Moving and Estate DOWNSIZING Tips
In an effort to help you better prepare for your upcoming move, we have put together some tips that we know will help. These tips can help save you time as well as money.
Decide What Goes. Many times people move things to their new homes, which they really will never use again. A great rule of thumb is “When in doubt, throw it out.” In other words, if you have not used or even seen something for a few years, maybe you can do without it.
Irreplaceable / Valuable Items. It is best if you plan to move your precious goods, such as jewelry and family heirlooms in your own vehicle when at all possible. If William C. Huff is to move such items, a detailed inventory and a certified valuation should be done prior to the move date.
Dressers and Drawers. You may leave clothing and linens in dresser drawers, however you should remove all breakable items and liquids. Paper goods, magazines and files should be removed and packed prior to moving.
Lamps and Pictures. William C. Huff staff cannot move these items unless they are in boxes. Unless you notify our company in advance that you would like us to box these items, it will be your responsibility to either box them or move them yourself.
Particle Board/Assembled Furniture. If you have furniture (computer desk, entertainment center, storage chest, etc.) that came in a flat box and required hours of assembling, these pieces were not meant to be picked-up, carried, put on a truck and delivered in their assembled form. It is best for these items to be completely disassembled prior to move. If these items are moved by William C. Huff staff in their assembled form, William C. Huff Companies will not accept responsibility for them.
Heavy Glass/Valuable Artwork. These items need to be crated. An appointment can be arranged for exact measurements to be taken.
Storage Areas/Attics/Sheds/Basements. These areas tend to be extremely time consuming for our staff to move. You will save a lot of time and money if these areas are presorted or moved ahead of move day.
Electronics. Please disconnect and pack stereo equipment, DVD players, TV’s, computers and other sensitive electronics before move day. If you need assistance in disconnecting and packing these items please let our office know as early as you can so we may be prepared ahead of time. Plasma and LCD TV’s will need to go into their original box or a crate will need to be built for their protection.
Boxes. Please use smaller “book” boxes for books and papers because of weight. Mark “FRAGILE” on delicate items and always seal the top and bottom with proper packing tape. Mark your boxes with its contents and intended location in your new home.
Washers/Dryers/Fridges/Chandeliers. The William C. Huff staff cannot disconnect any gas, plumbing or electrical items. This needs to be done in advance by a licensed contractor. William C. Huff Companies can assist you in locating a licensed contractor. It is best if you disconnect plumbing lines from your washing machine prior to your move in the event of leaks.
Personal and Last Minute Items. Pack any necessities you may require while moving or getting settled after your move such as: cell phone, change of clothes, toiletries, financial information, or any paperwork needed for a closing, etc. Put these items in a box or bag and keep it with you so you have them at your new home.
Prohibited Items. DOT and insurance regulations prohibit William C. Huff Companies from transporting such items as: firearms, flammable liquids or caustic / corrosive chemicals. Also, we would recommend that you move any liquids such as soaps, cleaning supplies and any paints yourself. For your own protection and the protection of your belongings, William C. Huff Companies will not store any opened liquids or food items.
Placing Furnishings. You will save a lot of time and money if you are at the destination point directing our staff where items are to be placed. It is very helpful, again, to have all boxes which you have packed, labeled with where they need to be placed in your new home.
We hope that these suggestions are helpful. If you have any additional questions please feel free to call or e-mail us.
We look forward to seeing you on move day!