Moving Tips

With more than 23 years of experience, rest assured that 1st Class Moving Storage will be there to answer questions you might have before, during and after your move. Because we deal with many different situations related to packing, moving, house settlements, walkthroughs, overnight storage and many other issues, we believe that there always is a solution to every problem. Give us a call and we might surprise you.

  • relaxed_moveStart Early: Start the planning and packing process early. Most people underestimate how much stuff they have and they don’t allow enough time for packing. Study shows that it takes about four to five hours to pack a dorm room. This should give you an idea of how much time you will need. Remember, the earlier you start the less stress you will have and the more organized your move will be.
  • moving_boxes_labelingLabeling Boxes: The most efficient method of labeling your boxes is to print sheets of Avery labels ahead of time for each room. Use a different print color for each room and have the labels next to you as you pack. If not using labels, use abbreviations for room names (LR for living room, DR for dining room, FR for family room, MBR for master bedroom, GRG for garage, etc…) or use a color or a numbering system and place corresponding labels on the door of each room for the movers to know what goes where. Always write the room and contents for each box so you don’t spend precious time looking for things.
  • Stock Up: Stock up on boxes and packing supplies, tape, bubble wrap, newspapers – anything and everything you can collect will help when it’s time to begin packing. Keep in mind, that most people underestimate how many boxes they will need. As a Green Company, 1st Class Moving Storage has an aggressive recycling program. We give away all of our used boxes to our customers free of charge. If you purchase any boxes or moving supplies from us, we will take back any unused ones and give you full credit.
  • moving_calendarCalendar: Keep a moving calendar and write down what will be packed when and track your progress on a weekly basis. If you have family members, agree on who will do what and when it will be done.
  • De-clutter: This is the perfect time to purge unwanted items. Utilize sites like Craig’s List to sell unwanted items, donate them or give them away to friends and family members. This will save you money on moving and packing as well.
  • Make a list: You will need to contact utilities to set up end-of-service dates and final bill details; likewise, with start-of-service dates at your new home. Check off each utility as you make arrangements.
  • Avoid Weekends When Possible: Even though at 1st Class Moving Storage, we do not charge different rates for moving on weekends, try to move during the week when government offices, banks, utilities, mechanics and tow services are open in the event you run into any problems and need assistance.
  • open_firstSeparate: If you are having 1st Class Moving Storage do your packing, make sure to separate items you do want packed ahead of time, such as, important documents, Birth Certificates, Passports, jewelry, medications, family heirlooms, rare family photos and any other items you are planning to move yourself. If you’re planning to pack an “OPEN FIRST” box, this is the time to separate these items.
  • Moving Wine: Wine collections can be valuable personal items and require special care. Large, high-value collections should be moved in climate-controlled vehicles. Small collections should be transported in a car or van. Avoid moving your wine in a traditional moving van during summer and winter extreme temperatures. If you are packing wine yourself, obtain specially designed wine-packing boxes from a wine distributor or a liquor store. If not available, use dishpack inserts to separate bottles after individually wrapping them with newsprint.
  • suitcasesThink Outside the Box: Suitcases and duffle bags are excellent for packing clothes, towels, linen and many soft items. You will save on buying boxes and these items will be easy to spot in your new house if you need them.
  • Medications: Make sure you will have enough with you during your move and transfer prescriptions to your new pharmacy prior to leaving your old neighborhood.
  • Change of Address: Visit your local Post Office to file your change of address or use their Online Change of Address Form to save time.

If you have any concerns or questions not addressed above, please contact us or call our toll-free number, 888-379-0011 and one of our representatives will be glad to provide further assistance or answer any questions you might have. We are here to help you!

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