Some Useful Tips
a) Take the next day off. Even if you’re moving just a few blocks away, chances are you’ll be overwhelmed by boxes. You’ll need time (and energy) to clean up and organize and it’s harder to do so after a full day at the office.
b) Send kids and pets away while you’re packing. They can be distracting and get in the way of harm if there are heavy items being moved around. Pets are also more likely to run away in the frenzy of packing (when doors are likely to be left open and people are coming in and out all the time).
c) Take time to organize and discard unwanted items at least a week before moving day. Donate, recycle or throw away anything you no longer want or need. Not only will you be making the moving easier (less things to pack and unpack, less weight), but you will also start life in your new apartment with a clean slate.
d) Spend a little extra on insurance. Most moving companies offer you this as an extra. Insurance covers breakages, lost boxes, and damages on rented vans. It may also cover a night at a local hotel if your boxes are too late and you don’t have a place to sleep. Just read the fine print and make sure the price is reasonable.
e) Each moving company operates a different way. Some will take over the packing and wrapping, while others will simply show up and move the boxes. Make sure you know what you’re getting before you sign the contract.
a) Pack one room at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents and its destination (e.g., kitchen, bathroom). Be as specific as you can, it will make unpacking that much easier.
b) Keep the weight of your boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry.
c) Don't apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface.
d) Double-box fragile items and add plenty of cushioning.
e) Have rugs and draperies cleaned before moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
f) Pack medicines in a leak proof container.
g) Carry all valuables with you.
h) Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
i) Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tighten transit screws. If removing screws, tape them to the objects they are removed from.