Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Tips for Handling Your Smallest Belongings in a Move

Moving is a significant life event. You’re essentially stuffing everything you own into boxes and containers and hoping it all makes it to the new place in sound condition. While the bigger items are bound to make you or the professional household movers sweat physically, often, the smaller belongings can cause the most stress. From packing these little items to protecting them from getting lost, here are a few useful tips for handling your smallest belongings during a move.

1. Use small fabric belongings as filler in bigger boxes.

Potholders, dish towels, washcloths, cloth table napkins, hand towels, even socks — the average household has a lot of these small fabric belongings. Try working these items in as filler in bigger boxes. For example, dish towels and potholders can be used to layer between plates to protect them in a box. Socks can be used to hold small breakables from the bedroom, such as perfume bottles or glass figurines. If you have a box that needs some filler to prevent items from shifting, fill the box with small cloth items as well.

2. Pack small breakables in small boxes inside large boxes.

When possible small breakable items, whether they are household decor, kitchen items, or something else, should be packed in their own smaller boxes. Wrap these things in packing paper or bubble wrap and secure the packing material with tape.

Place them in their own small box. Put that little box in a bigger box for an added layer of protection.

3. Keep smaller items contained where they should go as much as possible.

A lot of smaller items can be contained where they would typically be in the house. A few examples:

  • Silverware can be contained in a flatware tray and wrapped with plastic wrap
  • Spices and seasonings can be placed inside pots with lids
  • Socks, ties, and accessories can be kept inside a dresser drawer
  • Towels, shower curtains, and bathroom supplies can be housed in a bathroom laundry hamper
  • Shoes can be tucked away in suitcases that will go in your closet

4. Attach removed hardware to furniture pieces for reassembly.

It’s typical to need to disassemble some furniture pieces before a move. You may have to take apart your bed frame, tables, and other large pieces that are hard to maneuver through doorways. It is all-too-easy to lose the hardware for disassembled furniture during a move, but there is an easy solution. Stick all the loose hardware in a small zipper baggie. Label the baggie, and then tape the bag to an underside area of the furniture piece if possible. Take care not to tape to a surface that might be damaged by the tape. 

You can also place all the labeled bags of hardware in a safe place for easy retrieval when you get to the new home.

5. Create an inventory list of smaller items and where they are packed.

If you are really concerned about losing small items during a move, try creating an inventory list of your small items and note where you pack them. Your list may look something like this:

  • Pens and pencils: contained in small box in desk drawer
  • Silverware: secured in flatware tray in box labeled kitchen utensils
  • Small hand tools: packed in a box inside a large tote labeled garage

Moving Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore — With the Right Help

The average American will move as many as 11 times in their adult life, and all the small and large items have to be handled every time. Make sure you get relocated with as little stress as possible by working with a professional moving company. If you need help moving, contact us for a free moving quote today.

How Many Checklists Does a Person Need When They Move?

Moving can be a lengthy and sometimes tedious process that passes through many different phases. To transition from one to another, the easiest way to make sure all of the essential steps are taken is to make checklists. One long list can be overwhelming. Instead, create as many as you need to keep you on track and the top of your game.

Planning Your Move List

The Planning Your Move checklist should include setting a date for moving and choosing your residential moving company. You will also need to know when to transfer your utilities and how much packing you may accomplish while you are waiting. 

For this checklist, you will also have to do some research. Research potential moving companies and gather their moving quotes. Are you going to need help packing? Who do you need to contact that will help you? All of these questions are important and need to be answered before you start the actual moving process.

Packing Your Home List

Packing Your Home is a checklist (or set of lists) that will help you immensely once you get moved into your new home and look for items you use regularly. During the packing process, you should label each box and where the contents in the box came from. This includes bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. This helps in staging for the unpacking process, and it will allow you to find exactly what you need when you need it without having to dig through several boxes. While you can create a checklist for each box, that is often an unnecessary task and may confuse things, especially if more than one person is labeling the boxes.

Catch-All List

For some, the catch-all list includes many of the most critical tasks. This includes:

  • Changing your address with the post office
  • Turning utilities on and off
  • Transferring memberships from one location to another
  • Transferring medical records
  • Switching your home insurance from your old home to the new one
  • Update your driver’s license

Many of these tasks are performed throughout your move, so it is easy to forget them as you go forward.

Address Change List

One of the essential steps aside from changing your actual address with the post office is to make sure all of your personal and professional contacts have your new address. This includes all of your creditors, financial institutions, insurance companies, schools, and family members. While your mail may be forwarded for several months, it’s crucial to provide them with your correct mailing address as soon as possible.

Making the Move

Although making checklists may seem time-consuming, it will be a lifesaver once you have entered your move’s chaotic stages. Having these little road maps on hand will allow you to stay focused on the tasks at hand and continue to move forward at a steady pace. As soon as you know when you are moving, start creating your checklists, and keep yourself as organized as possible.

If you still need help, contact us for a quote. We provide outstanding moving services and can help you get to your destination.

How to Choose a Moving Company Safely

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For many families, hiring a moving company is no small task. Because, let’s be honest, it takes a lot of trust to leave your belongings with a group of relative strangers. Not to mention it’s a rather hefty expense for most folks. That’s why it’s important to take precautions when hiring a moving company to help with your relocation.

Follow these consumer safety tips to help you when selecting a mover.

