General Moving Tips
Here are a few ideas from King’s Transfer Van Lines to keep you organized for your upcoming move:
- If you must move during the “peak” summer season, try to choose a date off the month end – the last few days of June and August are the busiest moving days of the year.
- Never plan to move in on your “closing” day. Sometimes there are delays in the closing or the former owners may be later moving out which means having the moving truck sitting idle running up extra charges.
- Go through your home from top to bottom before the moving consultant comes in to do their survey. Decide exactly what is being moved and what will be sold or discarded. Make a list of the items you are not taking and discuss it with the moving consultant.
- If some items on your “not to go” list are not sold or given away, inform your mover before loading day so that they can adjust your estimate. Remember you pay for what you ship, not what you planned to ship.
- If you are doing some or all of your own packing, arrange to get started well in advance of the move. Packing is much harder work than most people realize and unless you do it for a living, it will take you longer than you expect.
- If you are doing some or all of your own packing arrange to purchase cartons and other supplies from your moving consultant. They are available at a nominal cost and are much stronger than cartons from the grocery store. Do not over pack boxes.
- Dispose of all flammables such as cleaning fluids, aerosol cans. Your King’s representative can provide you with a list of “non-admissible” items. Drain your lawn mower and other machinery before your move.
- Make sure you have /or obtain written appraisal for antiques and high value artwork to verify their value prior to the move. Provide a copy to your King’s Transfer moving consultant.
- Plan to clean your freezer and refrigerator at least 24-48 hours prior to the move in order to give these appliances time to properly dry. Put a charcoal filter or baking soda fridge pack to keep the appliance fresh and leave lids and doors open until they are dry.
- Appliances like washers and items like grandfather clocks need special servicing before and after the move. Make arrangements with a licensed service person or ask your moving consultant to make the arrangements on your behalf.
- Movers do not remove items affixed to ceilings and walls so if you are taking drapery track, curtain rods, blinds or other such items, remove them before the packers/movers arrive.
- You can leave lightweight items in dresser drawers but do not put books or other heavy items in them. Be sure to remove valuables like jewellery and fragile items including bottles of perfume.
- Arrange for young children and pets to be cared for on packing, loading and delivery days.
Tips on How to Choose a Long Distance Mover
- To find the best mover in your area, begin asking family & friends for recommendations
- Unless you have a very small apartment, insist that a moving consultant come to your home to do a proper survey of what is to be moved
- Ask the moving consultant to clearly explain how your price quote was arrived at so you can do a proper “apples to apples” comparison
- If you get multiple estimates be suspicious of the one that is too low – ask for an explanation, especially if the estimated weight differs significantly from the other quotes
- Ask for references and check those references
- Visit the mover’s place of business to see their equipment, personnel and warehouse
- Most van line affiliated movers do not ask for deposits – be suspicious of a company who wants a large deposit
- Ask how damage claims will be handled and find out who you would call to have this taken care of
- Ask that mover provide a committed pickup and delivery schedule
- Ask for the name and telephone number for the destination agent that will be assigned to look after your move at the other end
- Keep a record of your contacts with mover, especially if there are any problems
- Ask for a confirmation letter detailing all of your specific moving arrangements and a copy of the price quotation
Be a smart consumer and do your homework well in advance of your moving day. It will make the experience a great deal less stressful for you and your family.
Professional Packing Makes a Difference Proper packing is critical to a successful move. Your possessions represent both an emotional and a monetary investment which deserve the best care available.
Consider having Atlas professionals pack for you to ensure your possessions arrive at your new home safely. Even if you are on a tight budget we would recommend that you use the services of Atlas’s professional packers for your most delicate china and breakables.
If you decide to do some or all of your own packing, your Atlas moving consultant can provide you with proper packing cartons, packing paper and tape at a nominal cost. Atlas agents also offer gently used moving cartons at a reduced cost.
Atlas can also make custom built wooden crates for items such as antiques, marble tabletops, large oil paintings and other priceless possessions that are part of your move. Packing Tips The key to packing is organization:
- Pack as much as you can in one room before going to the next room
- Start by packing the out of season items
- Pack the seldom used items next
- Leave the must have items to last; soap, towels, toiletries, coffee, paper cups and plates, paper towels, kleenex, medications, etc.
