Moving Tips from us
NOVA Express Movers team is looking forward to completing a successful move with you!
The following list of moving tips should be read over prior to the move date – this will help both you and our team make the move successful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call. We value your business.
When NOVA Express Movers is packing your boxes:
Our packers will be packing EVERYTHING, and because of that, you may not have access to important items during the move. A little pre-planning goes a long way.
Keep an area of your home for items that you need to have access to or keep with you. Clearly label this area “do not pack”. These may be items such as overnight bags, prescriptions, phones, wallets, purses, cable box, manuals for belongings that are staying with the home, etc.
Typically, we do not pack or move refrigerator or freezer contents, or any liquids.
Remember, NOVA Express Movers does not unhook or hook up water or gas lines.
Even if we are packing, it is your responsibility to unhook and hook up electronics.
We can help you take flat-screen TVs off of walls, but we do not install them.
Tips for packing your own boxes:
The more prepared you are to move, the quicker the move will be. It is very important to have your belongings packed up and ready to move before the movers come over.
Keep prescriptions, keys, checkbook, wallet, etc. with you and not packed in boxes that we will be moving for you.
Almost everything you own can fit into a box. The more items you pack into boxes, the quicker the move will go.
Boxes are easier to pack in the truck and help ensure protection for your items.
Make sure your boxes are not packed too heavy; this can lead to the box collapsing or bursting.
Pack the following items into small, sturdy boxes: books, albums, tapes, CDs, china, etc.
Never use printed newspaper to wrap fine china.
Tape the bottom and top of every box.
Label the boxes with what room you want them placed.
NOVA Express Movers offers moving boxes and packing materials for sale.
Please do not put household chemicals/liquids in boxes.
Remember – if it gets overwhelming, NOVA Express Movers offers Complete Packing Services.
Prepare for the movers:
Close, tape, and label boxes, or take advantage of our Complete Packing Service.
Do not leave areas such as a garage, storage, or basements unboxed. As overwhelming as these areas could seem, they cannot be overlooked.
File cabinets should be empty.
Dresser drawers should be empty.
Drawers with loose items (such as “junk drawers” )should be emptied into boxes.
Clearly label all items you wish to move.
Only the things you will need for the last night and the next morning should be left for last-minute packing.
NOVA Express Movers provides free green crates for last-minute packing.
All electronics should be unhooked and ready to move.
All electronics that movers take to the truck must be packed into boxes. This ensures safe delivery of the electronics. This includes the following electronics: VCR’s, cable boxes, CD players, stereos, DVD players, computers, monitors, printers, etc. Televisions do not need to be packed.
NOVA Express Movers is not responsible for working condition of electronics unless visual damage is evident.
All appliances must be disconnected.
Refrigerators and freezers must be emptied into boxes or coolers and defrosted.
If you have time, measure your doorways and refrigerators to see if the doors need to be removed. NOVA Express Movers is equipped to take all the doors off.
NOVA Express Movers is not responsible for working condition of appliances unless visual damage is evident.
Remember to wait 1 hour to plug in refrigerators and freezers.
All make-up, jewelry, and junk drawers, or any drawers with loose items, need to be packed into boxes.
Desks and 4-drawer file cabinets should also be packed.
NOVA Express Movers is equipped to take down and set up basic furniture. Make sure all shelves are secure before replacing items on them. NOVA Express Movers is not responsible for damages caused by faulty installation.
Breaking down your beds and bunk beds saves a lot of time. All hardware from beds, dressers, bookshelves, and other furniture (nuts, bolts, pins, etc.) should be put in small bags and packed.
Press wood furniture is easily broken while being transported or dismantled. NOVA Express Movers will move press wood furniture at the risk of customer.
Customer is responsible for packing weights and pendulums for grandfather clocks. NOVA Express Movers is not responsible for damages unless visual damage is evident.
Do not wait to start cleaning out the garage, attic, and basements. Do them as soon as you know you’re moving.
Gasoline, paint, oil, and chemicals cannot go into the truck, and all small engines must be emptied.
Yard tools can be packed in trash cans or wardrobe boxes.
Employees cannot remove shoes while moving.
Sidewalks and driveways need to be clear of snow, ice, and debris.
NOVA Express Movers is not responsible for marks on driveway caused by the truck.
NOVA Express Movers has runners for hardwood floors on each truck.
Call the apartment/condo offices to reserve elevator times and parking spaces at all locations.
Miscellaneous Moving Tips
Small plants taken to the truck need to be in boxes and labeled as “PLANTS”.
NOVA Express Movers takes no responsibility for damaged plants.
Grills – Coal grills need to be emptied of soot prior to moving. Propane tanks need to be taken by the customer.
Exercise equipment/weight machines need to be disassembled.
NOVA Express is not responsible for damaged lamps not packed in boxes.
NOVA Express is not responsible for damaged pictures not packed in boxes.
If NOVA Express is just loading your rental truck, be sure to have plenty of straps and furniture pads.
NOVA Express is not responsible for belongings on rental trucks loaded.
On Moving Day
If your home phone is going to be disconnected, leave us an alternative way to reach you!
Plan to leave after the movers are finished loading your belongings.
If keys or garage door openers are given to the movers, please get them back from the guys before you leave.
Check the property thoroughly to make sure everything is loaded on our truck and nothing is forgotten.
Upon arrival and unloading, verify and check your items all arrived.
If anything is missing or damaged, make a notation of missing or damaged item(s), such as writing notation at the time of delivery.
- Don’t use used boxes – you never know if the box will be strong enough to support your items
- Use small boxes for heavy items
- Reserve all elevators, loading docks, or parking areas for adequate time periods
- Always stack dishes upwards when packing
- Never use printed newsprint to wrap fine china
- Never use duct tape – use packing tape
- Clearly label all boxes on top and side
- Pack important and sentimental documents separately to be easily accessible
- Make sure to tape all parts to the main base when disassembling furniture and other items
- Use only small boxes for books
- Use wardrobe boxes to make closets easier to pack. Clothes in drawers can be placed in suitcases.
- Try to pack all electronic equipment in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items.
- Start packing items you will not need ahead of time
- By law, a moving company can’t transport hazardous materials such as ammunition, explosives, gasoline, bottled gases, and other flammables.
- Pack a box of essential items that you will need immediately after the move and make sure it’s the last thing added to the truck
- Always pack and unpack breakables over a padded surface
- Always tape boxes – don’t interlock the tops
- Use custom-designed boxes when packing fine china and clothing