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Helpful Hints

Before getting started, let’s go over the basics. Packing is not an easy task. It takes time and patience, but when done properly, eliminates stress greatly. Packing should start as soon as you decide to move. Do a little each day or it can get overwhelming. Waiting until the day before you are ready to move can cause excessive aggravation. Here we will demonstrate the basics, from the first steps setting up to the how-to’s of specific items.

Be Prepared :

Pack your current phone book and computer, and take it with you. You may need to make calls to residents or businesses back in your former home town. Designate one drawer of a dresser for sheets and towels so that you won’t have to search through boxes for these essentials the first night in your new home.

Packing Materials: Use materials that are correct for the job. Used cartons from a local store won’t protect your possessions the way they should. Weston Movers and Storage has a full range of supplies that you’ll need. To view our packing materials list click here.

Packing Station: Set up a packing area. Gather materials such as two inch wide tape, cartons, markets for labeling, unprinted white paper, scissors and newspaper. Use the unprinted paper for inner wrapping and use the newspaper for cushioning or as outer wrapping, as it tends to leave ink marks.

Weight Limit:

To make handling easier, try to limit each carton to a maximum weight of 50 pounds when fully packed. Choose small cartons and corrugated boxes rather than heavy trunks and wooden boxes. Books are extremely heavy and should be packed in small, strong cartons.

Under packing:

Avoid under packing a carton. When a carton is under packed, the contents will shift in the box and may cause damage. If you have an under packed carton, make sure to fill in the empty space with crumpled paper.

Over packing:

Do not overcrowd boxes. Professional pack boxes so that each article will cushion another. The top of the box should close with light pressure. Layering: Begin by cushioning the bottom of your carton with two or three inches of crumpled paper. Put heavier items on the bottom and the lighter items on top. Between each layer, put a supporting base of crumpled paper or sheets of cardboard.

Fragile Items:

Wrap fragile items such as crystal, china and figurines using at least three layers of paper per item. Wrap each one firmly, but loosely enough to provide a cushioning effect. Plates and record albums should be packed on end vertically, rather than placed flat and stacked. On smaller items, use colored wrapping paper to draw attention to them when you are unpacking. Be sure to mark the carton “FRAGILE”.

Marking:

Write the contents of each box on the outside. Be specific. Mark the short side of each box with the room the box belongs in. Since cartons are stacked, the top markings may not be visible. In addition to marking the rooms and contents, have children write their name and new address on the cartons from their rooms, so they can become familiar with their new address before they get to their new home.

Valuables:

Keep your pocketbook, checkbook and any other personal valuables with you at all times during moving day. Otherwise, you may find that they have been packed and loaded on the truck. You should move jewelry, cash, coins, valuable items and personal documents. These items should not be packed and should remain in your possession at all times. Your mover cannot be responsible for such items.

Labor….Your Truck or Ours:

Weston Moving will gladly assist in loading or unloading your vehicle, using our trained staff.

Fully Licensed & Insured:

Avoid under packing a carton. When a carton is under packed, the contents will shift in the box and may cause damage. If you have an under packed carton, make sure to fill in the empty space with crumpled paper.

In-Home Relocation:

Not only do we relocate homes, but we help rearrange them!

Now that you know the basics, we are ready to move on! The next step is to understand how to pack certain types of items. The hints given are exactly how our crew would pack if we were to assist you in your own packing.

Why Choose Weston Movers and Storage

Weston Movers and Storage companies take on an great amount of responsibility that’s really quite impressive when you give it a little thought. You’re going to entrust these professionals with all of your family’s worldly possessions. It’s entirely reasonable to expect them to treat your belongings with the utmost care and keep them safe, especially if you’re storing them for extended periods in between moves.

Sadly, all moving companies are not created equal. Moving companies that cut corners can cause significant damage, fail to meet your schedule, and even risk losing your precious goods. This is why it’s always a good idea to research the companies operating in your area carefully before you pick one to help you with your next move.  Weston Movers and Storage are a reliable Company that truly care.

Extra Services Available from Weston Movers And Storage

Of course, your choice may be constrained somewhat if you’re looking for specific services. You’ll often need to pay extra for the special treatment you need. Keep this in mind when you compare price quotes from different moving companies! Certain companies specialize in handling especially delicate and valuable items, including pianos, jaccuzzis, and artwork. Other companies can give you extra peace of mind when it comes to storing your belongings by offering features like complete climate control and full-time security monitoring.

One of the most important decisions to make is whether or not you’re going to handle packing yourself. Most reputable residential movers will now offer you packing services, although this typically costs extra. Besides saving you time and effort, there’s another important advantage you should consider before turning down packing service: A company that takes responsibility for packing up your belongings will also be entirely responsible for any damage that occurs in transit. Many homeowners appreciate this additional peace of mind as much as, if not more than, the added convenience of letting their movers pack their goods.

Making A Smart Choice

Once you’ve identified a qualified moving company that offers all of the services you’re interested in, you should take the time to get to know them in more detail. Don’t go entirely by online reviews. Moving companies are particularly prone to shady review practices (including leaving sticking competitors with poor reviews as well as falsifying their own testimonials). Weston Movers and Storage often has competitors operating under similar names. Sadly, this isn’t an accident; less-scrupulous companies attempt to take the customers of more reputable businesses this way.

It’s a good idea to speak to a former customer of your prospective moving and storage company in person before you make a final decision. You should also make an effort to visit the company’s facility in person to get a closer look, especially if you intend to entrust your goods to them for long-term storage. Don’t be afraid to trust your gut instincts; if closer examination gives you doubts about a moving company’s professionalism, move on to an alternative business.

Your choice of professional movers makes a huge difference in determining whether your next move will be a breeze or a nightmare. It can take some time to verify that a given company is legitimate and reliable, but the number of pitfalls you avoid by working with real experts easily justifies the effort involved in learning more about them.

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