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Advice on how to stay organized during the packing process

January 25, 2021

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Advice on how to stay organized during the packing process

Have a designated packing zone:

  • Make a zone and declare it as your own
  • Having all your packing materials spread all over the house is going to stress you out so keep your packing materials near where its easy to grab when you need them.
  • Your packing zone can move as you move between rooms. Choose a corner, a counter, or even an empty room. Just make sure your zone is stocked with packing supplies like tape, markers, and boxes.

 

Label Your Boxes:

  • This is not Deal or No Deal. You want to know what is in each box.
  • Get a batch of markers and label every box on both sides with the following information:
  1. What room it belongs in
  2. The exact contents
  3. Whether or not it is fragile (mirrors for example)
  4. What side needs to be up
  • Trust us. You are going to be so happy you did this on moving and unpacking day.

Get Boxes – Really, Really Good Ones:

  • Before you can label your boxes, you need to get some.
  • You might be tempted to search the neighborhood for cheap or even free cardboard boxes, but those flimsy cartons will collapse on you and your belongings.
  • Buy some boxes that are designed for residential moving. They are basically custom made to handle anything a homeowner can put in them.
  • WE sell moving boxes and you can pick them up from our warehouse in Venice. And we make sure that these boxes are sturdy, reliable, and recyclable. You can give them to a friend, or we will pick them up and recycle them for you.

 

Do Not Pack What You Do Not Need:

  • There is no sense in packing what you do not need.
  • So, take a good look at all your belongings. Decide whether you’ll keep it, donate it, or toss it.

Make A ‘DO NOT PACK’ List

  • Everyone needs a moving day survival kit.
  • You know, the things you need to have easy access to, and feel like a put-together individual. This includes your toothbrush, toiletries, changes of clothes… toilet paper.
  1. Make a list of things you will need in your kit.
  2. Pick a box, suitcase, or other receptacle that will serve as your survival kit.
  3. Make sure it is clearly labeled and NOT packed in the truck with the rest of your belongings.
  • This should stick with you.

Create Very Own ‘SET UP’ Kit  

  • Like your moving day survival kit, you will want a kit of tools that will help you set up your new home. That includes:
  1. Hammer
  2. Nails
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Screws
  5. Drill
  6. Drill battery
  7. Plug
  8. Allen keys.
  • Really, anything you will need to put together bed frames, reassemble chairs or just get your house in order.
  • Pack it, label it, and keep it somewhere you can easily reach it.

Assemble the Team!

  • The team being your bubble wrap, boxes, packing tape, crushed paper, packing peanuts, scissors, markers – anything you need to make packing a success.
  • Get them early and organize them in your aforesaid packing zone.

Go Room by Room

  • At some point, you’re going to have to go on a packing spree. We’re talking at least a few days of effective packing. This is going to cover all the stuff you are using right up until the last few days.
  • Our advice? Go room by room, and pack as much as you can. And check everywhere for things you may have left behind. The backs of closets, under bed frames, in the cabinet above the fridge you never open. Absolutely everywhere.

Only Use Packing Containers That Can Be Sealed

  • It is tempting to use laundry hampers and trash bags as makeshift moving materials, but it is not a good idea.
  • Bags that can easily split, or containers without lids can easily leave you with a huge mess on moving day. And the last thing you need on moving day is to have to stop and re-pack.

Do Not Undress Your Dresser

  • Your clothes are already half-packed, thanks to your dresser!
  • For minimal moving, take the drawers out and use protective wrap. This way one person can easily move them.

Heavy Stuff Goes on the Bottom

  • Packing is a skill. There is a process, and a proper order.
  • Heavy stuff on the bottom, light items on top.
  • It is exactly like bagging your groceries. You do not want to crush your light items, and the heavy items will help hold the boxes right-side up.

Set A 50 Ibs Limit Per Box

  • The last thing you want to do on moving day is hurt yourself. Or hurt your movers or your friend who graciously volunteered to help.
  • Each box should weigh no more than 50 ibs. This is a safety issue; one we take very seriously.
  • If you have extremely heavy items like gym equipment, they should be packed alone and in small boxes to limit the weight. If anything looks like it is going to be too heavy to lift on your own, ask for help.

