Pack heavy items like books, papers, canned goods, small tools and CD's into sturdy, smaller cartons. If you pack them into larger cartons, they will be too heavy and difficult to move, or could break thru the cartons. Magazines and papers you should lay flat.
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Moving Terms - Warehouse Handling * Warehouse Handling: A charge that compensates the mover for the physical placement and removal of items within a warehouse. Often you are not ready to move into your new house and your furniture needs to be stored. Remember the more times your furniture is handled, the more likely it is there will be damage.
If You Need To Transport Your Vehicle * If you need to transport your vehicle, you most likely will need to hire a separate auto haulers company. Some moving companies transport cars, but most do not.
Moving Terms - Estimate * Estimate: All charges for services the mover will perform. Understand the terms of the estimate so there will be no misunderstanding on the job the movers will perform.
Dispose of or Give Away Items You Won't Need * Dispose of items you don't expect to need or use at your new location. Don't pay to move these items. Have a garage sale, give items to friends or relatives, contact your local donation center, or a last resort take a truckload to your local dump.
Prepare Your Refrigerator * Empty your refrigerator, eat your left-overs and throw out any perishables before moving. Also be sure to defrost your freezer at least 24 hours before relocating.
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Shuttle Truck for Small Road Access * Shuttle Service: Use of a smaller truck to provide service to residences that are not accessible to the mover's normal truck. If you live up in the hills on a small winding road, chances are the big moving truck will not be able to make it to the house and a smaller truck will be needed. Driveways can also be a problem as well.
What to Bring on Long Trips * Here are some items you may want to bring if you are driving long distances: A map or directions to where you are going, food, water, clothes, cell phone, money, hygiene items, road flares, car oil, fire extinguisher, a can of fix-a-flat, and extra water for your car's engine.
Packing Small Framed Pictures * For packing small pictures, such as 8 x 11 framed pictures, wrap similar to dishes - each one individually in packing paper, then stand upright or vertically in the carton - do not lay flat
Medications * Keep on top of your medication. Renew your prescriptions and pack them in an accessible place during the move.
Marking Your Boxes By Room and Description * Mark your boxes with a dark magic marker or sharpie. Include your last name, brief description of contents, and room. Use abbreviations for rooms such as MBR (master bedroom), K (kitchen), LR (living room), etc.