moving tip #2Moving Tips #2 – Have Plenty of Supplies

Don’t make us say this twice;

”you will need LOTS of boxes”

Probably more boxes than you ever imagined, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from us here at your local Austin moving company keep in mind that we offer free delivery! No hauling or schlepping – we do the heavy lifting for you.)
Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You will need strong packing tape to close up the boxes securely (and please don’t forget to tape the bottoms of the boxes, too!).…

moving tip #1Moving Tips #1 Make A List

Make a list if your helpful moving tips #1. Your friends at Elephant Moving & Storage know that moving may not be the most fun you’ve ever had, but planning ahead will go a long way toward making the process bearable.

Leaving everything until the last minute will only stress you out. A little preparation will help make you feel better about your local Austin move or interstate move.

Nothing is worse than the feeling of helplessness that will overcome you if you schedule a move and are completely unprepared when the movers show up.…

packing boxesLearn From The Masters

When packing boxes up for your home or business it is important to follow a few simple guidelines to ensure that your move experience is a positive one. Your Austin movers at Elephant Moving & Storage have a lot of experience in this department! If you have any questions we encourage you to call our office anytime for assistance.

The most important thing to remember when packing boxes is to use the proper size box for each item. Book boxes are so called for a reason – they are designed to hold books and other small, heavy items.…

moving claimsAt Elephant Moving and Storage we strive to maintain the highest quality services.

Our movers work hard to get your valued possessions moved safely across town or across the country. Occasionally, however, despite all efforts and precautions, small damages may occur. It is important to remember that all claims must be submitted in writing.

A phone call will not be sufficient to process your claim! If you have a damage claim the best way to begin the claims process is to submit your claim to our claims department by emailing

Please include your name, the date of your move, a description of the item and the damage that occurred, the value of the item, and what you are asking for as compensation.…

item list for movingThis is a question the sales staff at Elephant Moving hears frequently. Many customers want to know why we need an accurate item list for moving from them if we are charging by the hour.


The most important reason is to make sure that we are sending the right size crew of movers to each and every move. We want to make sure that your moving experience is a positive one! Elephant Moving strives to maintain a consistent level of quality and service. If the crew is too small for the job the move will not go well. The crew will become fatigued and that leads to damages!…

prepare for your interstate moveHow to prepare for your interstate move: Order moving supplies!

As you prepare for your interstate move and you move through the steps of the moving process, you will find it helpful to have boxes and other moving supplies on hand. Start packing some of your non-essentials as you begin cleaning closets and paring down; you will be glad later.

Packing is far less overwhelming when you spread it out over weeks versus trying to cram it all into a couple of days. Also, before you begin any packing you will want to review our packing tips. Because who wants to pack anything twice?…

Be an Informed Mover!

In order to be an informed mover, start by creating a “move file.” You will need a place to keep important information and receipts for your long distance moving related expenses. Contact the IRS or visit their web site to determine what expenses can be deducted on your next tax return.

be an informed moverMake sure to file contact information for Elephant Moving & Storage and any other special services (such as vehicle movers) you might need.

Do Research

Research your new community. Start by visiting your new city and state’s web sites or contact their chambers of commerce for relocation packets.…

preparing for interstate movingOur next tip for preparing for interstate moving: Take inventory!

preparing for interstate moving just got easier; Sorting through your home prior to your long distance move gives you the opportunity to take inventory of your belongings. Make a list of everything you decide to keep and assign replacement values for insurance purposes. Make note of items that are difficult to replace. Either carry these items with you or ship them by insured or certified mail.

Such items might include:

  • Photos and home videos
  • Birth certificates, wills and other legal documentation
  • Jewelry, rare coins and special collections
  • Stock certificates, insurance policies and financial records
  • Computer diskettes with backups of important files

Know what you will need upon arrival to your new home

Plan ahead and make a checklist of things you will need to pack in suitcases and an “essentials” box.…

prepare for interstate movesOur next tip for how to prepare for interstate moves is: Start Paring Down!

Cross country moving is tough, but it can also be an opportunity. We want to help you prepare for interstate moves and make this process as painless as possible. This is the perfect time to get rid of the extra stuff you have accumulated. Take it one room at a time and prepare to make tough decisions.

Survey each room and ask yourself:

  • Does this have sentimental or monetary value?
  • Does anyone really use it?
  • Is it worth lugging around?
  • Is there room for it in our new home?

Before You Move…

One of the most important steps before you move is getting a moving estimate from your home or office mover. In order for the estimator to provide you with the most accurate quote possible you will need to provide him with the best information you can. You should have complete knowledge of your new neighborhood, apartment/house/office, and the route to your destination (including construction). With local moves, time is everything.

before you moveYou can sometimes save time if you can recommend a quicker route to your destination than the one your mover was expecting to take. Other helpful tidbits that your Austin mover needs to know in order to give you an accurate moving estimate:

Check your new area for the availability of suitable parking for the moving truck

One that will allow the movers to comfortably load and unload your items.…