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The Day of Your Move

Helpful Hints

  • It is best to label all boxes with contents and destination room at the new location.  This saves not only time for you in unpacking, but we don't have to ask where boxes go during the move.
  • Boxes should be taped shut.  This ensures a proper pack on the truck and allows us to stack boxes.  Boxes should be closed short ends first then long ends.  One piece of packing tape goes along the middle opening and on each end of the box to ensure a proper closure.  This should be done on top and bottom of the box.
  • Don't use post-it notes to mark your furniture; they will not stay on during the load and unload.  One roll of painter's tape will be sufficient to label all of your furniture, and can be bought in different colors if there is more than one stop to unload your furniture, or simply writing the destination is fine.  Or, we would be glad to mark it for you the day of your move.
  • Duck/Duct tape and Masking tape does not stick well to cardboard boxes.  Please use regular packing tape.
  • Please remove  bed linens, with the exception of fitted sheets. If you have your dust ruffle ready at your new home, we will be happy to help you to assemble it on the beds at your new location. Again, large trash bags work well to pack bed linens and pillows. 
  • Furniture and appliances should be emptied of any contents that can break or spill. Please remove all contents from your refrigerator or freezer if conveying to your new home (these can be packed into coolers, and we can load these onto the truck). You may leave clothing in the drawers of your dressers and chest of drawers; please remove any small items that can get lost or displaced between the drawers.
  • Books will need to be removed from book shelves and packed into boxes. Book shelves cannot stand the weight of being transported with the weight of the books.
  • Don't put salt down during winter weather.  We will shovel when we get there.  You do not want a salty mess tracked into your new home.
  • If you have a grandfather clock, do not wind the weights to the top, as they have to be removed and that makes it more difficult to remove them from the chains.  Let it run down.
  • If you are making many trips between your new home and old prior to your move, try to take some of your smaller belongings with you.  You will be amazed at the progress you will make, and the time and money this will save you on moving day.
  • The more organized and prepared you are, the more time and money you save on the day of your move.
  • If you have questions prior to the day of your move, please contact us.  The only bad question is the one that was never asked.

Proper taping of your boxes makes your move more efficient

Multiple tape runs don't support as much box weight and ultimately use much more tape and time.

Tucked box flaps do not support the box weight and boxes tend to collapse inside of themselves, losing your contents.

A correctly taped box utilizes a "H" pattern whereas there is one piece of tape placed across the middle seam and one piece across each end seam of the box.  This gives the most support and allows us to stack your boxes.

Box Utilization and Specs

At Big Box Stores, Boxes are Labeled Small, Medium, Large, XLarge.

Our references are to standard trade moving boxes.

Small boxes (left) measure 12x12x16 inches,  and should be used to pack books, magazines, canned goods, records, or anything heavy.   Medium boxes (middle) measure 18x16x18 inches and should be used to pack smaller pots and pans, toasters, coffee pots, lamp shades, baskets, and other medium weight items.  They also work well for stereo equipment.  Large boxes (right) measure 24x18x18 inches and should be used to pack larger pots and pans, larger kitchen appliances, mixers, toaster ovens, Tupperware, cereal, stuffed animals, small wall hanging clocks, pillows and linens.

Dishpack box pictured to the left of the S,M &L boxes.  Dishpacks measure 18x18x26 inches and doubles thick cardboard to protect your dishes and fine china very well.  They are used to pack all of your glass, china, pyrex, corning ware, lamps with shades removed and other valuable fragile items that may need extra protection.

Wardrobe box pictured on the left to pack all of your hanging clothes or any taller items.  Extra large box (middle) measures 23x23x20 inches and should be used to pack comforters, the linen closet, towels, patio cushions, large baskets, and any large light weight items.  This box is not used as frequently as the S, M, and L boxes.  Mirror box (right) is 4 inches thick and can expand out to 40x60 inches and works well for mirrors, pictures, oil paintings.

Wardrobe box pictured with view of 18 inch bar for hanging your clothing.

Heavy duty trash bags are a cheap and easy alternative for boxing your pillows, bed linen, or any other soft lighter weight items that don't have sharp corners.  Do not use them for books or other heavy, hard cornered items that can tear the bags. Be conscious of the weight also and don't load with more weight than the bag can handle without tearing.

Open topped boxes are NOT a good idea on moving day.  They offer no protection for your goods, and we cannot stack them on the truck resulting in an improper pack, less efficiency, and more time for you.  Please make sure all boxes are sealed to protect your contents and to save you time and money in the long run.

The day of your move, you become our family.  We treat you, your home and belongings as if they were our own.  Our clients have built up our family business for 60 years now.  We treat you like family, because you are.

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Bobby E Harris Moving LLC

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