Moving Tips

Here are some tips that will save you time and money on your move. Click here to print this page as a checklist.

General Tips:

  • Bring as many items as you can from upstairs to downstairs.
  • Reserve the elevators for your moving day if necessary.
  • If you live in a gated community, provide the necessary authorization to allow the moving truck through the gate.
  • Inform the necessary contacts of your address change.
  • Cancel home services such as the newspaper delivery.
  • Contact utility companies and schedule to end service at your old home and begin service at your new home.
  • Do a final walk through the old residence before leaving to make sure nothing was forgotten.


  • Pack heavier items in small boxes, lighter items in larger boxes.
  • Put the heaviest items at the bottom of the box.
  • Try to keep boxes under 40lbs.
  • Wrap breakable items in newsprint or bubble wrap before packing into boxes.
  • When packing breakable items, fill the box ¾ full and use wadded up newsprint to fill the rest of the box.
  • Wrap dishes individually and stand them on end in the box.
  • Boxes should neither bulge nor cave in.
  • Use at least 3 strips of tape to seal the bottoms of boxes. Tape the box top closed when finished packing.
  • Label the contents and room for each box. Mark them on the side (not the top) so they are readable when stacked.
  • You can use trash bags to pack pillows and linens.
  • You can leave clothing inside of dresser drawers, just be sure to remove any breakable items.
  • Pack personal items in a suitcase to keep with you.


  • If you have a very large or heavy item such as a piano, safe, stone or marble please let us know when you schedule your move.
  • Take everything off the top of furniture.
  • You can leave all non-breakable items in the drawers of your furniture.
  • If you disassemble and item, you can tape the screws to the bottom.
  • Do not put tape on finished or painted wood.
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  • Disconnect all electronic devices.
  • Pack devices into boxes if possible.
  • If not packed into a box, you can secure the cord to the device with tape.
  • Pack a fragile device into a box by itself with plenty of padding.


  • Turn off water and gas on all appliances. Disconnect and drain all hoses.
  • Unplug power cords and tape to the back of the appliance.
  • Immobilize the washing machine tub by placing towels between the tub and the side wall.
  • Empty out your refrigerator and freezer. Defrost and allow to dry.
  • Linens can be stored in the dryer.
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    Lamps and Décor:

  • Remove all bulbs and shades from lamps.
  • Wrap the cord around the bottom of the lamp.
  • Wrap each picture frame or painting separately.
  • Use mirror packs and bubble wrap to protect large or expensive paintings and mirrors.