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39 ESSENTIAL MOVING TIPS

To help with your upcoming move, Modern Movers & Storage has compiled a list of expert moving tips for the Fort Myers area!

  1. Follow Best Packaging Practices
  2. The standard move will require boxes, and plenty of them. Be sure to safely secure these packages with strong tape on the top and bottom. Also, be sure to fill boxes to the edge—and not above—for safe stacking.
    Pack heavy items such as books in smaller cartons and lighter items like clothes in larger cartons.
    Mark the cartons well with contents so you will be able to find items at destination.

  3. Avoid the Transportation of Perishable Foods
  4. If any food spills onto your items during the move, the carrier is not liable for those damages. That's why we suggest you avoid the transportation of perishable foods or open containers.

  5. Be Aware of Items That Cannot Be Transported
  6. Some of your possessions cannot be transported by the carrier. It's important to be aware of which items you'll need to transport yourself. Those include:

    • Pets
    • Plants
    • Unsealed containers
    • Bleach
    • Oils
    • Antifreeze
    • Matches
    • Paint
    • Firearms
    • Candles
    • Aerosols
    • Flammables
    • Corrosives
    • Caustics
    If you have questions about a specific item, feel free to call us for more information.

  7. Check With a Service Expert When Transporting Dryers
  8. When moving a dryer, you must secure the motor and disassemble any gas lines or vent hoses. You must also shut off and cap any gas lines. We recommend you work with an expert when disassembling or assembling a gas or electric dryer.

  9. Don't Worry About Your Bed
  10. If you are worried about dismantling and reassembling your bed, don't be. Our movers will do that for you!

  11. Remove Heavy Items From Furniture Drawers
  12. You may keep light objects, such as clothing, in furniture drawers. However, you must remove firearms, breakables, liquids, and heavy items. Filing cabinet drawers must be emptied entirely.

  13. Protect Your Books
  14. Remove all books from portable bookcases and furniture drawers. We recommend packing these items cover-to-cover in small, but strong, cartons. We also suggest that you individually wrap any books of value.

  15. Consider Having Your Curtains Cleaned
  16. You may opt to send curtains to the cleaners and then have them delivered directly to your new address. If not, you may fold and place these items in cartons, or place them on hangers and in wardrobe cartons.

  17. Properly Store Your Canned Goods
  18. Pack your canned goods in sturdy, small containers. Each container should store approximately 24 cans (no more than 50 pounds) of food.

  19. Safely Wrap Your Clocks
  20. To keep your clocks safe, remove any pendulums and secure them to the base of the clock. If you'd like, you can wrap small clocks and place them in moving containers.

  21. Secure Your China and Other Fragile Items
  22. All fragile items, including china, should be individually wrapped. Pack these items in containers with large objects on bottom and smaller ones on top. We recommend that you store plates vertically, with pads of paper between each item. Also, we recommend you pad the container with three inches of paper on bottom and two inches of paper on top.

  23. Leave the Packing of Hanging Clothing to Us
  24. We will transport your hanging clothing directly from your closet into our wardrobe containers. Each of these containers holds approximately 25 hangers. Smaller items of clothing should be packed in suitcases, boxes, or small moving cartons.

  25. Defrost Your Freezer
  26. If you are moving a freezer, we have a few moving tips for you! First, you must defrost it at least two days before the move. Then, to avoid musty odors, allow these containers to air and dry out completely.

    We cannot guarantee the safety of any contents. That's why we recommend you remove all items stored in the freezer.

    We suggest that clients consult an expert when assembling or disassembling an appliance.

  27. Craft Your Mirror for Safe Handling
  28. Mirrors are among the most fragile objects we transport. To protect these items, consider wrapping them with paper.

    Be aware that our movers will load your mirrors onto the truck, but not if the mirrors are secured to the wall. Furthermore, we will not install any mirrors on the walls of the new residence.

  29. Move Your Microwave Carefully
  30. Protect the contents of your microwave by removing the turn table and glass tray. Wrap these items and place them in a moving container.

  31. Protect Glass Top Furniture
  32. To protect your furniture, we recommend boxing or crating any glass tops. Let us know if you are moving a large glass item and we will pad-wrap or box the object.

  33. Wrap Glassware Individually
  34. Before placing glassware items in the carton, be sure to wrap each item individually. Do not nest these items inside each other or store them on their sides.

  35. Seal All Medicine Jars
  36. Medicine bottles should be properly sealed and individually wrapped. These items should also be labeled as medicine and stored in cartons. Make sure you take any medications with you that you may need during the move.

