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How to be Prepared for Your DIY Move

How to Prepare for a do-it-yourself moveOne of the most common questions we receive is, How long will my move take?" Despite our efforts to provide accurate time estimates based on the type and size of transportation method (which is based on historical averages), the fact remains that one of the largest factors is how prepared the customer is.

One of the greatest benefits of moving labor is that we can handle all levels of preparedness, from those who haven't packed a single box to the architect that has created blueprints for how he wants his storage container loaded. Many times the difference between a three hour move and a seven hour move lies with the customer.

Here's An Organized Move

Preparing for Moving by Organizing

And Here's An Unorganized Move...

Being Unprepared for Moving is Costly

Tips To Prepare For Moving

We want to make it very clear that these are merely suggestions for reducing your total move time and overall moving expenses. Our crews will assemble or disassemble most standard household items without charge and will pack your boxes if you would like, these services just add time to your move.

  1. The most tedious and time consuming task is packing the moving boxes. Whenever possible have all of the boxes packed, sealed and ready to be moved.
  2. Disassemble anything that may require it before the movers arrive. The most common items are mirrors attached to a dresser, desks and beds.
  3. Remove all electronic components and wires from your TV stand or entertainment center. Fumbling with these wires can be time consuming.
  4. Make sure there is a clear walkway through the home. Move all of the boxes to either side of the walkway to prevent the movers having to rearrange them just to get through.
  5. Often times when loading a container or truck we will need "fillers". Fillers are lightweight items that can fit into top or corner areas. The best way to create fillers is to put cushions, pillows and blankets into trash bags instead of boxes.
  6. Whenever possible remove the dresser drawers from the dresser. While this is not always necessary it is usually inevitable for heavier triple and double dressers and will save time.
  7. Use rope or shrink wrap to tie/secure furniture pieces that have doors or drawers. Many times we must secure these pieces to prevent it from opening during movement.
  8. If you have large or over-sized items consider removing the railing along the stairwell or doors from their hinge.
  9. Prepare front load washers and dryers by installing the transit bolts ahead of time.

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