Ayla PR Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
At Moving Made Smooth, Inc. we understand that your clothing is an important part of your life. Fashion is often taken into account when making that first impression and is significant to a person's self-image. Taking this into account, we decided to devote an entire blog to protecting your clothing, jewelry, hats, etc.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. recommends using wardrobe boxes for any expensive or delicate clothing because these boxes allow you to hang your clothing (similar to being in a closet). This helps to prevent wrinkling and lines from folding. Wardrobe boxes are also easy to load into your moving truck.
Clothes that are less important or expensive can be folded or rolled up (depending on your preference) and packed away in regular boxes. You can also take a hint from many online 'do it yourself' gurus and use a garbage bag. This is done by poking a hole in the bottom of the bag and pulling the hook of the hanger through. You can do 10-15 items per bag and tie off the bottom.
When moving any clothing to storage it is advised that you place silica gel packets to prevent moisture and mold from contaminating your clothing. Cedar wood chips are recommended for keeping insects, such as moths and beetles, away from clothing. Always wash/dry clean clothing before putting them into storage as this also helps to prevent insects and mold.
Hat boxes are a novel way of preserving your hats shape and can be packed into your moving boxes. You may also use hat cages (also known as a shaper) for packing away your baseball caps. They are usually sold for washing hats, but can also be used to hold the shape of your hat during packing and moving.
Jewelry is best packed individually in plastic bags or trays with dividers to prevent tangling. Earrings can be clasped together and placed in smaller plastic bags. Always keep your most valuable jewelry with you.
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Sometimes it isn't easily apparent how sharp items can be packed effectively. Moving Made Smooth, Inc. is here to help.
Smaller tools can be wrapped in paper and put inside boxes with other non-fragile items; for instance, with other items you intend to put in the shed or garage. Be sure not to pack the boxes too heavy. Larger tools like rakes and shovels can be tied together with rope or zip ties. If you are concerned about any sharp edges on these larger items you can use a couple old pillow slips to put over the sharp ends and secure it with tape, another zip tie, or rope.
When packing power tools like lawn mowers or chainsaws, it is a good idea to remove the blades.
Loose knives can be wrapped in paper, but cardboard could be a better option if you fear that the knife may easily cut through the paper. You can take a small piece of cardboard and wrap it around the sharp edge of the knife. Then secure the cardboard with some tape. Then the knives are ready to be packed into your moving boxes.
If you have a woodblock holder for your knives this can make the process of packing them even easier. You can leave them inside the block and use cellophane (cling wrap) to wrap the entire block. Paper can also be used instead of cellophane. Take the paper and secure one end to the bottom with tape, then wrap it around the handles, and secure the other end to the bottom. This can then be packed into one of your moving boxes.
Silverware can be bundled together with zip ties and packed normally, but if you have a tray organizer, packing can be made even simpler. All you have to do is leave the silverware inside and wrap it with cellophane or put it inside a large zip lock baggie. Now they're ready to be packed inside your moving boxes.
Ayla PR Representative at Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Have you ever had trouble figuring out where a particular wire from behind your entertainment stand gets plugged in? Many of us have. This problem gets a lot more complicated when you are moving because all those wires must be taken apart and packed up. Moving Made Smooth, Inc. has a few suggestions that may make taking apart your computers, entertainment stands, routers, etc. less difficult.
Electronics with Many Cords
Your electronics can be color-coded for easy reassembly. We suggest using different colored electric tape or sticker labels. Before unplugging the cords, wrap one label around the base of the cable, near the plug. Place a second label beside the slot on the box or electronic device. This way, when you put everything back together at your new home, you can simply match the colored labels.
Another option is to take a picture on your phone, tablet, or camera of the backs of each of your devices. Be sure to label each photo so that you can tell which device it is. It is also important that it is a clear enough photo to distinguish the cords and slots accurately.
Packing for Safety
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. recommends using a TV box (you can order these from us during our scheduling process) to pack your flat screen TVs or computer monitors. This helps to protect your electronics during transport and can simplify packing.
There has been an interesting "life hack" circulating on the web that uses empty paper towel and bathroom tissue rolls to wrap cords. This can be really useful if you don't have any twist/zip ties lying around and they can be easily packed into a box. All you have to do is wrap up the cord and slip it through the roll. You can even use the roll as a place to put your color coded label.
Ayla & Julia with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
As you look around your home try to imagine everything inside is now outside or in your garage. What do you think will survive the freezing temperatures?
If this move is across town, an easy solution is to shield them by surrounding the plant with paper or plastic leaving the top exposed. This protects the plant from some of the cold air, but allows the plant to breathe. Moving out of town gets complicated for various reasons (the first comment on the bottom of the linked page says it all and also has some good advice within the article http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-can-i-move-plants-cross-country-good-questions- 186049). Plants cannot go on the moving truck, but can be moved in your personal vehicle. This article also suggests taking clippings from the plants to make starter plants in your new home, instead of moving the large plants themselves. Moving Made Smooth recommends giving plants to friends, family, schools, charity, or organizations (shelters, doctor's offices, etc.).
Never use any electronics or appliances without allowing them to reach room temperature. Any liquids will freeze in the winter cold. Be sure appliances are drained. Even ink cartridges can freeze and explode, so it is better to remove them.
It is not advised to have any musical instrument in the cold or any weather extreme. If it must be on the moving truck, DO NOT open the case until your instrument reaches room temperature. Moving Made Smooth, Inc. suggests an online search for tips regarding your specific instrument or contacting a music store.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. has selected a few articles about winter moving that you may find helpful:
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Nobody wants to spend the first night in their new place opening all their boxes, desperately trying to find an item they need. To save time and energy during the first night in your new home it is beneficial to label your moving boxes.
