Moving can be expensive. In fact, most people aren't prepared for the bills or the amount of cash it takes to move, even if you're just moving across town. Knowing what you'll need to spend, where you can save and budgeting appropriately can help keep those dollars in your pocket where they belong.
•Collect cushioning material such as bubble wrap, styrofoam pellets, furniture pads, old blankets, plastic bags,
tissue paper, newspapers, and small towels to use as padding inside boxes.
•Create a "portable packing kit" with marking pens, a tape measure, packing tape, and scissors. Carry it with you as
you pack up items around your home.
•Reinforce the bottom of boxes with extra tape for added strength. •Label each box with the name of the room in your new home where it should be placed. •List the contents of the box on the side of it. •Number the boxes and keep a list of which boxes go in which room in your new home. •Label boxes containing fragile items with large red lettering. •Place china in plastic bags and stack plates upright on their sides, not flat. •Pack your TV, stereo, and computer in their original boxes whenever possible. •Keep boxes to 50lbs or less. •Pack heavy items into their own smaller boxes and place lighter items together into larger boxes. (Don't pack all
your books into one box!)
•Don't move flammable, combustible, corrosive, or explosive items such as paint, gasoline, and ammunition. •Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move(change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and
drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
•You may have to involve a third-party service to disassemble and crate big items such as chandeliers, pool tables
or a really heavy safe. Get advice in advance from the movers if you need this service.
•Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo components. Label each cord with masking tape and a
description of where to connect it.
•Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. It's helpful to draw a layout of your new
home and sketch in major furniture pieces.
•To save time and money, move your boxes from the basement, upstairs, or attic to the front of the house or garage
ahead of time.
•Keep your phone connected through moving day to stay in touch with friends, family, and the moving company.
Money Saving Tips for Local Moving
•Here is a list of money saving tips that will help you get the most out of your time. After all, time is money for all of
us and together we can manage it efficiently.
•If you have things in the attic, outside storage, or at another location to be picked up, make sure your movers know
this in advance. This can make a big difference on how the truck is packed. Surprises such as these could create
a situation where normally it would fit in one load, whereas now it will require two trips. This alone could become
•Anything to be transported by us, that is not a piece of furniture, needs to be packed and sealed in a box. Some
examples would be:
Lamps, plants, and "what not's"
Audio/Video equipment of all types (computers,VCR's, stereo components, CD and DVD players)
Hanging clothes not in drawers
•Make sure any type of glass shelving and/or table tops are removed and properly packed as well. •You should remove all pictures and mirrors from the walls and carefully pack them. In the absence of picture
boxes, bubble wrap is a quality alternative here.
•Mark and/or label your boxes on two sides so that they are easy to identify either in the truck or while transported
on a dolly. This will help us both maximize organization; particularly during the unload process.
•Have your television disconnected from cable or satellite and the power cord fastened to it. •Disconnect mirrors from dressers leaving the braces on the mirror. •Disconnect washer, dryer, and ice maker lines. This insures that you have cut off connections that are functioning
properly. If not, someone will need to turn the water off at the meter. This can be time consuming without the
proper tools and knowledge of its location. Also, if you use the meter, be sure to turn the valves off at your
connections before you turn your water meter back on.
•Leave all of your clothing and non-breakable items in the drawers of your furniture. Desk items that are loose or
small tend to fall out of the backs of drawers while moving. Sandwich bags would solve this problem and can be
replaced in their original location.
•Try not to pack boxes over 30lbs. in weight to maintain the strength of your boxes. Also, for every 5 boxes stacked
on a dolly, the weight would equal 150lbs. This is something to consider when moving upstairs; particularly to a
second floor (or higher!)
•Have some sandwich bags on hand when you/we breakdown your furniture for storing your hardware. By using
these, and labeling them at disassembly, you can cut down on confusion and lost parts.
•If at all possible, choose an open area to place your boxes such as the garage for example. This will help manage
clutter and time during and after your move.
•Having someone to direct traffic at the unload location will help keep it flowing. Again, this will help manage your
time as efficiently as possible.
•When moving into storage, have some type of padding on hand to use between your furniture and/or on the floors
especially when you are limited for space or have any loose glass items to be stored.
•And lastly, if time and physical ability permit, breakdown your beds if they require tools. •Remember, by being as neat and organized as you can will help save time which will ultimately save you money!!!
*Remember we can handle all these things for you if needed, they are just suggestions to save you money. *
Electronics - The preferred way to move electronic components is in their original cartons with the original packing materials. You can do this yourself, if you like. If you don't have the cartons, TNT Delivers can handle all the electronic equipment you may own including computers, large-screen and high-definition
Special items like fitness equipment, pianos and regulation-size pool tables are no challenge for TNT Delivers. We move them every day. Some items may require specialized service by a third-party company, which your TNT Delivers Agent will arrange. TVs, DVD players and VCRs, video cameras, stereo tuners and amplifiers, turntables, CD players and tape decks.
We can't accept aerosols because they might leak, or even explode, in transit. Other non-shippable items include caustic drain cleaners and flammables such as gasoline, propane, charcoal starters, paint thinner and bottled gas.
It's the ounce of prevention we know volumes about.
Poor packing is the most common cause of breakage during a relocation. Transporting fragile, delicate items safely involves a lot more than simply placing them in boxes. You get expert packing from TNT Delivers. We use the right cartons for different items, the right packing materials to cushion and protect the contents, and the right packing methods to assure a safe trip. When you trust TNT Delivers with your packing, you save time you probably can't spare, save worry you don't need, and save costs you didn't expect
If you decide to pack some items yourself, we recommend the same materials that TNT Delivers professionals use: double- and triple-cell constructed cartons, cushioning wraps and packing tape. All are readily available at affordable prices from your TNT Delivers agent. Ask about what you need by calling 760-775-6095.
The easiest way to save money is by not moving things you don't use any more. The whole family can help decide what to give away or sell. Contributions to charities might be tax-deductible, but remember to get a receipt. Or, have a moving sale and turn unwanted items into cash.