- Do not pack valuables such as jewellery, precious stones, coin & stamp collections or money, carry them with you.
- Put curtain rod, dresser, shelving, bed or table hardware such as bolts and screws in plastic bags and tape each bag to the article or label each bag and place in a carton labelled ” set up box”
- Do not exceed 50 pounds in weight per box and make sure the lids close flat
- Do not pack dangerous or flammable items such as lighter fluid, paint, oily rags, matches, charcoal, pool chemicals, bleach, oven cleaner or ammunition as they can explode and cause damage to your shipment. Movers are not licensed to carry dangerous goods on the moving van.
How To Move Electronics
King’s Transfer can move all your electronic equipment including PCs and components, big screen TVs, surround sound systems, DVDs, VCRs and stereo components. However, we recommend using a qualified third-party service to properly prepare a Plasma TV for transport. Consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions on your model. EXTRA PROTECTION FOR PLASMA AND BIG SCREEN TV’S The above items are extremely fragile and subject to scratches. To provide extra protection, your moving consultant will recommend the use of a special packing material called micro foam. The small additional cost for this material is well worth it to ensure that these expensive items do not sustain any damage during the move.
The preferred way to move electronic components is in their original carton with the original packing materials. If you don’t have the original cartons, King’s Transfer can pack them in standard boxes that best fit the item and secure them with bubble wrap, paper padding or Styrofoam for an extra charge.
Here are a few things that should be done before moving your electronics:
- Before moving computer components, park the hard drive and back up all software (newer models may not require “parking”).
- Disconnect all wiring and cables before the movers arrive.
- Draw a simple diagram or color-code wires before disconnecting to make reconnecting much simpler.
- Keep all components together and their boxes clearly labeled.
- Pack all wires and cables with their corresponding electronic unit.
- Small or loose accessories, like remote controls, should be packed with each component or placed in the designated “PARTS BOX.” Indicate this on the inventory list so small parts are not misplaced.
- Complete a list of all electronic components and computer equipment serial numbers prior to moving day and submit the list to your homeowner’s insurance company.
- Movers are not permitted to take down TV antennas or satellite dishes, but we can make the arrangements to have this done for an extra cost.
Moving Elderly Relatives
The time may come when it will be necessary for you to move an elderly family member from their own home to another type of accommodation. Depending on your relative’s state of health and finances, the options generally fall into three categories:
FOR THE ACTIVE SENIOR – RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
Usually these are condo, land-lease or homeownership of detached/semi detached homes, townhouses or apartments. There are usually recreational facilities in place in a planned community type setting.
FOR THE LESS ACTIVE SENIOR – RETIREMENT HOMES
Usually these are small apartments or bed-sitting type accommodations (including a small galley kitchen). Meals are available in a communal dining room although residents can prepare light meals in their own unit. Recreational activities are also available within the complex. Nursing staff is usually available on site with physicians on an oncall basis.
FOR SENIORS REQUIRING CARE – NURSING HOMES
Usually a private or shared room accommodation with 24 hour nursing staff available. Crafts, physiotherapy and some light recreational activities are available on site.
Finding the right accommodation can be a time consuming and sometimes difficult task. Nursing homes in particular often have waiting lists. If the person in question is not involved in the choice of residence, it is very important to be sensitive to the impact this move will have on your relative. Take extra time to listen to their concerns. Depending on how much space they will have in the new residence, help them to choose an appropriate number of special pieces of furniture and/or keepsakes to accompany them. Ask for their opinion before discarding belongings and honour their wishes as to how some items are to be distributed among family members or to worthy charities.
If your relative is moving into a non-assisted living type arrangement, offer assistance in making the moving arrangements. Help them with the sorting and any self-packing. Offer to let them stay at your home before and during the move to help alleviate the stress and emotions that moving will bring. Be there for delivery and assist in setting up and putting away their belongings. Help them get acquainted with their new community; take them for a drive around their new area, have lunch at a local restaurant, take them shopping. Moving will be a big life change, even for an active senior.