Moving Tip # 12 Using Personal boxes, might be one of the most important moving tips we can give
- Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person.
- Let each family member fill their box with items they will want ‘right away’ in the new home — a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, tissues, travel cosmetic case, and so on.
Make sure that the personal boxes are easily distinguishable from, say, the two dozen plastic bins you have used to store holiday decorations, board games, or other items that you do not need access to right away.…
Moving Tip #11: Keep important papers with you!
Your list of “important” papers might include:
- birth certificates
- school records
- moving estimates
- new job contacts
- utility company numbers
- recent bank records
- current bills
- phone lists
- closing papers
- realtor info
- and more.
Don’t leave these with your Austin moving company. Keep them with you! This way, you will have immediate access to them without having to dig through a dozen boxes or hunt all over your new house for the box you need.
You may think you labeled your box of important papers well enough, but quite often it can be difficult to locate one particular box when you have your entire house packed into 100+ boxes spread all around.…
Safeguard valued items
Our helpful moving tip # 10 is simple, but important. It is a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as jewelry, silverware, collections, or antiques, with you. If you have a long move and no room in your car, bury the items in a box titled “Misc kitchen pantry”.
Either way, check your homeowner’s insurance to see how you are covered during the move and if you need additional insurance from your Austin moving company.
Find out what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) you might need to file a claim in case of loss. If you purchase additional insurance for your move, be sure to read your moving insurance policy carefully so you are aware of all conditions and exclusions of the policy.…
Use your luggage
Helpful moving tip # 9 – Fill luggage and duffel bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.
Even for local Austin moves you will be able to quickly spot your green suitcase holding your favorite sweaters, whereas “Box #97” might remain elusive for days. Avoid packing books or heavy items in large suitcases, as these can be extremely difficult to move and may damage the luggage.
Also avoid packing dishes or fragile items in suitcases or duffel bags, as luggage generally does not offer the same protection as boxes specifically designed for china and other delicate items.…
Consolidate cleaning supplies
Pay attention to our moving tip #8 – If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags that will be left behind after your Austin moving company clears out your belongings.
Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as the movers empty it. If you find the job is too overwhelming to tackle yourself try enlisting the help of friends or family. Or, check with your Austin mover to see if they offer a cleaning and make ready service and/or carpet cleaning services in addition to their usual moving services.…
Moving Tip #7 – Pack ahead
Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. This is our helpful moving tip #7 – Pack seldom used or out of season items early to avoid being rushed at the last minute. If it is summer, get your winter clothing and coats out of the way.
You don’t really need 5 radios or TVs around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down dishes, cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials.…
Moving Tips #6 Keep Things Together
For our Moving tips #6 we will help you stay organized and make unpacking after your move much easier.
Insist on keeping things together when you or your Austin moving company are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances.
Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small bags or envelopes (to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit, etc).
Keep larger corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord or remotes) in ziplock bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item.…
Moving Tips #5 Color Coordinate
One of the hardest parts of moving is making sure everything gets to its proper location when your movers unload the truck.With help from our moving tips #5 things will go a lot smoother.
You’ve paid a lot of money to get your move done right, so who wants to spend a lot of time and energy moving everything again after your Austin moving company is gone?
Labeling is a good start, but coloring is better! Designate a color for each room in your new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc.…
Moving Tips #4 Strategize Wardrobe Box Use
Your friends at Elephant Moving Company will be happy to deliver moving boxes and packing supplies ahead of your moving day. If you are packing yourself, get things organized as early as possible with the help of our moving tips #4.
A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the tall wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags then add your hanging clothing. Pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers.…
Moving Tips #3: Utilize Wardrobe Boxes
For your helpful moving tips #3, your Austin moving company has found a lot of ways to maximize wardrobe box use. These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging.
Our standard wardrobe boxes are 24 inches wide so 2 feet of your hanging clothes will fit in each box. Measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you will need.
You can also use wardrobe boxes for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes.…