The 'Open First' Box
The Open First box is for all the items that you will need immediately upon arriving in your new place. Many of the items you may want in this box include bed sheets, toiletries (toilet paper, tooth brush, etc.), a change of clothes, a coffee pot if you aren't a morning person, or anything you may need right away. Remember to keep it simple though. You don't want to overfill the box or fill it to the brim with keepsakes. Have this box clearly labeled.
Pack Room by Room with Colored Labels
Every other box should be composed of items for a specific room. To make the transition easier on yourself and your mover, you may want to color code the room for where each box should go in your new home. For example, blue for the kitchen and green for the bathroom. Color labels should be large and placed on several sides of each box so your movers can easily see the label. If you run out of individual colors you can add them together, for example, red and blue means the master bedroom. These labels can be bought almost anywhere; craft stores, grocery stores, etc.
This is beneficial to you and your movers because it saves time. Before unloading your boxes and furniture, you can place a colored label on the door or on an index card by it to indicate what room is what color (or you can make a list to give to the mover). This way the mover can just match the labels instead of having to ask where you want him to put each individual box or piece of furniture.
Any box that contains fragile items or valuables should be labeled as such. Simply write "FRAGILE" or "THIS END UP" on boxes that you want handled with extra care or in a particular way. Be sure to write large (possibly in a bright, but readable color) and in capital letters.
Advanced Packing Tricks
If you want to be even more prepared for your move, you may want to consider an inventory list to go along with your color coding. As you pack number your boxes. Then, on your inventory list write down the number and a summary of what the box contains. This method makes it a breeze to find a particular item. You simply find it on your inventory list and open up only the box that is numbered to contain the item.Inventory lists made on a computer or device may be the most useful if you will have them on you the day of the move. For instance, if I need a pair of socks out of my boxes, I can open the file and use ctrl+F. This opens up the find menu, I simply type in 'socks' and my inventory list tells me that I put it in box 14. I can now open box 14 and retrieve my socks. Its as easy as that! All it takes is a little extra effort packing and the rest of the move is easy-peasey.
Ayla with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. reserves the right to deny service if our laborers will be subject to unsafe or unsanitary conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to hoarding, pests, animal feces, mold, fungus, asbestos, fiberglass, water damage, rubbish/trash, etc. Our laborers also will not load/unload a truck at a location where the customer does not possess the keys. This practice is illegal.
If you need help cleaning-up after hoarding or otherwise unsanitary conditions in a household we suggest using the links below:
For hoarding, crime/trauma scene, unattended death, infectious disease, or tear gas:
For mold or water damages:
For pest control:
Ayla and Julia with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. would like to keep the, "Whoops, I never thought about that." out of your move.
Do you know if the appliances you're moving are empty and ready to be installed in your new home? By 'empty' we are referring to draining the water from washing machines and by 'ready to be installed' we mean whether or not your appliance has the correct plug for your new home's outlets.
When a washing machine is not drained it will be heavier and could leak while traveling with your other household items. To prevent this, we suggest draining the washing machine 48 hours before your move. To do so, first unplug the machine. Next, check if the appliance has a water pump filter. This is usually found on the back of the washer, behind a small flap. After opening the flap, you will see a small hose. Now place a bucket beneath the hose and remove the stopper. The water will drain slowly from this area. When the water pump filter has finished draining, remove the main drainage pipe from the wall. Hold the hose above the level of the washer until you have a bucket ready to catch the water. Caution: water drains quickly from this pipe. Whenever a bucket is full, elevate the hose and empty the bucket. Continue this process until the washer is empty.
The electrical mishaps for appliances began in 2000 when building codes changed from a 3 prong appliance outlet to a 4 prong. This can potentially cause problems when moving to anew residence, a "whoops" that is probably best solved by an electrician or appliance expert. I must add, your mover is not responsible for making appliances compatible with your new home.
Ayla P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
When you purchase a new washer and dryer, it is a good idea to ask the installer to keep the washer/dryer locks. These locks prevent the drum from moving during transport. Otherwise, the moving parts in the appliance can be damaged. If you did not keep the locking metal pins/plastic tabs, then you can look for the part number in your appliance's owner's manual, see if the store you purchased the appliances from can provide you with some, or check out the helpful links below.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. recommends ordering the parts necessary to lock your appliances at...
If you need a copy of your owner's manual:
If you know the part number (found in the owner's manual) or the make and model: http://www.repairclinic.com/Shop-For-Parts? TLSID=1587&SearchText=&Ref=373032&gclid=CjwKEAjwl7ieBRCK2rCtqcCS7jESJA CZKQFKg877Zqj4hSvYV9MXXKfObDa7SVS4G-ztOELBEjEg1BoCUoDw_wcB
Or purchase a set of locking bolts:
Be sure to secure or take off the doors of your refrigerator and remove all the items it contains. This will prevent a messy clean-up when the appliance arrives at your new home. We suggest having this done prior to the day of your move. Also be sure to unplug the fridge 48 hours in advance of your move to ensure that the freezer has defrosted. This will prevent melt water from leaking out of the appliance and ruining other items in your moving vehicle.
Ayla P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Imagine your moving day without considering the contents of your garage. Keep in mind the time it will take for the movers to pack it or the space available on the truck. It may be more cost effective for some items if you purchased a new one when you move into your next home. So, please remember to pack up your desired belongings from the garage prior to your moving day and select what to pack wisely.
This link below will take you to a site that describes some of the chemicals and other items that should not be packed for or put into your rental truck.
Federal law forbids you to ship hazardous materials in your household goods, boxes, or luggage without informing your mover (we strongly suggest you don't pack them). A violation can result in 5 years imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Your load is also subject to loss or damage due to fire, explosion, or contamination.
Moving Made Smooth, Inc. has also provided some useful links below on how to properly pack the items found in your garage.