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West Coast Relocation’s Tips for Moving in Orange County

Packing guide Tips:

  • Pack one room at a time. This will help you when it comes time to unpack.
  • Pack a couple of cartons a day, starting well ahead of the move.
  • Mark all boxes, designating room and box number. Make an identification log to show the number of boxes per room and in total. Make comments to note conditions of your objects or location of high value goods, and make sure to notify your mover of any high value items or items requiring special attention.
  • Be sure to have plenty of ‘filling’ material available.
  • Be sure the bottoms of all cartons are secured and will hold the weight of the contents.
  • Packing tape, or gummed tape is better than masking tape Make sure to pack heavier items toward the bottom of the box. Try to keep a per-box weight of 50 pounds or less to facilitate the moving process. A general rule to remember on carton size – the heavier the item, the smaller the carton. Packing Dishware.
  • Select a medium-sized carton (or mover provided dish pack) and line the bottom of the carton with crumpled packing paper.
  • With packing paper stacked neatly in place on a work table, center one plate on the paper.
  • Grasp a corner on several sheets of packing paper and pull the paper over the plate until sheets completely cover the plate.
  • Stack a second plate on and, moving clockwise, grasp a second corner and pull sheets over the second plate.
  • Stack a third plate. Grasp remaining two corners, folding two sheets of each corner (one at a time) over the plate.
  • Turn your wrapped stack of plates upside down onto your packing paper.
  • Re-wrap the entire bundle: start with one corner of packing paper and pull two sheets over the bundle, cover bundle with next corner, then the third corner; and finally, the fourth.
  • Seal the bundle with packing tape.
  • Place the bundle of dish-ware in a medium-size box so that the plates are standing on edge.
  • Use this process on all saucers, bread and butter dishes, and other dishware. When packing smaller dishes, you may choose to stack in greater quantity. Packing Cups With packing paper in place on the work table, position one cup six to eight inches from one of the corners. Now pull the near corner of the paper up and over the cup.
  • Nest a second cup directly on top, with handle to left (second cup should “nest” itself in packing paper folded over the bottom cups).
  • Pull the two side corners up and over, one at a time, and tuck corners inside the top cup.
  • Hold the bottom and top cup in position and roll cups to the remaining corner. Fragile mixing bowls may be rolled in the same manner.
  • Delicate cups, like china, should be wrapped one at a time. Antique glass or china should be stuffed with crumpled tissue and wrapped one at a time. Packing Glasses and Stemware Stuff glasses and stemware with crumpled tissue or packing paper before wrapping.
  • Lay on the corner of packing paper and roll it one or two full rotations (depending on size); pull sides of packing paper up and over glass/stemware and continue rolling to the far corner. Corrugated paper rolls or cellular boxes may be used for added protection.
  • Place glasses and stemware toward the top of your box. Heavier items (dish-ware, pitchers, etc.) should be placed toward the bottom of the box.
  • Delicate glassware and stemware should be placed in an upright position, not on its side.

Moving Day Tips:

  • We would recommend having a clear plan on where you want all of your furniture in your new home. This will help our employees to work to their fastest capabilities while reducing chaos and stress.
  • Try to have everything ready to grab and go! This will increase efficiency for our men and lower the cost of your move.
  • Do not stress if your packing is not fully done by the day of the move, we are capable of helping you complete the rest of packing.
  • Once the truck is fully loaded and is about to leave, we recommend that you do one last walk through around your old home to make sure nothing was missed,
  • Creating pathways for the movers will also increase speed and efficiency for the employees.
  • Do not worry about disassembling large furniture, that is included in our rate and we are happy to do it for you. West Coast Relocation before moving day Reminders: Remember to disconnect your utilities in your old
  • home the day after you move out, and connect your utilities in your new home a day before you move in.
  • Update the people in your life of your new address and potentially new home phone number.
  • File a change of address with your post office.
  • If anyone in your home goes to school, make sure you change the address they have on record. Or make sure the school transfers the records to the new school.
  • Remember to change all addresses to your subscriptions like magazines, along with annual bills!
  • If you move away from your local pharmacy, remember to transfer all prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
  • Remember to discontinue or remind your house keeper or gardener that you have moved.
  • Remember to notify your banks of your new address.
  • If you have pets, remember to notify your local pet licensing office to update their tag. Also, if your animal has a chip, notify your vet of the change in address.

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