Moving Resources

At Apple Moving, we're dedicated to helping you through your relocation process every step of the way - which is why we want it to be easy for you to go into your move fully prepared, whether you're doing it yourself, getting help from a few friends, or enlisting a full-service moving company like us.

Below you'll find a number of helpful moving tips, resources, and checklists to help you plan and get ready for your move. Check them out and call us if you have any additional questions!

Home Moving Resources

Questions to Ask Moving Companies

When you hire movers, you are hiring people to come into your home or office and handle some of your most important (and expensive) belongings. Remove as much stress as you can by doing your homework before selecting a moving company. The following questions will show you what to look for, and what to avoid during your next move.

Credentials

Look to see that the company is registered with both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Experience

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. It is often true that a moving company with more experience will be more efficient. And although it is possible that there are new moving companies worth the price the question that you have to ask yourself is this: Who would you rather trust with your belongings? Seasoned professionals or eager amateurs?

Pricing & Fees

Ask the moving company for a written quote, and be sure that you understand what you get for your money. Are there any other fees that will arise during the move? Do they have charges associated with installing appliances? What methods of payment are accepted?

Insurance

Ask detailed questions about the moving company's insurance. Most moving companies have insurance based on weight, so you'll want to have an idea of the value of your belongings in relation to its weight and what coverage the mover will provide. Some moving companies will sell additional moving insurance, but check with your own insurance company first to see if you're covered through any of your own policies.

Packing Service

If you opt to have your belongings packed for you, find out how they'll be packed and labeled. During the move, keep an accurate list of the number of boxes in each room, as well as the odds and ends that are difficult or too big to pack.

Referrals & Recommendations

If the company is established and reliable, they should have letters from satisfied customers. While you're checking up on them, call the Better Business Bureau to find out if there have been any complaints about the company.

Local Business

Although this is not necessarily a requirement, it does help boost your local economy to hire a locally owned and operated company. Do your part to help keep Austin thriving and enlist Apple Moving for all your moving needs.

This list won't automatically ensure that a particular moving company will be the right one for you, but it will narrow the search to companies that are honest, ethical, and get the job done. Who doesn't want movers like that?

How to Pack for a Move

While everyone has different things to pack, there are a few basic guidelines to follow that can make your packing easier. These ideas will go a long way toward ensuring that you know how to pack for a move!

How to Pack Appliances

If you can unplug cords from your appliances and computers, do so. Coil them loosely and bind them, making sure to label which appliance they are for. If you cannot unplug the cords, coil them loosely and bind them so that they do not come unwound during the move.

How to Pack Boxes for a Move

Packing boxes tightly is the key. Loose space in packed boxes or cartons allows items to shift during transit, which may cause breakage or other damage. Book covers can get bent or torn, dishes can get cracked or broken, and fragile items can be ruined by impact on the interior of a box. If you cannot pack a box tightly with items to be shipped, fill up the extra space with padding like newsprint, shredded paper, or clothing or blankets.

How to Label Boxes

Although you may think that you will remember what items have been packed in which box, you will have forgotten by the time you are in your new space. Trust us. Labeling clearly and concisely is a good idea. It helps if you label boxes by room (example: living room #4 of 9) and then have a list of what each box contains (example: living room #4 contains DVD collection, candle sticks, 2 lampshades, silver collectable figurines.) It also helps to know how many boxes you have total, so when it comes time to sign-off on the move, you know you have all of your boxes.

What to Pack List

Use your bedding until the day of the move, and make sure it goes in a box that is labeled "pack last," so that it is one of the first things you see upon arrival at your destination. You will want to be able to get a good night's rest in your new apartment or house without unpacking every box in search of your pillow.

Which Moving Boxes You Need

Just like you need the right tool for the task, your choice of box is important during your move too. Wardrobe boxes allow hanging clothing to arrive as wrinkle-free as possible. Dish cartons are made for optimal security and space maximization when packing dishes, and linens boxes are made for securing folded clothing. Make sure that you secure your belongings by choosing the proper box. Apple Moving can provide you with more information about box choices.

