BOXES AND SUPPLIES

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When it’s time to get your goods ready for shipping, you can use the very same moving supplies professional packers and movers use.

 

QUALITY MATERIALS, COMPETITIVE PRICING

Every day is moving day, so there are always plenty of professional grade moving supplies in stock. You can easily inquire about the amount of materials you will need. Getting your supplies from Golden Camel Moving can help you save time and money.

 

MOVING BOXES AND CARTONS

Choose from several sizes of moving boxes designed for all kinds of household goods. Smaller boxes are better for packing heavy items (books and papers) and larger boxes are good for lighter items (linens, towels, etc.)

WHAT PACKING SUPPLIES CAN I GET FROM GOLDEN CAMEL MOVING?

  • Boxes
  • Book Boxes (12” x 12” x 12”)
  • Small (6" x 12-5/8" x 12-13/16")
  • Medium (18" x 18" x 16")
  • Large (18" x 18" x 24")
  • X-Large (24-1/8" x 18" x 24")
  • Dish Pack (5.125 cu. ft.)
  • Wardrobe (24” x 20” x 45”)
  • Lamp Cartons
  • Flat Panel TV Boxes
  • Mirror and Picture Boxes
  • Document Storage (File) Boxes

Other Moving Supplies

  • Mattress Bags (Twin, Full, Queen, King)
  • Bubble Pack (Large Rolls, Small Rolls, Sheets)
  • Packing Paper (10 lb. box)
  • Packing Tape

 

How to Begin

Talk to your Golden Camel Moving Agent.

When you decide to do your own packing, ask your Golden Camel Moving Agent about what materials you will need. 

MOVING CHECK LIST

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The To-Do list for your home moving.

 

A month before the move:

  • Reserve a moving company for your move as soon as you know you are moving. If you need packing assistance, we can also pack up your house, apartment, or condo for you.
  • Contact Golden Camel Moving for all your moving supplies.
  • Start to clean out closets, the garage, and attic.
  • Host a garage sale or donate your unwanted things to charity.
  • Arrange to transfer school records.
  • Get change of address cards from your local post office or change your address online.
  • Notify magazines, charge accounts, insurance companies, clubs, and all other organizations of your change of address.
  • If possible, get owner's manuals for appliances in your new home.

 

One to two weeks before the move:

  • Make a "survival closet" of things you will need for the final clean-up and include snacks for the last day.
  • If you decide to pack yourself, label all moving boxes as you pack. Write the destination room on the top and sides of each moving box to ensure it gets to the right place in your new home. If you’re pressed for time, or overwhelmed with packing, Golden Camel Moving offers full-service packing.
  • Schedule disconnects for utilities such as gas, electric, water and the telephone. If you have a landline, do not disconnect it until after your move. Arrange for refunds that are due, and schedule connections for your new residence.
  • Cancel newspapers, Internet, cable TV, security, pest control, cleaning help, lawn maintenance, and any other services you receive.

 

The week of the move:

  • Mail in your change of address forms.
  • Clean the stove and finish up any last minute cleaning before move day.
  • Finish up packing and be sure all items are boxed and ready to go prior to the movers’ arrival.

 

The day before the move:

  • Clean the refrigerator, then defrost and dry.
  • Get enough cash to tide you over. Cash comes in handy if you need to order pizza during your move, or dinner in your new place!
  • Say goodbye to your neighbors!

 

Day of the move:

  • Pack your suitcase and day of the move box with all necessary essentials to get you through the next few days in case you don’t get to unpacking right away.
  • Be sure you’re present when the movers arrive so you can walk them through the home and indicate what you need moved or anything in particular they should be aware of.
  • Once all belongings are loaded onto the moving truck, be sure to do one more walkthrough and lock all windows and outside doors, in addition to checking all lights and your thermostat are off before heading to your new home.

 

Do you wish to print this list to have it at hand? Click here for printable version!

MOVING TIPS

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Should You DIY Your Move?

