Moving Tips brought to you by Matt's Movers Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN

An organized moving day is awesome

Below you will find tips and helpful moving resources we’ve assembled to help you best plan and prepare for your big day!

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF A SUCCESSFUL MOVE

Boxes and Packing Supplies

Matt’s Moving is equipped to meet all your moving needs, including ensuring you have the supplies necessary to safely transport your belongings. We offer a variety of high quality boxes and packing materials, including specialty packaging for mirrors, mattresses, and dishes. Additionally, Matt’s Moving is proud to offer complimentary wardrobe service, making clearing out closets quick and easy.

But can’t I get boxes from my local grocery or liquor store?
Many customers inquire about the use of recycled boxes from local businesses. While this at times is an option, it is becoming increasingly sparse as most companies compact and recycle their cardboard. Your time is valuable! Why chase down old dirty boxes when you can enjoy the ease and convenience of having clean, quality supplies delivered to right to your doorstep? Call 651-210-8271 to arrange delivery.

PREPARING FOR YOUR MOVE

  • De-clutter – donate or discard unwanted items. Consider donating gently used items to a charitable organization, they often they provide complimentary pickup services to help make de-cluttering easy and hassle free.
  • Prepare an inventory of the items to be moved
  • Arrange supply pick-up and delivery
  • Complete a change of address with your local post office
  • Transfer your insurance records
  • If you have children, notify their school of your big move and make arrangements to have transcripts transferred (if necessary)
  • Order address labels, stationary and new bank checks for your new home
  • Notify utility companies that you will be changing your service location. It is best to do this early, as appointments can be set weeks out!

One Week Before You Move

  • Designate a dresser drawer for bedding and towels. This ensures you don’t get stuck rummaging through boxes to find essential items the first night in your new home
  • If you haven’t already, change your mailing address with your local post office.
  • Stage packed boxes near the entry way of the home, this will make loading quick and easy, reducing the total time it takes to complete your move.

One Day Before You Move

  • Prepare any mowers, snow blowers, boats, and snowmobiles for the move by draining gasoline and oil.
  • Moving makes pets anxious too! Keep your pet calm by removing them from the hustle and bustle of moving day. Arrange for a friend to watch your furry friend on move day.

MOVING DAY

Starter Box
Matt’s Moving recommends assembling a starter box for the belongings you will need immediately once you arrive at your new home. It’s easy to forget, but enormously helpful on move day! A starter box should be the first box unpacked and its contents should include essential items you’ll need right away, like a hammer, screwdrivers, toilet paper, medication, and anything else that you may need; like a remote for your TV.

Packing Dishes and Records
The best way to pack dishes and records is vertically. Straight up and down, not flat or on top of one another. This ensures if any damage occurs, it is less likely to affect surrounding items.

Note: Never wrap lamp shades or china in newspapers. The ink can ruin or soil items. Also, Matt’s Moving suggest you keep lamp shades with you when you move unless they are boxed, as they are susceptible to damage in transit.

Pack Heavy Small and Light Large
When packing, placing light items in large boxes and heavy items in smaller boxes works best.

Protect Your Valuables and Memories
The key here is to make sure your most valuable possessions are always with you. Expensive jewelry, cameras, old coins and precious memories should remain with you and not your mover. Here is a short list of the ideal items to pack in an “Important Box”

  • Passports
  • Children’s Health Records
  • Insurance Information
  • Photo Albums
  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Stocks, Bonds, and Will

Avoid Mixing and Matching
Using one box to store items from more than one room in your home to fully fill space is tempting, but will be time-consuming when it comes time to unpack. Instead, organize boxes by room and use towels or packing paper to fill excess space.

Relax and Enjoy the Help
Leave the stress and tough parts to our movers and moving specialists and be sure to get a goodnights rest before your big moving day.

A Starter Box

A starter box is a moving box for the things you will need immediately or once you get to the new property. Most people forget to make a starter box. It should be the first box unpacked and the contents are the things you would need right away like a hammer, screwdrivers, nails and screws to hang pictures, toilet paper, medication and anything else that you will need like a remote for your TV. This box is best known as a bear necessities box. So when you move you know what you will need right away at your new home.

Packing Dishes and Records

The best way to pack dishes and records is vertical. Straight up and down and not flat or on top of one another. If any damage occurs it is less likely to affect the other stacked around it.

NOTE: Never wrap lamp shades or China in newspapers the ink can ruin or soil the items. Also, Matt’s Moving suggests that you keep lamp shades with you when you move as unless they are boxed they are easy to damage.

Pack Heavy Small and Light Large

When choosing boxes and packing methods for moving. Light item in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes works best.

Protect your valuables and memories

The key here is to make sure your most valuable possessions are always with you. Expensive jewelry, cameras, old coins and precious memories should remain with you and not your mover. Here is a short list of the ideal items to pack in an “Important Box”.

  • Passports
  • Children’s Health Records
  • Insurance Information
  • Photo Albums
  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Stocks, Bonds, and Will

Try not to mix and match

Placing items from one room into a box then another room into a box to fill space is tempting but will be time-consuming when it comes to unpacking. Instead, use towels or moving paper to fill those voids as loosely packed boxes can lead to damage.

Relax and Enjoy the Help

Leave the stress and the tough parts to our movers and moving specialists and be sure to get a good nights rest before your big moving day.

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