Preparing and packing for moving day can be stressful if you are not sure where to start, how to pack, or what to expect. We have compiled a guide to help you prepare for the moving process.

Packing and Preparation Tips

  • Start by packing your non-essential goods. Pack up seasonal clothing, unused sporting equipment, camping gear, gym or play equipment, etc.
  • If you live in an apartment building or use an elevator, remember to reserve the elevator in advance.
  • Proper moving boxes are recommended. Avoid open-top boxes for most goods.
  • Use packing paper around breakable items and seal every box completely using packing tape
  • Light items should be packed in large boxes and heavy items in small boxes for safety and ease of carrying.
  • Be careful not to over-pack a box, as the extra bulk can force it to split open, spilling contents and possibly damaging them.
  • Heavier items should be packed at the bottom, with lighter items near the top. Mark boxes with This Side Up.
  • If a box has fragile items, label the box Fragile to ensure careful handling.
  • It is a good idea to label packages with their preferred location for ease of delivery at the destination.
  • Empty dresser drawers and remove shelves from cabinets. Use non-damaging tape (like masking tape) to seal drawers and cabinet doors shut during loading, shipment, and unloading.
  • Break down furniture if possible.
  • Pack all liquids in one or two boxes. Label them with Liquids and This Side Up to avoid spillage.
  • It is best to pack items like plates, flatware, records, and books on edge vertically, not flat, in small boxes.
  • Nest cups and glasses inside one another and wrap with paper. Wrap stemware individually.
  • Pack lampshades in boxes in 2s or 3s, separated by packing paper. Remove light-bulbs from all lamps.
  • It is best to pack mirrors and other framed goods in specially designed boxes.
  • Back up your computer files and, if possible, use the original boxes with Styrofoam to pack your computer and monitor.
  • Right before moving day, pack all the frozen food in boxes and place the boxes back in the freezer. Freezers should be plugged in as long as possible, until they are loaded and transported. Freezers should maintain frozen food for 24-48 hours in transport.
  • Pack the goods you will need first, last. Label these boxes Open First.
  • WARNING: Do not pack or transport propane tanks, aerosols, flammables, paint, or hazardous materials.

The Moving Process:

  • Zen Moving provides a written estimate of costs that describe the move and the cost of all services requested by the customer. The estimate will include the cost per hour, terms of payment, and timing of services to be provided
  • A reminder email is sent 72 hours in advance of the move, 24 hours in advance, and our moving crew will make a phone call on the day of to confirm arrival time. If for some reason we have been unable to reach you, please contact us to maintain communication.
  • Our crew should arrive at the scheduled start time. In the case of traffic delays or other circumstances, we will contact you, explain the delay, and provide an updated arrival time.
  • For long distances, we will complete an agreed upon inventory and appraisal of the condition of the goods.
  • If Zen Moving packs all of your belongings, they will be professionally packaged to ensure no damage is done during packing or shipment. If you do your own packing, please report to us if there is exterior damage done to packages, or furniture during the move.
  • Zen Moving will carefully wrap your furniture to prevent scratches and other damage and handle any packages marked Fragile as such.
  • Upon arriving to the moving destination, we’d ask that you kindly instruct the crew as to the rooms or locations you would like each piece of furniture and package distributed. With your packages labeled in advance to their preferred location, this should make things much easier.
  • When everything has been moved in adequately to the new location and our services are no longer required, we will present you with the final invoice less the initial deposit. If more, or less time was taken to complete the move that amount will be calculated accordingly. Time added to the final invoice in addition to the estimate will be reviewed with the customer.