Moving Tips

   Packing Tips to make your Local Move Easier

Packing can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve been in your home for a long time. Putting your belongings into boxes is both an emotionally taxing and physically difficult task. With the right tools, though, you can make it easier. At Local Valley Movers ,  we’re committed to making your moving experience as stress-free as possible—and that commitment begins before you even pack your first box.

Local Valley Movers wants you always to remember these few things to save you money and time...

Always leave all hallways and door ways  open. Meaning- When your movers come to move your belongings they will need all hallways clear, if your movers have to move these boxes or possibly other items out of there way - THIS TAKES TIME - and money. When loading a truck we can be in different rooms to get what we need to load. So if you can use your garage or bedroom or corner in your living room to place your boxes this will be a thing for you. Also if you can , keep your boxes in uniform. By keeping your boxes seperate in there sizes stacked, this will make loading easier and save you time and money. . Another good tip is that if possible if you can, move all of you small items by yourself,   if you possibly can,   as this will also save you in some cases a lot of time and money. Also always to remember that it takes longer to move smaller items than it is to move your furniture. Anytime that you are able to do these two things on your own when moving locally is a plus for you. These are the BEST TIPS that we can give you.  So call us about our BIG STUFF SERVICE.  It will save you money for sure.

   Get organized and start packing early

Our team members have been gathering advice since we packed our first box more than 30 years ago. Check out our tips, then get those boxes packed!

The best way to make sure you have gotten everything is to open up all of the doors and crack open all of the drawers. Once you have packed up all the items in that area, make sure you close it to signal that it has been completely packed.

  • Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.

  • Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack (you can leave your clothes on their hangers!). Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.

  • You can never use enough packing paper to ensure items stay protected.

  • Always stack dishes upwards when packing, and avoid breakage by using custom-designed boxes. It’s also a good idea to avoid wrapping china in newsprint; the ink can stain your dishes.

  • Save time for the kitchen. It takes the longest to pack up because you have to make sure everything is individually wrapped.

   Prep your belongings for a smooth move-in

  • Try to pack all electronic equipment, like TVs and stereos, in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap to protect these items.

  • When packing your own items, be sure to always close and tape a box. Open boxes are more difficult to handle and items may fall out. Open boxes also take more space.

  • Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible—children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.

  • Make sure you label your boxes for where you want them to go and not where they came from. For example, if something came from your basement, but you want it to go in the playroom, make sure you label "playroom" on the box so it ends up in the correct space from the get-go

  • Don’t pack with used boxes or boxes from the supermarket. You never know what little critter is hiding or if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.

  • Most animal kennels break down. They’re much easier to transport if they’ve been taken apart.

  • Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface.

  • Never tip stand mixers on their side when packing into boxes. The lubricating oil inside the mixer will pour out of it.

  • Use only small boxes for books. They get very heavy, very fast.

   Last minute packing

Ask your movers to load anything you might need right away in your new home toward the end of the truck, so that it is the first thing unloaded

Place items that you are taking with (cable boxes, medication, or any other personal items) you off to the side, and inform all crew members not to pack them.

  • As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to tape all parts to the main base.

  • Have a wardrobe box available the morning of the move. The last things you’ll pack will be the bed linens, comforters, and pillows you sleep with. Put these items in the wardrobe box, so they’ll be easy to find when you’re ready to collapse after a day of moving.

   Moving with seniors:

Nationally, nearly 52% of all moves are for people over the age of 50 and this number is expected to increase substantially with the baby boomer population over the coming years. For seniors, any move can be stressful and we understand the importance firsthand of keeping a move simple and efficient while offering moving assistance.

We’re experts in managing relocation stress — whether it’s downsizing from a home of 30 years, to making the transition to a retirement community — our friendly and courteous teams provide tailored services to make your senior moving experience a positive one.

You can rest assured our fully licensed, insured, and bonded movers can get the job done with clean trucks and all proper moving equipment, whether you are moving just down the road, or across the country. 

   Follow these moving with kids tips for a smooth move!

We know, moving in itself is stressful. Multiply that stress level exponentially when children are involved — whether that be moving with kids out of state or a few towns over, moving with kids after divorce, or even moving with small toddlers.  

While there can be many unfortunate circumstances, moving is quite often, for positive reasons. Be sure to include your children in the process so they know it is an exciting time for the whole family.

   Moving with cats:

• Cats can be very territorial and may be hesitant to welcome strangers into their home. Have treats handy for the movers to give your pet as a way to introduce themselves — this is a surefire way to get fast acquainted.

• Before and after the move, surround your cat with familiar objects ― feeding and water bowls, toys, blanket, or bed. If you are using a crate, leave it in a place with which they can become familiar before the move.

• When traveling with cats, be sure they are safely in their crates for the duration of the trip to your new home. Not only is this the safest way to transport, but giving them their own space will keep them more comfortable and relaxed during the drive.

• Since cats are very sensitive to their environment, gradually introduce them to their surroundings by restricting them to one or two rooms at the onset.

   Moving with dogs:

• Just like cats, dogs can also be very territorial which can cause anxiety with commotion and new people around. Have a treat bag ready and when your movers arrive, have them greet your dog with treats and a friendly hello.

• When moving with dogs, the safest option for the car ride to your new home is to use a dog travel crate or dog cage. If for some reason this will not work, be sure your dog has ample room in the car and will not interfere with your driving.

• Dogs should also be slowly introduced to their surroundings, then leashed outside until comfortable with the area. Always be sure your dog has up-to-date pet ID tags on the collar, or better yet, a pet microchip, in case he decides to run off in the midst of the busy moving day.

• If you are unable to stay home the first few days following a move, consider arranging a friend or pet sitter to visit a few hours a day to ease your dog’s anxiety and to burn some healthy energy.

   Moving with small pets:

• Small pets such as gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters are more sensitive to drastic temperature changes. Take care to protect them from cold drafts or direct sunlight.

• These animals can travel in the cage they normally live in, but make sure it is well sealed so they cannot escape.

 

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