With the excitement that comes with relocating your business and expanding, moving can seem difficult. Often, moving companies will get the job done for businesses, and that’s the best option.

Although a moving company can take care of the actual packing, loading and unloading, it’s still your responsibility to prepare beforehand, especially because you’re accountable for business property.

Before speaking with a mover, start accessing what you’ll need moved. Take into account the size of your office furniture to ensure you can get through the door in both locations.

Also, be aware of important documents that may be stored in filing cabinets and drawers. Organize this material and make sure to ask about insurance for these types of things. If you can secure documents by creating digital files, this will eliminate the chance of losing them.

Create an in-house moving team and segregate individual tasks. Communicate within the business also with moving dates and deadlines to ensure that personal items are packed, labeled and organized, depending on if they will move their items or the movers will handle it.

Create deadlines for employees, management, movers, etc. and ensure everyone knows about refrigerator cleanup.

Notify movers of office machines, large filing cabinets, bookcases, shelving, etc. that may need special moving equipment.

Overall, creating checklists and dividing the tasks between an internal moving team will help your office move go smoothly. Also, ask your movers for tips.

Stay tuned for more on office moves.

Better Homes and Gardens put together a great list of 10 moving mistakes. Avoid these by hiring a professional mover or prepare beforehand so your move goes smoothly.

Do-it-yourself?
It may be true that moving by yourself or with friends is more cost effective, but professional movers know the ins and outs of moving.

If you are doing the moving and packing yourself, make sure you research all of the moving details.

“In the end, a do-it-yourself move may not be as ‘cheap’ or as fun as you thought (that would be about the time you drop the TV on your foot or discover the truck is fully loaded but a third of your house is still on the sidewalk),” the article states.

Check on insurance
Find out before you hire your movers if they have an insurance policy. This ensures your belongings are accounted for and protected if they are broken or lost during a move.

Packing a travel bag for the road
The article calls this a survival kit. This can be a small carry-on bag or entire suitcase, depending on what size move.

This ensures you can “survive” for at least one day while you’re moving.

“This might include must-haves such as scissors, a screwdriver, your address book, a flashlight (you never know!), a map of your new town, Johnny’s can’t-sleep-without blanket or favorite jammies, your toiletries, dog food, a can opener, soap, coffee, toilet paper, and necessary medications for the whole family.”

These are just a few of the important tips Better Homes and Gardens includes in their list of mistakes. Read the full article.

Moving into a new apartment is exciting and refreshing, and often, you want to move in right away. But inspecting the apartment while the space is clear is best.

Inspecting the apartment ensures the landlord and yourself take into account the current damages, if any, so when you move out, you aren’t charged.

To account for any damages, its suggested that you review the apartment with the landlord and you take pictures of each room. Make a list of the damaged areas or items and make sure you and your landlord have a copy.

If the items will be repaired, make sure you get some type of receipt and your landlord gets a copy as well.

Immihelp.com has a checklist of items to check in your apartment prior to your move in date.

  • Bathrooms — Is everything working? Are there any leaks? What’s the condition of everything, including chips, mold, etc.?
  • Bedrooms — Is anything broken such as shelves, furnishing, closet items? Is there any mold near doors, windows or on the ceiling?
  • Interior items — This includes checking the walls, plaster, ceilings, lights, carpet, fans, drapery, furnishing, electrical outlets, etc.
  • Kitchen appliances — Does everything work? Are there any leaks?
  • Security — Are the doors sturdy? Do the locks work? Are the windows secured? Do outside lights work?

Addressing these things with your landlord prior to moving in also gives them peace of mind. Taking care of this extra inspection will also save you money in the end.

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Packing for some can be the most dreadful part of the moving experience. You may feel overwhelmed thinking of every little thing that has to be put in a box.

In actuality, though, packing can be simple when you start early and take it room by room.

This series called “Packing” will provide insight and tips into making the experience more practical.

Today, we’ll determine if it’s better for you to pack your own dishes or have your movers pack them.

Why you should have movers pack your dishes

Well, that was a pretty simple answer.

It’s actually best if you have your moving company packs your dishes for you. This is because they are reliable to any broken items in damaged boxes that occur along the way.

Also, they have all the appropriate supplies to ensure your dishes are safe and transported correctly.

But if you can’t afford a mover or if you want to pack your own dishes, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Invest in foam dish slips or wrapping paper to secure your dishes. (Note: You’ll actually use a lot more wrapping paper than slips because you should double wrap each dish if using paper.)
  • Wrap each plate, cup and other dish by itself. Don’t try to wrap three dishes at a time; this will result in broken plates.
  • Stack your wrapped dishes vertically in the box.

These are some of the basic tips to wrapping your own dishes.

If you’re in need of packing services for your dishes, though, or for any part of your moving experience, Two Guys Moving can help. Call us at 210-433-MOVE.

