Tips & Tricks on Moving
We’ve created this page for you as a checklist to prepare your home for our movers. By doing this, it will help out team efficiently execute the move and save you money!
SEPARATE YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND VALUABLES
It’s always advised that your important documents and valuables that could get lost in the move – like health records, birth and marriage certificates, passports, homeowners and life insurance info, jewelry, etc. – be kept in a separate, easily-accessible place during the move. Anything that you determine has special importance needs to be handled separately and with care.
PACK AN ESSENTIALS BAG
At your new home, you’ll need essentials to get you through the first few days of unpacking and putting everything in its place. Pack an essentials bag with things like toiletries and other necessary items that you’ll need once you arrive- don’t forget that TV remote!
USED BOXES ARE A BAD IDEA
Whenever possible, use new boxes. You don’t want to risk your goods – especially breakable items – with used boxes that could be weakened. The last thing you want is a broken box during the move. Also, make sure your boxes have tops so they can be easily stacked in the truck.
PREPARE YOUR BOXES PROPERLY
When packing, use packing tape, not duct tape. Also, be sure to always tape your boxes. Don’t just interlock the flaps; put tape on them. If you’re using professional packers, they’ll handle this for you.
CANCEL AND SETUP ALL SERVICES IN ADVANCE
There are a lot of services you’ll need to cancel before your big move. This could include cable, Internet, gas, water, pest control, lawn care, and newspapers. Be sure to have them switched over to your new residence a week in advance so they’ll be there for you when you arrive.
PACK BY ROOM & HAVE A PLAN
It’s best to try to keep your boxes together by room. For example, all the kitchen boxes are together. This will make sorting and unpacking them easier. Clearly label what room the box belongs to. We also do color coding with dots. Kitchen boxes marked with red, master bedroom marked with blue, living room marked with green and so forth.
INTERVIEW YOUR MOVERS CAREFULLY
When selecting movers, be sure to ask them plenty of questions that will give you a better idea of their services, questions like:
- Do you charge hourly rates or have a flat rate?
- Do you charge extra for moving on the weekends?
- Is there an extra charge for moving extra-large items?
- Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
- Are your employee’s full-time workers or day laborers?
- Will you help with packing and unpacking?
- Do you also load and unload rental trucks, PODS, etc.?
- Do you have references or testimonials?
- Are you accredited with the Better Business Bureau, and/or are you on Angie’s List?
GET A FREE ESTIMATE
A mover should be able to give you a free estimate on how much they would charge for your move. Having experienced movers on your side definitely helps.
CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER
One thing that causes headaches on moving day is having too much stuff to pack and move. Clear out the clutter before you move. Donate to charity, hold a garage sale, or give away unneeded items to friends and family. The more you clear out, the better your moving day experience will be. Several donation organizations will even come to you to load unwanted furniture.
PACK EARLY AND OFTEN EARLY AND OFTEN
Be sure to start packing well in advance of your moving day, if you’re packing everything up yourself. The more you pack yourself and the earlier you do it, the more money and time you’ll save yourself. Manage it by packing up one room at a time to keep yourself organized.
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So happy we chose All Out Moving & Storage! Thank you to David and his entire team for making our move go perfectly. There is a reason they have so many 5-star reviews, they earned them and they are... read moreBryan B.3 months ago
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From the moment of calling for an over the phone estimate all the way to the last item being unloaded, this company moves with the utmost precision and professionalism!
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The team were very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. They are a great group of guys and we'll definitely use them for our next move. They definitely made our move feel effortless. We highly recommend All Out Moving &... read moreNedra S.5 months ago
We were very impressed with the outstanding job Cody, Clint, and Carlos did on helping us move from Chattanooga to Huntsville. They showed up on time and diligently worked until the last piece of furniture was unloaded. They were funny,... read moreErica E.7 months ago
We had the best experience with All Out moving. They are just simply the best. They kept us informed through every step of the process prior to the move. They sent us helpful packing and moving day tips and were... read moreMadeline B.10 months ago
The crew arrived on time and got right to work. They were a pleasure to work with. Very professional and efficient! They placed my items in storage and will deliver them when my house is completed in a few months.... read moreRobyn W.10 months ago