3 Packing Tips & 11 Tips for After the Move

  1. Online Quotes are Convenient
  2. Your Helpful Hints for Moving Out of State
  3. The Items Tips for Moving Out
  4. The Items that Need Extra Tips for Packing to Move
  5. 11 Moving Tips After Your Move
  6. Preparation is Key

1. Online Quotes are Convenient

In order to get instant online moving quotes, you need to have all of your information on hand to provide to the moving company. Instant online moving quotes can be convenient, but it’s up to you to provide the details. Once you have instant online moving quotes, you can begin worrying about packing and relocating. Here is some of the key information that you’ll want to have on hand as you look to work with a moving company to receive a quote as well as some advice for packing for a move.

2. Your Helpful Hints for Moving Out of State

How far do you intend to move? Do you know the exact mileage between your starting and end points? This information will be critical to your state to state mover quote. As the moving company looks to determine the value of your move, it will need to know the travel details. This will give the business an idea of how much it needs to spend on transportation and how fast you want it to be there. Normally if you want your good to be there quickly it will cost a premium rate.

Moving Authority

3. The Items Tips for Moving Out

How valuable are the items in the inventory that you’re moving? Are there items that need special care along the way? If this is the case, the moving company may have different insurance options to offer you. It’s important to provide this information to the company as you look for a quote. Some businesses may also need to charge extra to ensure that your items can be packaged appropriately for the move. In turn, you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that none of your items are susceptible to damage.


4. The Items that Need Extra Tips for Packing to Move

Do some of your items need to be disassembled and re-assembled on-site or once you arrive at your new location? Are some of your items overweight and difficult to move? Are you stuck on how to efficiently pack to move? Moving companies need to know this before they provide you with a quote. This can give the business a better idea of how much extra effort they need to put into helping you move.

It’s important to remember that the more information you can provide the moving company, the more likely it is that your quote will be accurate. As you look to get a fresh start in a new place, make sure you have these three key pieces of information on hand. In turn, you can make it easier for a moving company to create a quote for you in a short amount of time.

5. 11 Moving Tips After Your Move

  1. You need to get to your new home before the movers do. Make sure you adjust the temperature so it is comfortable for everyone. Make sure you don’t park in the way of the moving truck, or the path the movers will need to unload your possessions. 
  2.  As said before, you need to have a decent supply of water and soda to keep everyone hydrated. This will keep stress down, and keep everyone cool if you are moving on a hot day. 
  3.  Contain your pets, for everyone’s safety.
  4. Make plans to stay in your home until the movers have finished. They will probably have a lot of questions on where to place boxes, and how you would like to have your furniture organized. 
  5. If you assist the movers in putting everything in the appropriate rooms, unpacking will be much easier for you later.
  6. The first thing you want to do is decide where you want the heavy articles of furniture to be placed. It will be a lot easier for you to unpack around those items instead of having to move them around by yourself later.
  7. As the items are being unloaded, make sure nothing has endured any damage during the move. If you do find damage on anything, let the foreman know immediately. He will need to amend the paperwork.
  8. Don’t sign the contract until you have made sure that all damaged or missing items are noted.
  9. Do a walk-through of your new house with the foreman to find any damages done to your home during the moving process.
  10. Prepare to make any payments when the job is done. The last thing you need is to be held up at the end of the day with a payment dispute.
  11. Once you are unpacked and settled, have a housewarming party to help you feel more comfortable in your new home.

6. Preparation is Key

On the day of the move, it can feel like everything is happening so fast. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be hard to keep track of some things. The best way to remain organized is to create a checklist or find one online. Moving Authority provides a checklist that you can use to keep things organized throughout the moving process. Keeping organized is the key to a successful move. After the move is over, make sure that all your goods made it to the new location. Also be sure that there is no damage to any of your items. So, it turns out that there are a lot more than three pieces of information you need for a move. Regardless, you can still get a very good estimate with just these three bits.

Ash Carter

4 years, 8 months ago

Hey guys, what storage options would you recommend for needing a lot of things at once but not having the space in my new place. Should I get a POD-like thing? how much do they cost typically?



Adam P

4 years, 8 months ago

Well if you way out your options you may want to get pricing from Moving Companies and storage facilities as well. Many moving companies let you use the blankets in the storage for free and also give you a month for free if they do your move. We really need to know how much there is to figure the space needed for the storage, I would advise you to USE THE CALCULATE TOOL and add your inventory into the tool.


Louise N

4 years, 4 months ago

Good Day,
After the walk through with the foreman there was 2 holes in the wall that was not there before we moved in. They do not want to take responsibility for the damage. What should I do?

user avatar

Ashley Richmond

4 years, 3 months ago

If you have already received and filled a claim form from them, and they still won't take responsibility, you have the option to take them to small claims court to get your money from them in order to repair the damage on your walls.

