Packing and Preparation

Packing and preparation

For full service moves, we always have our truck stocked with supplies. This includes moving blankets, industrial plastic wrap, furniture dollies, a hand truck, and power drills or tools.

For labor only moves, we will bring tools, wrap and a dolly if needed, but we suggest folks rent their own blankets and equipment for their move. We’re more than happy to make suggestions on the number of blankets based on the size of your move, or you can purchase blankets from us at cost with advance notice.

Yes, please!

Furniture, especially pressboard, is built to hold your belongings while standing still and upright, not while being carried at an angle down stairs. Additionally, lighter items are easier to lift and maneuver around corners, over banisters, and onto trucks. This makes it easier to complete your move efficiently.

We cannot be responsible for any damages that occur to items left in drawers or damages to furniture due to items being left in drawers.

It’s up to you!

Our teams come prepared with tools and are planning to disassemble your bedframe, dining table, etc. We are happy to do it, and we’ll reassemble anything that we took apart.

On the other hand, having your furniture already disassembled does make your move go more quickly, and since we bill by the hour, it will lower your overall cost.

Think about it like this: the content label is for you, the room label is for the movers. You need to know what is in the box as you realize that you need that one thing right now. Your movers just need to know where to put the box down. Think in terms of your new place- your desk might be in your bedroom now, but you’re going to have an office now, so label the desk box accordingly!

Note if a box is fragile or especially heavy, as that will impact how your movers pack it in the truck and help protect your items.

Finally, if you can, stack all your boxes in one place. You might think about what door the movers will be using during the move, and put them all there, since we usually load boxes first. But you might not know what route will be best for sure, and having them centralized is always a safe bet.

We highly recommend packing books and paperwork in small boxes whenever possible. If you’ve ever left the library with a stack of novels or walked home with a bag full of textbooks, you know they are heavy. While our movers can and do carry heavy boxes, carrying lots of over-packed boxes will cause your team to move more slowly. If you are running out of small boxes, you can also mix in some lightweight items to reduce the weight.

Looking for more?

Check out our blog, Let's Unpack! We have an entire segment dedicated to Tips and Checklists.