Plus looks forward to helping you make your move an easygoing process,
and that is what this website is all about: Helping you plan your
try doing it all at once use the following guide to find
your way round your move. Take your time and start early. Good luck
with your move and remember, if you can't find what you're looking
for, you can allways contact us and we will do whatever we can to
to Select a Moving Company
So the first thing to do is to make sure you are choosing a reliable
moving company. Price is not the only factor when selecting a moving
company. Here are several other important issues to consider when
choosing a moving company:
It is helpful to get two to three referrals prior to choosing a
moving company, from friends, family, etc. Remember, one referral
is typically nor reliable. This will indicate the moving company
has a consistent history of good quality work. Many moving companies
have references on file, which you can ask to review.
Always make sure your mover is appropriately licensed. Local moves
are typically controlled by state agencies, while the Department
of Transportation (D.O.T.) controls interstate moves. When selecting
a mover make sure to request their licensing number. This will guarantee
their certification and thus indicate they have the appropriate
qualifications needed to run a moving company.
Make sure the moving company you choose provides limited liability
coverage at no additional cost to you and provides an option for
additional coverage for an additional fee. Remember a low price
may be beneficial to you in the short run, but damaged possessions
will be more harmful to you in the long run.
Workers compensation ensures that if a mover suffers while
on the job, you are not liable for their injuries. Licensed movers
are required to have this type of insurance for their employees.
Make sure to ask your moving company if they have this type of liability.
Business Bureau (BBB)
The BBB is an organization that attempts to mediate disagreements
between businesses and consumers. The BBB can provide you with information
about the reputation of a particular company. For example, a good
moving company will have few complaints on file with the BBB. However,
remember the number of complaints depends on the work volume of
a particular company. So, it is important to ask for the ratio of
the number of complaints to the number of total moves this company
has performed to get an appropriate estimate of the company performance.
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There are many different types of boxes. You want to use the right
kind of box for specific items. Here is our helpful guide . . .
glassware, pots, pans, etc.
tapes, CDs, toiletries, etc.
sheets, towels, clothes, etc.
suits, dresses, shoes, etc.
size documents and files
size documents and files
size files, misc. items
Click here for a list of moving supplies
available at Move Plus.
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Use only strong, corrugated cartons with covers. We can supply you
with specially made cartons, for everything from
mattresses to clothing and mirrors. The added protection of mover-provided
cartons may avoid damage that results from the use of poor-quality
alternative is to collect boxes discarded by your *grocery or liquor
old newspapers for use in packing, but remember that ink may rub
off and stain clothing
or other items.
Insect eggs and insects such as roaches can travel in food boxes.
Keep this in mind when getting boxes from food stores.
Here's a list a packing supplies that will come in handy:
bags and labels for easy identification.
peanuts, styrofoam pellets or "popcorn."
or craft paper for delicate packing jobs.
paper rolls for figurines and fragile items.
tape (1 1/2 to 2 inches wide) and/or strong twine for sealing
and labels for identifying contents of cartons.
and pencil for carton identification log.
and/or sharp knife.
Before actually packing-up, you need to have a game plan. For example:
one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to
a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
all boxes, designating room and box number. Make a carton identification
log to show the number of boxes packed per room, and the total
number of cartons packed. It's a good idea to leave space in
your log for a special comments section to note carton conditions
or location of high value goods. Notify your mover of any high
sure to have plenty of "filling" material available.
sure that the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold
the weight of the contents.
tape or gummed tape is better than masking tape.
heavier items toward the bottom of the box and lighter items
toward the top. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or
less; it makes moving a lot easier. A general rule to remember
on carton size -- the heavier the item, the smaller the carton.
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a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dishpack) and line
the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center
one plate on the paper.
a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper
over the plate until sheets completely cover the plate. Stack
a second plate on and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner
and pull sheets over the second plate.
a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets
of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and
pull two sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner,
then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.
the bundle with packing tape.
the bundle of dishware in a medium-size box so that the plates
are standing on edge
Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other
dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in
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packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six
to eight inches from one of the corners.
pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second cup
should "nest" itself in packing paper folded over
the bottom cups).
the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners
inside the top cup.
the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining
corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.
cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass
or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped
one at a time.
