Moving Tips


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The end and the beginning of each month, as well as Saturdays are very busy. If you must move during these days, you really need to schedule your moving time early. Also, if you need a mover in peak season (between Memorial and Labor Day), the sooner you contact Jones Moving & Storage LLC the better!

Plan in Advance

Start looking for a mover and get estimates about 6 to 9 weeks before your move. This will assure that the date you choose is available, and it is very helpful having an expert guide you along. Don't hesitate to contact us even if your closing date is not yet confirmed.
We can offer both overnight and storage services, if needed, depending on your closing date and time.

Packing Tips

The first question we have is, "Do I need to empty my dresser drawers?" In most cases, clothing and linens can be left inside dresser drawers. If your furniture is antique or delicate, or if the integrity has already been compromised, we would require them to be completely empty.

In all instances you would need to empty any drawers that contain loose items, liquids (perfumes, etc.), valuables, important papers, and desk drawers.

Lawn mowers and snow blowers:
We can move lawn mowers and snow blowers. However, the gas tanks must be emptied.
Mops, brooms, and rakes:
These items can be taped together for easy handling.
Items to be moved by you:
These simple items include cash, securities, jewelry, furs, firearms, personal papers, collectibles, and family heirlooms!

Live Plants, Small Items, Tabletops, and Antiques

We can move live plants on local moves only. The pot or planter needs to be properly packed in a box before they can be loaded in the truck. We will not guarantee the safe transport of live plants, which can be traumatized by motion or temperature extremes inside the moving truck.

All small items should be packed in a box, and packing should be completed prior to the movers' arrival. It is much easier for the movers to load the truck when there is a minimal amount of loose items. Also, the top of all boxes should be closed and sealed with tapes.

Items such as marble, glass tabletops, pool table slate, special antiques, chandeliers, or other large, fragile items should be packed by a professional mover or crated prior to moving. Ask about our catering services.

Flammables and Combustibles, Vacuums and Fragile Items

Don't pack paints, firearms, propane tanks, or aerosol cans with your household items as these items are flammable or combustible. On a local move, these items are transported by the homeowner. On a long distance move, arrangements should be made to give these items away or have them disposed of properly.

You may want to set your vacuum aside and instruct the movers not to move it, so you can do the final vacuuming before you leave your home. Also, you may not want to pack your cleaning supplies separately so you can do a final cleaning after all the items are removed from the premises.

Most small fragile items are best packed with old newspapers. There are a few exceptions when bubble wraps are required, but old newspapers are much more efficient and saves time and money. It's a good idea to make baseballs with newspapers and fill the bottom of the box, which will provide an air cushion to the fragile items. Wrap each piece with plenty of paper, and it's best to stand up your dishes or glasses in the box. We strongly recommend that you use new boxes when packing any fragile items. The integrity of most used boxes has already been compromised, not to mention any sanitary issues. Also, mark the box as fragile on the top at least on two sides.


Labeling your boxes is a very simple yet important step in the moving process. Properly labeling your boxes can prevent some inconveniences, like having your goods delivered to the wrong rooms of your new home. Proper labeling can also reduce the chance of your goods getting damaged.
By labeling your boxes properly, your move will be much more organized and easier for you and your movers. Labeling can save a lot of time when your boxes are being unloaded into your new home. The movers will know exactly what room to put each box in, and you will know what is in them. This will prevent you from having to open boxes to find out what is inside each one. Also, by properly labeling your boxes, the movers' will be cautious not to put heavier boxes on top of them.

Here are some ideas on how to properly label your boxes:
  • Label what room each box should go to
  • List the contents of each box so you know what is in it before you unpack
  • Write "fragile" or "handle with care" on any boxes containing delicate or easily broken objects
  • Label any boxes that you plan on taking yourself as "Do Not Move"
  • Label some boxes as "Unpack First" or write a big X on them. This will let you know which boxes contain the most important day-to-day necessary items
TIP: You may also want to assign each box a number and make a separate list where you record all of the contents of each box. When you begin unpacking, look up each numbered box on your list to find out what is in each one.
Some Other Pointers
Make sure you use a large, dark permanent marker for your labeling. It is a good idea to have at least two markers handy in case one gets lost or runs out of ink. Most moving boxes have labels already printed on them so you can just write the destination of the box and its contents on them. Always label the top and at least one side of each box to ensure that your labels will be seen.
It's best to pack your microwave in a box; if needed the movers can wrap it in a moving blanket for you. To prevent the glass door from breaking, make sure you remove the glass dish and pack separately.
Flat Panel TVs
Flat panel televisions are delicate and need to be boxed for transport. If you saved the original carton and packing materials, that's great. If not, contact our office to provide the proper materials on moving day.

Prior to Movers Arrival

They need to be disconnected prior to moving day. This includes, but is not limited to, your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and range. If your refrigerator is connected to a waterline, it should be disconnected at least a couple of days before the move. Once the waterline has been disconnected the small needle shutoff valve has been known to leak and should be monitored once disconnected. Moving companies are not responsible for this service so arrangements need to be made well in advance.
Swing Sets
We require them to be dismantled prior to moving day. If you to hire someone to do this for you, we can recommend a third-party service that specializes in this type of work.
Elevator Buildings
Contact building management at least 10 days prior to moving day, and find out if they require the mover to provide a certificate of insurance.
Truck Parking
If necessary, plan ahead to secure the best parking spot for the moving truck.
Restricted Items
We will not move hazardous or combustible items such as propane tanks, firearms, paint, and aerosols.
It is the responsibility of the homeowners to disassemble and / or reassemble their cribs.
Exercise Equipment
Under no circumstances do we disassemble any exercise equipment. It's the customer's responsibility to have any large or multipart equipment disassembled prior to moving day. If you need to hire someone to do this, we can recommend a third-party service that specializes in this type of work.
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