Have A Stack of Newsprint on Hand

  • Newsprint is great for wrapping around your breakables.
  • It adds an extra barrier, and when coupled with the right packing materials, its super convenient.

Play Tetris With Your Belongings

  • Never been good at Tetris? Do not worry there is no time limit in this game.
  • When you are packing, you should leave no spaces in your boxes. Space gives your possessions more room to rattle around and potentially break. Space also increases the risk of crushing.
  • Make use of every available nook and cranny by using packing materials or soft objects like your clothes to fill spaces between bigger, more rigid items.

Seal Any Spill-Risks with Tape and Plastic

  • Spill-risks include:
    1. Soaps
    2. Shampoos
    3. Dry Goods
    4. Oils and Liquids
  • These should be sealed with tape, placed in plastic bag, ten packed into a box clearly labeled. Remember to indicate which side is up.

Learn What You Absolutely Cannot Pack

  • There are somethings you cannot pack in a residential moving truck. This includes:
    1. Hazardous Materials
    2. Perishables
    3. Chemicals

Bundle Long Items Together

  • If you are taking your curtain rods, rakes, brooms, and long-handles dusters, these should be bundled together with tape.

Pack Lamps and Lamp Shades Separately

  • Together, lamps and lamp shades are awkward to pack, and fragile.
  • Separately? Still fragile (so make a note) but much easier to work with.
    1. Remove the light bulb.
    2. Remove the shade and the metal “U” that holds up the lampshade.
    3. Base of the lamp should be wrapped in paper and place upright in a box, surrounded by crushed paper.
    4. Do the same thing with the metal “U”.
  • The lamp shade should be carefully wrapped and placed upright in its own box. If you have multiple shades, they can be snugged inside each other.

Treat Dishes and Glasses with Extra Care

  • Dishes and glasses are in a league of their own in the packing world.
  • They need their own specialized boxes (we have them).
  • A layer of crushed paper should be in the bottom of the box, between each layer in the box and at the top of the box.

Get A Mattress Bag

  • Mattress bags are the super cool packing product you did not know existed.
  • But now that you do, we are guessing you really want one. Because if you have ever moved before, you know how much of a pain it is to move a mattress and keep it clean. Not sure where to find them, you are in luck – we can provide those for you as well!

Use the Boxes Your Electronics Came In

  • You were being smart when you forgot to toss the box your electronics came in.
  • These boxes were custom made for your device, and that makes it super easy to pack and move them.
  • If you did not keep the boxes? That is completely fine! We can supply the boxes you will need for these items. We will even pack them up for you if you would like.

We will Help with As Much as You Want

  • Not cut out for packing? We are one of the full-service moving companies that will pack for you.
  • We offer customizable moving quotes that consider what you want. We could simply help you move; we could help you pack, or we could help with it all. The choice is up to you.
  • Whenever you are ready to get packing, talk to us about the moving. We will give you a free, no-obligation quote based on our knowledge and experience!

Testimonials from happy customers.

