The easiest way to save money on your move is to complete your own packing. A general
guideline is if an item can fit into a box, go ahead and box it. Besides being extra protected in a
carton, stacks of boxes move much quicker than loose items. A quicker move will be a less
costly one. Safe and preferred handling weight for most boxes is recommended under 50lbs.
Summer is “peak” moving season The summer is always a high demand for movers due to
the fact people prefer to move when the kids are out of school. The most congested weeks of
the summer months are the last weeks of every month. Everyone is trying to move out before
the next months rent is due. While we maintain our same low rates for everyday of the summer
many movers charge more for these ultra peak weeks. Reserving your move in advance is
recommended about 2-3 weeks is ideal and the more notice the better.
Dis-assemble your own furniture The most common items that require disassembly for
transportation are bed frames, bunk beds, canopy, water beds, cribs, tables, and a china hutch
usually is a two piece unit secured to the base by a simple screwed bracket. While we have no
separate fees for individual items, if you are paying by the hour, the more work you save us is
the more money you will save in the end. Quick tip if your furniture requires a unique tool be
sure to have it available, on moving day.
Reserve the elevator(s) and/or parking spot - at both locations if necessary Exclusive
use to the elevators is ideal, and make for a smooth move. Park your vehicles in front of your
building or home the night before the move. We recommend blocking off 35’-40’ for parking
and maneuvering. To insure a space in a highly transited street you may need to reserve a
parking permit through your local police department. Often needed in deliveries to cities like
Know how you want your furniture placed Have a clear idea as to the new setup at your
new home. While the best plan of action is having a diagram of the rooms with the layout of the
furniture. Remember the tape measure does not lie. If you measure all your furniture before
hand you will be able to determine the proper arrangement at the new location. If your move is
to a smaller location, or includes an above average amount of boxes we recommend the boxes
being place in the garage at delivery. This will allow you to bring in manageable quantities to
unpack at your convenience.
Disconnect all electronic equipment Such as television sets, VCR's, DVD players,
surround sound, home computers, stereos, etc., 24 hours in advance of a move so they will be
at room temperature on moving day. This will also speed things up the day of the move.
Appliances should also be disconnected Prior to the movers arrival whenever possible.
Water lines from the washer, gas line valve on the dryer, ice maker line on the refrigerator, and
of course the gas valve on any oven/range.
Downsizing - Moving to a smaller home or a different floor-plan. Play it safe and move the
large furniture over first. Many people often commit this mistake and transport over all the small
items and boxes to their new home. On the second trip their is no space left to bring in the
furniture. If you want to save time by bringing boxes over beforehand unload them in the
garage or an area out of the way of the movers or the placement of furniture.
Before you schedule a move estimate we recommend you survey your own home. Check all the
rooms from attic to basement, and determine what will be moved, and what will be sold,
donated, discarded. We often survey homes where the list of unknowns is way above average.
For example major appliances are often unknown if they are part of the current real estate
contract, or if you might be ready to purchase your new set. Simply put, the more you know
about what is clearly moving the more accurate our estimate will be.
- Dressers and chest of drawers can be left full with clothing. We ask however you remove
all breakables, and liquids such as perfume and personal products.
- Plants can be moved on local moves and we suggest, they are not to be watered for at
least two days before your move. Small plants should be placed in open top box.
- Get rid of or plan on moving any flammable products - paint, solvents, gas cylinders,
- Gas should be kept to a minimum in mowers, clippers, trimmers, blowers, compressors,
- Clothes - do you need them all? Charity shops may want them.
- Separate books - disposable, family reading, valuable.
- Arrange to have mail forwarded, or held at the post office. click here
- Agree upon a termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone and other main suppliers.
- If you have children, keep their favorite toys or stuffed animals handy to travel with you.
- All personal documentation - marriage/birth certificates, drivers licenses, passports,
identifications, should be moved by you.
- Start running down your supply on perishables, freezer stocks.
- Arrange your finances - close or transfer bank accounts, savings accounts and so on, if
Particle board/ Press Board/ Fiberboard furniture Due to the inherent nature of this type
of furniture, they cannot usually be disassembled and reassembled. This is due to the pins
and/or screws that hold the furniture together loosen, and will not hold the joints together
properly. There types of furniture items are usually assemble at home products straight out of a
box. They are shipped in that way because of the high risk in being pre built. For the same
reason, particle board, press board or fiberboard furniture usually cannot be transported safely
while assembled and the customer must understand the risk involved moving such pieces.
Tape all boxes – Boxes should be taped at both seams top & bottom. Folding flaps is an
unsafe method. Boxes with open lids or tops risk losing their contents and are not safely
stackable. We recommend using high quality boxes. Used professional moving boxes are great
on the environment and perfect for movers. Do not use grocery boxes, such as banana or
apple boxes with open tops. Plastic packing tape only, paper tape is not as sturdy and duct
tape does not hold to cartons as good.
