Things You Need to Take Care of Before Your Movers in Miami Arrive - Moving FAQ

The pro movers in Miami at Beltmann Moving and Storage of Pompano Beach & Ft. Lauderdale, FL have put together this list of Moving FAQs

The Basics

  • Start by decluttering your home.
  • Unplug and disconnect everything.
  • Fold and hang clothes.
  • Be sure you read our Moving Guide.

Start by sorting through your house for things the U.S. D.O.T. will not allow movers in Miami to transport, be sure you are not packing any of them.

  • Alcohol/ Ammonia/ Bleach/ Cleaners/ Disinfectants
  • Acids/Solvents/Anti-freeze
  • Adhesives of any kind/ Aerosol Cans/ Ammunition
  • Batteries/ Charcoal Briquettes/ Fire Extinguishers
  • Lawn Chemicals/ Lighters/Matches/ Opened Fireworks
  • Liquid Cleaners/ Petroleum Products/ Gasoline/ Kerosene/ Lighter Fluid
  • Polishes/ Propane Tanks/Scuba Tanks/ Shellac & Varnishes/Paints/ welding tanks

If you are moving into a smaller home, think about getting rid of the things that won’t fit instead of paying for storage. If you plan to store some of your things, be sure to tell the driver. This way they place them in a different part of the truck. This will make it easier to find when at the storage unit.

Things You Should Keep Aside for Use After the Movers in Miami Have Gone

To make sure you can still take care of your family after the movers in Miami have gone.

  • Breakfast bars, protein bars/ Coffee, coffee filters and coffee maker
  • Kitchen knife/ can opener/saucepan/Toaster
  • Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family
  • Cleaner/ Salt and pepper/ Scissors or box cutter
  • Dish soap, dish towels, and paper towels/Toilet paper
  • First aid kit/Flashlight/candles/matches/ Garbage bags

What About My Expensive Items?

If you plan to let your movers in Miami transport anything worth more than $1,000, be sure you fill out a “High-Value Item” form. If you have items that you consider exceptionally valuable, consider having them appraised and make sure the driver has a copy of the appraisal in case anything should happen.

At the same time, be sure you provide the driver with a copy of your entire inventory. He can give it to the team at the other end who will be unloading. They can use the list to check off each item or box as it comes off the truck. By doing this, it will be easier for the moving company to find the items or replace them. If you are shipping a personal safe, it should be emptied and left unlocked.

Is There Anything by the North American Protection Policy?

  • Appraisals/ Deeds// Legal Documents/ Manuscripts/ Passports
  • Coin/Stamp/ Card Collections/ Currency/Money/
  • Computer Backup Disks/ Software Licenses
  • Jewelry/ Precious Stones/ Medications
  • Negotiable Instruments/ Receipts/ Stocks/Bonds/ Tax Record

Any Tips on How to Keep Our Costs Under Control?

The most important tip of all is that the less you ship the lower your bill is going to be. But here are a few more suggestions:

  • If you aren’t using it or it’s broken, don’t pay to ship it, sell it, give it away, donate it, or trash it.
  • If the item won’t fit in your new house, get rid of it.
  • Copy your CD collection onto your computer and sell them to a local music shop.
  • Get rid of heavy shop benches, stools, and so forth. It’s cheaper to replace them.
  • Use large planters to pack small items like your DVD collection.
  • Avoid shipping garden chemicals, fuels, firewood, lumber, chemicals, and paint.
  • Shipping large furniture items like pianos and pool tables is expensive. Sell them outright or maybe include them in the sale of your house, you might get more for it.
  • Be sure you collect any deposits you have coming back before you move. If you’ve paid any club dues or fees, ask for a refund of the balance.
  • If you pay your homeowners’ insurance, see if you can transfer it to your new home or get a refund.

Can I Deduct Any of My Moving Costs Come Tax Time?

The only way to know for sure is to talk to a tax consultant, this way you avoid the risk of making mistakes. Common deductions include:

  • Hotel expenses before, during, and after your mov, if your new home is not ready.
  • The cost of shipping your family pets if you aren’t taking them with you.
  • The cost of shipping your car if you aren’t driving to your new home.
  • The costs incurred by hiring a team of movers in Miami.

You may also be entitled to other deductions if your move is due to:

  • Moving out of the country as part of your job or you are in the military.
  • Moving to a new job that is at least 50 miles from your old house and closer to your new one.
  • After your move, you must work at your new job for no less than 39 weeks in the first year.
  • If you are self-employed, you must work no less than 39 weeks in the first year and 72 weeks by the end of the second year.

Is There Anything I Need to Do Right Before the Movers In Miami Show Up?

  • Any appliance that gets wet like washers, fridges, or freezers must be dried to avoid damage due to ice buildup, be sure they are all disconnected including your electronics.
  • All dishes should be washed and dried to keep bacteria and mold from developing.
  • Backup any important files on an external hard drive or on discs and remove any CDs or DVDs as heat can cause them to warp and damage the devices they are in.
  • Remove all ink cartridges and toners, if they leak or spill, the damage they cause is not covered by the North American Protection Policy.
  • The packers aren’t going to neatly fold and hang your clothes, do this before they arrive.

What Should Be Done Just Before the Movers in Miami Arrive?

  • Remove all mirrors, paintings, and photographs from the walls.
  • Strip all beds of their bedding.
  • Declutter your home.
  • Empty dresser drawers of loose items, any liquids or fragile items.
  • Empty your fridge and freeze of all perishables.
  • Clean garbage cans, the grill, and disconnect your garden hoses.
  • Be sure not to seal any boxes you have packed they must be inspected for items that aren’t allowed in the moving truck.
  • Take the bags you plan to take with you and place them somewhere away from everything else to be loaded on the truck, so they are loaded by accident.

What If I Live In an Apartment Complex?

  • If you live in a multi-story apartment building, you need to talk to the building manager or landlord before your movers in Miami show up. Check to see if you:
  • Need to schedule an appointment for the freight or standard elevator.
  • Make sure the parking lot has room for a truck that is up to 75 feet long.
  • Make sure the moving truck doesn’t need a special parking permit.

Lastly, contact our movers in Miami to learn more about the moving, packing and storage services that we provide at Beltmann Moving and Storage of Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, FL. Give us a call today!