Great company! Chris and Eli were on time, polite, informative, fast working and careful. There is no doubt that I will use them again for any moving or storage needs. And the cost of the move and storage was less than another local company I checked with.
Patrick S
Patrick S
06:27 09 May 21
Manny, Pops, and Corey (I hope I spelled that right) were absolutely fantastic! Extremely professional, extremely friendly, very efficient, and just all-around great guys. I would recommend Master Movers without hesitation to anyone who needs their services!!!
Tim Herzing
Tim Herzing
18:21 05 May 21
Having moved so many times in my life, this firm is by far the most professional and kind company...great job and a joy to collaborate with...from booking on the phone to interacting with the movers and manager....to their friendly reminders via text and email...and being super on time! I highly recommend Master Movers
Victoria Platt
Victoria Platt
15:34 01 May 21
Incredible service and staff! Very professional and meticulous with their work! Would highly recommend
Tony Zanoni
Tony Zanoni
01:02 30 Apr 21
Reliable, professional, reasonable rates. What more do you want? 100% recommend and would use them again without hesitation.
A Pel
A Pel
05:25 24 Apr 21
I was extremely impressed with Master Movers. They were very fast, efficient and easy to work with. Very professional. The three movers I had were Anthony, Jimmy and Kerry. I would highly recommend using them. I cannot say enough about the Venice location. Everyone involved was pleasant and helpful. I have moved several times, but this was the best move ever. They are all an asset to the company. Thank you, Margie S.
Marjorie Stewart
Marjorie Stewart
14:55 16 Apr 21
I would Absolutely use Master Movers again! Andre and Corey were personable, efficient and hustled💪!!They gave me peace of mind that all facets of my move would be delivered .Many Thanks to this Great Company 😍
Penny Nichols
Penny Nichols
02:44 15 Apr 21
Master Movers performed a full pack and load for our move. They were courteous and very professional. No regrets.
RDS 12845
RDS 12845
00:03 30 Mar 21
I recently moved from Port Charlotte to Sarasota National in Venice. I checked with several companies and Eric with MM was the only one who offered to come out to the house so he could give me an accurate as possible estimate. The move happened on Feb. 26th with 2 trucks and 4 guys!! Manny was the lead mover that day, and he was the best! He has a very pleasant personality and works well with the guys managing the workload. They were all nice and upheld the company motto “movers with manners”! I can’t remember all the guys’ names, but I am so thankful for their hard work and care.They quickly loaded me up and we set out to Venice. There they had me unloaded in no time! The job finished UNDER estimate!! I would use them again in a heartbeat ... but I really hope I never have to move again!! 😆
Terri Lane
Terri Lane
15:47 18 Mar 21
Master Movers did a great job with our in state move. From start to finish everyone that we dealt with was pleasant and professional. A special shout out to Jimmy and Chris who were the men who did the heavy lifting. They were thorough and quick. Our invoice came in under our original quote. Thanks again to all who helped make our move as painless as possible.
Elise Martin
Elise Martin
15:21 15 Mar 21
Great communication from contract to delivery. On time , no damages, courteous and quick. Would not hesitate to hire again. Thanks.
Anthony Capotosto
Anthony Capotosto
22:38 06 Mar 21
Thank you guys for an excellent job.They had our stuff packed up very quickly.They travel efficiently to the new location and were unpacked just as quickly.We will highly recommend Master Movers.
Jan Reed
Jan Reed
19:35 27 Feb 21
Moving isn’t fun, yet Manny and his crew (Eli and Andre) made that day as stress free and easy for us as possible. They came on time, got right to work, were professional and clearly knew what they were doing. They worked quickly, packed everything really well, while smiling, laughing, and making us feel comfortable. How do they do that? From estimate (yay Erik), follow up communication (go Kerstyn), to moving day, the whole Master Movers team was efficient, kind, and helpful beyond what you find with most businesses these days. I recommend them highly, and would use them again.
Marci R
Marci R
14:43 24 Feb 21
Eli, Chris, and Wil were the best. They were careful with the furniture and protected it before loading. They showed up on time and did not waste any time, continually doing their job. I will definitely use Master Movers again if the need arises.
Thomas Habib
Thomas Habib
22:15 22 Feb 21
I want to thank you Chad for your generous donation of boxes. You made it easy for us. We were able to get it all out. Your company is a benefit to our community. Your staff is kind and professional. I really liked working with them to get our project done.