Pack dishes, glass frames, etc. – On there sides and not flat. This lessens the chance of
breakage. Wrap all fragile items in unprinted newsprint, tissue, or bubble wrap. Clean newsprint
works best and is cost effective. Fill the empty air pockets in the box with crumpled newspaper.
Filling the boxes completely allows minimal chance of the box being crushed.
All lamp shades should be removed from lamps and packed into boxes. Be sure to label these
Heavy items such as books, magazines, and weights should be packed in a small standard
moving box such as 16” x 12.5” x 12.5”.
Clear out unwanted items - Hold a garage sale or call for a donation pickup service such as
goodwill or salvation army.
Empty fuel - From lawn mowers, generators, weed whackers, and other garden equipment
Have plenty of packing supplies/boxes - Stock up on boxes and tape, so many people plan
on having just enough boxes and end up making multiple last minute trips to purchase more
boxes. We recommend having 20 boxes more than you think you'll need on moving day. There
is always that undiscovered closet you didn't pack or goods found in the attic. Also your mover
may recommend packing items you may have thought could be shipped loose.
Pack one room at a time - Label exactly what room you want the box moved to at the new
Label the boxes on the sides - Labeling the sides of the box instead of the side make all the
information visible when you have a stack of boxes being wheeled in on a dolly.
Color coding boxes - This is a great tip to use especially on larger home moves. Green for
office, yellow for den, orange for bonus room/loft, etc. Moving to 2 level condo; designate one
color for each level.
Easy rule to follow regarding whether or not something should be packed in a box - If
it fits in a box - pack it. The rule applies from your standard small box of 1.5 cubic ft to your
extra large box of 6.0 cubic ft. Wardrobe boxes can be extremely useful for the odd and over-
sized items we accumulate over time. Such as snowboards, ski equipment, golf bags, boogie
boards, miscellaneous sporting equipment, weed blowers, trimmers, clippers, rakes, shovels,
and other gardening tools.
While all these items can be moved without the use of a box it's definitely a worthwhile
investment. The box will not only protect these items from damage but it will make the move
much easier for you or the moving company you hire. It especially pays off when you are
moving locally and thus paying for movers by the hour. Having invested in packing several
wardrobes will speed things up more than you think. Each wardrobe can be easily moved to the
truck with a dolly versus several trips hand carrying the odd items mentioned above.
Reserve your moving truck as early as possible - Search the Internet for the best rates,
ask about AAA discounts and military personnel specials.
Need to change dates - Most rental truck companies allow this at no additional cost. Just try
to give them as much notice as possible.
Compare apples with apples - With so many companies to rent from you will quickly find out
not all 16' trucks are the same size. Company A might have a truck with a loading space of
16' x 8' H x 7 1/2' W. Company B might have a 16' x 7 1/2' x 6'. The best way to compare the
space of the truck is to ask for all 3 inside dimensions. Some companies may post cubic feet
per truck for a quick comparison. When picking up the truck take your tape measure along for
Call & confirm your reservation 24hrs in advance - You don't want to arrive on the
morning of your move day and find out they have no truck available for you. By you calling and
alerting them of your reservation it forces them to double check that they have a truck available
for you. There has been times where a truck is not available due to an error in their system of
over booking and the customer is sent to a different location to pick up their rental. This can be
a major set back, there's your time to pickup the truck and then if you hired movers they might
be at your home, one the clock, waiting for you to arrive. Should they transfer your reservation
to another location that is out of the way for you don't hesitate on asking for a discount or even
a credit for the additional mileage you will incur.
Check the fuel level before you leave - Don't rely on the fuel gauge. Do an actual visual
inspection. Rental trucks have large fuel tanks, often two, one on each side of the truck. You
should be able to easily see the fuel by removing the cap. If you see it's low simply ask them to
top it off before you leave. We have been around trucks long enough to know most mark full at
90-95% fuel capacity. That may result in you being short 5-10 gallons.
Confirm the mileage on the contract matches the mileage on the odometer -
Remember these are constantly being updated in the computers and typos do occur. The
mileage is usually the most expensive factor in a rental.
Make sure you are properly insured - Many of you might have rental car protection when
rented through your credit card company. Confirm the insurance applies to commercial
vehicles, in most cases it does not. The insurance cost on the rental is usually costly but
definitely worth it.
Choosing your Sacramento, Roseville or Stockton Moving Company can be a difficult choice so
we have tried to simplify the process. We know there are many Moving Companies to choose
from and we have provided some helpful links to save you some time and energy.
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