Helping You to Have a Successful Move

Helpful Hints

This list of carefully compiled suggestions will make moving smooth and easy for you and your family. It is designed so you can keep track of what has and has not been done. Just click on the headings below, and by following these simple procedures you will save time, money, and have a safe and efficient transfer to your new home.

The movers will dismantle your beds and set them up in your new home. Place bedding in clean cartons.

Books should be packed in small, strong, securely tied cartons. They should be placed cover-to-cover, alternating bindings to prevent the pages from becoming interlocked and damaged. Wrap valuable books individually. DO NOT pack books in furniture drawers or leave them in portable bookshelves or bookcases.

Wrap separately and pack in cartons, boxes or barrels. Cushion well with newsprint. Pack largest and heaviest items in the bottom of the container. DO NOT pack above the edge of the container.

Pack upright in small, sturdy cartons. Do not pack beyond the limit of portability, and not over 50 pounds to each container. Approximately 24 cans should be ample.

Wrap china and all fragile objects in paper individually. Large plates and heavy pieces should be placed on the bottom of container, on edge, smaller plates, cups and saucers toward the top of the container. Plates and dishes should be placed in a vertical position with pads of paper in between. Recommended: 3” of paper on the bottom of the barrel or carton and 2” of paper in between layers. DO NOT pack above the edge of the container.

For a nominal charge, our men will move your clothing on hangers, from the closets directly to wardrobes furnished by us. Wardrobes will hold approximately 30 hangers depending upon the size of the garments. Your clothing will reach you clean and wrinkle-free. For storage, clothing should be cleaned. Small clothing articles pack nicely in suitcases, boxes or trunks.

Pendulums should be removed or secured tightly to the base of the clock. Small clocks may be wrapped and placed in boxes.

These may be placed on hangers and transferred to wardrobe cartons, or they may be folded and placed in cartons. To save handling they can sent to the cleaners and delivered directly to your new house.

Articles from all drawers should be removed. This includes dressers, nightstands, desks, armoires, etc. This eliminates any possible damage to your furniture.

(Recommended for long distances) Check with your service man. Motors may need to be checked and secured. We can arrange this service for you, or recommend a reliable service company.

Dispose of food in open containers that may spill or spoil enroute. The carrier will not be liable for damage caused by food spilling on other items. Perishable food should be stored or shipped.

Freezers must be completely defrosted one or two days prior to moving. They should be dried and aired to avoid musty odor. Safety of contents cannot be guaranteed, so it is best to empty your freezer, and plan meals that will use up the perishable contents. Check with you service man to be sure the motor is bolted, if necessary.

Stemware and glassware should be wrapped individually and placed in barrels or in the top of china containers. DO NOT nest unwrapped glasses in each other. Place wrapped glassware right side up, no on their sides.

Remove chimes. Secure weight chains tightly against the base of the clock with wire or strong string and remove weights and pendulums. If it is going a long distance, call a reputable clock shop to prepare the clock against damage.

Kitchen utensils should be clean and placed in cartons or barrels. Durable, heavy pieces should be placed on the bottom, light ones on top with each piece padded against dents, chipping or scratching. Toasters, irons, waffle irons, mixers, etc. may be wrapped individually and placed in cartons with kitchen utensils.

Remove ornamental tops and put them in a safe place, one you will remember. Small lamps may be wrapped and placed in cartons for safe moving. Wrap lampshades in white, clean tissue paper only, place in cartons, mark “FRAGILE” – Do not use newspaper. They may be nested, but do not pack them so as to tear lining or puncture parchment shades.

Table and bed linens should be put into strong cartons or trunks. They should be lines with tissue or clean white or brown paper to protect from dust. Do not use newspapers as liner as the ink may soil the fabric

The moving company is not responsible for the safe moving of linoleum which has been used or tacked to the floor, or which cracks and breaks when rolled.

Our moving men will protect your mattresses with a bag or carton for a minimal charge. Do not try to roll or handle as this may result in damaged springs or fabrics. You may protect them with a sheet or mattress cover if you like.

For storage or long distance moving, they must be crated for safe handling. The movers will remove wall mirrors, if they are not fastened to the walls. Mirrors will not be installed on walls at the new residence. Shipper or carrier must pack all Mirrors or glass tops on furniture.

Gas tanks should be drained and oil reservoirs emptied. No flammable mixtures or articles will be transported.

Small pictures can be safely placed between the folds of blankets or pillows in cartons. Large and valuable pictures and paintings must be boxed by the shipper, or will be by the carrier.

These should be handled personally by you, or given to your florist to send to your destination. The moving company will not assume responsibility for living plants.

Pack these on end, side by side, to provide the greatest resistance to weight pressure. Use small cartons only.

(Recommended for long distances) Defrost and thoroughly dry your refrigerator before moving. This is very important! The door should be left open several hours to air after defrosting. All pans, trays, crispers, shelves or removable parts should be removed and wrapped separately. Have your refrigerator serviced. The motor may have to be bolted down before moving. DO NOT plug it in at the new house until it has been unlocked.

It is not necessary to remove rugs from your floors. Our men will do this for you. They will be rolled to avoid crushing. If they are to be stored, have them cleaned. Tacks should be removed from carpeting before our movers arrive.

These do not need special servicing for local moving. For long distances, the driver will prepare.

Leave in original containers or wrap in cloth or low sulfur content paper or tissue, and pack in boxes. Place padding in silver chest to prevent moving and scratching.

Secure the tone arm and turntable against movement by tying it. Secure the changer to avoid its moving forward. On delicate, expensive players, it is wise to have this be done by and experienced technician.

The mover will disconnect. Be sure that the gas lines are shut off tightly, and capped, if possible. For electric ranges, if the coils are loose, they must be removed together with griddles, deep fryers and all removable parts, and then packed separately.

Some sets require that they be checked before moving. Some color TV’s must be services both before and after moving. Television antennae should be removed from rooftops and disassembled. All VCR’s and DVD players must be unhooked and boxed.

Seal cork and stoppers of cosmetics, medicines and perfume bottles with natural nail polish, paraffin, or masking tape before wrapping separately in paper and placing upright in cartons or metal waste containers.

If they are valuable, wrap separately. Tools as a rule, can be put into small strong cartons without wrapping individually.

Legal documents, all important papers, jewels and currency should be handled by you personally. Keep them in your immediate possession.

(Recommended for long distances) – An authorized service technician should service automatic washers. Motors should be checked and secured, tumbler action protected and fastened in place.