Here is a ‘Moving Tips’ list below. We hope our list will help you to go through the whole process of relocation from one place to another one easier. We will be adding new tips to this list as well as writing in depth about them in our Blog.
You are more then welcome to visit our FAQs page as it provided a lot of useful information as well!
Always feel free to contact our representative either via filling out ‘Contact Form’ on this web-site or calling during business hours which are usually 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday.
Make your reservation for a move in advance: usually 2-4 weeks prior to a moving date would be ideal.
Remember that the first thing you should probably do is call us for a free estimate. This can help you get information about specific things like the average cost to move from SF to LA or answer questions like “how much would a moving truck cost from SF to LA?”. Arrange parking places for a moving truck at all places you want movers to stop. In most cases we use 24ft box trucks which are in reality are about 35ft bumper-to-bumper long. In some cases you will need to ask your HOA or property management staff for reserving a time slot for a loading dock or white zone parking place. Sometimes (especially if you live on a busy street in San Francisco or Los Angeles where it is hard or even impossible to find parking or a regular day) you will need to contact local municipal authorities or local police station to obtain a parking permit. Parking permit is not refundable; so, you would need to take care of this. Usually five business days is required for an application for a parking permit to be approved. Trying to save on such permit ($165 was an average cost in San Francisco in 2015) may cause to bigger losses if your movers will be able to safely park their truck a block away from your main door. In the worst case scenario you may want to contact local police to help with traffic to get a moving truck through the route (we have such moves in Sausalito and Tiburon.) Please try to take care of parking in advance. We want your move would go as stress-free as possible. If needed we will send smaller trucks (16ft, 18ft or 20ft) and do your move with a few trips.
Notify a moving company about heavy items (more than 200 pounds); so, an adequate manpower will be provided.
Notify about bulky items, too. Even a regular couch may be considered bulky if you live in a Victorian house and there will not be possible to bring such item into an apartment.
If you have difficult access to your current or new place: hilly and/or narrow roads, low hanging tree branches
Let us now if you have any pets (cats, dogs, pandas etc.) as some of our logistic experts may have an allergy.
In case of long-distance move we encourage to schedule in-person/in-home estimate with one of our representatives. If you do not have more than 10 pieces of furniture to move and not more than 30 boxes then you may skip this step; however, be very specific with providing a full inventory list.
If you want Route 66 to do packing for you it may be a good idea to split a move into two days if you have much stuff to pack and/or long walking/carry distance. Call our office to provide more details and we will advise you.
Check manuals for appliances and other big equipment (exercise machines, for instance) if any special tools are needed.
Moving appliances such as fridges, washing and drying machines may require new connectors to water and gas supply systems. If you can not perform installation by yourself then hiring a licensed plumber or appliance repair man would be needed. Your movers may help you to do such installation; however, there will not be any liability in case of pipe or wall damages which may lead to water damage.
Movers by CPUC regulations i.e. laws may not move flammable item: propane tanks, gas, paint etc. Please find other way to either move them or dispose.
Pack essentials including medicine in a separate box and label them. If you ask your movers to move such box or boxes ask them to load them last; so, it would be the first items for unloading.
If you move firearms then make sure that they are unloaded and kept in a secured lock box or safe.
Move items of exceptional value (jewelry, cash, laptops, passports, birth certificates etc.) by yourself.
Empty all furniture drawers. The extra weight of clothing and miscellaneous items is very stressful to your furniture as well as your movers.
Wardrobe boxes are large boxes used to transport your hanging closet clothing. We will provide at least 5 of them. Let us know if you need more. Usually 1.5ft of average stuffed clothing is good for one wardrobe box.
Schedule in advance a cable company to install phone and Internet lines.
Do not forget to change your residential and mailing addresses with USPS and DMV.
Cancel services such as delivery of shaving blades on a weekly bases (Yes! there is such service); walking your dog or parrot; house cleaning etc. May be you just need to notify about your new address… Don’t forget about local businesses you have been working with for awhile.
Try to visit your new place before the move; so, you would have a good idea where you want your furniture to be placed. Making such decisions on the moving date may consume the time. If you do not have such possibility – no worries – Route 66 movers will give you a good pieces of advice. We move hundreds of offices, studios, lofts, houses and even penthouses per year.
Get some water and snacks for yourself as it may be inconvenient for you to cook during the move.
Charge your phones and tablets a night before.
Have a good sleep and wake up an hour or so prior to movers’ scheduled arrival time.
Arrival time is provided as a time window. Do not panic if it is 9 a.m. but you do not see a moving truck. Maybe you have arrival time scheduled between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nevertheless, shoot us an email or call if you have any concerns.
If you have kids, we recommend to pack their toys a day or two before the move. Let them be happy before the move and right after moving in into a new place.
Fragile items should be wrapped in a few layers of paper with some extra cushioning. Make sure to fill any hollow spaces with crushed paper.
Use standard moving boxes. It will be easier and faster to stack them inside of the truck.
Make sure both ends of boxes are taped securely.
Place heavier items such as books in small boxes.
Label all boxes fragile, kitchen, kid’s bedroom, living room, etc.
Make sure you can close boxes easily and that nothing is sticking out through the top or bottom of each box.
After loading is done do a final walk-through with the movers to make sure that all the items have been loaded.
Pack cats and dogs into different boxes.