Moving yourself will most certainly cost less than hiring a moving company, but before you go it alone, consider:

  • How big the move is. Taking a teen off to college or even moving into a first or second apartment is a much different experience than moving into a four-bedroom house or downsizing to a retirement condo. Outline exactly what will be involved, in terms of quantity and size of belongings and furnishings to determine how much and what kind of help you'll need.
  • Your and your helpers' stamina. Moving is exhausting, both mentally and physically. Are everyone's back/knees/stress-coping skills up to it?
  • It will cost more than you think. Factor in: the cost of supplies (boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, rope), gas and tolls (moving trucks get less than 10 miles to the gallon and cost more at the tollbooth), equipment rentals (hand trucks and furniture pads aren't usually included), buying your helpers lunch/dinner and beverages, and on-the-road costs (hotels, meals) if your move will take overnight or longer.

Plan Your Move Ahead of Time

  • If you’re not sure how to organize your moving timeline, check out our moving checklist to break the process down into the months and weeks preceding your moving day.
  • Will you need someone to watch your kids or pets throughout the moving process? Are you counting on your friends to help you out on moving day? Give all of your helpers plenty of advance notice, especially if they won’t be getting paid for assisting you. And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve requested time off work on your moving day.
  • Notify utility companies, the post office, insurance companies, the bank, and anyone else who needs to know about your change of address at least two weeks before you leave.

 

How to Organize Before Moving

  • Clean out and organize the storage areas of your home such as closets, the attic, and the basement as soon as you decide you want to move.
  • When deciding which things to keep, donate, sell, or throw away, organize by category instead of by room. For instance, go through every laundry hamper, dresser, closet, and suitcase in your house and make a pile of all of the clothes you own before sorting them.
  • Moving is the best time to be particular about the things you keep. If you don’t want your new home to be cluttered, don’t take things you don’t need, you forgot you had, or you haven’t used within the last year.
  • Do you have friends helping you move? Invite them over ahead of time and give them first dibs on anything you’re planning to sell or give away.
  • A garage sale can lighten the load and put more money in your pocket both from selling items and saving on the cost of shipping.
  • Golden Camel Moving cannot transport perishables. Stop buying groceries one to two weeks before moving day and start finishing off your perishable food items.

 

Packing Hacks

  • Pack the essentials that you will need during your first night in your new home (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and plastic utensils, snacks, coffee and coffee pot, bath towels, sheets, and cleaning supplies) separately in a clear plastic bin. Also pack a personal overnight bag (change of clothes, laptop, and toiletries) to take with you in the car. Make these the last things you pack so you can find them right away.
  • Take personal and sentimental items that can’t be easily replaced with you in the car instead of having the movers load them on the truck.
  • Pack important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and tax documents in a special box or briefcase.
  • To save time and labor, pack things in place whenever possible. For instance, pull out your sock drawer and seal the socks inside with plastic wrap instead of taking them out and packing them in a box.
  • Use wardrobe boxes to safely back clothing items like coats and nice dresses without taking them off their hangers.
  • Vacuum seal your off-season clothes for easy storage when you arrive at your new home.
  • Write detailed labels on boxes stating which room they belong in (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, dining room, etc.) and write labels on the side instead of the top so they can be seen when the boxes are stacked.
  • To avoid losing small parts like screws and cords, put them inside plastic bags and secure them on the item they belong to with tape.
  • Take photos to remember how the wires are connected for your electronics instead of struggling to put your sound system back together.
  • The safest way to pack electronics is in their original boxes.
  • Pack your dishes vertically in a box like records, instead of horizontally in stacks. They’ll be less likely to break.
  • Are you a visual person? Use different colored tape to organize your boxes by room at a glance.
  • Never lose a box or go looking through five different boxes labeled “kitchen” to find the pizza cutter again. Label each box with a number and make a list of all the items packed in the box corresponding with each number on a notepad, on your phone, or in a Google Doc.
  • Don’t struggle with an enormous box of hardcover cookbooks. Pack heavy items in small boxes.
  • Prevent toiletries and other liquids from leaking by removing the cap, placing plastic wrap or a plastic bag over the opening, and securing the cap back on over the plastic seal.

Tips for Moving Day

  • If you’re moving into or out of a rental, take pictures of the empty house or apartment to avoid having to pay for damage you didn’t cause.
  • How much do you tip a mover? While tipping your professional movers is not required, it is customary to tip 5% of the total bill or $20 to each person. Another way to show appreciation is to provide water or other refreshments.
  • When you get to your new home, make the bed right away so you can fall into it at the end of a long day.
  • Place your boxes in the rooms they belong in for easy unpacking.

MOVING WITH CHILDREN

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