Moving Guide

Hiring a mover…

Research various moving companies;
Obtain several ‘on-site’ estimates.  A mover that comes to
your home can give a more accurate estimate that one you
speak to over the telephone;
Get references and check them out;
Discuss costs, packing, timing, and insurance.
Discuss if your items will be on a truck with the belongings of
Ask the unusual questions such as will your belongings will be
stored at any type of facility during transit.  If so, be sure to
get the name of the facility and check it out.  
Make notes and create a good filing system for estimates,
contracts, receipts, household inventory lists, and notes.  Be
sure to ask your accountant or the IRS what expenses are tax
deductible and be sure to keep receipts.  Also, if you are
relocating at the request of the armed services or your
employer, be sure to specifically identify what costs you will be
responsible for and what costs are reimbursed to you.
After the movers have moved your items to their destination,
check your goods for any damage.  If you have damages, take
photographs or videos.  Call your mover immediately and
present a list of the damages.  Moving companies reserve the
right to repair damages rather than replace them.  Reputable
moving companies should respond to damage claims quickly.


Proper and timely planning is the best way to survive the
moving experience.  It can also help you save $$$.
Prepare an inventory of ‘everything’ you own.  Break this list
into three categories:  things that will be handled by the
movers, things that will be taken care of by you, and things
that will be left behind.  
Host a garage sale or an auction for the items to be left
behind.  Not only will this make you money but it will save you
money by lessening your load.
After one or more garage sales or auctions, decide what items
are just not of value to anyone and dispose of such items.  
Waste management companies will sometimes rent a trash bin
to be temporarily place at your home or check if there is a junk
day scheduled with your local waste manager.  
Remember...nothing is more gratifying than giving to those
less fortunate.  
Keep an emergency box within easy reach throughout your
move.  You should always be able to locate over the counter
medicine, prescriptions, band-aids/antibiotic creams, shot
records, medical cards, insurance cards, emergency numbers,
etc…  With all of the shuffling and physical strain, accidents can
Speak to your insurance companies regarding any changes
that may occur with your policy during your move.
Do not forget to contact the appropriate agencies:
        - Post Office for change of address;
        - Children’s school or caregivers;
        - Clubs or organizations that you belong to;
        - Utility companes;
        - Banking or Financial Institutions;
        - Return any borrowed items such as the neighbors
                shovel or your library books.
        - Collect any items that are being cleaned, repaired, or  
        - Close local charge accounts;
Use up the perishables.  Don’t purchase anything that
probably won’t be touched until you are relocated.  These
purchases can usually wait and only cost you money or strain
to take with you.
Make the necessary travel/rental reservations early;

Boxing your items…

Professional Movers use only sturdy, reinforced cartons.  While
computer paper boxes and grocery boxes are free, they will
not protect your belongings from damage.  Many movers will
not be held responsible for items that you package.  So, please
be sure to use quality products.  At Ashcraft Moving Supplies
all of our supplies are high quality and durable.
Designate a ‘packing spot’ such as an empty space in the
garage, basement or spare room.  Start early and begin boxing
things that you will not need each day.  Pack like items
together and label by room.
Keep an accurate inventory log and number your boxes.
NEVER move without wardrobe boxes.  You can move your
clothes directly from the closet to the box and back again.  
They preserve the shape of your garments.
Label containers ‘FRAGILE’, ‘OPEN ME FIRST’, ‘THIS SIDE UP’,
etc… with permanent marker on all sides.
Mark boxes carrying items such as jewelry, money, checks,
valuables, and an overnight carton that contains items that
you cannot do without in case you run into a delay or the
movers are late ‘FOR CAR’ and be sure to keep these items
with you.  Also remember to keep keys and medical insurance
cards with you.  Be sure to set these things aside so that they
do not get loaded in the van by mistake.
Pack breakables loosely with plenty of bubble wrap or packing
peanuts so that they do not touch.  Mark boxes ‘FRAGILE’
Pack non-breakables tightly in smaller boxes that won’t be too
Rule of thumb:  ‘The heavier the item the smaller the box’ and
‘The lighter the item the larger the box’.  
Certain boxes are designed specifically to protect your
belongings such as dishbarrel boxes and book cartons.
Wrap packing paper around glasses and furniture legs.
Keep your boxes at a weight suitable to be lifted all day.  While
you may be able to lift 70 pounds, you would not keep a
speedy pace lifting this 500 times and it is likely for
overweighted containers to break.
Be sure to wrap all hoses—ie.  Garden, dishwasher, washer,
etc… with plastic wrap so that any leftover water does not
damage any of your belongings.
Drain all flammable fluids from any equipment that you will be
moving.  Properly dispose of any rags containing combustible
materials.  Properly dispose of any substances that could
spontaneously combust or that are flammable.  Mineral spirits
and like items can combust spontaneously. It is just not worth
the risk.

Packing the truck…
Place items such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, or
televisions towards the front of the truck.  The goal is to load
the heaviest items as close to the cab as possible for support.  
Load any items with drawers or doors facing the walls of the
truck to prevent them from opening.  
Use the tie downs on the inside walls of the moving van to
secure your belongings.
Stack boxes of similar weight on top of each other.  Never
stack light boxes or fragile items on the bottom.
Load the lightweight and irregular items on top.
Pack specific boxes with tools and items that you will need right
away and load it last so it is within easy reach.
Load houseplants last and unload them first.
Keep a first aid kit in the cab with you so you know where it is
at if you need it.