McCarthy Moving & Transfer: Expert Moving Tips Guide
Congratulations on your upcoming move! Whether you’re relocating locally in San Diego or moving nationwide, McCarthy Moving & Transfer is here to ensure your move goes smoothly. With our years of experience in the industry, we’ve compiled some invaluable tips to help streamline your moving process:
When preparing to move, it’s advisable to tackle packing the garage and kitchen first due to their complexity. Before starting, dispose of hazardous materials and items you no longer need. Clean items to prevent contamination during the move. Gather packing materials like boxes, tape, and markers. Organize small tools and hardware in plastic containers or boxes. Drain gas and oil from power tools. Pack sports gear and bicycles appropriately. Disassemble outdoor furniture and structures, keeping hardware organized in plastic bags. Clean and prepare items like grills and umbrellas for transport. Avoid making boxes too heavy to handle and label each box clearly for easy identification during unpacking.
- Plan Ahead:
- Start planning your move as early as possible. This will give you ample time to organize everything and reduce stress as the moving day approaches.
- Create a detailed moving checklist outlining tasks to be completed and deadlines.
- Declutter Before Packing:
- Take inventory of your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard.
- Downsizing can save you time and money by reducing the number of items to be packed and transported.
- Pack Strategically:
- Use sturdy moving boxes and packing materials to safeguard your belongings.
- Pack room by room, labeling each box with its contents and destination in your new home.
- Keep essential items such as medications, toiletries, and important documents in a separate “open first” box for easy access upon arrival.
- Hire Professional Movers:
- Consider hiring McCarthy Moving & Transfer for a hassle-free moving experience.
- Our experienced movers can efficiently handle packing, loading, transportation, and unloading, saving you time and effort.
- Protect Your Valuables:
- Pack fragile items securely with bubble wrap or packing paper and clearly mark them as fragile.
- Consider purchasing moving insurance for added peace of mind in case of any unforeseen accidents during transit.
- Notify Utility Providers and Change of Address:
- Contact your utility providers to schedule disconnection at your current address and connection at your new one.
- Update your address with relevant institutions such as banks, insurance companies, and subscription services.
- Prepare Appliances and Electronics:
- Disconnect and clean appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers before moving.
- Secure cables and accessories for electronics and consider packing them separately in labeled bags.
- Arrange for Child and Pet Care:
- Moving day can be chaotic, so arrange for childcare or pet care to keep your loved ones safe and stress-free.
- Keep pets in a separate room or crate during the moving process to prevent them from getting underfoot.
- Inspect Your New Home:
- Before moving in, inspect your new home for any damages or necessary repairs.
- Take photos or videos of the property for documentation purposes.
- Stay Organized on Moving Day:
- Keep important documents, keys, and valuables with you during the move.
- Communicate with your movers and provide any necessary instructions or special considerations.
- Remove all contents, including freezer items. Give away perishables and pack up items that you’re going to take with you.
You can donate non-perishable items to Move for Hunger .Remember, if you’re moving a long distance, leave refrigerated items behind or put in a cooler to take with you in your car. Remove and pack magnets and any items that are on top of the fridge.
- Unplug the refrigerator and let the freezer defrost. This will usually take at least 6-8 hours depending on the state of the freezer. It’s best to defrost it overnight, which will allow you enough time in the morning to wipe out the inside.
- Remove all shelves and other loose items. If you prefer, tape the fridge drawers closed (be careful that tape doesn’t leave a mark) or remove them. Wrap the shelves with moving blankets, towels or plain paper to protect them during the move. Label the shelves appropriately.
- Turn off the power source and wrap the cord, securing it so it doesn’t get caught while moving.
- Secure the doors. With a strong cord or rope, tie the doors closed by wrapping the cord around the fridge. If you have a double-door, tie the doors together tightly. Tape will work as well, but just remember that when you remove the tape, the paint surface might be disturbed.
- Don’t lay it on its side. Always keep the refrigerator standing upright as much as possible. This ensures that oil won’t seep into the cooling tubes which can cause permanent damage.
- At your new residence, leave it plugged in. It’ll take a while before the fridge is ready to use. Some require 3 days before they’ll reach an optimum temperature. Check your manual for details.
Remember, moving can be a hectic time, but with proper planning and the assistance of McCarthy Moving & Transfer, you can enjoy a seamless transition to your new home. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive moving services!