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We tend to be pretty easy going so we won't walk away if you are completely unprepared. Nonetheless, the more prepared you are the less time it will take us and the less it will cost you. The biggest time killer are loose un-boxed items. Also, boxes are preferred over bags. (We have had moves where customer packed everything in grocery bags instead of boxes. That job took hours longer than it should have.) Have everything ready and waiting to be moved. Remove all loose items from furniture surfaces. Unplug your electronics.
Can you leave drawers in dressers? Generally speaking yes. If we feel the dresser is too heavy to carry with the drawers in we will remove the drawers, carry the dresser, then follow with the drawers putting them back into the dresser. If it is necessary while moving to put the dresser on end, we will for sure remove the drawers while moving it. We have found that IKEA-type furniture does not always travel that well with weight inside of them. So, we recommend removing items from IKEA drawers.
We can move these. We will not move these unless the bed part is tied down to the sofa to prevent it from opening while we carry it. Believe me having the sleeper sofa open while be carried is not fun. If you are able to do this great. We should have rope or a strap with us if needed. In the past we have also used one of our belts.
We always place blankets on the floor of the truck to help keep your bed clean. However, it is never a bad idea to buy plastic mattress covers for your move.
Quite often it will be necessary to remove refrigerator handles or doors, or even the front door of the house to move a refrigerator. We are happy to do whatever is necessary to move it. However, often this is usually more time consuming than people realize.
These tend to be the household-goods item that people care about the most. We are generally able to load and unload any television safely. I am not always confident that a moving blanket (or any blanket for that matter) will not scratch your television screen. Ideally you have saved the box it came in and we can use that for moving. If not, wrapping the screen in stretch film or bubble wrap before placing a blanket over it is a fine idea. In the end if any customer asks if they should move their television themselves in their car, we tend to say yes.
We really are not piano movers. However, we can move certain upright pianos as long as there are no more than two or three steps involved. We do have a piano dolly we use on flat surfaces and on the ramp into/out of the truck.
Having learned the hard way we try to remember to empty the grease trap before moving. It never hurts to suggest you remind us to do so. Grease running down your leg and into your socks does not make for a comfortable move!
It is relatively easy to lay hanging clothes on top of everything else. However, there is no guarantee they will stay completely clean or unwrinkled. Many of our customers use garbage bags to move their hanging clothes.
Again, garbage bags are very useful here.
We can wrap these in blankets and place safely into your moving truck. However, if they are valuable to you it can not hurt to pad them and place them into a picture box that you can buy from U-Haul.
Clearly marking on all boxes what room to place them in will keep us from repeatedly asking where we should take them.
For some reason there are at least three different options for clothes dryer outlets. It is very common that your new home will have a different outlet than your old place. You do not want to change the outlet or buy and adapter. You will want to replace the electrical cord itself. These can be found at any "home center" type store. Product manual should give simple instruction on how to replace the cord.
When moving into a place with new hardwood floors it is a great idea to buy a collection of felt foot pads. If you so do we are happy to take the time to place these on the feet of any furniture before setting them on the hardwood floor.
If we are helping you with a local move we will bring a rather large number of blankets with us. If we are loading a truck for you for your long distance move we recommend renting moving pads.
How many? It sounds painfully obvious but start out with at least one blanket for each item or piece of furniture you want protected. If you have a dining table and six chairs, that is at least seven blankets. Then add some more just in case. We find that people often get too few blankets for their move and we have to ask them to pick and choose which items they would like protected. Basically, you can not rent too many blankets for us. We will make use of all that you get.
Also, Budget and Penske blankets tend to be smaller than the U-Haul blankets. If using those options double the number you counted above.