Household Goods Forwarders Association of America, Inc.
Your Moving Consultant can be a great resource for moving tips.
- Any time you visit your new residence take something with you. Any
items we do not move or pack decreases your cost of the move.
- Pack your cartons with the top upright.
- Make sure that you are able to accept your goods when our movers
arrive at the destination by ensuring that your new residence will be
- Pack a popsicle or some ice cubes in a baggy when you are moving
frozen food. If they are still in the same shape at the destination
then your food has not thawed and been refrozen.
- Do not mark every carton as fragile (something must be on the bottom).
- Visit your movers office and warehouse.
- On long moves put baking soda in refrigerators and freezers to prevent odors.
- Do not overload dresser drawers with heavy objects.
- Do not use newspaper to package items that cannot be easily cleaned.
The ink can transfer from the paper to the item.
- On overseas moves, your car must be run dry before the container is
closed. Do not gas up before turning over your car to us.
- Bricks for book shelves can cost more to move than purchase at the destination.
- Old magazines can be sold to second hand book stores or donated to
social canters. This can reduce your moving cost significantly if you
have accumulated a large amount.
- Eat heartily before you move, why pay to pack and move a large
inventory of canned food when it all can be replaced at your
- Keys and prescription drugs are items that you should store in a safe
place where they cannot be packed or moved.
- Small potted houseplants can easily be packed into small shallow
boxes. Use plenty of paper to ensure that the plants don't tip over in
- Use sturdy garbage bags or plastic to wrap the bottoms of larger
potted plants or trees to ensure that the earth doesn't spill. Special
plant sleeves are available at nursery's or florist shops to protect
- If a plant is particularly bushy or over 8 feet tall, trimming may be
- Do not leave small items (brushes, jewelry, etc.) in dresser drawers,
They can fall down the back and become lost. It's better to pack small
loose items in a shoe box and then in a larger carton with other
- Cartons, when filled, should not weight more than 23 kgs or 50 lbs.
- Garbage bags are not suitable for packing; they tear easily and do not
protect your goods.
- Cartons should be cushioned with crushed newspapers on the bottom,
between layers, at the top and in all empty spaces.
- Do not mark cartons with anything that will tell the value of the
contents or make it unique from other cartons.
- Pack heavier items on the bottom layer of the carton and the lightest,
most fragile items on top (fragile items should be packed separately).
- Small items, such as salt & pepper shakers, should be wrapped in
colored paper or small boxes first so that they don't get lost.
- Cartons should not be overfilled. The tops should close flat and
nothing should stick out of them.
- All cartons should be sealed with proper packing tape.
- Label each carton on the top and sides as to its general contents
(books, dishes, lampshades, toys) and the room or area where it will
- Keep a list of the contents of each carton through a
numbering system and a notebook. It will make finding individual items
- We do not move freezers with food in them. Usually in taking a freezer
out of the home it is necessary for the freezer to be tilted going up
or down starts and again up and down the ramp to the truck. If there
is food in the freezer, there will very likely be damage to the liner.
- Place "Not to be Moved" tags on any items that are not to be moved.
Show these to the movers.
- Plan easy-to-prepare meals for moving day. Use one carton for dishes,
utensils and food for the last meal in the old house and the first one
in your new home Mark this carton "Load Last - Unload First". Your
Moving Consultant can provide you with appropriate labels.
- Clean cupboards, windows and floors in your new home ahead of time if
it is empty.
- Plan the placement of your furniture in your new home. Make a floor
plan, tape signs on rooms doors (e.g., Bedroom No. 2) so that the
movers can place the furniture and cartons in the designated areas.
- Before the van arrives, for your own peace of mind as well as their
safety, we suggest that you arrange for someone to see that children
and pets are kept out of the stream of traffic. and away from the van!
- Leave all furniture in place, rugs on the floors, cartons and bundles
in the rooms in which they were packed or stored. Do not dismantle
furniture, even beds. Bedding can be put in cartons and replaced on
the beds in your new home.
- Make sure that all passageways are left clear and that articles
required first in your home are shown to the van operator.
- Check all cupboards, behind doors and all storage areas before the van
leaves. See that everything that is to go has been loaded onto the van
and that those items which were not to be moved are still on the
- Put hardware from beds etc. in a "SET-UP" carton.
- Do a final tour with the driver to ensure everything is loaded.
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