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                                                         EST. in Richmond Va 2011      



How to Prepare


"Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail" 

​                              -Ben Franklin


  1. Hanging clothes> Pull a drawstring trashbag up around and handfull of hangers tie the drawstrings at the hooks and you have a garment bag we can take to the truck and hang up in the new place.  
  2.  Post-it Notes> Very helpful for the movers.  Use different colors to separate items that are staying/going or for different destinations.
  3. Trashbags:  As a mover I love trashbags.  They are not very glamorous but they are easy to pack and it's very useful to have some soft tossable, malleable items on hand when packing the moving van.
  4. Labels Labels Labels:  The key to a successful move is a good labeling strategy.  Clarity is the name of the game
  5. Boxes  I buy mine at Lowes.  They have handles and are a lot cheaper than other places.  Label them for their destination, and seal them with tape top and bottom.
  6. ​Pack a suitcase for all the things you will need to have immediately available, and take it with you. 
  7. Hiring junk removal services before the move is cheaper than paying us to move it, then paying someone to haul it away.  I've hired them, and it is money well spent.
  8. Disconnect and box electronics.  If you do not have a box for your TV (most do not) we will wrap it in a moving blanket and strap it in.  In 10 years I have probably seen 5 or 6 malfunction after moving.  That's 5 or 6 out of  ~ 12,000.  
  9. Put everything that will fit in a box, in a box, even smaller boxes.














      





​Box Packing Tips



  1. Kitchen: Wrap each dish and glass in newsprint and put them in a box labeled fragile. Put something soft underneath glassware/plates like dish towels or oven mitts.
  2. Wrap loose items like  cooking utensils and  silverware in paper before boxing them.  Its a lot easier to unpack that way.
  3. Go around the house and gather soft stuff.  Use towels and blankets from the linen closet and throw pillows for cushioning in a fragile box.
  4.  Make  a few boxes specifically for things you need to have right away.  Label them open first and your movers will know to make them accessible for you at the unload.  (coffee maker, laptop, medication, dog leash, phone chargers
  5. fill boxes all the way to the top to prevent them from being crushed. 
  6. ​When disconnecting electronics I try to keep as many cables attached as I can, to make it easier to put back together.
  7. Have a room or section in the house set aside to stage packed boxes.  This keeps the rest of the house clear, so you have room to work..
  8. The goal really is to get everything in a box that will fit in a box.  When your crew sees how much work you have done to make the move easier for them, they will be motivated to get moving.  That was always my experience as a mover.  When I walked in and the job was neat and organized, I knew my job was going to be "easy" and I got excited.  You set em up and we'll knock em down.  This is a team effort!