General Tips |
How to Select a Mover | Supplies You'll Need
Learn How to Pack |
Not to Pack | Move Checklist
City Moving Company is dedicated to assisting its customers
during the moving process. That's why we've created a 'Moving Tips'
section full of helpful information that we've acquired through our
experience assisting past customers. The following attempts to
breakdown the moving process, and should be used as general
guideline as your upcoming move approaches. Our goal is to help turn
you moving experience, an inherently stressful time, into an event
that is more organized. Please review these tips below and
contact us with any questions or comments. We
are here to assist you in any way we can.
Whether this is your
move or you
are a seasoned veteran when it comes to moving, City Moving and
Storage suggests you review the following moving
The moving industry has "peak" and "off peak" seasons. The
"peak" season for movers is during the summer months. Also the
beginning and the end of the month, or end of the year holidays,
are particularly busy for movers. The
demand for moving equipment, vans, and personnel is heavy during
this time. City suggests you book
your move weeks or even months in advance to ensure your
preferred move date.
Your move should occur at a time that
is convenient for you and your family. However, if you have children, consider
whether its best to transfer them during the school term or wait
until the summer months. If your move can be
rescheduled for another time when your mover can accommodate your preferred delivery dates, you may be
able to reduce your moving cost.
Decide what items you wish
to ship and what should be discarded. Inspect your home; Check your attic, basement,
and everything in-between for items you would like
shipped with your chosen moving company.
If you decide to do your own packing,
get packing supplies and start collecting strong boxes suitable
for moving. Complete all packing prior to your scheduled move day.
City Moving Company sales a full range of the
packing supplies needed for your
If your company is relocating you,
find out exactly what portion of your total moving expense will be paid
Obtain a written appraisal of antiques to verify their value. Do
not retouch, wax or oil wood furniture prior to moving. Some products may soften the wood, making it
vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Notify the post office
of your intent to move and provide them with your new address (permanent or
HOW TO SELECT A MOVER
Picking a mover is an especially important decision. Always check to make sure
the mover is a legitimately licensed, bonded, and insured company.
Please review the section below to help you decide on a
mover that you can trust with your household furniture:
Call or email the movers you
considering and ask for an estimate. Get involved in the estimating
process and try to meet with a relocation consultant to survey
your home and prepare a written estimate. Ask each prospective
mover for how long his or her estimate is valid.
Be certain that the mover has marked
all items that are "going" and "not going" on the survey sheet.
The mover will prepare an estimate that will include
transportation charges and the charges of additional services
that you requested. Keep in mind that if you decide to take
more or less items than was originally noted during the survey the cost of your move will
vary. Please inform the mover if there are any changes with
your shipment. Communication is key to a successful
If you decide to do your own packing
or partial packing, remember that the moving company is not
liable for those boxes should they be damaged during
transportation. However, if there
is obvious exterior damage at the delivery make a note of
that on the inventory sheet of your shipment. The driver has the
right to refuse to accept any carton that may be improperly
packed. If the driver has to re-pack cartons that the customer
has packed, additional charges will apply.
Please provide as much information as possible about unusual
situations at the loading location and delivery so your estimates
accurate. Make the mover aware of any
problems they may encounter at the time of delivery, such as parking
problems, road access, street accessibility, delivery time
restrictions, or if there are any stairs or elevators involved.
The cost of your move can increase for such occurrences. Try to
reserve a "parking space" for the moving van if your new home is
on a congested street. If the moving crew has to carry your load
more than 75 feet from the moving truck to your door you may be
charged for excessive distance.
Some neighborhoods may prohibit trucks over a certain weight.
The driver will then have to offload your possessions into a smaller
vehicle and the charge for this can be quite expensive. Please
advise a relocation consultant if you anticipate this
happening. In addition, advise the consultant if you are
moving to a high-rise building where an elevator reservation is
required. This can cause problems for the delivery schedule if
the mover does not know about this in advance and additional
charges will apply.
Ask the prospective mover what type of
estimates they offer. There are two types of estimates available:
Binding estimates and an Estimated Cost of Service. Take the
necessary time to understand your options. This could have a
significant impact on the final cost of your move.
Compare all estimates for both weight
and services provided by the prospective movers. Check the
reliability of the moving company you may use by contacting the local
Better Business Bureau (BBB). Inquire about the company's complaint record. Ask your friends,
neighbors and family for advice on movers and ask each mover you
are considering for references.
Be sure to understand the coverage for
loss or damage to your shipment. All licensed movers must
provide liability for the value of goods which they transport.
However, there are different levels of liability. You must be
aware of the amount of protection provided and the additional
charges that may apply.
There are a number of quality moving companies in the Oklahoma
City metro area and City Moving Company is proud to be
considered the best in the eyes of its customers among other OKC
movers and Oklahoma moving companies.
SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED
The following boxes
and packing materials are used specifically for household
moving. These boxes and packing materials are manufactured
to the moving industry's specifications. You can obtain
these items from your moving company for a reasonable fee.
(1.5 cubic feet)
These small cartons are designed for heavy items, such as
books, records, CD's, and canned goods.
Medium (3.0 cubic feet)
This box is designed for non-fragile and moderately heavy
items, such as pots, pans, linen, folded clothes, toys,
Large (4.5 cubic feet)
All large bulky articles that are very light, such as pillows,
comforters, and lamp shades.
Dish pack (5.2 cubic feet)
This box has double extra thick walls specifically designed
for dishes, vases, glasses and other fragile items. The
separators accompanying dish pack boxes are ideal for china and glassware with
individual compartments for these items when being packed.
These narrow boxes accommodate different sized mirrors,
paintings, other fragile items and flat items.
Wardrobe box with metal
This box is equipped with a metal bar so clothes may hang.
Comes in various sizes for different size mattresses.
The most common tape used for carton sealing is a
plastic tape called "PVC".
Never use newspapers for wrapping and cushioning
material. The ink from newspaper has a tendency to rub off on
the items it touches and it is very difficult to remove from items such as fine china. The solution is using "newsprint" paper as cushioning material
as it does not contain ink residue.
This material is another item used as cushioning and is an
indispensable asset for packing many items.
Packing material used to protect fragile items. This
material is lightweight, clean, lint-free, dustless and safe.
LEARN HOW TO PACK
Implementing good packing practices reduces
the chance of your household goods being damaged. If you don't
have the time to devote to this task, we suggest your move crew
handles your packing needs along with your furniture. The City
Moving Company crew will
provide the packing materials and service needed to accomplish
the task according to
If you opt to do your
own packing instead,
consider having your move crew pack delicate items such
as dishes, crystal, and other fragile pieces. Reduce the risk of
damages by letting the crew handle the packing for these items while
reducing your costs by doing the bulk of the packing yourself.
Keep in mind that you can purchase moving supplies and boxes
from City Moving Company in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
ITEMS NOT TO PACK
It is important that you understand
which items you can ship and which you cannot.
Read this section carefully before doing your own packing and having
boxes loaded onto the moving van. There are rules and
regulations that govern all movers and consumers alike to ensure
Drain oil and fuel from lawn mowers and other machinery. Discard
any partially used cans of paint thinner, oil or other
substances that may leak.
All refillable tanks must be purged and sealed by a local
propane gas dealer. Discard non-refillable tanks.
Have your rugs and draperies cleaned by your local cleaners. Leave
these items wrapped when they are returned from the
Avoid refinishing your furniture before your move. Some products
may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from
Think twice before dismantling your outside satellite dish; a
new one may cost less than moving the present one.
If you'll move items such as hot tubs, pool tables, and
some exercise equipment you will need third-party service before
your move. Please consult your moving company about
third party servicing.
You should also consult with your
mover about servicing appliances, grandfather clocks,
satellite dishes etc. before and after your move.
Follow the list below for
information on specific items that cannot be shipped:
of all flammable, corrosive, or explosive items including the
Acid / Gasoline Poisons / Charcoal / Lighter Fluid
Fertilizer / Paints / Car Batteries / Matches
Nail Polish & Remover / Ammunition / Liquid Bleach / Stern
Aerosols / Kerosene / Pool Chemicals / Chemistry Sets
Fireworks / Pesticides / Motor Oil / Paint Thinner
Batteries / Loaded Weapons / Weed Killer / Ammonia
Lamp Oil / Propane Tanks / Cleaning Fluid
Dispose of perishables. Food, plants, or living things may
spoil or perish while in transit:
Frozen Food / Plants / OKC
Open Food / Produce
Please note that you should empty your refrigerator and freezers at least 24 hours before loading. Keep the appliance doors open so
the appliance will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.
The moving company agent may agree to transport perishables if they
are properly packed and require no servicing in transit and the
shipment delivery is less than 150 miles and within 24 hours.
Some articles are not accepted for transportation.
The moving company assumes no responsibility should these
items come into their possession without knowledge.
Although these articles do not create a physical threat it can
create problems if your shipment is delayed or items are lost. This can
be avoided if all irreplaceable, sentimental items are carried with
Address Books / Files / Personal Video Tapes
Air Line Tickets / Financial Statements / Photos and Albums
Car Keys / Furs / Research Projects
Bonds IRAs / Deeds / Tax Records / School Records
Check Books / Jewelry / Sterling Silver
Coins / Letters / Stocks / Stamp Collection
Computer Software / Disks / Medicine