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Moving Tips From Apex Moving & Storage

Apex Moving truck in front of a Washington home.

It’s no secret that moving is stressful. In addition to the big things, there are a lot of tiny details that can easily be overlooked.

Plus, where can you turn to for expert advice on all things moving?

That’s why we put together this list of tips and tricks to make your move go smoothly. At Apex, we drew on our 20+ years of experience to give you the best advice on moving.

Packing Materials

Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts can all be purchased Apex Moving and Storage. Make sure you purchase these supplies ahead of time so you don’t need to stop packing and run to the store. Apex will provide free used moving boxes for our customers when available.

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.

Time for some hardcore decluttering

Not only will decluttering save you time on packing, but there will be less things to move. Either before or while your packing, think long and hard about each item you’re taking with you. Do you really need it? Is there room in your new place? Does it “spark joy”? If not, toss or donate the item.

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.

Two men passing a box between a moving truck

Flammable/heat-sensitive items

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.

Blankets, towels and rugs can do double duty by wrapping fragile items, 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. 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.

Where to keep sensitive documents

It’s suggested that you keep important documents like birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses and other documents with you during the move. Many people opt to place these items with their overnight bag in their car on moving day.

Plan ahead for no-go items

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

White Apex Moving & Storage truck in front of a gray brick home

  • 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)

With this list of some tips and advice to help you get started moving, you don’t need to worry! Sure, moving can be stressful, but with these tips in your back pocket, it’ll go more smoothly.

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