How To Protect Your Valuables During a Move

Expert tips for protecting your items when moving

if you are looking for expert tips for moving, here are some great tips for you. Below are the best tips and practices that we have learned over the past 9 years in business. We help over a thousand clients a year in Washington State and Arizona and so it’s critical that we are doing great work to protect our client’s belongings during their moves. 


Packing boxes properly

Place about two inches of crushed paper in the bottom of your boxes to cushion and help protect your items. Having strong boxes that are taped up sufficiently and that aren’t packed with too much weight is important as well. Don’t Overpack your boxes. The general rule of thumb is that each box should not weigh more than 50 pounds. Even if you do decide to hire movers, remember that you may have to move the boxes yourself, from one room to another before the movers arrive. 


Purchase an adequate amount of moving blankets

One of the best ways to fully protect your furniture during a move is to purchase or rent plenty of moving blankets. We see a lot of damaged items when we unload containers, trailers, and trucks when our clients hire us for unloading help due to not enough moving blankets being used. It’s important to err on the side of caution and uses extra moving blankets. We tell our clients that this is the number one way to prevent damaged items. Of course, it’s important to wrap your items properly ahead of time if you are the one who is loading your furniture items. Click here for a great video on how to properly wrap your furniture using moving blankets. If you decide to hire professional movers like us, we will take care of the wrapping of any furniture items that need wrapping. 




Hire Professional Movers

Whether you are moving cross country or locally, it’s always a good idea to hire professional movers if you can afford to pay for help. You can decide to hire a full-service moving company that provides the movers and transportation is one way to hire movers but this can get very expensive to hire a high-quality full-service moving company. Or, you can hire moving help for movers without transportation like our company which specializes in proving highly trained, quality movers to help load and or unload PODS containers, Uhaul trucks, Upack containers, etc. 

If you would like to learn more about the service we provide check out our website and feel free to request a free estimate by clicking here. We are here to help and look forward to talking with you. We are a customer service-focused company that is striving to be the leader in moving help in Phoenix Arizona as well as in Washington State.

Our Top 2 Tips for Moving in Phoenix

Our top two tips when needing to move within, in, or out of Phoenix Arizona.

By Jason Elkins (President & Founder of Thumbs Up Moving Labor)

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Tip 1: Decide if you need help with your move or not

There are a lot of options when it comes to choosing who is going to help you with your move. There are a few questions that you need to ask yourself. Do I want to move on my own? Do I want to hire a company to move me? If you decide to move on your own, you might have a truck or trailer you can use and friends and family to use as well. If not, you can rent a U-haul or Penske, or Budget truck if you need transportation and you can have friends and family help with your move if you have that option. Or, if you need movers you can hire a company like ours to provide the movers locally here in Phoenix Arizona. If you are moving long-distance there are companies that you can hire for the transportation like U-pack where we can load your household furniture and items here and hire another similar moving labor company wherever you are moving out of the area. We can guide you with all your choices as well if you need help with deciding what to do.  If you don’t want to deal with renting your own truck or trailer or container and you don’t have your own transportation you can hire a full-service moving company to do everything. If you do that, the most important thing is finding the most reputable company you can find with many 5 star reviews online. There are a lot of bad moving companies out there and very few great ones. Do your research and find the best company that seems to be very professional and as you begin reaching out to them be sure they are communicative and friendly and seem very on point as well.


Tip 2: Start a checklist

Moving is stressful but it doesn’t need to be a nightmare. When you find out you will be moving, it’s important to start a checklist of things that you need to get done before the move and arrange them carefully thinking about all the moving parts that you will be experiencing over the coming days, weeks, and possibly month. Keeping your checklist close by and updating it and checking off the items that you need to complete before move day is not only practical but it also gives peace of mind. It’s important to have a sense of control in the midst of the chaos that you will be experiencing as move day draws closer. There are a lot of free apps out there that you can use like Trello or you can simply use a notepad or the notes app on your phone and make a nice checklist for yourself. When deciding where to keep your checklist it’s important to have the list wherever it’s most likely that you’ll be inclined to view it daily until all the items are completed. That’s it. Thanks for reading.