Moving & Packing Tips from Truckin’ Movers

truck-interior2-croppedWhether you’re relocating across town or across the world, moving can be a stressful time for you and your family. For specific answers to the ins and outs of moving with us, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.  We also offer the following general moving and packing tips to help make your move as simple and stress-free as possible.

  1. Make a Moving Checklist: The most important of all moving tips, making a moving checklist will help you focus on what needs to be done while gaining a sense of accomplishment when items are complete.
  2. Think Big, Start Small: One of the best additional moving tips is to focus on the big picture while working on the small things that make it up. Focus on moving room-by-room (or even wall-by-wall to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  3. Have Plenty of Moving Supplies: Consult with us to get an estimate on what you’ll need for your move. We’ll deliver everything to your door to make packing easy, and buy everything back when you’re finished using it!
  4. Use Color to Simplify: Assign a specific color to each room and corresponding boxes, and make a note of it on your list. Inexpensive stickers on each box and room door in your new space take the guesswork out of what goes where, and helps expedite unloading time and save labor costs.
  5. Label Clearly: Instead of labeling a box “Living Room” write “Small Figurines for Living Room Hutch.”
  6. Group Similar Items: Attach all loose parts to their parent item with tape, and keep things like lampshades with their lamps, bookends with their books, etc.
  7. Work Ahead: Packing as much as you can before we come to your home will save time, money and stress on moving day.
  8. Move Hard-to-Replace Paperwork With You: Passports, birth certificates, citizenship papers and other important papers should be kept in a folder on your person to avoid the rare chance of any potential loss or damage en route.
  9. Delegate: Make moving a family adventure, and assign everyone a specific task. Even small children love throwing pillows into boxes!
  10. Have a Personal Bag for Each Family Member: Use luggage or duffel bags to give each family member items such as clothes, towels, toiletries, or other items to use immediately when you get to your new home.
  11. Have an Unpacking Plan as Well: Limit yourself to a certain room or certain number of boxes per day to avoid stress and feelings of unproductivity.