In addition to packing and supervising your movers, you need to take some time to make sure you change your address on your mail and other important documents.

This will ensure, before your move, that all your information is up to date and you’re receiving your bills.

UPS has an online form you can go through to change your address for all of your mail. It’s secure and reliable.

There are also numerous online checklists that will help you think of any other bills, mail or documents you need to immediately change your address on.

About.com provides a checklist that goes through utilities and services, financial and personal accounts, government and public offices, and subscriptions.

Everything from your water bill to your newspaper subscription needs changing. Ensure your doctors are notified, bank, insurance agency and post office, and change your address on your driver’s license, social security, income tax form and vehicle registration.

In addition, your children’s school and workplace should be notified of your address change in a timely manner.

Prioritize which people need to be notified and which documents changed and divide the tasks over the month prior to your move so you don’t have to worry about it after your move.

Let’s face it, moving is overwhelming and packing can seem endless. It’s common that families and businesspeople hire professional movers to get the job done.

Although much of the work is alleviated, to be most effective, it’s best to prepare for your movers.

Before receiving the movers on moving day, determine who will be handling the packing. If you don’t know where to start or want the job to be done professionally, you can pay extra to get packing services.

Be prepared to be available when movers arrive at your home or office. Movers need help with inventory and supervision of your belongings.

Inventory may seem overwhelming, but you and your movers should have an official count of your belongings before and after the move. If anything is lost or damaged during the move, you will refer back to the inventory form to claim damages.

The inventory also takes into account the item’s condition.

Another form you can be aware of is the order for service, which is the written details of what services the moving company will provide, including pickup and delivery dates, amount of valuation, special services and how you can be contacted during the move, according to TLC.

Items movers won’t move

One way you can prepare for movers is the get rid of perishable items such as refrigerated food and plants. Most movers won’t move these items, especially on longer moves.

In addition, movers won’t move household cleaning supplies and chemicals because they are hazardous. Be prepared to move those items yourself or get rid of them before moving day.

Something you should decide on prior to moving day is who handles important documents and medical records. If they’re in a filing cabinet, movers can transport it, but keep in mind that those are important papers. Also, be aware that items can get lost during moves.

Packing for some can be the most dreadful part of the moving experience. You may feel overwhelmed thinking of every little thing that has to be put in a box.

In actuality, though, packing can be simple when you start early and take it room by room.

This series called “Packing” will provide insight and tips into making the experience more practical.

Today, we’re talking about labeling your boxes. This is beneficial if you’re packing an apartment, large home or office space.

Label your boxes right

Yes, there’s actually a right to label all of your belongings.

First of all, label them as you pack so you don’t forget what each box is. Also, pack similar items together that will go together in the new location.

Once your items are packed securely in a box, label the box this way:

  • Which side is up
  • Where it will go in the new location
  • If the items are fragile
  • What is in the box

It’s also important to label your boxes on the sides (not on top) so you can still stack boxes and see the labels.

For more tips, stay tuned for this series on packing or visit our knowledgebase for quick tips. If you don’t have time to pack yourselves, let Two Guys Moving take care of it. Call us at 210-433-MOVE.

Packing for some can be the most dreadful part of the moving experience. You may feel overwhelmed thinking of every little thing that has to be put in a box.

In actuality, though, packing can be simple when you start early and take it room by room.

This series called “Packing” will provide insight and tips into making the experience more practical.

Today, we’ll focus on packing a larger home, but it can be applied to a smaller home, apartment or office move.

1. Pack one room at a time

Start with the rooms that have belongings you won’t need for a few days such as the garage, guest room or office (use your laptop for the next few days).

Packing one room at a time focuses the overwhelming packing experience into smaller, manageable projects.

Make a list of each room from least used to most used. Then, separate the rooms over a week or a few days, depending on how quickly you need to be packed.

It’s manageable to pack about two rooms per day, separated by a lunch break. Accomplish three if you think you won’t get overwhelmed or you made good ground.

You can also group smaller rooms into one such as small bathrooms throughout the house. (Of course, think about the items you’ll need up to moving day. Leave a few towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes and soap in one bathroom. Then, pack up everything from the other bathrooms.)

Even separating the room by sections can help.

If you have a larger room like a garage or kitchen, break up the room into sections. Start with one wall or pack up, move or organize all of the large items. Then, start on the small items.

It’s also beneficial to pack items into boxes based on where you will put them in the new location. For example, pack all of the tools in one box and mark it for the new garage or pack all of the utensils and mark it for the new kitchen.

In addition, don’t mix items from different rooms (based on the new location). This will make it easier to unload boxes, take them to the proper room and unpack.

For more tips, stay tuned for this series on packing or visit our knowledgebase for quick tips. If you don’t have time to pack yourselves, let Two Guys Moving take care of it. Call us at 210-433-MOVE.