5 Common Moving Mistakes

Moving should be an exciting, relatively stress-free process, but can turn into a nightmare if you commit one of these Five Common Moving Mistakes. Read on so that you know how to make your move as smooth as possible!

Getting Uncle Bob (or any amateur) to Move You

Although "Uncle Bob" may have a flatbed truck and a whole Saturday to help you move, "Uncle Bob" , unlike Apple Moving, is not an expert at moving you safely from point A to point B. Although getting friends or family to help you move may be less expensive at first, the actual cost of the move could be much higher. (For example, how will Uncle Bob replace that mirror passed down from generation-to-generation that got "passed down" the stairs on the way to the truck?) Make sure all your belongings get to your destination safely and hire professionals!

Hiring an Unfeeling Corporate Giant to Move You

Now that you know you must hire a professional to move you, it may be tempting to go for the largest company you can find, assuming that size equals quality, that’s a big mistake! You can get lost in the shuffle of all the booming business large corporations do — especially if your move is smaller-scale. Instead, you should hire locally owned and operated companies like Apple Moving. They are large enough to move your items efficiently and safely, but small enough to give you the personal attention you deserve. Plus, hiring local businesses helps your economy!

Hiring Movers without Credentials

When you hire movers, you are hiring them to take care of some of your most important possessions. You should know who you are trusting. Make sure that your company of choice is registered with the Texas Department of Transportation. You may also wish to contact the Better Business Bureau to see if they have ever had any complaints lodged against them.

You will also want to make sure that the movers employed by your company are all full-time, professional movers, because a company that hires indiscriminately may not have your best interests at heart.

Not Checking References

Before you commit to a moving company, remember to ask for references — and to call them! References are the easiest way to get the real "scoop" on a moving company's service. Do they break things? Were they quick? Were they on time? Also remember to ask the references what type of moving service they used the moving company for. Some companies may be better with residential moves, or have more experience with commercial. Make sure you feel good about your choice before you commit!

Not Preparing for Moving Day

So, the moving company that you carefully selected shows up at your door the day of the move and you open your door to invite them in, only nothing is boxed, your refrigerator is still arctic, and you are nowhere near ready. See our moving checklists to make sure that you are in tip-top moving condition when the day comes!

Home Moving Checklist

Moving can be stressful, unless you plan accordingly with a little help from the pros! Let us here at Apple Moving ease you through your transition with our tips and tricks for a smooth residential move.

2-4 Months Before Your Move:

If you start planning a move at least 2 months in advance you can cut down on the "last minute" panic associated with being unprepared. Establish a "master checklist" of things that must get taken care of before the move and arrange the items by due-date. At this point, you should be:

  • discussing the move with your family
  • finalizing a date with the family, making sure it works with work and activity schedules
  • discussing repairs to current home or apartment
  • discussing repairs to future home or apartment
  • deciding which furniture is to stay, and which should be sold, stored, given away, or left
  • creating an accordion file for receipts, brochures, and forms you need to keep handy during your move (and for any tax deductions you may be able to receive for your move)

1 Month Before Your Move:

Now that the actual move date is getting closer, you should shift your focus toward physical preparation for the move. This includes:

  • finalizing the decision on furniture. Many people find a garage sale helpful to get the last bit of furniture off their hands. For the items you are to keep, get an estimated value, so you know the total value of the items being moved
  • deciding how the new residence is to be divided among family members
  • getting rid of your accumulated "junk," perhaps at the same garage sale as mentioned earlier
  • sending "change of address" forms notice to family and friends
  • filling out a change-of-address form at the post office
  • taking care of deposits, insurance, etc.
  • arranging internet and telecommunications service for your new home
  • updating financial records
  • ordering new checks
  • transfer property, fire, auto, and medical insurance
  • make a handy file of medical and dental records (including prescriptions, eyeglass and contact specifications and vaccination records), passport and visa information and other important documents - keep this with you during the move
  • pack up wills, stock certificates and any other one-of-a-kind or hard-to-replace items (photo albums, home videos, jewelry) to take with you instead of shipping with your moving company
  • make arrangements to move any special items (chandeliers, pianos, etc.) with your moving company now instead of springing it on them the day of the move

