Insider Tips: Hazardous Materials & Walk-Throughs

Expert advice on moving

Expert advice on moving

As professional movers we work with lots of different people, in lots of different places and under lots of different circumstances.  However, there are a few things we wish all our customers knew before we show up for the move.  So we’re offering this series of insider tips that will help us to help you in providing you with the best possible moving experience.  In case you missed them check out our last article for Tips 1-4.

Tip #5: Create a box inventory

Before you balk at this suggestion let us explain why creating a box inventory list is important. We sometimes load boxes from several families onto one truck. And trying to remember how many boxes you packed for each room is just too much for any already overloaded brain to manage.  We recommend adding a number to each box along with a room name such as Kitchen 1, 2, etc.  Once you’ve created the list make a copy and give one to us so we can each keep track of your belongings.

Tip # 6 Start the day on a good note

Our team of movers are professional and are expected to work hard for every client.  However, if the forecast for moving day is hot and humid a cold bottle of water or soda can go a long way to making the movers move.  It’s not by any means a requirement but it’s always appreciated when a client recognizes the effort of our team with a simple gesture like a cold soft drink.

Tip #7 Know which items movers cannot move

It’s important to understand that state and federal laws as well as our own safety policies prevent us from moving certain items.  Hazardous materials such as cleaning solvents, motor oil, fuels, ammunitions, fireworks, pesticides and propane tanks are just a few items that are off limits. Alcohol may also be off limits if you are moving across state borders.  It’s best to talk with us during your planning to make sure we both know what can be moved.

Tip #8 Conduct a final walkthrough

Despite your best efforts to pack thoroughly it’s amazing how many things can get left behind.  Make sure to set aside enough time and enlist the help of a team (family, friends, neighbors).  Check closets, cupboards, behind doors, attic, cellar, garage and all storage areas one last time. We also recommend leaving a key with a trusted neighbor in the case of long distance move.


Our third part of this moving tips series will focus on the topic of money & moving.  We’ll cover a variety of points from hidden utility fees to mover’s estimates to tipping the mover for a job well done.  Leave us a comment with your tips for moving.  We’d love to hear from you!

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