  1. Use Caution Selecting Movers From the Internet

Many people nowadays select their moving company from the internet. It’s a great way to survey different companies. 

However, you want to be sure you’re selecting a licensed mover and not a moving broker. Some companies out there act as a middleman between you and a group of movers, giving you less control over who is handling your stuff.

Be sure to browse the company’s website for terms like “licensed” moving company, “certified” ProMover, or “authorized agent” of a major van lines company such as Mayflower or United. 

That way you can be sure that you’re hiring them to be your movers instead of paying extra fees to a broker who may not have your best interests in mind.

  1. Get an in-person or virtual moving estimate

Use caution with moving companies that tell you they can provide an accurate estimate of the expenses without visiting or reviewing your home first.

Movers need to inventory the items they’ll be moving in order to provide an accurate quote. Most reputable moving companies will now be able to provide you with an accurate estimate through a virtual home survey, should you prefer that option. Using video call apps like FaceTime or Skype, movers will be able to get a reliable inventory for your estimate.

There are three primary types of estimates: binding, non-binding, and not-to-exceed.

Binding estimates are just what they sound like: the number they provide is the number you’ll pay regardless of the final weight of the shipment. 

For non-binding quotes, movers will do the best they can to calculate the total weight beforehand but the final cost will be based on the total weight. So it may be a little bit higher or lower than the number provided in the quote.

Non-to-exceed estimates (sometimes called “guaranteed price” or “price protection”) have a maximum limit to the final cost. So if the total weight is lower than the initial estimate, you’ll pay less. But if it’s higher, your final cost won’t exceed the number the mover gave you.

Whichever type of quote your mover provides, be sure to get it in writing.

  1. Be Sure They Inventory Everything To Be Moved

It can be easy to forget items you have up in the attic, out back in the shed, or even in a storage unit. But if you need them moved, make sure they are inventoried before you receive the initial estimate. 

Adding items after the fact will increase the final cost and possible cause delays.

  1. Knowing Your Rights as a Customer

Trusting a company to handle your belongings is a big deal to many people and there are laws in place to protect customers from unreliable, negligent, or even predatory moving companies. 

Your mover should provide you with a copy of Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move. This brochure is very helpful in outlining the moving process and explaining your rights when it comes to estimates, responsibilities, and claims and liabilities.

It’s also important to note that movers are required by law to assume liability for the goods they’re moving. However, there are several different types of liability agreements and it’s important to be aware of what is covered under each agreement. 

Liabilities are outlined in the aforementioned brochure and your mover should provide you with descriptions of each level of coverage.

Moving can be an exciting but overwhelming process. One of the most important pieces of advice is to get everything in writing from the estimate, to the liability coverage, to the bill of lading. 

Schroeder Moving & Storage is here to make the process as smooth and as stress-free as possible. We’re a fully licenced moving company and if you’re planning a move within or out of Wisconsin, we’re happy to serve you. Give us a call or submit a form to receive a free no-obligation in-home estimate!

5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Logistics Provider

Getting goods from one place to another is a much more difficult job than you might imagine. No matter what business you’re in, choosing a logistics provider to handle your supply chain is a big decision and not one that should be rushed without much thought. 

To help you in that process, we’ve compiled a list of things to consider when choosing a third party logistics (3PL) partner.

  1. 3PL’s Speciality/Area of Expertise

Many logistics companies out there cater to certain fields or regions. There aren’t many ‘one-size-fits-all providers’ when it comes to logistics. 

Therefore, you’ll need to be sure that the company you choose has the capabilities your business requires. It’s not uncommon for companies to utilize multiple providers so all their bases are covered.

Familiarize yourself with different 3PL’s points of origin and final destinations. Consider: Are they able to accommodate time sensitive shipments? Will you need access to storage and warehousing? Do their capabilities, generally, match your needs?

  1. Customer Service

Another big thing to look for in a logistics company is their customer service record. Generally speaking, customer service and reliability go hand in hand.

Ask potential providers for references from current clients; this typically gives you the most nuanced picture of what working with a particular company is like. 

Reviews of many 3PL companies are available online as well. Although the reviews may not be as in depth as a phone call or email exchange with a current client, it gives you a broader idea of what can be expected.

  1. Scalability

One aspect that is often overlooked is scalability. Your needs this year will be different than your needs two, five, or ten years from now. 

Your 3PL will need to adapt to those changes as well. As your company grows and it’s demands evolve, your logistics provider will need to be able to evolve with you. Consider the clients they currently serve and how long they’ve been together.

Before approaching potential providers, make sure you have a sense of your business’ potential growth and future requirements.

  1. Company Stability and Experience

As with any industry, experience is invaluable.

A 3PL with several years of experience, at the very least, is a necessity. With experienced companies, you can feel a little more secure knowing they have the needed stability and won’t shut down on you a few months in.

Moreover, an experienced and stable company is less likely to become a liability for your supply chain. This is a must since any hiccups become a liability for your business; your customers won’t know or care if your company is at fault or if the issue is with the logistics company.

  1. Cost

While price will certainly play a big role in your decision, it should definitely not be the only factor you look at. 

Cutting corners on cost of service isn’t something you want to do. A bump in the supply chain can cost you a lot more in the long run, both in headaches and financially. 

As a partner with United Van Lines, Schroeder is able to provide reliable corporate services including logistics and supply chain management, last mile delivery, and more!