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Helpful Moving Tips

Obtain an Estimate- Providing information on the size of your home, an approximate number of boxes (if available), and large items to be moved, especially out of the ordinary ones like hot tubs and workout equipment will help a mover provide an accurate estimate. Check out our Free Estimate (link to free estimate page) page for more information.

Choose the Right Boxes- Using moving boxes of the right size and strength help with a successful move. Wardrobe boxes are great, because you can take your clothes that must be hung straight from the closet and hang them in the box. While regular moving boxes are fine for jeans and t-shirts, wardrobe boxes help keep nicer and more delicate items looking nice.

Moving with Sensitive and Extraordinarily Valuable Items- You should make separate arrangements for items containing sensitive information or items of extreme value or bring them with you. This includes:

  • Moving documents
  • Jewelry
  • Evidence of debt
  • Cash
  • Stamp or coin collections
  • Furs
  • Deeds
  • Securities
  • Family photographs
  • Personal papers

What Not to Pack- To protect your property from damage caused by combustion, leakage, or explosion, dispose of:

  • Food in glass jars
  • Matches
  • ALL aerosol cans
  • Liquids like bleach, nail polish remover, perfume, and furniture polish

If you have liquid medications or other liquids that are absolutely essential for you to pack, ensure the cap it tightly closed and taped. You should then tightly seal the container in a plastic bag before packing.

Moving with Guns and Ammunition- Kendrick Moving & Storage will not accept any ammunition for shipment due to safety concerns. Before handing any gun over to your moving representative for transport, you must be sure it is unloaded and the actions broken down as much as possible.

Moving with a Propane Tank- All propane tanks must be flushed before transport. Most RV dealerships and companies that fill propane tanks can also flush them. After the tank is flushed, they will attach a green certification tag.

Packing Open Food- Open boxes of dried food, think rice, pasta, cereal, etc., should be individually sealed with tape before being packed away. Small containers of herbs, spices, bouillon, gelatin, flavorings, and condiments should be put together in a small box before packing in a larger carton.

Open First- Create an “Open First” box to open upon arrival at your new home. This box can contain medications, a first aid kit, toiletries, phone books, towels, pet food and supplies, flash lights, light bulbs, garbage bags, and other necessities for your first day in your new home.

Plan for Furniture- Make a floor plan of your new home and begin planning your furniture arrangement. Planning this in advance will ease the stress of making those decisions when your furniture arrives. It will also help make decisions on what furniture you want to keep if you won't be bringing it all with you.

Packing Lamps- When packing lamps, remove bulbs, harps, finials (decorative knobs), and shades and roll up the cord. Pack lamps with bedding or wrapped separately and place upright in a clean tissue lined carton. Wrap the harp and finial with packing paper and tape to the inside of the carton that contains the shade. Wrap shades in tissue, not newspaper.

Color Coordinate- Assign a color to each room in the new home. When packing a box that belongs in that room, place a sticker on the outside with the corresponding color. When you arrive at your new home, place a sticker of the correct color on the door of the assigned room. When you tell your movers the system, they will know which room to take each box to. This will make the move faster and help you unpack easier.

Pick a “Home Base”- Pick a room in which to place all of your boxes. Generally, you will want to pick the one closes to the door. Group boxes by the room they belong in at the new house (this will be made easier with color coordinated boxes). Designating one room as your “home base” for boxes will help keep the path to and around your large furniture clear of boxes.

Parking for Movers- Your mover will need parking near your residence that is easily accessible. You must remember that the moving van cannot block the street, so do everything you can to secure parking spaces. You might try reserving parking using your car, a friend's car, or saw horses.

Moving with Pets- Moving can be traumatic for pets, and for their safety and your sanity, you will want to minimize that as much as possible. They are attached to your old home and feel it is their territory; with all the hustle and bustle of moving, and all of the strange new people helping, it is best to keep them isolated in a place they feel safe. When you arrive at your new home, keep them isolated in a place where you have set up some of their things so they have familiar sites and smells while your belongings are being unloaded.

Before Your Mover Leaves- Before your mover leaves, do a thorough check of the house with your Kendrick Moving Storage driver to ensure nothing was missed. Remember to check easily missed areas such as the attic, basement, and all closets, cupboards, and drawers.


My experiences with Kendrick Moving & Storage include completing two local moves, moving from Lebanon, Ohio to Bradenton, Florida, and utilizing their storage facilities. Thus far, estimates have always been very competitive, and actuals have come in less than estimated. They have been very responsive to our needs, and have managed to meet all of our requests regarding timing for both pick up and delivery. Everyone we have come in contact with has been very friendly, professional, and courteous in handling our property. I was especially impressed with the care taken in handling our large pieces of furniture, and ensuring that both the furniture, and the walls, remain unscathed. Given the opportunity, I would not hesitate to use their services in the future.

Gordon Norquay