Moving Tips

There are many things to think about when moving. These tips are meant to help you think  about all of the different facets of moving. For more specific packing tips click on sub-menu of Moving Tips. You can also check out our moving tips blog. Or use the search bar on the upper right of the site to search for topics you need want more information on.

Planning for Your Move

    1. Start early, almost everyone has more stuff than they think they do, and almost no one leaves enough time to pack it. Make sure to leave enough time. The most common timeframe reported by people moving is that it takes a month to pack. Keep in mind, it generally takes
      4-5 hours to pack a small one bedroom apartment.
    2. Stock up on packing supplies. Moving boxes, bubble wrap, newspapers, packing foam, packing tape, plastic totes. These items will help when it’s time to begin packing.
    3. Purge unwanted items. Aim to eliminate 20% of your belongings. Remember, the more items you can donate, give away or sell, the lighter your load will be saving you packing time, loading time and money.
    4. Make a list of all utilities you’ll need to contact to set up end-of-service dates at your current home and start-of-service dates at your future home.
    5. Try to move during the week, moving companies are less busy during the week compared to the weekend.
    6. If you have pets, make plans well ahead of time as to where to keep them during the move – and how you’ll transport them to your future home.
    7. Fill out the change of address from with the post office.
    8. Start by forming two room lists, one for your current place and one for your future place. This will help you manage what has to go where.
    9. Go to each room and write down the types of things that need to be packed: furniture items, length of shelving, closets, etc.

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Be Smart When Getting Estimates

    1. When choosing professional movers, do your research and hire qualified companies.
    2. Evaluate a minimum of 3 movers based on in-home estimates.
    3. Price is not the most important factor to consider. Extremely low bids indicates the mover may not be legit and may lead to higher costs at the end.
    4. Only consider movers that are licensed, bonded and insured.
    5. Investigate your potential movers through the U.S. Department of Transportation, California Public Utilities Commission and/or the Better Business Bureau.
    6. Get referrals from local real estate agents and friends who have recently moved.
    7. Avoid “rogue movers”, if you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts!
    8. Click here to learn how to Protect Your Local Move.
    9. Click here to learn how to Protect Your Long Distance Move.

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General Packing

    1. Pick one or two boxes per room as the first boxes to open. Put in items you’ll need first at your new home. Then mark the sides of the boxes to indicate which one should be opened first.
    2. Label all moving cartons with the contents and/or the location in your new home. You can lose a lot of time (you and/or your movers) digging into boxes to figure out what they contain, and where they go.
    3. When taking apart items to be moved, such as tables, securely tape screws and other small parts securely to the underside of the item. You’ll always know where to look and save time putting things back together. This is not a requirement when moving with Walsh, we will reassemble anything we disassemble.
    4. For each member of the family moving, pack a suitcase as if you’re all going on a 3-day vacation, including changes of clothes, medications, eyeglasses, toiletries, etc. Keep the suitcases separated from all the other items to be moved. This will ensure So you’ll have everything you need for the first few days without searching through boxes.
    5. Wherever possible, work on packing just one room at a time to keep things focused and organized.
    6. Instead of the floor, use a completely cleared-off table top or counter in each room for packing boxes. You’ll find you get much more accomplished.
    7. Use towels, pillows and t-shirts you’re packing as extra padding around fragile items.
    8. Stack boxes with the heaviest items on the bottom, lightest items on top to prevent crushing.
    9. Keep each box below 30 pounds wherever possible. Heavier boxes lead to injuries and are much more likely to burst through the tape or seams and tend to get dropped.
      Use the bathroom scale so you can keep the boxes below the weight limits.
    10. For more information about packing visit the following pages on our website:
      1. How to pack boxes
      2. Boxes 101
      3. Packing fragile items
      4. Pack like a Walsh Pro
      5. Items you shouldn’t pack

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Electronics

    1. Always use the original packaging when available. (Hard to do if you already disposed the original packaging, but keep this in mind when buying new electronics especially if you’re moving soon).
    2. Dealing with complicated wiring?
      1. Use a digital or cell phone camera to take pictures of how computer cords or speaker wires are connected.
        Print each picture and put it in the top of the box containing the device.
      2. Wrap each cord carefully with cable “organizers”
        (heavy twist ties or heavy rubber bands).
      3. If you can’t take pictures, label each end of the cords. Then you’ll know exactly how each cord connects to the device.
    3. For especially fragile electronics, pack them first in a box with an excessive amount of biodegradable packing peanuts. Then pack that box in a larger box filled with biodegradable packing peanuts. Use at least 2″ of biodegradable packing peanuts around each side of fragile items. Most electronics do not need this extra care, but this method does a better job isolating items from jarring impacts.

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Clothing & Linens

    1. Save boxes, you can leave the clothes in the dressers or chest of drawers.
    2. As for hanging clothes, Walsh will bring warobe boxes for customers to use.
    3. Use linens to carefully wrap fragile items.

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Day of The move

    1. Again, start early! You want to have everything as organized as possible prior to the arrival of the movers.
    2. Recruit help in watching your small kids and pets on moving day. Your attention will be needed for the nuts and bolts of the move.
    3. Whether you have professional movers or friends and family, having coffee, orange juice, and bagels or donuts available will make it easier for everyone to get started.
    4. Make sure you have the cell phone number of the driver of the truck entered into your cell phone. Vise versa, make sure the driver has yours in case you get separated or have a problem.

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Unpacking

  1. Focus on opening the boxes you marked to be openned first.
  2. Keep at least one trash bag (for the real trash) and one large emptied box (to hold used packing paper and biodegradable “peanuts”) available in each room before you start the heavy unpacking.

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