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4 Moving Tips You Need to Start Doing – Immediately

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It’s easy to forget the details during the moving process. You have a lot to remember and you probably feel stressed and overwhelmed. But in the hustle and bustle of your busy schedule, you can’t afford to forget certain things.

We have a list of four items that will help you plan your move, stay organized, and get everything done ON TIME!

Moving Tip #1. Get a Folder

Even if it’s not your tendency or even your personality, get a manilla folder, three-ring binder, or document-sized mailer – whatever works for you – to collect all important paperwork for your move.

If you get estimates from professional moving companies, keep them all in your folder. When you sign the bill of lading, save a copy for yourself. Keep a moving checklist to help you stay on track!

Moving Tip #2. Take Inventory

moving tips Go through your entire house and decide which items are worth the hassle to move. If you’re worried some belongings could get damaged during the transition, take pictures of them beforehand so you have something to compare once you’re completely moved into your new home.

Take notes of things you could sell, give away, or donate to charity (which could help you get a tax deduction if you save the receipt). When it comes to throwing things away, don’t be shy – ask yourself:

  • Does it serve a specific purpose?
  • Would you think to use/read/look at it again?
  • Does it bring you daily joy?
  • What does the rest of your household say about it?

You might have some difficult decisions to make about what to pack and what to leave, but your move will be a lot easier when you minimize your inventory.

Moving Tip #3. Plan Out Your New Home

moving tipsTake a look at the floorplan of your new home and start planning out where your belongings should go. Get measurements of furniture, room spaces, and window treatments to make sure everything will fit. Plan everything out BEFORE your move so your movers will know exactly what you want.

Moving Tip #4. Change your Address

Remember to change your address at the post office, your bank, your kids’ school (if you’re staying in the same school district), and with your credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, and insurance provider. If you don’t, the US Postal Service will place a yellow “Update sender of new address” note on any mail that’s addressed to your previous address.

We hope these moving tips help you keep calm during your move. If you need more suggestions to prepare for your move, call 585.288.8000 and we’d be happy to help!

Insurance for Your Move: Rochester NY Mover

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How to Get Covered for your Upcoming Move

Catastrophes happen. We know it’s true. We can’t predict where or when or how, but we can predict something will likely go wrong. But when it comes to your move, we want to help you prepare for potential catastrophes. That’s why we offer two coverage options in case your belongings are lost or damaged.

Rochester NY MoverThe details of your mover’s liability are outlined in the Bill of Lading (BoL or B/L), which you and your carrier discuss before your move. The more coverage you choose, the more the price of your move will increase. The BoL contains two options:

  1. You record the exact cash value of all your possessions based on depreciated value, or

  2. You purchase Full Replacement Value Protection for your belongings.

So What is Depreciated Value?

Rochester NY MoverOur coverage options are based on the depreciated value of the total of your possessions, but what does that mean? Suppose you paid $100 for a lamp. Ten years later, you decide to move. If the lamp gets destroyed during the move, your carrier won’t be expected to reimburse $100 for a ten year old lamp. Replacement value is based off of the current value of the lamp.

Protection at No Extra Cost

One coverage option is automatically included in the quote for your move. Based off of weight, it offers protection up to 30¢ per lb. of each individual item. What does that look like? If your lamp weighs 4 lbs. and gets lost or damaged, you’ll receive $1.20 regardless of the value of the lamp. You can choose this coverage option by specifying in the BoL the desired reimbursement (not exceeding 30¢ per item) in the Valuation Statement line.

Rochester NY MoverProtection Based on the Value of Declaration

If you prefer more comprehensive compensation for lost or damaged items, you can declare on the BoL how much you think your total shipment of belongings is worth in cash value. This coverage option costs an additional 50¢ per $100 of cash evaluation. For example, if you declare the total of your possessions to be $2,500, you’ll pay $12.50 for the additional coverage. If you leave the Valuation Statement line blank, by default your carrier is liable up to $2,500. But if you believe your possessions have a greater value than $2,500, then you must fill in the line with the appropriate cash value amount (based on depreciated value, as always).

When it comes to transporting your goods for your big move, you don’t want to be unprotected if/when catastrophe strikes. Call 585-288-8000 for more coverage information or to schedule a FREE onsite quote.

It’s time to move on.

Residential Movers Rochester NY; Your Moving Guide

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Residential Movers Rochester NY

We’ve been packing and relocating property owners and residents for over 20 years. We’ve moved construction companies, churches, offices, music rooms, libraries – we’ve done it all. And throughout those years, we’ve learned a couple packing tips.

Check out these areas that need a bit more special attention!


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Residential Movers Rochester NY

Always pack dishes vertically, not horizontally, to protect them from breaking. As strange as it sounds, the tighter you pack breakables, the more they’ll cushion each other during transit.


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Packing Rooms, Wallhangings, and Furniture

We pack room by room to make set-up at your new location faster and easier. That way we don’t have to question where which box goes when we start unpacking. And we remember “first in, last out.” Thinking ahead speeds up the process.


If you don’t have the original boxes that your equipment came in, we can surround the item with bubble wrap for protection. We also provide loose fill like packing peanuts and kraft paper to cushion your possessions.

Miscellaneous Items

Oblong things are always a challenge. We’ve discovered that if we don’t overlap the box flaps and use packing tape (not duct tape) instead, the box retains the most support. (Bonus Tip: we always recommend packing tape since it’s manufactured specifically for packing boxes. And since it’s clear, you’ll be able to see labels underneath it.)

Heavy Items

Our rule of thumb for packing heavy items: the smaller the box, the better. Large boxes fill up fast, but we make sure to keep the load an easy carry weight. We suggest using small boxes for books, appliances, and some toys, depending on the weight.


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Packing Clothes and Wardrobes

It’s easy to mix up seasonal clothes (especially when all the boxes look the same!). So we label the boxes on both the top flap and at least one side. It helps tremendously when we start to unpack.


If necessary, we’ll first disassemble the pieces, but we make sure to keep all the small parts – like screws and bolts – in one place. We take extra precaution to avoid losing anything.

Experience is the best teacher when it comes to learning the BEST way to pack and unpack, and we want to share what we’ve learned with you. If you have any questions or want to schedule an onsite visit, call 585-288-8000.
Give us a chance to move you.