- Make certain your household pet is wearing proper identification and any required license tags in case they get lost.
- Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet’s medical history to take with you, and be sure all shots are current.
- Shortly before the move, your pets may become nervous because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them; stress may cause them to misbehave or run off. Consider having them boarded during the most hectic days.
- When you move, take along a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, says your pet is in good condition. The rabies certificate states when and where your pet was vaccinated.
- If you move across state lines, call or write the state veterinarian or State Department of Animal Husbandry for laws on the entry of animals. Some states require up-to-date rabies vaccinations. For example, the state of Hawaii requires a 120-day quarantine for dogs and cats that have just moved from another state.
- After the move, give your pet’s time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Don’t let your pets roam freely until they learn where new “home” is now — otherwise they may get lost!
- If you pet has an ID implant, remember to have updated contact information.
MOVING TIPS: PACKING YOUR GLASS/CUPS
Use this step-by-step guide to pack all your glasses, goblets and cups to ensure they get to your new home in one piece.
- If you can’t find a divided box, the kind used to ship bottles (wine and liquor, then use a small to medium box and line it with bubble-wrap.
- Place a stack of pre-cut plain newsprint on the table or other flat surface.
- Take the first glass and place it on the pile of newsprint. Wrap two sheets of newsprint around the glass, making sure you line the inside.
- Place the second glass inside the first one. This is called nesting. Then take two more sheets of newsprint and line the inside of the second glass. Insert another glass.
- You can nest three or four glasses, depending on their size and weight. Lay the stack of glasses diagonally across the pile of newsprint.
- Holding the corner of the newsprint closest to you, wrap another two sheets of newsprint around the stack and tuck in the ends.
- For extra protection, wrap the stack in a sheet of bubble wrap and secure the ends.
- Place glasses in bottom of box or into one of the sections if using a divided box.
- Follow the above steps for goblets and other stemware, except for nesting. Individually wrap goblets to ensure they’re protected.
- Once you’ve filled the box, added extra newsprint or bubble-wrap on top. Seal the box and mark it “Fragile: Glassware” and label it accordingly.
- Ask a wine store or specialty liquor store if they can give you some divided boxes. This will provide extra protection for your glassware.
- Pack stacks of glasses in an individual box or place in another box with other fragile. Just make sure the glasses are put in last on top of the other items.
Don’t over pack the box; however, make sure there isn’t empty space where glasses can shift about. Extra space should be filled with rolled up newspaper.
MOVING TIPS: MOVING BOXES
The question most people have is, “should I purchase moving boxes or find some slightly-used from grocery stores or friends who’ve just recently moved.”
The answer is usually found in a combination of need and cost. For expensive, fragile or sentimental items that you don’t want damaged, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and purchase new moving boxes.
So, when choosing to purchase moving boxes, keep these tips in mind:
Type of boxes you may need and what they’re used for:
- Small/ Book Boxes: 1.5 cubic foot moving box which is 16 3/8 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches. This box is great for books, for packing kitchen items, dishes, fragile and small appliances, lamps or shades.
- Medium Box: 3.0 cubic foot moving box this is 18 1/8 x 18 x 16. Great for clothing, pots and pans and electronics.
- Large Box: 4.5 cubic foot moving box this is 18 x 18 x 25. Great for larger lamps, linens and larger kitchen appliances.
- Dish Box: 6.0 cubic foot moving box which is 22 x 22 x 21 ½. Use this box for pillows, toys, large blankets and couch/chair cushions. Also great for packing glasses, cups or liquor/wine bottles. Make sure you don’t over pack them. Over packing dish packs can result in damaged and shattered items
- Wardrobe Boxes: vary in size (small, medium and large) they have a metal bar and shaped just like a wardrobe. They are great for hanging closet items that you can’t pack flat. Some people use these boxes to move chandeliers or items that are better to move hanging than flat.
- Picture and/or Mirror Boxes: These are designed to handle framed pictures, artwork and mirrors. Bubble wrap is recommended for all framed items.
- Mattress boxes: These boxes aren’t necessary our movers will wrap your mattress in shrink wrap which are much cheaper to purchase. Although, boxes will keep your mattress from losing its shape if it’s being stored for a while, it’ll protect it better from outside forces.
MOVING TIPS: BEFORE MOVING DAY
Since you’re among the many people who will have to move their selves and/ or families to a new home or a new community A Team Moving and Storage has put together some great packing tips for you. These tips will prove helpful whether you are moving across the street or across the country.
Drawing from personal experience, A Team Moving & Storage know there are lots of ways to help make your household move easier and smoother.