Add Comment


required (not published)


Did You Know

Question In 1976, the number one hit on the Billboard chart was "Convoy," a novelty song by C.W. McCall about a convoy of truck drivers evading speed traps and toll booths across America. The song inspired the 1978 action film Convoy directed by Sam Peckinpah. After the film's release, thousands of independent truck drivers went on strike and participated in violent protests during the 1979 energy crisis (although similar strikes had occurred during the 1973 energy crisis).

Question Another film released in 1975, White Line Fever, also involved truck drivers. It tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to take over his father's trucking business. But, he soon finds that corrupt shippers are trying to force him to carry illegal contraband. While endorsing another negative connotation towards the trucking industry, it does portray truck drivers with a certain wanderlust.

Question The Department of Transportation (DOT) is the most common government agency that is devoted to transportation in the United States. The DOT is the largest United States agency with the sole purpose of overseeing interstate travel. The U.S., Canadian provinces, and many other local agencies have a similar organization in place. This way they can provide enforcement through DOT officers within their respective jurisdictions.

Question Without strong land use controls, buildings are too often built in town right along a bypass. This results with the conversion of it into an ordinary town road, resulting in the bypass becoming as congested as the local streets. On the contrary, a bypass is intended to avoid such local street congestion. Gas stations, shopping centers, along with various other businesses are often built alongside them. They are built in hopes of easing accessibility, while home are ideally avoided for noise reasons.

Question “Writer-director James Mottern said he was influenced by nuanced, beloved movies of the 1970s such as "The Last Detail" and "Five Easy Pieces." Mottern said his female trucker character began with a woman he saw at a Southern California truck stop — a "beautiful woman, bleach blonde ... skin tanned to leather walked like a Teamster, blue eyes.” - Paul Brownfield

Question Public transportation is vital to a large part of society and is in dire need of work and attention. In 2010, the DOT awarded $742.5 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 11 transit projects. The awardees specifically focused light rail projects. One includes both a commuter rail extension and a subway project in New York City. The public transportation New York City has to offer is in need of some TLC. Another is working on a rapid bus transit system in Springfield, Oregon. The funds also subsidize a heavy rail project in northern Virginia. This finally completes the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Metro Silver Line, connecting to Washington, D.C., and the Washington Dulles International Airport. This is important because the DOT has previously agreed to subsidize the Silver Line construction to Reston, Virginia.

Question The United States Department of Transportation has become a fundamental necessity in the moving industry. It is the pinnacle of the industry, creating and enforcing regulations for the sake of safety for both businesses and consumers alike. However, it is notable to appreciate the history of such a powerful department. The functions currently performed by the DOT were once enforced by the Secretary of Commerce for Transportation. In 1965, Najeeb Halaby, administrator of the Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA), had an excellent suggestion. He spoke to the current President Lyndon B. Johnson, advising that transportation be elevated to a cabinet level position. He continued, suggesting that the FAA be folded or merged, if you will, into the DOT. Clearly, the President took to Halaby's fresh ideas regarding transportation, thus putting the DOT into place.

Question The FMCSA is a well-known division of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). It is generally responsible for the enforcement of FMCSA regulations. The driver of a CMV must keep a record of working hours via a log book. This record must reflect the total number of hours spent driving and resting, as well as the time at which the change of duty status occurred. In place of a log book, a motor carrier may choose to keep track of their hours using an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR). This automatically records the amount of time spent driving the vehicle.


The Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula is a mathematical formula used in the United States to determine the appropriate gross weight for a long distance moving vehicle, based on the axle number and spacing. Enforced by the Department of Transportation upon long-haul truck drivers, it is used as a means of preventing heavy vehicles from damaging roads and bridges. This is especially in particular to the total weight of a loaded truck, whether being used for commercial moving services or for long distance moving services in general.
According to the Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula, the total weight of a loaded truck (tractor and trailer, 5-axle rig) cannot exceed 80,000 lbs in the United States. Under ordinary circumstances, long-haul equipment trucks will weight about 15,000 kg (33,069 lbs). This leaves about 20,000 kg (44,092 lbs) of freight capacity. Likewise, a load is limited to the space available in the trailer, normally with dimensions of 48 ft (14.63 m) or 53 ft (16.15 m) long, 2.6 m (102.4 in) wide, 2.7 m (8 ft 10.3 in) high and 13 ft 6 in or 4.11 m high.

Question Logistics is generally the ability to organize and put in place many complex operations at a single time. It is the management of the flow of things to meet the needs of customers or corporations. Resources managed in logistics includes tangible items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, etc. Not to mention the items that are not tangible such as time and information. This means that the movement of physical items, such as in the moving industry, involves a clear understanding of solid workflow. Such logistics can involve the handling of necessary materials, producing, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.

