do not have to be wrapped in packing paper. Place them in large cartons and seal them up.
- Loose Shoes: Same as toys.
- Books and Records: Stand on end. Use small cartons.
- Aerosol Containers: Do not pack aerosol or flammable containers.
BEFORE THE MOVE
- You call our office or log on to netmoveatlanta.com to set up a free estimate.
- Our office with set up an appointment with one of our Moving Consultants to meet with you in your home or office to discuss the particulars about your move.
- At this time We will also provide in writing your guaranteed price for your move and the accompanying inventory sheets printed on-site for you to look at.
- The day following the appointment, you will receive an follow-up phone call from our staff. We do this because there may have been a few questions you did not remember to ask on our initial visit.
- We will also assist you recommending other 3rd party service companies that you may need in your transition.
- You will also receive regular follow-up calls so we can get updates on your relocation. If you decide to go with another company, we will not badger you anymore, but wish you the best.
- When you decide to book with us, we will ask you to only sign the appropriate documents and fax them back to us.
BEFORE YOUR NETMOVE CREW IS DISPATCHED
- All paperwork is viewed with dispatch to make sure there are no details forgotten.
- Our Van Foreman will review the notes made by the Move Coordinator to ensure we are well informed and prepared to make the move a success.
- A checklist is performed to make sure our moving van is stocked with the correct amount of moving quilts, packing material, dollies, tie-down straps, tape, and other necessary supplies.
- Equipment and trucks are checked for cleanliness and swept out daily before leaving for your home.
YOUR CREW ARRIVES EARLY, ON-TIME AND READY!
- When we arrive, our van foreman will introduce himself and his crew.
- At that time he will do a brief overview of the way the day will proceed.
- Our team will then survey the house and the foreman will create the game plan. The game plan will include:
- Safe Parking of truck
- Pad linoleum or wood floors
- Plastic-Wrap: The crew utilizes stretch-wrap over all upholstery and to quickly secure and stabilize all furniture with doors and drawers.
- Disassembly of bed frames, dressers with mirrors, desks, bookcases with shelves in them etc. (glass shelves should be packed in appropriate “mirror carton” boxes in advance)
- Packing: If desired, our staff will professionally pack your items, accepting 100% of the liability for the goods that we pack. (keep in mind, packing occurs prior to the actual moving of goods. Since nobody likes surprises, please let us know in advance of the move if you are not completely done packing so we can bring out the necessary supplies.)
- Removal: Your items are quickly and carefully removed from your home.
- Stocking: Each item is expertly positioned in the truck in a pre-determined loading sequence. Our truck environments are clean and sanitized
- Padding: It is our policy that each furniture item be covered on all exposed sides with protective padding. We use the heaviest moving blankets available.
- Load Straps: Help support and secure your items within the load at many strategic points in the NetMOVE truck.
- Walkthrough: We walk through the house to make sure we did not leave anything behind and that all nozzles are tightly secured and fastened. We will always ask you to check every room, closet, attic, and all areas thoroughly to make sure we didn’t leave anything behind.
- Our professionally trained drivers carefully drive to your new location. Did you know, most damage arises during transit from the turbulence of the road? Note: all NetMOVE trucks have “air ride suspension” which is the softest suspension a truck can have.
- The crew quickly tours your new residence; taking notes where and how your items will be placed.
- The truck is then carefully unloaded.
- After all items are unloaded, our foreman will walk through the home and re-arrange everything exactly where you want them.
AFTER THE MOVE
- You will receive a phone call from your original Move Coordinator to discuss how the move went. We will also see if we can assist you in anyway depending on what your needs are at that time.
A Checklist for Before and After You’ve Moved
Please take advantage of our moving tips and moving advice. Print this page and carry it with you before and several days after the move. Moving tips that may seem obvious can be easily over looked. Take our moving advice and utilize this checklist before and after you have moved.
Parking near your residence should be easily accessible for your mover
Do whatever you can to reserve parking for your mover; reserve spaces with your car, a friend’s car, or saw horses. Remember the moving van cannot block the street. Also, if the movers have to walk half a block with your furniture the move will take longer and cost you more. If you live in a high-rise building, make sure that another move does not coincide with yours. Some high-rise buildings have loading docks designed to accommodate only one truck at a time.
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.
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.
Don’t forget about the Fridge and Freezer
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned and dried the inside of your refrigerator or freezer, 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.
Keep the Phone Book
Take your current phone book with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former hometown.
Pack Heavy – Pack Light
Pack heavy items in small boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
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.
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.
Know how to Pack Plates and Records
Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked.
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, and paper towels 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.
Remove bulbs before packing your lamps.
