In previous posts, we've touched on the idea of labeling all of your moving vessels. In this post, let's talk about why and how to do this!
For starters, it makes unpacking much easier. Our movers or your friends will easily sort things in the appropriate rooms for easy unpacking. A clear label will save you time lugging boxes from room to room that could have been accomplished by your hired help! Save your back some breaking with nice clear labels!
From the other side, the packing side, it makes packing much easier and safer. If you label all the boxes by room with a short list of what is inside, it greatly reduces the chance that something will be left behind. Also, numbering each box so you know how many from each room are migrating to their new rooms helps as well. Taking a quick count of what's in the truck (or trucks) will help you move with confidence and relief. Make sure you make a list of all the important items including which room they are in! Don't forget about the bear!!
Okay, now, let's talk about how:
You can go low tech, and, just write on the boxes. This is a simple way to get things done, but, it's also easily mixed up or missed unless you write on every side of the box. We recommend using something a little easier to see.
Something like our color coded labels here. They are brightly colored, easily visible, and even easier to write! Slap a couple of these on your boxes, and then just tell everyone "Yellows in the living room, green in the bedroom, purples in the kitchen please!" Much less fuss, and an inexpensive way to keep your things organized!
You can pick these up at our main office for a small fee, but the savings on headache medicine surely covers the cost!
By the way, our sturdy boxes also come at a great, low cost! When you're picking up your labels, why not grab a few boxes? Can never have too many boxes when moving, right? They make great padding too, not just for putting things inside! Separate tables and other items with a few stout boxes in between to help protect them from any bumps or scratches that might happen in transit! When you're finished with them, give us a call, and we can cart them away!
A few other things to remember when labeling a box:
Be clear, but no need to be obsessive-compulsive on the labeling. "Tools" should suffice, no need to list each and every tool, or each and every movie in the box. That will put the pain right back into the moving!
There are other important details to label on your box besides the contents and the destination. Don't forget to label them with helpful things like FRAGILE or HEAVY. This can save a lot in medical bills and replacements when the wrong box gets put on the bottom or someone tries to lift all of your college textbooks the wrong way! Be kind to your movers!
Monday, 9 February 2015
A Moving Horror Story
Let us tell you a story recently shared with us from one of our associates.
It was moving day, and everyone was in a hurry to pack things up before their friends arrived. Our associate has a young daughter, only 2 years old. She has a favorite toy: a stuffed teddy bear. So, while they were packing, she wouldn't let go of the teddy bear, so they let her hold it while they took care of things, and cleaned up. Boxes were packed, their friends arrived, and everything was loaded into the truck. Their little girl started crying. Eventually, her mother was able to console her, and she slept all the way to their new house. When they arrived, she woke up and starting crying again. As they were starting to unpack later in the evening, they then finally realized why she had been crying. Her favorite bear was left at their old house....
Has this ever happened to you? You're all done with your move, but, you've left something important behind? It can be really frustrating, and in some cases, cause long term distress. Let us suggest some ways to avoid this situation.
One of the most important things to do when starting to plan your move is to make a packing/moving list. On the list, make special note of any particularly important items, like Mr. Bear, passports, birth certificates, etc. Check these items off the list only after they've been safely packed and secured for transport, and make sure to label the boxes containing them.
On moving day, go over the list one more time, and make sure that all of these important items are safely loaded into the truck or other vehicles. Check the house one extra time, room by room, and make sure to double check for these important items!
After arriving at your new residence, double check that these important belongings made it to their destination by checking them off the list again as they come off the truck. Make sure that everything is safe before calling your move to completion, and letting all the hired help go home.
Or, you can leave all this hassle to us! We can make your move worry free and stress free, even for your little ones. We can safely and efficiently pack, load, transport, and unload all of your belongings, even Mr. Bear, and make sure there's no one left behind! We will carefully wrap and pack all of your valuables, room by room, labeling each box before gently securing them into one of our fleet of safe and protective moving trucks. We will check the house before we leave, and double check that all of your boxes and other belongings arrive safely at your destination. Even better, we will do it for a surprisingly reasonable fee. Can you really put a price tag on stress free?
Give us a call today at 1234-5678 for a free consultation, and let us help you save all those tears!