  37. Do Not Roll Your Mattress
  38. Our movers will take care to wrap and protect your mattress. Avoid damages to the springs or fabric by covering the mattress with a sheet or cover. Do not try to roll the mattress.

  39. Consult With a Clock Company About Your Grandfather Clock
  40. Transporting a grandfather clock long-distance? If so, we recommend you consult a clock company.

    For shorter distances, remove any chimes, chains, weights, or pendulums. Then, secure these smaller items to the base of the clock with strong string or wire.

  41. Hold On to Valuable Jewelry
  42. Protect your valuables, including jewelry, by keeping them in your possession at all times.

  43. Use Packing Paper to Keep Dust Off of Linens
  44. You may store your bed and table linens in medium-sized cartons. Line these items with packing paper to avoid the accumulation of dust. We recommend that you don't use newspaper as packing paper; the ink may stain the fabric.

  45. Wrap Your Lampshades
  46. Your lampshades are considered fragile items, so be sure to store them in containers that are properly marked. Wrap them in packing paper only and store them carefully in cartons.

  47. Safely Store Your Lamps
  48. If your lamps have ornamental tops, remove these items, wrap them, and store them in containers. You may also wrap and store your smaller lamps in containers.

  49. Clean Kitchen Utensils Prior to Packing
  50. Clean your kitchen utensils and then pack them in cartons—large items on bottom and smaller items on top. To protect these items, you may consider wrapping them individually. You may also wrap and store small appliances (toasters, waffle irons, etc.) in these containers.

  51. Wrap All “Knick-Knacks” and Other Small Items
  52. If you have any small items or “knick-knacks” that need stored, be sure to wrap them individually first.

  53. Drain Your Mower's Gas Tanks
  54. Safely transport your mower and gas-powered tools by draining gas tanks and oil reservoirs. Remember, we do not transport any flammable mixtures or items.

  55. Pad, Wrap, and Crate Your Pictures and Paintings
  56. Pad and wrap all your valuable paintings and pictures before storing them in containers. Smaller items may be wrapped in pillow cases or blankets and stored in carton edges.

  57. Have a Service Expert Prepare Your Washer for Moving
  58. As with all appliances, your washer should be serviced by a professional prior to the move. You must also secure and check the motor, fasten the tumbler action, and disconnect any hoses. Be sure to also remove any clothing from the agitator barrel.

  59. Keep Important Documents on You
  60. To best protect your important documents—including legal papers and currency—keep them in your possession.

  61. Consult a Florist for Proper Plant Transportation
  62. We will not assume responsibility for any living plants. You can either handle those items personally or consult with a florist.

  63. Thoroughly Dry Your Refrigerator Prior to Moving
  64. As with your freezer, your refrigerator must be thawed and dried before the move. Disconnect any water lines and leave the door open to allow the appliance to air out. Also, be sure to consult with a service expert!

  65. Wrap Valuable Tools Separately
  66. If you have valuable tools, be sure to wrap them individually. You may also store these items, wrapped or unwrapped, in storage cartons.

  67. Seal and Store Toiletries
  68. Perfume bottles and cosmetics must be properly sealed before storage. Wrap these items and store them upright in containers.

    Remember, we cannot transport any nail polish removers, aerosols, corrosives, or flammables.

  69. Clean Rugs Prior to Moving
  70. Our movers will do the heavy lifting and remove your rugs for you. Please be sure to remove any carpet tacks, and have the rug cleaned if it's to be stored.

  71. Disconnect All DVD and CD Players From Your TV
  72. We are happy to transport your large TVs, but some of these items should be serviced prior to moving. Also, please be sure to disconnect all DVD and CD players.

  73. Leave Silverware in Original Containers
  74. You may also wrap these items individually, if you'd like. If you are moving a silver chest, we recommend you use padding to avoid scratching.

  75. Disconnect Your Stove
  76. If you are moving a stove, disconnect it and tightly shut off any gas lines. We can also help with the removal and safe storage of griddles, coils, and deep fryers. You may store any pots and pans in our storage containers.

  77. Remove All Stereo Components From the Unit
  78. To safely transport your stereo, remove all components and store them properly. These components may include:

    • Small speakers
    • Video/audio components
    • Surround sound systems
    • DVD players
    • Turntables
    • Tape decks
    • CD players
    • Stereo receivers
    You should also store DVDs and CDs separately.If you have any other questions for our moving professionals, or if you need more moving tips, please call today! You can reach us at (800) 226-4663. We're confident your Fort Myers move will prove to be smooth and stress free.