Proper preparation is essential to a successful move and one of the biggest factors in determining final cost. This is especially true if you are doing your own packing. The following tips will help you to be fully prepared on moving day and, by extension, to keep your costs down.
Packing: Basic moving boxes and supplies are key. The basic rule of thumb is that if it can fit inside a box, it should be in a box. Loose items are difficult to load into a truck and create unnecessary delays. If possible, use standard moving boxes as opposed to smaller boxes that may not be structurally sound.
Labeling: All boxes should be labeled with your name, the room that the items came out of, and a word or two about the contents. Boxes should be labeled on two adjacent sides plus the top. This is especially helpful during the delivery process; as it allows you to direct the movers and make sure that boxes are placed in the appropriate place at your new residence. The more detailed you are with your labeling; the easier it will be for you to locate items during the unpacking process.
Organization: As boxes are packed they should be stacked against the perimeter of the room. Do not leave boxes in the middle of the floor; as this is hazardous to the movers. Ideally you want to organize your space so that the movers have easy access to everything within a given room. Trucks are loaded in tiers and it adds time if the movers have to re-organize in order to get access to specific pieces.
If you are planning on moving some of the items yourself in a car, focus on items that are not boxed; such as lamp shades. The movers are very efficient in moving furniture and boxes, but loose items have the potential to cause delays.
For more preparation tips see the Olympia Moving moving resource page with downloadable PDF files to help you with your next move. Contact Olympia Moving or call 800.222.4744 for an moving estimate.