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Checklist to Reduce Moving Stress

Pre-Moving Checklist to Reduce Moving Stress

Moving is known as one of the top 10 most stressful events for many people. But you don’t have to give into stress. At Rainbow Movers, we believe happy is good! We have created happy moving experiences for thousands of customers by helping them reduce moving stress.

When you’re getting ready to move, planning ahead helps create a happy, stress-free move. Not sure where to start? No worries – here is a pre-move check list for you:

6-8 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Book a free, in-home estimate with your mover (earlier is better).
  • Create a moving file to keep track of checklists, quotes, receipts, and other important information.
  • Once you have your estimates, see if the movers you like will fit your budget. Consider the hourly costs, materials charges, and whether you feel the estimate (and estimator) has been thorough and realistic. Consider whether the charges have been explained so you understand them.
  • Create a budget for your moving expenses.
  • Gather copies of records you need to transfer – medical, dental, school, etc.

6 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Create a change-of-address notification list for magazines, clubs, subscriptions, financial accounts, etc.
  • Get change-of-address cards from your local post office.
  • Clear out the clutter – purge your belongings of the things that you don’t love, want, or use.
  • Plan to sell, give away, or donate your excess things.

4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Start researching your new neighborhood or ask for recommendations – where to run errands, which parks are nearby, closest dog runs, leisure options, etc.
  •  Buy packing boxes and supplies for your belongings.
  • Schedule disconnect and connect dates for phone, cable, Internet, gas, electric, water, and trash

2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Organize your belongings in boxes by room. You can label the upper right hand corner on the sides of each box with just a few letters – BR1, BR2, K, LR, O, etc. It’s quick and will ensure things are placed where you want them to be.
  • Create an “I Am HERE” box with all of the necessary items you’ll want to unpack first when you arrive. Some of these things include bed linens, bath towels, medicines, vitamins, important and pacifying toys for kids, starter items for the kitchen (i.e., coffee cup, wine glass), connecting wires for electronics, battery chargers, light bulbs, and toilet paper.

1 Week Before Your Move

  •  Your mover should check in with you to make sure you know what to expect on moving day. They will finalize any details with you and answer any questions that you have about timing, building schedule coordination, and payment.

It’s never too early to start discussing your upcoming move. If you’re planning one in the next couple of months, give us a call for a free estimate.

How to Pack China and Breakable Items

We do our best to treat your things as if they were our own. After moving hundreds of trucks full of your favorite furnishings, prized possessions, and delicate items, we’ve learned a few things about keeping your belongings safe from breakage.

In fact, we have a fool-proof way for packaging your dish wear. Wether it’s fine China or hand-me-down ceramics, this method will protect your tableware even if the box it’s packed in is accidentally dropped from waist height.

Before you get started, make sure that you have the right sized boxes and all of the materials that you need. We have plenty of supplies in our boxes and supplies store that we can deliver right to your doorstep. Once you have what you need, you can use our highly-effective way of protecting your most delicate items.

Pack Dishes with The “Lasagne Method”

What is the Lasagne Method, you may ask? It’s simply a layered approach to packing your dishes to minimize the potential for cracks, shatters, or chips. It was named the “Lasagne Method” by one of our customers.

Layer 1:  In the bottom of the box, add well crumpled paper or a couple of inches of shredded paper. This will provide sufficient cushioning for where you will put your dishes.

Layer 2: Wrap your plates well. Each plate should be wrapped in a couple of layers of paper to keep them safe. This will protect them if they knock into each other.

Instead of stacking them flat in the box on top of each other, stack them on their edge as if putting them into a dish washer or drying rack. Why on their side? Because if the box is accidentally dropped, there will be minimal surface area that comes in contact with the floor. Less surface area = less likely to break. This is science!

Layer 3: Add crumpled or shredded paper around the sides of the dishes to protect them from the sides of the box. Pack it so that nothing can shift around. Then add additional paper crumples or shreds on top of your dishes.

Layer 4: Wrap glass wear well. Each glass should have a couple of layers of paper, just like your plates. Lay your glassed down on their sides, on top of the layer of paper (aka layer 3).

Layer 5: Add more crumpled or shredded paper around your glasses so that they cannot move. Once they are sufficiently immobilized, add more paper on top of your glasses.

You can use this method for any other delicate items that you have to move. If you’re packing a number of items of varying sizes and shapes, it helps to keep the heaviest of them on the bottom of the box. And as long as you put enough padding around each item and in the space between items, they should stay safe from breakage.

Of course, if you want us to pack some of your more delicate items, or you have particularly difficult items to move such as mirrors, electronics, or odd shaped items, we’ll gladly pack them for you. Just get in touch with us for an in-person moving estimate and we’ll help you make your move happy and stress-free. Because happy is good!

Moving Boxes: Why Size Really Does Matter

Here at Rainbow Movers, we talk about boxes a lot on when we meet customers for free moving estimates, and also on Facebook and Twitter, because it is very important to use the right size boxes when you are packing to move or store your belongings. Here’s why:

1.  Things Fit: Moving boxes are designed based on decades of experience. When you pack a book box (12”x12”x17.5”) with books, the vast majority of books fit nicely into the box. Dinner plates nestle safely inside a dish box (18”x18”x28”) which is also thicker than your average box, allowing plenty of room for insulating materials to keep them whole. Of course there will be items that don’t fit perfectly, like an oversize World Atlas or a large serving platter. But for the most part, these boxes make it easy to organize and pack your items, and keep them safe during the move.

2. The Right Boxes Weigh Just Enough: Have you ever lifted a box of books? Books can be very heavy. So if you fill a larger box with all the books in your shelf, it might seem efficient, but you may injure yourself trying to move that box. A book box fits just enough books to be efficient and safe. The same goes for a wardrobe box (22”x24”x48”).  You can compress over 2 feet of hanging clothes onto the hanging bar in a wardrobe box. With a dish box, you can line up your wrapped dishes, or nest your wrapped bar glasses and still be able to lift it without throwing your back out. We aim to keep all our moves stress free and injury free!

3.  Specifically Sized Boxes Are Easier to Identify: When the time comes to unpack your things, the boxes can easily be identified first by their shape and size and then by the identification labeling. If you see a book box, you and the movers will know immediately that it goes in the rooms with the bookshelves. If you see a dish box, it goes straight to the kitchen or dining room. Organization on both ends of a move is a key element of a smooth, efficient and low stress move.

We are happy to advise you on the quantities and types of boxes you will need for your move. We also supply a wide array of packing materials, including boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, pads, dollies, and even plastic covers for chairs, sofas and beds. When you hire Rainbow Movers for your move, we offer free delivery of your packing supplies to your door.

Contact us to tell us about your move!