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Moving Tips


When you have to move, you want to make an informed decision about the details of your move and choosing a reputable mover.We understand that most people do not possess expert knowledge or experience in this field.

As a service to our customers, we've put together a list of important details you must know when selecting a mover:

  • Ask Questions. Is the company licensed and insured? Are all charges included in the price and where do they apply? How long has the company been in business?
  • When getting an estimate include all details, how many flights of stairs, etc. Make an inventory list and include everything being moved, report to the movers about any unusual circumstances.
  • Beware of hidden charges. Exactly what are you being charged for? A lot of companies will give you a low estimate, and then rack up the price on moving day, charging you for materials, travel, etc.
  • Insurance. All Moving Companies are required to include basic coverage for every move. This may not cover the true value of your belongings. If you wish to purchase full replacement protection, ask your representative to recommend other insurance options.
  • Get a written estimate. Read and understand it. Do not rely on a telephone conversation to be accurate when moving a large house. Ask for an on-site visit.
  • On-site estimates - For large local or long-distance moves, it's a good idea to have a representative come to your home to survey all items being moved. This will help avoid any unexpected costs and will also give you the opportunity to meet with a company representative.
  • Packing. Find out exactly what is included with your move. Most companies will disassemble, pack, and reassemble large furniture items, but will require you to pack all personal belongings. If you wish the movers to do any additional packing, discuss this beforehand, and find out how you will be charged.
  • Most companies charge per box for packing If you really want to be confident you've made the right decision when you need a Moving Company contact with Xpress Moving Van Lines for your next move.

Tips for packing


Q. WHAT SIZE OF BOXES SHOULD I USE?
A. Small heavy articles such as books records canned goods etc. should go in smaller boxes. Bulkier but not so heavy items such as pots and pans, linens, small kitchen appliances etc. would go in larger boxes. Very bulky light-weight items such as pillows, blankets or lampshades would go in the largest boxes.

Q. HOW DO I PACK BOOKS?
A. Small boxes should be used to pack books. Stand books on end and make sure the box is filled to the top to prevent crushing of the box.

Q. HOW MANY WARDROBES WILL I NEED?
A. A wardrobe on average can hold two feet of hanging cloths in your closet.

Q. WHAT ABOUT FOLDED CLOTHES?
A. Large boxes can be used to pack folded cloths.

Q. HOW DO I PACK MY CHINA?
A. A dish-box is usually recommended for packing china and fragile items. Line the bottom of the box with crushed paper, this will provide the first layer of protection for your fragile items.
  • Working from a stack of wrapping paper, place a plate in the center of your sheet. Grasp about two sheets of the paper at one corner. Pull over the plate so as to completely cover plate. Stack second plate on first plate.
  • Grasp second corner of your paper. Pull over and cover stacked plates.
  • Stack third plate. Take remaining two corners (one at a time) and fold each over your stack of plates.
  • Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
  • Re-wrap entire bundle. Follow same wrapping procedure as before. Start with one corner of packing paper, and pull two sheets over the bundle; over bundle with next corner, and finally, the fourth.
  • Place the bundle of flatware in carton so the plates are standing on edge.

Q. HOW DO I PACK GLASSWARE?
A. Again, a dish-box or other study box should be used for packing all fragiles. Cups and glasses may be 'nested' (one placed inside another) and three or four wrapped in a bundle.

Tear or cut-up some small sheets of paper. Use at least a couple of small sheets between each glass or cup as protective lining.
  • Take first glass and line with a couple of sheets of your paper.
  • Place second glass (or cup) inside the first one. Line with two more sheets of paper. Insert another glass (or cup).
  • Using your best judgment, nest three or four glasses (or cups) and lay these on your stack of wrapping paper in a diagonal manner, off center closer to your body.
  • Grasp corner closest to you of two sheets of wrapping paper. Wrap around your glasses (or cups).
  • Grasp next corner of wrapping paper and wrap around your glasses.
  • Repeat procedure with remaining corners of wrapping paper. Then roll into a bundle (much the same as a butcher might wrap a package of hamburger).
  • If you have collected in liquor cartons with dividers, pack glasses, cups and stemware in these boxes. If your bundle does not fill to the top of the compartment, stuff additional wadded-up packing paper in the compartment to fill it up.

If you don't have liquor cartons then pack your glasses, cups and stemware in boxes with your dishes fitting them in where ever you find some spaces. Be sure these articles are toward the top of your carton.
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