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Getting your move started

5-7 weeks before moving…

  • First off, it is important to set a date with a moving representative to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
  •   If your company is paying for your move, refer to their moving policy to determine the services the mover will be authorized to perform.
  •   Do you want to do any of the packing — or will you have it done by our experienced packers? Your agent will be happy to discuss packing services with you.
  •   Show the agent everything that is going to be moved. Any items you fail to disclose or that are added later to the shipment will increase the cost, even if you have been given a binding estimate.
  •   Read the company’s relocation manual (for full-service moves) to make certain that you fully understand the extent of the carrier’s liability.
  •   Sign the Estimate/Order for Service after you are sure you have a clear understanding of each section. If you have any questions, ask your agent to explain.
  •   Keep the phone number and name of your salesperson or move coordinator handy.

Non-acceptable items

State regulation prevent us from moving hazardous items. Before your things are packed and loaded, please take some time to look over the items that we cannot put on a truck or in a container. Hazardous and perishable materials are not allowed, and we recommend that you keep sentimental or personally important items with you.

Hazardous materials

  • Aerosal cans
  • Ammonia
  • Ammunition
  • Car batteries
  • Charcoal/lighter fluid
  • Chemistry sets
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Darkroom chemicals
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fireworks
  • Fuels/oils
  • Household batteries
  • Kerosene
 

  • Liquid bleach
  • Loaded guns
  • Matches
  • Nail polish
  • Paint thinners
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Pool chemicals
  • Propane tanks
  • Scuba tanks
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer
Perishables

  • Food without adequate preservation
  • Frozen food
  • Open or half-used foods
  • Plants
  • Produce
  • Refrigerated foods
 

**If you are moving less than 150 miles and your items will be delivered within 24 hours of pickup, agents may agree to transport perishables that are properly packed and require no servicing in transit.

NOTE: You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliances to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.

Packing Preparations

Packing Preparations

Here are a few general suggestions that will make packing easier:

  • Plan how you will pack. Pack items first that you don’t use often.
  • Start packing as soon as you find out you’re moving (A little each day will save you from stresses of moving day).
  • Never pack flammable items or non-allowable items.
  • Use generous amounts of paper inside the carton on the bottom and top. This will act as a cushion and protect your items
  • List contents and room on the outside of the carton (Front of the box works the best).
  • Clearly mark “Fragile” on the outside of cartons.
  • Use clean newsprint paper. Old newspapers may work, but use them carefully because the ink may rub off onto your items. Clean “newsprint” paper is available upon request.
  • Write “Open First” on cartons containing essential items such as cooking utensils, toiletries, etc.
  • Separate breakables and non-breakables.
  • Pack all cartons tightly.
  • Use professional packing tape. Masking tape isn’t strong enough to support fully packed cartons.

PREPARING HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Preparing household items:

• Federal law requires that you dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, aerosol cans, ammunition, and poisons such as weed killer. Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery. Discard partly used cans of oil, paint, thinner, bleach, or any other substances that may be flammable or combustible or those stored in containers that may leak.

• Discard propane tanks which are used for barbecue grills.

• Notify your agent about which large appliances will be moving with you. This will allow them to send someone out who is authorized to perform the necessary relocation services to ensure their safety.

• Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in service through moving day.

• Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.

• Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.

• Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage

Winter Moves

Now that the craziest time of the year (summer) is over. TnT Logistics is offering some great deals on local moves. We are cutting our material and hourly rates to help YOU save! If interested call or e-mail one of our representatives and they will be more than happy to steer you in the right direction!