Donna Coto
Donna Coto
19:20 06 Feb 21
Master Movers did a great job with responding quickly, making it easy to get a quote, booking a date, signing the contract and paying the deposit and final payment at the end. Master Movers was flexible and easy to work with, as well as pleasant and professional. Colyn & Gennaro actually did the moving and did a great job! They were very polite, careful & thoughtful while maintaining an efficient and fast pace during the move. My furniture arrived in perfect condition and they positioned each piece just as I wanted it. I felt it was a bit expensive but I reckon you get what you pay for and Master Movers and their team gave a quality performance on all fronts!. Thanks!
Shana P
Shana P
22:13 28 Jan 21
Master Movers lives up to their commitment 'movers with manners'! Super helpful and friendly and efficient! Highly recommend!
Michelle R. Davis
Michelle R. Davis
17:57 28 Jan 21
My movers were not only polite but went out of the way to be helpful. Best movers I have ever had.
Elizabeth Fuson
Elizabeth Fuson
18:35 27 Jan 21
Went through condo private gates, ignored the sign that said they had to use Legacy Entrance. Huge fine they may have to pay. They were told and just wanted to argue and continue on not complying with rules of the condo association.I would like to update my review to 5 stars. Just received a personal message from the owner of the company. He apologized for his crew and assured us that they would from now own abide by the rules of the community. I will see that they are not reported for the fine. I thank you very much for taking the time to talk with your crew. I am sure in the future that they will abide by the signs that are posted. Again, thank you for taking care of this matter. With this kind of response you can clearly tell that this company cares about their reputation. Upgraded to 5 stars for doing the right thing. Has to be a great company.
kenneth Cazin
kenneth Cazin
22:35 19 Jan 21
Very careful moving large furniture down narrow hall and out narrow door way. Took down pictures and clock for protection. Great job Manny and guys.
Bob Greenwood
Bob Greenwood
15:15 18 Jan 21
Excellent service. Used them twice. Will use again!
Martha Maggio
Martha Maggio
23:08 17 Jan 21
They unloaded a POD for me at my new home.They were OUTSTANDING!On time, fast and extremely professional. I would highly recommend using them.
Brian Sepe
Brian Sepe
20:29 05 Jan 21
We have moved multiple times, in the U.S. and several foreign countries. We have never had a more positive experience with a moving company than we did with Master Movers! Our move was in two parts and involved one move to a lower level storage area in our newly constructed home and the final move where everything needed to go up a large stairway to the second story main level. Not one thing was damaged or broken! Everyone, from Chad (the owner) to Kerstyn (coordinator) to Manny and his crew(s) was extremely professional, punctual, courteous, and personable. We highly recommend this company and thank them for actually making this difficult move an enjoyable one!
C Baylor
C Baylor
01:27 30 Dec 20
Other than changing time of move everything went great. The guys were super.
Stew Jan Asimus
Stew Jan Asimus
22:20 28 Dec 20
We purchased patio furniture to go on our 3rd floor lanai. It was 4 pieces and heavy. The company we purchased it from did not offer white glove delivery. We hired Master Movers for that. They were great, professional, and efficient. I would definitely recommend.
Millie Blevins
Millie Blevins
12:32 23 Dec 20
Kerstyn, Eric & Chad helped us move our belongings out of our Venice condo and ship them up to us in NJ completely remotely! We viewed our condo's contents via FaceTime with Eric & Chad, we made our decisions and they then packed and shipped it all to us. Kerstyn was very positive that they'd come up with a solution - she keep us updated and we had constant communication with the team. What we feared was going to be a difficult issue with not being present was instead an easy exercise thanks to the team. All were a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend using Master Movers.
Rich H
Rich H
12:53 08 Dec 20
Hi my name is Blake Fitzpatrick, owner at Sunshine Movers of Sarasota. We work hand in hand with Chad at Master movers as they are one of the few quality moving companies here in the area. We recommend clients to them constantly and always hear good things in return. If you are thinking about using this company, you are definitely on the right track!
Blake Fitz
Blake Fitz
15:08 07 Dec 20
Master Movers was excellent, far exceeding an experience I had with movers three years ago. They were sympathetic to my delay of delivery and were very helpful in meeting my needs. My movers, Eli, Chris and Dalton were very courteous and respectful and not a single thing was broken. Excellent service. I would highly recommend!
Joan Daughenbaugh
