Moving Tips

Plan Ahead of Time

  • Check out our moving checklist to breakdown the process into months, weeks, and days leading up to the move.

  • Who is watching your pets or kids? Did your request ample time off of work? Are any of your friends or family helping with the move? Make sure to ask and answer this questions with enough notice to those helping you out during the moving day.

  • Notify your current utility companies, post office, insurance, bank, and anyone else that needs to know about your change of address at least 2 weeks prior to the moving date.

Organizing Before the Move.

  • Organize and clean out areas in your home such as closets, the attic, and basement.

  • Organize your items by category rather than room to decide what to keep, donate, sell, or throw away.

  • Invite any friends or family over to take a look at items that you are planning to donate, sell, or throw away.

  • Having a garage sale can put more money in your pocket while listening the load of any items you want to get rid of.

  • Typically, Elite Moving & Storage does not transport perishables. Try to stop buying groceries one to two weeks prior to the moving day and start finishing off perishable items.

Packing Hacks

  • Pack items that you will need for your first night in your new home in a separate clear plastic bin. These items can include toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, utensils, snacks, bath towels, cleaning supplies, etc). Along with this, pack an overnight back with chase of clothes, toiletries, and laptop(if applicable). Make this the last thing you pack so you can easily find it.

  • Take personal/sentimental items in your car instead of having movers load them on the truck.

  • Pack important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and tax documents in a special container.

  • Use wardrobe boxes to pack clothing items like coasts and dresses

  • Write detailed labels on boxes stating where they belong (kitchen, bath rooming, bedroom, etc).

  • Pack electronics in their original boxes

  • Place dishes in boxes vertically, they will be less likely to break.

  • Prevent liquids from leaking by removing the cap and placing plastic wrap over the opening, and placing the cap back over the plastic seal.

The Moving Day

  • If you live in or are moving into a rental, take photos of the empty house/apartment to avoid paying damage fees that you did not cause.

  • While tipping professional movers is not required, it is customary to tip 5% of the total bill or $20 to each person. Other ways to show appreciation to the movers is by providing water or other refreshments.

  • Place your boxes in the rooms they belong for easy unpacking