Frequently Asked Moving Questions
What should I do to prepare for my move?
One of the first things you should do is make sure that your storage facility, new home, or new office location is ready for a visit from the moving company. No one wants delays on their moving day.
Depending on the moving company you choose to work with, you might not have to spend too much time preparing for your move. Moving companies such as ours offer a variety of services, from packing and fragile item care to furniture disassembly. Upon request, your movers may even be able to supply packing materials.Get in Touch!
Over the years we've managed to pick up a few tricks of the trade. Whether we are helping with your move or not, dig into our cache of moving tips.
They make moving easy — easy moves make people happy.
- Tape boxes on top and bottom.
- Clearly label all of your boxes according to their content and handling instructions (e.g.: “Fragile,” “Top Load Only”). You can also categorize the boxes by room using color-coordinated sticker dots.
- Towels and linens make excellent packing materials for fragile items.
- Use closet space to store packed boxes.
- If you are moving into storage, arrange your storage unit in advance. If you have antiques, you may want to reserve a climate controlled storage unit.
- If you are renting a truck, do it as early as possible. Don’t forget to rent plenty of moving blankets! (About 2 blankets per item.)
- Cloth items can be left in drawers.
- Bundle garden tools, fishing poles and the like together.
- When packing breakables use a lot of newsprint, bubble wrap, and other packing materials. There’s no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to your fragile valuables.
- Use linens or blankets for wrapping mirrors, pictures and such.
- Stage coolers on top of the fridge/freezer for when they have to be emptied on moving day
- Always move cash, jewelry, and other precious items yourself.
- Empty lateral file cabinets.
- Movers should not move any flammable materials such as gas, propane, ammo, etc.
- Pack a box of cleaning supplies and keep it under the sink so it’s not misplaced on moving day.
- Be careful not to schedule any important engagements on the evening or day of the move
- In an apartment situation, save space for the moving van by blocking a parking spot with your car overnight.
- Pack things you will need right away (clothes, toiletries, phone, keys, current bills, important papers, et cetera) and move these yourself.
Whenever you are preparing a move:
- Get rid of anything you aren't bringing with you and haven’t used in long time
- Find out where to dispose of household chemicals like old paint
- Make a list of everything you're bringing to your new home
- Find out the replacement value of all belongings, for insurance purposes
- Fill out a change of address form. Notify friends, family and others of your new address
- Fill out an IRS change of address form
- Get copies of your medical and dental records, if necessary
- Get copies of veterinary records, if necessary
- Notify your kids' schools and have their records transferred to their new schools
- Return any cable equipment and schedule disconnection dates
8 to 14 days before your move:
- Return library books or any other borrowed items.
- Collect all the items you may have loaned out.
- Make arrangements to disconnect gas, electric and other utilities.
- Make arrangements to connect utilities at your new place.
- Arrange to have major appliances prepped for the move.
2 to 7 days before you move
- Get rid of all flammables.
- Figure out what you're bringing with you in the car.
- Arrange for removal of "installed items" you're bringing with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.
- Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries you'll need the first day in your new home.
- Pack a special box with other essentials you'll need for the first few days. (Make sure to mark this box "Do Not Move").
- The day before moving day
- Take down curtains and curtain rods.
- Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.
- Clean and air your stove and other electrics
- Plan your breakfast. Get some paper plates. Eating something on the road is better.
- Pack your personal belongings except your alarm clock.
- Go to sleep early you'll be glad to be fresh on moving day.
- Collect all keys to locking items. Put them in a safe place.
- Make sure you're at home when the movers arrive.
- Make sure everything is ready for the move.
- Make sure the driver has the correct delivery address and phone numbers.
- Confirm the earliest possible delivery date
- Before you leave, do a final walk through of every room. Check all closets and cabinets. Say goodbye!
What qualities should I look for in a moving company?
The ideal moving company should offer you:
- Insured movers and drivers
- Easy to schedule services
- Up-front pricing
- Packing and unpacking services
- Well-serviced vehicles
- Fragile item care
- And more
How do I find a moving company near me?
The best thing to do when looking for a moving company in your area is to ask your friends and neighbors who they have worked with. A recommendation from a fellow community member always makes for the best option.
After you have whittled your options down to the movers that offer the services listed above, we’re confident Allied Moving & Services, LLC will be at the top of your list.
Will my belongings get damaged?
Our movers take extra special care of our client’s belongings. If you are unable to wrap or pack your delicate items, let us know. Our movers practice fragile item care on a regular basis, ensuring your mirrors, instruments, television sets, and more remain in excellent condition.
Our expert packing methods ensure that your belongings will even remain safe during the commute from your old location to your new one—and that is a promise.
How do I get a quote for a move?
For the most accurate service quote, it is important that you let us know as many details about your move as possible. Some questions you should expect to answer include:
- Do you expect the move to take more than one trip with our van?
- Is your home or business on the ground level?
- Do you need help packing or unpacking your belongings?
- Are there large pieces (pianos, desks, pool tables)?
- Do you have a flexible moving schedule?
Do you bring pads and blankets to protect my furniture?
Our vans come fitted with the drop cloths and protective blankets needed to ensure your belongings remain safe during the commute from point A to B. Upon request, we will gladly provide additional blankets and packing materials for unboxed and valuable items.
Do you offer same-day moving services?
Many of our clients book our moving services far in advance. That said, there are times when we are able to offer last-minute service to those in need. To ensure you are able to book our movers for a time that suits your schedule, we advise clients to contact us 4-5 weeks prior to their moving date.