Joan Daughenbaugh
02:52 01 Dec 20
Two men arrived on time and were ready to move. Did everything I had asked. Mostly was outside furniture , Umbrellas, and extra large planter pots. They were Polite, got everything done in a timely manner and I would recommend them in a minute.
jerrilyn schulze
jerrilyn schulze
23:35 25 Nov 20
Chad is very professional and caring. Fantastic moving company. Ginny and I highly recommend their services. All the workers were excellent as well. They make it look easy!
Russell Gore
Russell Gore
16:55 16 Nov 20
The movers were friendly and professional. I would hire them again!!! Well worth the price!
Tracy Tibbitts
Tracy Tibbitts
17:22 03 Nov 20
It's amazing that a company can hire and keep such good people around.
Vincent Pelliccia
Vincent Pelliccia
00:20 03 Nov 20
The mover were very professional and did a awesome job. They were very careful with my furnishings. Nothing was damaged, I would recommend this company to anyone who asks.
DEB BERARD
DEB BERARD
14:22 01 Nov 20
I just used master movers for a pretty big move. My boyfriend and I moved both of our apartments into one new place. He lived on the 26th floor and I was on a 3rd story walk up. I have moved many times and let me tell you.... this is the best moving experience either of us have ever had BY FAR. The men were so professional. They were fast and efficient, while at the same time paid close attention to every little detail. We had a lot of heavy and fragile furniture and everything arrived in the same condition it left. I had left a few small things behind that I planned on bringing myself and they wound up packing those things up for meand taking them too. The service was just in a word... superb. I will never move with another service if I have the option to use master movers!!
Alexandra Natiss
Alexandra Natiss
00:09 21 Oct 20
The 2 young men that helped with my move showed up a few minutes early and got right to work. They moved my things from a 10' x 10' storage unit to my new house 2.5 miles away in just over an hour, with no problems, well worth paying the 2 hour minimum. I wish I could remember their names because they were great, polite, courteous and efficient. I definitely recommend Master Movers and will use them again if the need arises.
Jackie Lozer
Jackie Lozer
12:20 17 Oct 20
We were very pleased with the service Master Movers provided. It was very hot the day we moved & the guys just kept hustling! Thank you for the quality job!
Carol Ann Rockwell
Carol Ann Rockwell
20:15 04 Oct 20
Highly recommend Master Movers. They were on-time, courteous and respectful.
Queen Wellos
Queen Wellos
15:17 02 Oct 20
Colin, Amanda, and Gennaro were Amazing. They worked fast and unloaded our trailer from NY super quickly and with care. Very impressed with their effort and professionalism. I would use them again and totally recommend them. Kerstyn also did a great job of communicating as our trailer got rescheduled but she worked hard to meet our dates. Thank You. John L.
John L
John L
14:25 02 Oct 20
Excellent pre-move experience - they kept in touch. Arrived on time, a team led by Manny did a thorough, wonderful job, handling each piece as if it were there own. Hard workers. Friendly, professional. Would not hesitate to use them again or refer them to friends/family. Great moving experience
Edward Braun
Edward Braun
02:12 02 Oct 20
Manny and Anthony were a pleasure to work with. They were efficient and careful. Nothing was damaged. They moved a couple of items out of tight spots but did not mar door jams, walls,, or the furniture. They worked hard and it actually cost less than estimated. Would recommend Master Movers to anyone and would use them again if needed.
Frank Locascio
Frank Locascio
15:18 28 Sep 20
Master Movers are the best! This time we had Manny and his crew and they were amazing! We have used Master Movers multiple times and every crew has been the same - professional, on time, flexible to our needs and they work quickly with no complaints even when the furniture is big, bulky and heavy. This time they arrived to help us move out of a second floor condo - so add steps to their challenge. They carefully wrapped everything and packed our moving POD with way more precision than we ever could. I only wish they were also in Arizona to help us unpack and move into the new home. Thank you to everyone at Master Movers - from first phone call to invoice - they are A++++, use them without any concern.
Mary Olander
Mary Olander
23:48 22 Sep 20
I whole-heartedly recommend Master Movers to anyone. The crew called ahead when they were on their way, and were careful and efficient, finishing faster than anticipated (saving on my initial estimate!). They were super friendly and very professional.Kerstyn, in the office, patiently worked with me as I made several changes in my plans getting ready for my move.What a great company!
Krystyna Sznurkowski
Krystyna Sznurkowski
13:40 21 Sep 20