Tag your Items
For your garage sale, tag all items and be prepared to wheel and deal. Garage sale gurus love to haggle.
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.
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.
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.
“NetMOVE not only provided exceptional service for my moving & storage needs, but I have referred them to friends and family. Greg Sheppard is a true professional and an expert at what he does. I highly recommend NetMOVE to anyone moving locally or long-distance.” -Wade McCoy
How long have you been in the moving business?
For 34 years, since 1978.
Do you offer free on-site estimates?
Always, and our moving consultants are fully trained to answer any questions you may have.
Are you licensed and insured for both local and long distance moves?
Yes. We are licensed and insured for both. Our carrier #’s are as follows:
G.P.S.C. 139914 U.S.D.O.T. 831096 M.C. 386658
Do you offer guaranteed pricing?
Yes, for all of our moving services. The only requirement for a guaranteed price is that we actually see your goods. Remember, our on-site estimates are free.
How do you protect my furniture from damage?
It is our policy to pad wrap all furniture with thick clean moving quilts. We also stretch wrap (clear plastic material) all upholstered goods before they are taken out of the home. This insures no dirt, grime, greasy fingers, rain, or sweat will soil your goods.
Do you use day labor or casual help?
No, we have all full-time employees. We do not have anyone that is not a full-time employee. All our employees are experienced salaried workers, not hourly wage earners. You won’t have to worry about the clock running on local moves.
Do you offer packing services?
Yes. We offer complete or partial packing services. We also offer crating service for high value specialty items such as marble tops, oil paintings, crystal chandeliers, pool tables, large glass table tops, etc.
Do you have your own private storage facility?
Yes. If you are unable to to take immediate possession of your new residence, your belongings can be stored at our private facility. All of your goods are kept safe in our brand new storage vaults. All of our vaults are less than 2 years old. Your belongings are kept padded and wrapped until they arrive at your final destination.
What time do the men arrive?
Usually 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. (unless agreed with client to have a later start)
How are your trucks outfitted?
All of our trucks are equipped with wood floors, not steel- softer protection of hardwoods.
- Air-ride suspension- smooth consistent ride, less furniture movement
- Logistic tracks and straps- to tighten the load so it doesn’t shift
- Thick moving pads, plastic-wrap, safety cones, dollies, hump straps, floor covering and tape- all the necessary items to insure safety and protection for all of your belongings
- Lighted interior- in case delivery extends into evening hours
- Full-time experienced crew- quality moves every time
- All our trucks are equipped with toolkits to disassemble bed frames, tables, desks, etc..
What types of moving trucks do you have?
We have straight trucks and tractor trailers for local and long distance moves. All of our vehicles are newer models with wood floors and air ride suspension for smooth transport. All of our vehicles have logistic tracks to ensure your furniture is protected from movement once loaded
Do you require a deposit at the time of booking?
No. Deposits are not an industry standard. We only ask that you sign and fax back to us the estimate after we confirm dates.
When do I pay for the move?
Payment is due at the time of delivery to your new home. If you choose to pay by credit card, we ask that you call in advance so we can obtain approval.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, money orders, travelers checks, cashiers checks, Visa & Mastercard.
When will you confirm my load and delivery dates?
Usually at the time you call in to reserve dates. You will also be notified in writing by our office within a couple of days.
Do you offer a guaranteed delivery date for long distance moves?
Yes. Our office will make arrangements to fit your needs.
Do you offer exclusive use of your vehicle for long distance moves?
Yes, almost always. This means you do not have to share a truck with someone else. This guarantees you a very quick delivery to your final destination. This results in less cost and stress associated with out of pocket expenses for hotel stays, eating at restaurants, and general inconvenience.
What kinds of items are not allowed on the moving truck?
Hazardous Materials – Items that are flammable, corrosive or explosive
- Matches Gasoline Kerosene Propane Tanks
- Fertilizer Cleaning Solvents Ammonia Paints
- Bleach Ammunition Car Batteries Motor Oil
- Pool Chemicals Pesticides Paint Thinner
Can I leave my clothes in dresser drawers?
Yes. Lightweight clothing such as shirts, underwear, socks, sweaters, shorts, and lingerie may be left in the drawers. Please do not fill drawers with books, sheets, table linens, or any other heavy items which can damage furniture during transport.
Are you members of any industry organizations?
Yes, we are members of the American Moving and Storage Association , the GA. Public Service Commission, and are one of only 2 movers on Atlanta Home Services Review . We have zero complaints on record.
How do I protect myself against loss or damage?
For moves within the state of Georgia: the law requires all movers to give customers the ‘valuation’ addendum prior to loading the truck.