Question In 1893, the Office of Road Inquiry (ORI) was established as an organization. However, in 1905 the name was changed to the Office Public Records (OPR). The organization then went on to become a division of the United States Department of Agriculture. As seen throughout history, organizations seem incapable of maintaining permanent names. So, the organization's name was changed three more times, first in 1915 to the Bureau of Public Roads and again in 1939 to the Public Roads Administration (PRA). Yet again, the name was later shifted to the Federal Works Agency, although it was abolished in 1949. Finally, in 1949, the name reverted to the Bureau of Public Roads, falling under the Department of Commerce. With so many name changes, it can be difficult to keep up to date with such organizations. This is why it is most important to research and educate yourself on such matters.

Question Released in 1998, the film Black Dog featured Patrick Swayze as a truck driver who made it out of prison. However, his life of crime continued, as he was manipulated into the transportation of illegal guns. Writer Scott Doviak has described the movie as a "high-octane riff on White Line Fever" as well as "a throwback to the trucker movies of the 70s".

Question The 1950's were quite different than the years to come. They were more likely to be considered "Knights of the Road", if you will, for helping stranded travelers. In these times truck drivers were envied and were viewed as an opposition to the book "The Organization Man". Bestseller in 1956, author William H. Whyte's novel describes "the man in the gray flannel suit", who sat in an office every day. He's describing a typical office style job that is very structured with managers watching over everyone. Truck drivers represented the opposite of all these concepts. Popular trucking songs glorified the life of drivers as independent "wanderers". Yet, there were attempts to bring back the factory style efficiency, such as using tachnographs. Although most attempts resulted in little success. Drivers routinely sabotaged and discovered new ways to falsify the machine's records.

Question With the onset of trucking culture, truck drivers often became portrayed as protagonists in popular media. Author Shane Hamilton, who wrote "Trucking Country: The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy", focuses on truck driving. He explores the history of trucking and while connecting it development in the trucking industry. It is important to note, as Hamilton discusses the trucking industry and how it helps the so-called big-box stores dominate the U.S. marketplace. Hamilton certainly takes an interesting perspective historically speaking.

Question Some trailers can be towed by an accessible pickup truck or van, which generally need no special permit beyond a regular license. Such examples would be enclosed toy trailers and motorcycle trailers. Specialized trailers like an open-air motorcycle trailer and bicycle trailers are accessible. Some trailers are much more accessible to small automobiles, as are some simple trailers pulled by a drawbar and riding on a single set of axles. Other trailers also have a variety, such as a utility trailer, travel trailers or campers, etc. to allow for varying sizes of tow vehicles.

Question The industry intends to both consumers as well as moving companies, this is why there are Ministers of Transportation in the industry. They are there to set and maintain laws and regulations in place to create a safer environment. It offers its members professional service training and states the time that movers have been in existence. It also provides them with federal government representation and statistical industry reporting. Additionally, there are arbitration services for lost or damaged claims, publications, public relations, and annual tariff updates and awards. This site includes articles as well that give some direction, a quarterly data summary, and industry trends.

Question There are various versions of a moving scam, but it basically begins with a prospective client. Then the client starts to contact a moving company to request a cost estimate. In today's market, unfortunately, this often happens online or via phone calls. So essentially a customer is contacting them for a quote when the moving company may not have a license. These moving sales people are salesman prone to quoting sometimes low. Even though usually reasonable prices with no room for the movers to provide a quality service if it is a broker.

Question Driver's licensing has coincided throughout the European Union in order to for the complex rules to all member states. Driving a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tons (16,535 lb) for commercial purposes requires a certain license. This specialist licence type varies depending on the use of the vehicle and number of seat. Licences first acquired after 1997, the weight was reduced to 3,500 kilograms (7,716 lb), not including trailers.

Question Heavy trucks. A cement mixer is an example of Class 8 heavy trucks. Heavy trucks are the largest on-road trucks, Class 8. These include vocational applications such as heavy dump trucks, concrete pump trucks, and refuse hauling, as well as ubiquitous long-haul 6×4 and 4x2 tractor units. Road damage and wear increase very rapidly with the axle weight. The axle weight is the truck weight divided by the number of axles, but the actual axle weight depends on the position of the load over the axles. The number of steering axles and the suspension type also influence the amount of the road wear. In many countries with good roads, a six-axle truck may have a maximum weight over 50 tons (49 long tons; 55 short tons).

Question Light trucks are classified this way because they are car-sized, yet in the U.S. they can be no more than 6,300 kg (13,900 lb). These are used by not only used by individuals but also businesses as well. In the UK they may not weigh more than 3,500 kg (7,700 lb) and are authorized to drive with a driving license for cars. Pickup trucks, popular in North America, are most seen in North America and some regions of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Although Europe doesn't seem to follow this trend, where the size of the commercial vehicle is most often made as vans.