- Make a list:
Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box, create a simple record keeping system. Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a spiral-bound notebook for the job. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the contents on your list. Don’t put the list down unless it’s in a place you’ll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the box contents, be specific — “A-D files” is better than “files”, and “Tulip dishes” rather than “misc. kitchen”.
- Have plenty of supplies:
You’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from A Team Moving and Storage, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If you got them free from the grocery, just toss any leftovers.) Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You’ll need strong plastic packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household good. Again, you’ll need lots more supplies than you think, so get extra so the packing can go smoothly. Return any unused supplies after the truck is packed.
- Utilize wardrobe boxes:
These tall boxes are perfect for bulky, lightweight items such as comforters, pillows, and blankets, as well as clothes that need to remain hanging. Measure the clothes in your closets (including coat closets) to see how many wardrobe boxes you’ll need. You can also use them for closet storage boxes, shoe boxes, and other bulky items such as fabric bolts, large baskets, or gift wrap tubes. Don’t make the boxes too heavy to lift, however. One mover told the story of someone who put a bowling ball in a wardrobe box! And the mover was unaware of this so when the box was lifted off the truck the bottom gave way, sending the bowling ball down the ramp, across the street where it finally came to rest in a roadside ditch. (Is that a strike or a spare?)
- Strategize wardrobe box use:
A Team Moving and Storage will be happy to deliver boxes ahead of your moving day.
- (Depending on where you are moving from.) Or if you’re doing the move yourself, get things organized as early as possible. A few days before your move, fill some sturdy handled shopping bags with bulky closet items such as shoes, sweaters, belts, and jeans. On moving day, fill the bottom of the wardrobe boxes with some of the shopping bags, and then add your hanging clothing. Pack hanging items tightly so things won’t move around and fall off of hangers. Finally, cover the shoulders of your clothes (a dry cleaning bag works well), then add a few purses or sweaters on top. You’ll have fewer boxes, and closet items remain together. Also, the shopping bags will make it easier to retrieve your belongings from the bottoms of a tall wardrobe box.
- Color coordinates:
Designate a colorfor each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colored stickers on the box near the box number. In your new home, put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at the destination. It’s also helpful to post a sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, to keep them out of furniture and traffic areas.
- Keep things together:
Keep things together when you or the movers are packing boxes. Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes — to keep picture hooks with pictures, shelf brackets with a bookcase, a special wrench and bolts with the wall unit. Keep larger corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in re-sealable bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item. As a backup, have a “Parts Box” open on the kitchen counter and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, remotes, or nails that are removed from any items of furniture. Keep this box with you, or mark it well with a rainbow of colored stickers so it can be easily located on move-in day.
- Pack ahead:
Anything you can pack ahead will save you time on moving day. If it’s summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. You don’t really need 5 radios or TV’s around your house for the last few days there. Box up your shampoo and extra toothpaste and live out of a travel cosmetic case for the last week or two. Pare down cooking utensils and food supplies to bare essentials. Wastebaskets can also be packed (put things in them!) while you switch to using plastic grocery bags (hang them on a cabinet door or door handle to collect trash.)
- Consolidate cleaning supplies:
If you must clean your old place after moving out, put together a kit of basic cleaning supplies and rags. Clean anything possible ahead of time (the inside of kitchen cupboards, the oven, windows, etc.), and if possible, vacuum each room as movers empty it.
- Use your luggage:
Fill luggage and duffle bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. Even for local moves you’ll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your favorite sweaters, whereas “Box #189″ might remain elusive for days.
- Safeguard valued items:
It’s a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as silverware, collections, or antiques, with you. If you have a long move and no room in your car, bury the items in a box titled “Misc. from kitchen pantry”. Either way, check your homeowner’s insurance to see how you are covered during the move, and if you need additional insurance from A Team Moving or www.movinginsurance.com. Also, find out what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) you might need to file a claim in case of loss.
- Keep important papers with you:
Your list of “important” papers might include: birth certificates, school records, mover estimates, new job contacts, utility company numbers, recent bank records, current bills, phone lists, closing papers, realtor info, maps, and more. Keep anything that you may need immediately to enroll children in school, house closings, or for new job. Don’t leave these with the mover. Keep them with you!
- Personal boxes:
Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they’ll want ‘right away’ in the new home — a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, nightlights, address book, pens and paper, keys, Kleenex, and travel cosmetic case, and so on.
Moving is stressful, unpacking doesn’t have to be if you follow these little tips.
A Team Moving & Storage look forward to speaking with you about our special pricing, seasonal discounts, and free premium moving services specifically tailored for your moving needs!!!!