Here are some tips to help with your next move.
- Include furniture pads, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, and rope for every job requiring loading or unloading.
- Plan for the use of furniture dollies and four-way appliance dollies.
- Ensure you have boxes to use in lieu of pads at last minute.
High Dollar Value Items
- Jewelry, sentimental attachment pieces, and high dollar value items should travel with you, not the truck, if at all possible.
- Inventory every high dollar value item going into the truck/container (if taking the item with you is not an option) and specify the location in the truck/container on your paperwork.
- Always, or at least try to, get insurance on your property (partial value replacement)
- Of all tasks associated with moving, the most important is loading. Please, if you can, hire a professional.
- More packing supplies is always better than less, boxes should be packed with padding at bottom and top of all the boxes.
- Label fragile items. Keep in mind, if everything is fragile, nothing really is. Do not over emphasized fragile boxes.
- The general rule for LOADING is: (estimate # of hours to load) x 1.5 = total estimate of hours needed.
- The general rule for UNLOADING is: (estimate # of hours to unload) x .95 = total estimate of hours needed.
- The general rule for PACKING labor is: (estimate # of hours needed) x 1.75 = total estimate of packing hours needed
- The general rule for PACKING supplies is: (estimate # of boxes needed per size/per item) x .25 = total estimate of supplies needed per supply item
- The general rule fo UNPACKING is: (estimate # of hours needed) x 1.15 = total estimate of hours needed to unpack