Moving day will be here before you know it! The key to having a smooth and successful move is preparation. If you take the time to plan ahead and get organized in advance, you’ll have much less to worry about on the big day.
Not sure where to begin? We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of our top moving tips and tricks to help get you started. Get ready for the best moving day you’ve ever had!
Moving prep doesn’t start with packing up your things; it starts way before! The first step is to make sure you have enough packing supplies to get you through. There’s nothing worse than having to scramble around on the day before or morning of your move, trying to find extra boxes.
That brings us to our first set of tips:
When evaluating local moving companies, consider these issues:
- Size and condition of trucks
- Experience with your particular moving needs
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ORDER A LOT OF BOXES BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW
You know the old saying—it’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s much easier to deal with extra boxes than it is to find more at the last minute. Plus, if you order boxes from us, we’ll buy the unused ones back. Give us a call and order your boxes! 323-874-2086
PACK IN ALL SIZES
When picking out boxes, be sure to get a variety of sizes. Think critically about what you need to pack up. While you might think you need just a bunch of large boxes, you’ll probably need more small and medium sized boxes, since most things pack better in them. Get a few wardrobe boxes, many medium and definitely a lot of small boxes.
Packing is a bit of an artform. It’s much more than just throwing your things in random boxes. If you want to make sure your stuff arrives at your new home safely (and is easy to find!), you want to make sure you pack smartly, i.e books in Small boxes, Dishes in China box or Dish barrel with a lot of padding, pots and pans in Large boxes, Linens and dresser clothes in Medium boxes.
DON’T FORGET THE OTHER MOVING SUPPLIES
So you’ve ordered enough boxes, but you also don’t want to run out of tape! Make sure you have more than you think you’ll need, just in case. It’s also smart to purchase a tape gun to help make box assembly a little faster. Make sure you grab packing paper and everything else you’ll need too! We sell a variety of MOVING SUPPLIES, so make sure you order all those extras when you’re ordering your boxes.
KEEP YOUR FRAGILE ITEMS SAFE
Group delicate items together and make sure to label them as fragile. That way your movers will know which boxes need extra care, and can place them in the right spots in the moving van. When packing those delicate items, use proper packing paper instead of newspaper to avoid smears and stains on your valuables. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SUPPLIES .That way, you won’t have to give everything a scrub down before you put it away at your new home.
OUR BEST KEPT PACKING TIPS FOR MOVING
When you take the time to pack up all your items the smart way, you’ll be making things much easier on yourself when it comes time to unpack in your new home. Follow these packing rules to make sure nothing gets misplaced. Organizing your new home will be easy!
1: LABEL YOUR BOXES
This one is easy: label each box so you know what’s in it, and which room it goes in. This will make unpacking much easier on you. Our boxes come pre-printed with room labels right on them. Find out more about our boxes.
2: THE GOLDEN RULE
The heavier the item, the smaller the box! It’s much easier to carry heavier items when they’re in smaller boxes. Save the larger boxes for things that are lighter, but hard to carry on their own. Never over-pack a box.
3: ONE BOX, ONE ROOM
Pack the same room in the same box. Don’t mix. This way unpacking is easy.
4: NO PACKING ON MOVING DAY
Take on this busy day with all of your boxes already packed. It’s one less stress. This also includes things like removing all pictures from the walls before moving day.
MOVING TIPS WHEN WORKING WITH MOVERS
Your team of professional movers is there to help. So you can help them out by making sure they have all the information they need. Here are a few things you can do to help your team out on moving day.
1: LAST IN, FIRST OUT
Tell us which boxes you need first at your new home and we’ll load it last on our trucks. That way, you won’t have to go searching for those important items.
2: FINISH PACKING BEFORE MOVING DAY
We repeat: no packing on moving day! Have everything ready to roll when the team shows up.
3: KEEP YOUR MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WITH YOU
Don’t pack cash, jewelry, or prescription medications – keep these with you. You might need to access them on moving day, and it’s nice for the movers if they know they don’t need to worry about keeping track of these small, but very important items.
4: SORT OUT THE DETAILS AHEAD OF TIME
Please know where your movers can park the truck, how they can best access your apartment, and if there are any time limitations on parking or moving hours
5: PREP YOUR FURNITURE
Remove all heavy and breakable items are from dressers and desks, so they’re easier to lift. It also helps to disassemble bedroom sets to save time on moving day.
When or if you disassemble your furniture you pack make sure to put all screws and small parts in a bag together and securely attach it underneath the item. This will help you track all parts easily and make your packing/unpacking less stressful. Not sure how to disassemble furniture safely? Our Special Handling service can take care of it for you!
What are the best days to move into my new home?
Planning the move into your new place on days most people are not moving will save you time, frustration and money. Here is what you need to know about the best moving days:
- Best days to move – Monday to Wednesday, since most people plan their move on the weekends.
- Best time of the month – Middle of the month (on or around the 15th) since most people are moving at the end or beginning of the month.
- Best month to move – To get a better price you should move between the fall and winter.
- Best time of the day – In the morning, the earlier the better.
We at OOB Moving Solutions aim to schedule the move for morning time. Unlike other moving companies, our movers like to wake up early, full of energy and ready to make an efficient, fast, hassle-free move. There will be no delays so you have more time and energy to peacefully unpack.
What are the hardest days to move?
- Toughest days of the week – Friday, Saturday,Sunday, most people are planning their moves these days since it’s their days off of work.
- Toughest day of the month – The 1st day of the month since most people plan to make the most of their money by staying until the end of their lease.
- Toughest months of the year – Most moving companies will tell you that summer – May 15th till September 15th – is the worst time to move and they are right! Children are out of school, the weather is good, and friends are more likely help you, but in terms of saving money, date availability, packing supplies, trucks and movers it’s better planning to make your next move sometime in the winter. Winter time is definitely the best time of year to plan your next move because it will be much easier to schedule a move, but don’t forget to check the weather before you set up the date. If you can be flexible with your move, winter time can save you money, as well.
How do I pack utensils?
Take the utensil tray out of the drawer and wrap it a few times with plastic wrap for easy transport.
How do I store scarves?
To organize your scarves all you need is to snap a pack of shower rings on a clothing hanger and wrap every scarf on a ring. This way your scarves will get the respect they deserve and will be easy to find!
How should I pack my jewelry?
Tangled jewelry is one of those things you don’t want to spend time on when you move into your new place. To avoid wasting all of that time during a move make sure to pack your jewelry separately. This will save you hours when unpacking! Here are some cool ideas we have for you that use household items:
- Use your ice tray container/daily pill organizer.
- Slip the chains of necklaces into soda straws.
- Take a piece of cardboard and tape the top each necklace and the base of the chain to the cardboard.
- Egg cartons – rings fit nicely into the pockets
How much should I tip my movers?
Tipping the movers is optional and will be well appreciated if you do! The recommended tip runs between 10%-15% of the total price. So what is the proper amount to tip the moving service? As with any other service provider it’s all up to you, but if you think they were great movers with great service tip them accordingly. Offering cold drinks is always welcome regardless of the tip.