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Moving Tips and Advice

Moving Tips From Apex Moving & Storage

Did you know the more you pack the more you save? But doing so can create a lot of stress and when you think about it, who needs more of that? That’s why we put together this list of things for you to consider so you don’t miss a single thing.

Packing Materials

Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased Apex Moving and Storage.

One room at a time

It’s more efficient and less stressful if you pack one room at a time. Be sure to label each box appropriately (on the top and the side) with a description and perhaps more importantly, a destination. Whose room or what room does it belong to? Boxes containing breakable or sentimental items should always be labeled as “Fragile”. Keep a detailed list of what items are packed in each box to make unpacking easier.

Consider a staging area

If you have the space, you’ll start to feel better if you can empty each room. It helps to make you feel like you’re making progress and speeds up the moving day considerably. If you can, put the contents of your rooms in a central staging area. This assures that rooms are empty and clean and ready for the next family. A large rec room or garage are great places to store things temporarily. The more you have in the garage, the better. It’s faster, less stressful and can save you a lot of time and money. Empty all drawers of breakable items or anything that might spill. It can also be a good idea to put all furniture knobs, feet, screws, etc. in one container so they won’t get lost or damaged.

NOTE: It’s the little things that aren’t packed that are found behind furniture, etc. that collect and take up precious time to gather and clean up after.


Do not pack flammable goods or heat-sensitive items like candles, records, audio and video tapes, computer disks, propane tanks, aerosol cans, oil based paints and certain cleaning fluids.

A little TLC (Tender Loving Care)

Wrap each item individually and always place a layer of crushed paper in the bottom of the box or carton for cushioning. Fill empty spaces with additional crushed paper. When wrapping glasses, carefully put paper in the glass as well.

Will you be storing anything?

If so, make sure your boxes are firmly packed with the heavier items on bottom. It’s a smart idea to pack according to the season (e.g. Summer) which your things will be in storage and mark the boxes appropriately.

A note from the chiropractor

Put heavy items in small boxes so they’re easier to carry and remember to lift with your legs and not your back.

When packing the truck

Make sure the items you need first are loaded last (e.g., kitchen items, telephone and radio). Use common sense, keep in mind the size, sturdiness and weight of your boxes.

It pays to plan ahead

Pack a separate bag with toiletries, a change of clothes, etc., for the first couple of days after your move.

Here is a partial list of common household items Apex will NOT ship:

  • Acid
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Batteries
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal
  • Charcoal lighter fluid Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning fluid
  • Cooking fuel (Sterno)
  • Fertilizer
  • Fireworks
  • Frozen foods
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene Lamp oil
  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded weapons
  • Matches
  • Motor oil
  • Nail polish remover
  • Open foods
  • Paints Paint thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Plants
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Produce
  • Propane tanks
  • Weed killer
  • What you will need in the way of tools and materials
  • Razor, knife and/or scissors
  • Dark, water-resistant marker
  • Packing tape
  • Styrofoam peanuts
  • Labels (can include fragile, load first, load last, do not load)

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Carol DeVries
Carol DeVries
23:18 12 Jun 17
Our APEX estimator, James, is a true professional and provided a prompt bid and follow up. The office staff was knowledgeable & courteous. The moving crew comprised of Eugene (an amazing lead), Manu, Billy and Ron were on-time, treated each other with respect and humor. They were hands-down the hardest working crew we have experienced! They made our move fun! A huge thank you and major KUDOS to APEX Moving and Storage for a seamless seamless transition to our new home!read more
Vennie Decker
Vennie Decker
19:14 22 May 17
Great experience with movers Jerome, Manu and Tarik. They were hardworking gentlemen and handled our belongings with care. Our move went smoothly and they were very efficient. Sales and Coordinator were also very professional.read more
Laurie Jackson
Laurie Jackson
20:44 23 Apr 17
Excellent service!!! Apex was awesome, in every way! Initially I contacted them for an estimate - they came out, were very professional, explained everything - all the options - nothing hidden, super helpful! I got my estimate which was explained very thoroughly to me and that it was an "estimate" and how it could maybe go up or maybe go down. Again, very up front and professional, nothing hidden at all. The date ended up changing and the office staff were nothing but courteous and understanding the entire time - I knew I could count on them! Moving day finally came and the moving staff were super friendly, helpful, and very efficient! What I really loved about Apex was they broke down those items that needed to be (e.g., a treadmill, some shelving) and it was ALL included - when I arrived at my destination and everything was unloaded, boom, it was unloaded to where I need it to be and all the items that had been taken apart were put back together! When I got my bill it was a wee bit higher than my estimate, which I knew to possibly expect, but it was because the weight of all my stuff was higher than had been initially figured, no problem. No surprises or hidden costs - and EVERY step of the way was professional, caring, helpful, and efficient! Moving sucks, but if I ever have to go through that again (I hope it's no time soon!) I will most definitely go through Apex!read more
Lisa Myers
Lisa Myers
04:47 14 Apr 17
If you are needing good movers then go with Apex Moving & Storage they are very careful and professional and move things that other movers wouldn't move- keeping their customers happy. So I whole heartily recommend APEX to making your moving experience a pleasant one! Lisa HAPPY Hallread more
Dennis Kenney
Dennis Kenney
20:48 06 Apr 17
Great group to work with. I very much appreciate that they were able to help me on short notice. Movers were very professional and quick.read more
Jamie LashCrack
Jamie LashCrack
20:58 29 Mar 17
We used Apex for our Mercer Island move and were very happy with the crew. Courteous, careful and they worked so hard for so very long. Thank you Apex Moving for making a stressful process that much easier!read more
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