Use the right boxes, and pack them carefully. Professional moving companies use only sturdy, reinforced cartons. The boxes you can get at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store might be free, but they are not nearly as strong or padded, and so can’t shield your valuables as well from harm in transit. Use sheets, blankets, pillows and towels to separate pictures and other fragile objects from each other and the sides of the carton. Pack plates and glass objects vertically, and not flat or stacked.
Be sure to point out to your mover the boxes in which you’ve packed fragile items, especially if those items are exceptionally valuable. The heavier the item, the smaller the box it should occupy. A good rule of thumb is if you can’t lift the carton easily, it’s too heavy. Label your boxes, especially the one containing sheets and towels, everything you need the first night in your new home.
For your family’s safety and comfort teach your children your new address.
Lighten your load & reduce any storage space you need to rent by hosting a garage or yard sale before you pack. Better yet, ask your Realtor to sponsor a neighborhood garage sale for you!
Fill two “OPEN ME FIRST” cartons containing snacks, instant coffee or tea bags, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and brushes, medicine and bath items, flashlight, screwdriver, pliers, can opener, paper plates, cups and utensils, a pan or two, paper towels, and any other items your family can’t do without. Ask your moving foreman to load one of these boxes last, so that it will be unloaded at your new home first. In case the movers are delayed getting to your house on the day of the move, transport the second “Open Me First” box yourself.
Keep your pets away from all the activity on moving day; find a reliable pet sitter – you will both be happy you did!
Since you may need to call old neighbors or businesses, pack your phone book.
Work hand in hand with your mover; give the mover’s foreman your reach numbers and email addresses so you can stay in contact.
Read the inventory form carefully, and ask the mover to explain anything you don’t understand. Make a note of your shipment’s registration number, and keep your Bill of Lading handy. If you’re moving long distance, be aware that your property might share a truck with that of several other households. For this reason, your mover might have to warehouse your furniture and belongings for several days. Ask your mover whether your things will remain on the truck until delivered. If they are to be stored, ask if you can check the warehouse for security and cleanliness.