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Glasses and Stemware
glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before
on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations
(depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over
glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated
paper rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection.
glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items
(dishware, pitchers,etc.) should be placed toward the bottom
of the box.
Delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright
position, not on its side.
No matter what you're packing, you should use crumpled packing
paper in between each layer to assure a snug fit wherever there's
a gap. All boxes with "fragile" items should be marked
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list of individual household items is endless. Most can be packed
by following our packing pointers. Here are some additional packing
tips for major items. If you want a more comprehensive list of how
to pack special items, drop us a line.
Drawers -- Don't overload. Too heavy a load can cause damage. Remove
firearms and any items that might break or leak. Firearms, along
with serial numbers, must be registered with your van line representative
before the move.
Goods and Other Non-Frozen Food -- Pack upright with no more than
24-30 cans per carton. Don't attempt to move perishables. Wrap glass
containers and boxed foods individually and pack in small cartons.
Foods and Plants -Because of the delicate and perishable nature
of these items, your mover is prohibited from accepting these packed
items when your shipment is being transported more than 150 miles
and/or delivery will not be accomplished within twenty-four (24)
hours from the time of loading. Frozen food shipped within these
guidelines must be packed in a freezer which at time of loading
is at normal deep-freeze temperature.
-- Remove or secure pendulum in large clocks. Grandfather clocks
should be prepared for moving by expert servicemen.
and Curtains -- Hang drapes over crossbars in wardrobe cartons,
or pack folded in clean cartons. Remove curtains from rods, fold
and pack in cartons or bureau drawers.
and Combustibles -- Flammable liquids and aerosol cans must not
be packed. Changes in temperature and pressure can cause them to
leak, or even explode. For your own protection, you should know
that if you pack these items and they cause damage to your shipment
or others, you, not your mover, may be held liable.
and Lampshades -- Remove bulbs, harps and shades. Roll up cord.
Pack lamps withbedding or wrap separately and place upright in clean,
tissue-lined carton. Wrap harp and finial (decorative knob) with
packing paper and tape to inside wall of carton that contains shade.
Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper. Place upright in large, tissue
-- Seal caps with masking tape. Wrap and pack upright in small cartons.
If needed during travel, carry with you.
Paintings and Pictures -- Tell your agent about valuable paintings
for special care. Wrap small mirrors, pictures, paintings, and frames
and place on edge in cartons. Place large pictures and paintings
on edge in heavy cardboard containers. Large wall or dresser mirrors
will be taken down by the movers and placed in special cartons.
For added safety, place tape diagonally across mirror to protect
better against damage. Do not place newspaper directly against paintings.
Computers and Video Recorders -- Pack valuable electronic equipment
in original cartons when available. Otherwise, use strong, corrugated
cartons and place protective padding on the bottom of the carton.
Wrap an old blanket or protective pad around the item and place
it in its carton. Place additional padding between the carton and
the computer or video recorder. Wrap cords separately, label to
identify usage and place in a plastic bag away from delicate surfaces.
Non-detachable cords should also be wrapped. Place cords between
the padded computer or video recorder and the carton. Be sure your
personal computer is "parked" and ready for transport.
-- Wrap each piece in cloth or low sulphur content paper to prevent
tarnishing. Use an old blanket or moving pad as a wrap to prevent
scratching the silverware chest.
-- Drain fuel from power tools (do not ship Flammables under any
circumstances). Pack tools in small, strong cartons. Wrap separately
Mattresses -- Drain all water from the waterbed and, grasping internal
baffle systems with external vinyl, fold mattress 20 inches at a
time. Adjust folds to avoid making creases across individual baffles.
Consult your owner's manual for special instructions concerning
the care and transportation of your mattress. Do not place your
mattress in a carton with sharp or pointed objects. For further
information, ask your Move Plus Relocation Specialist for a copy of
"How To Move Your Waterbed."
and Motorcycles -- Cars and motorcycles shipped on the moving van
should be drained nearly empty of fuel. Motorcycle batteries should
be disconnected. Automobile antifreeze should be ample to protect
against severe cold in winter.
Grills and Propane Tanks -- Wrap grates and briquets separately
in a newspaper (or place all briquets into a grocery bag) and place
parts in carton. Pad carton with paper to reduce movement of contents.
Even if propane tanks are drained before your move, we will not
be able to move this item for you. Consult your local gas grill
distributor for the safest method.