Moving Tips

Tips for an Organized Move

When moving, lack of planning is the main mistake. Make sure you plan ahead of time for your move.

Cancel all the services you have and make sure your new home has them: Water, electricity and gas, internet and TV.

Get boxes and enough newspaper
Have on hand: tape, scissors and a razor. The boxes can be medium and large.
Thoroughly clean the refrigerator. Ideally, do not transport any food. You can ask a friend or family member for help to keep the food in the refrigerator one day and not waste it.
Clean the carpets before rolling them up.
Separate clothes. For example, t-shirts, underwear, etc., can go well folded and in boxes perfectly. If you have larger coats or sacks, or suits, it would be convenient for the moving company to provide you with a cardboard closet that would go inside the truck or you can use your travel bags to transport them.
Call ahead: Do not ask to move overnight, call at least one week or 15 days in advance. Do not hire the first company to call – unless you have done a service before – request a quote from at least 2-3 serious companies.

Prepare what you are going to move: Part of the calculation of the cost of a move is made with the volume and weight of the objects. A local move without packing service can be charged per hour. Do a precleaning and write it down in a detailed inventory. 

The Estimated Budget

It is impossible to give an exact budget for a move, each service depends on many factors, such as the volume of objects, their weight and distance.

When you call to ask for information you should be clear about these details: the apartment you live in, if your house has several levels, how many rooms you are going to move, how many appliances and if you have complicated furniture to disassemble, or very heavy. The more accurate it is with what it has, the more accurate the budget will be. This will also serve your inventory.

Many companies offer a visit to review what will be transported, establish what size truck is needed, how long it will take to pack and unpack. This is a good strategy to obtain the most approximate cost.

Packing Little by Little: If organized, you can pack a couple of boxes a day and not all at once. Label them so you know their content and what area they belong to.

Many companies offer the packaging service at an additional cost.

Separate the glasses and dishes. Before putting them in boxes.

It is convenient to wrap them in newspaper, to avoid breakage and rubbing. The most fragile objects, such as mirrors or crystals in general, it is advisable to wrap them in bubbles. However, ask your moving company when they are going to load it to reinforce it with a blanket before putting it on the truck. When you have finished packing everything, give a final review of the whole house to confirm that you do not forget anything.

Pay for insurance: Better safe than sorry. Every serious moving company offers limited liability insurance. These cover accidents such as breakages although there is also the option to pay more for insurance with broad coverage. If you are dealing with art pieces or objects with high economic or sentimental value, you must take wide coverage for personal safety and tranquility.

Moving day is one of the most stressful moments, try to be as prepared as possible. Have extra cash for any eventuality. Make sure – with your inventory in hand – how many boxes get into the truck and how many get off. If you can’t do it, find a trusted person to help you.

Pay attention to services that cost extra

Check the accesses in the two buildings to avoid surprises and ask what can cause a cost at the time of moving, for example:

Flying furniture: if the washing machine does not fit and must be flown, there will be an extra cost.
2. More than three floors: some companies charge more if they have to raise or lower furniture to or from a fourth floor. If there are goods that cannot go up to the elevator, the cost also increases.
3. Hauling: When the truck must park far away and must be hauled, the extra cost will depend on the distance to travel.
4. Packaging service: if you want the company to pack and unpack your belongings, you must pay more.
5. Cash loans: some companies lend boxes with a deposit that is returned to you upon return.
The advice that nobody gives you

• If the move is local and you can do it, take the belongings you value most.
• If you are changing because the company where you work sends you to another city, it is likely that it can contribute something for the transfer.
• If you have children, take them to grandparents’ house on moving day, it will be safer for them and for you.
• Ask if there are set times for removals. There are subdivisions or condominiums that do not allow them on certain days and times.
• While no serious company will ask you for a tip for the moving staff, you should consider that expense.


How to Organize Your Move – More Basic Tips

We share some basic tips that you should take into account when making your move:


What you Need to Pack

  • Cardboard boxes of different sizes
  • Scotch tape
  • Filling material such as bubble wrap, newspapers, old papers, etc. to prevent the things you put in the boxes from breaking.
  • Markers and scissors

Survival Kit

Although it may sound absurd, sometimes it is necessary for each family member to assemble a backpack with basic utensils, in case you don’t have enough time to unpack everything in the new home, or if you have to stay an extra day at the old home.

In any case, what the Kit should contain are basic things such as: some clothes, towels, toiletries (toothbrush), water bottle, and important things like money, cards, important papers, identity documents, cell phones and chargers.


You have to know in advance who will provide the food in case the move becomes long and there is no time to cook. A family member can take care of this aspect or you can have a restaurant located in the local area of your new home.

Get Rid of Old Stuff

A move gives you the opportunity to get rid of things that you no longer use or are too old, you can give it away or just throw it away, there is no point in taking old stuff to your new home. In any case, you be the judge of that.

Packing in Boxes

Ideally, start doing it ahead of time (days before the move). Mark the boxes to identify them or even to which family member they belong to, and to prevent breakage, mark it as fragile. When unpacking, it will be much easier for you to know exactly where everything is .

In the big boxes put the less heavy things and in the small boxes the heaviest ones. It is also a good idea to separate the boxes with important things such as photos or important documents that you can not recover and if possible take them in your personal car or keep them well guarded.

Take Apart Furniture

If you have removable furniture, sometimes it is best to take them apart (things like screws and small pieces). Place them in a case with a label. 

Loading the Truck

If you hire moving personnel, you are likely to know the procedure for loading things into the truck, if this is not the case, and you are going to do it yourself with a couple of friends, you should know that large furniture goes first, then mattresses, and then the appliances, in the holes that are left, can be filled with small boxes, suitcases or bags.

Ideally, wear comfortable clothes to move around comfortably, and try not to lift too much weight.

Time to Unpack

If you named the boxes you will know what things are there and even where they belong or to which family member, so you can leave the boxes in the corresponding places to open them later.

Once everything is unloaded from the truck, it is best to assemble the furniture and put the large things in their place, then open the boxes and fold them once emptied to occupy less space. Remember that the refrigerator, for example, must be allowed 24 hours before plugging in to allow the gas to settle.

Start by organizing the kitchen and bathroom first, then you can go room by room, to finish by the living room of the house.

Leaving the Old Home

Ideally, be aware and leave the property in which you were living in good condition and, if possible, repair anything that has been damaged. A cleaning would not be bad and leaving the bills up to date is the most important.

If you had good weather in that house and received mail or correspondence to that address, it is good to talk with the owner and leave his number to save or notify the new tenant to keep the correspondence that arrives, at least 2- 3 months until you update your address in all institutions that usually send you correspondence such as invoices or statements.

We hope that these basic tips are useful if you are about to move right now, and don’t forget that if you live in the DMV you can request the professional moving services of JC Moving Services by calling 703-717-2187.

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