Moving and Packing Tips from Our Westchester Movers

There is nothing easy about moving your family to, from or within New Jersey but these tips from Beltmann Moving and Storage, your local Westchester movers, can help smooth the way

Moving and Packing Tips From the Pros for Your DIY Move

  • Before you start, mark your packing boxes with colors and numbers. The colors will help you to know which room they go in and the numbers will help ensure all boxes are accounted for.
  • To help with unpacking, write what’s inside each box on the outside and place items from each room in separate boxes to avoid confusion.
  • Pack each member of your family an overnight bags of clothes and necessities and keep them separate from everything else. This way they don’t end up buried in the moving truck.
  • You can use Press ‘n Seal to keep everything in your dresser drawers in place. This saves on the number of boxes you must purchase and pack.
  • As you take apart furniture and electronics put the nuts, bolts, and screws in separate Ziploc bags. Tape the bags to each item to avoid them getting lost. Consider taking a picture of the cables and wires to ensure you know where to put them back at the other end.
  • Pick up some “Space Bags” and place clothing in them. Use your vacuum cleaner to suck them flat. This will save a lot of space in your moving truck and keep everything clean.
  • Use things like clean planter pots, your microwave, toaster oven, even plastic trash cans, hampers, and bins to pack things in. You can use towels to keep everything in place.
  • Westchester movers use small boxes are best for heavier items such as books, larger boxes are for lighter items like pillows, lampshades, and so forth.
  • Remember to pack your plates vertically with packing paper between each plate, this will help keep them all in one piece. You can use towels, small throw pillows, even clothes to stuff the box and keep your plates in place.
  • Cups and bowels can be stacked with packing papers between them to keep them safe. Again, be sure to use plenty of packing paper and packing materials to keep them from rattling around and breaking.
  • Use plant pots (clean them first), the microwave, the toaster oven, and your pots and pans to pack small items and kitchen towels for packing. This will save on boxes.
  • Westchester movers seal boxes with tape top and bottom and then wrap tape all the way around each box twice.

There Are Some Things Westchester Movers Cannot Transport

The US Department of Transportation has created a list of items that Westchester movers are not permitted to transport in their trucks. Among these are:

  1. pesticides, poisons pool chemicals, propane tanks
  2. fertilizer, fire extinguishers, fireworks, fuels/oils
  3. household batteries, kerosene, liquid bleach, loaded guns
  4. rubbing alcohol, Sterno fuel, weed killer
  5. ammunition, car batteries, charged scuba tanks, darkroom chemicals
  6. aerosol cans, ammonia, charcoal/lighter fluid, cleaning solvents
  7. matches, nail polish/remover, paint thinners, paints/varnishes

Tasks That Need To be Done When You Move In

  • Before the movers arrive is the perfect time to clean your new home and make any small repairs it needs.
  • Moving companies require there to be an authorized adult present to sign the paperwork.
  • If there is a balance left on your bill, you will have to pay it after everything has been moving into your new home.
  • Make life easier for yourself or the Westchester movers by taping a piece of paper of the appropriate color on the doors inside your home. This will help speed up the unloading process and ensure the right boxes end up in the right rooms.
  • During the unloading process, be sure you inspect everything for damage and note any damage on the moving company’s copy of the inventory. This will make it easier if you file a claim.
  • If you are not comfortable with installing your appliances, you should consider hiring a professional to do the work.
  • Most movers will assemble your bed frames, but if you want them to unpack your mattresses and place them on the frames, you may have to make arrangements for this to be done.
  • Unpack your home in this order, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and then the rest of your rooms.

When the Movers Have Gone

  • If you are planning to ship the things you need first on the truck be sure they are put in last so that you can unload them first.
  • Consider putting together a box of cleaning supplies and tools (screwdrivers, a hammer, and a cordless drill and bits). This will help you get things put together as you unpack them.
  • Add a few lightbulbs to your toolkits as there is nothing worse than trying to unpack your home on the first night in the dark.
  • Create a rapid meal box containing paper plates, plastic silver and cups, paper towels or napkins, and snacks. Odds are your kitchen won’t be ready the first night.
  • Put together a box of personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, a shower curtain, towels, combs, and brushes.
  • Put enough bedding for everyone in a single box so that they can make their beds and sleep comfortably on the first night.

Moving is challenging, but by following these tips, you can make the entire process far less painful for everyone. To learn more about making your move go smoothly, contact Beltmann Moving and Storage of Piscataway at (908) 312-1011 and let our moving experts help you.