2 Weeks Before Your Move:

  • make final packing decisions; start by packing up items that aren't used often
  • clean the entire house, including closets, basements and attics
  • properly dispose of flammable items (fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemicals for the yard or home, etc.)
  • plan meals that will use up the food in your freezer and refrigerator
  • back-up your computer files and take the back-ups with you during the move
  • arrange transportation of pets if you are not taking them to the new house, and secure all of their records from the veterinarian and make sure that they are current on their rabies vaccinations and that their tags are attached

1 Week Before Your Move:

If you have followed your checklist, you should have little more to do besides pack. All the same, because you will be tearing up your space, make sure not to schedule any important meetings or hiring's during this period. In addition to making sure that you have gotten everything mentioned taken care of, you will also need to pack. Packing is one of the most important steps of your move, so follow this list to ensure that your belongings are secure, safe, and ready to be transported to your new home or apartment by moving day.

  • Mirrors, Pictures, Artwork:
    • make sure all mirrors, pictures, and framed artwork is bubble wrapped or paper wrapped and secured in a carton to prevent damage in-transit
  • Books, Photo Albums, CDs:
    • use cartons to pack books, making sure that the books are tightly in place to prevent shifting and damage
  • Lampshades:
    • handle by the wire to prevent marking the shade. To save space, they may be nestled in with each other and a generous amount of paper padding
  • Dishes:
    • wrap individually and place vertically in a dishpack for safe transport; fill the carton fully and be sure to pad both the top and bottom for safety
  • Clothing:
    • for clothing that is hanging, use a wardrobe box
    • for folded clothing, use a linen box
  • Furniture:
    • empty all drawers and shelves. Oftentimes, a good moving company will pad the corners, feet and any vulnerable areas to minimize damage during your move
  • And Don't Forget To:
    • empty, defrost, and clean refrigerator
    • make sure all keys to your current residence are accounted for
    • make sure the post office knows to forward your mail to your new home
    • arrange for your gas, electric, cable, phone, etc. to be turned off at your current residence and turned on at your future home
    • make sure your mover knows the address and phone number you can be reached at until you are settled in your new home (cell phones and emails are a great way to stay connected)
  • In addition to preparing your old residence for the move, you should do the following with your new space
    • distribute keys to family members
    • inspect any work you have had done and make sure everything is correct
    • map out location clearly
    • notify landlord or previous owner of your move-in date and time

The Big Day (and Beyond):

It's finally here — and you shouldn't have much to do. Here are your last-minute move-in details:

  • strip your beds and make sure the bedding goes into a "load last" box
  • pack your vacuum last so that you can clean before the furniture is unloaded in your new home
  • be on hand when the movers arrive so that you can straighten out the details and make sure everything is going as planned
  • once everything is packed, take a last minute walk-through to make sure the doors and windows are locked, lights are off, old keys and garage door openers are left for future residents, and that you haven't left anything behind

To ensure that the process goes smoothly, make a few small gestures — they will go a long way. Set out a welcome breakfast buffet for everyone involved, or get pizza for lunch to keep up energy and morale.

Office Moving Resources

Office Moving Checklist

Moving can be stressful, unless you plan accordingly with a little help from the pros! Let us here at Apple Moving ease you through your office transition with our tips and tricks for a smooth move.

2-4 Months Before Your Move:

If you start planning a move at least 2 months in advance, you can cut down on the last minute panic associated with being unprepared. Establish a master checklist of things that must get taken care of before the move and arrange the items by due-date. At this point, you should be:

  • notifying employees about the move
  • finalizing a date with co-workers and a reputable moving company
  • discussing repairs to current office space
  • discussing repairs to future office space
  • designing a paint and furniture scheme for the new space

1 Month Before Your Move:

Now that the actual move date is getting closer, you should shift your focus toward physical preparation for the move. This includes:

  • finalizing a design scheme for new office
  • assigning quarters in new office
  • getting rid of your accumulated "junk"
  • sending change of address forms to vendors and suppliers
  • updating your website to reflect address change
  • insuring and equipping your new office space
  • arranging Internet and telecommunications service for your new space
  • updating financial records
  • ordering new checks
  • ordering new business cards

1 Week Before Your Move:

If you have followed your checklist, you should have little more to do besides pack. All the same, because you will be tearing up your space, make sure not to schedule any important meetings or hiring during this period. In addition to making sure that you have gotten everything mentioned taken care of, you will also need to pack. Packing is one of the most important steps of your move, so follow this list to ensure that your belongings are secure, safe, and ready to be transported to the new office space by moving day.

  • Computers:
    • back up all computers
    • shut down all computers
    • remove cables and plugs, coiling neatly together (ask your movers if they provide computer bags)
    • label your hard drive, printer, monitor, computer bag, and any other computer-related items with moving labels denoting where they are to end up
  • Desks:
    • empty all drawers and cabinets, as they may be up-ended for the move
    • clearly label the destination of each desk (and its parts) for easy moving
  • Filing/Storage Cabinets:
    • check with your mover as to what their policy with filing cabinets are — many require the cabinets to be empty if there are stairs or if they are made of a certain material
  • Floor Plan:
    • draw out office plan, and label each office/zone with an easy code (example A, B, C, D or 1, 2, 3, etc.)
    • use this floor plan to clearly label each item to be moved — the clearer your moving labels are, the less work you will have to do relocating things that have been misplaced
  • Labeling:
    • the moving labels most often determine where an item is to be placed, so make sure everyone is clear on the codes for their spaces
    • remember, if an item is dismantled, each part must be labeled
    • do not forget to label the mundane items like wastepaper baskets, chairs, and carpet protectors
  • And Don't Forget To:
    • empty, defrost, and clean refrigerator
    • inspect any work you have had done and make sure everything is correct
    • map out location clearly
    • notify landlord or building manager of your move-in date and time

The Big Day (And Beyond):

It's finally here - and you shouldn't have much to do. This day primarily belongs to the moving company. If you have a few employees scheduled to help out with the move, make sure that they don't go where they are not supposed to and slow down the move. (Or worse, get hurt!) To ensure that the process goes smoothly, make a few small gestures — they will go a long way. Set out a welcome breakfast buffet for everyone involved, or get pizza for lunch to keep up energy and morale. Once you move in, consider having a small celebration the first morning everything is set up either a breakfast or a gathering to celebrate a job well done — because you deserve it!

Office Moving Labeling Instructions

Color of label may indicate area of destination or department. Make sure you use the correct colored label. See your move coordinator with questions.

Commercial movers will only move items that have been labeled with the moving label. If an item has been labeled previously, place a new label over the existing label.

Use one label per item. If an item has more than one piece, each piece must be labeled respectively.

Tags should be marked numerically or alphabetically rather than by name. Ask your move coordinator for your assigned code.

Label each piece of furniture on top or front where it can be seen easily. For chairs, place the label on the arms or the backs. All desks, credenzas, and bookcases need to be emptied since they will be tilted on end when moved.

Secure all cords on computer equipment or in the keyboard bag and label each individual piece on an easily visible surface. Label your keyboard or the bag in which it is placed.

Pack vertical files only if they will be moved upstairs. Place the label on the face of top drawer only.

Pack lateral files top down. Reload files from the bottom up to prevent from tipping. Lateral files must be completely emptied when stairs are involved.

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