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Home Packing Services 101: Packing Tips by the Pros

When people are starting a business or have a business they are currently running, most often the goal is to establish or manage systems that can allow the business to run efficiently. All the parts are figured out and connected correctly, all pieces are tightly secured, so that now you can simply manage what has been built. Even if the system is built and running, there can always be improvements. The development of the system or, set of business procedures, is the blueprint to a smooth running operation. And should always be a main focus.


While we were developing and growing Move On in the early stages, one of the biggest
challenges was setting strict procedure around every aspect of the business while simultaneously trying to establish a better industry standard. It took over 2 years for us to get everything figured out. Even now, we are constantly improving on our procedures and processes to create the “ultimate machine.” The idea is to be able to train your employees to understand and be fluent with what you set in place and then manage their production. When our trucks break down, we have a procedure in place to get that moving truck up and running as quickly as possible. When our professional movers show up to your house, there is a procedure and process to get the job started. We’ve dialed in on our home packing services and moving services to make every move as smooth as possible.

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Moving and Packing Services 101: Loading a Moving Truck

Loading a box truck properly is hard work, but also an art form. Most people who have loaded a box truck or will in the future, more than likely are going to end up causing a gigantic mess. It isn’t the easiest thing to master this art form. Which is why many expected movers hire moving and packing services. If you would like to avoid this mess altogether, we are happy to provide our moving company in Nashville to assist you. If you are a go-getter, and want to sweat a lot while exhausting yourself, then use this guide as a source of helpful tips.

First, think about how much stuff you are moving. Whether you’re searching for small moving companies or corporate relocation services in Nashville, the size of the move helps to determine whether or not you need to hire moving and packing services and how many professional movers you’ll need. If you have a small 1 to 2 bedroom apartment with 10-25 boxes, you will probably be just fine with a 16ft box truck. If you have a larger 2 to 3 bedroom apartment, going with a 26ft box truck would be suitable. Rule of thumb is an average furnished 1,500 square foot residence will fit into a single 26ft box truck. If there is a substantial amount of items in an attic or garage, you may have more than one 26ft truck worth.

Before we get to loading the truck, we want to make sure you are prepared. Everything in the house needs to be boxed if it’s not furniture. Large artwork can be pad wrapped and not boxed if you wish, but there should be zero loose items in the house. Packing loose items in the truck will take away from how much room you will have to stack in the truck as well as put your items at risk for breaking or being damaged. Being prepared inside the house is important but you also want the correct tools for the job. Make sure to use e-track straps or ratchet straps as well as heavy furniture blankets. Your straps should have a safe top working load limit of at least 2,000 lbs and a break strength of at least 5,000 lbs. If you have really light weight furniture you can get away with much less. Remember, it’s not just the weight you are holding, but the force of that weight when the truck is driving around. A 100 pound upright entertainment piece can become a 1,000 pound wrecking ball with enough force from a hard turn.

Now that you have your truck and you are fighting back the thoughts of wishing you had just hired Move On for our moving and packing services, you are ready to get to work. The last thing you want to do is just start grabbing stuff and putting inside the truck. There are a different strategies to use, we will highlight two that are most common.
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1st Strategy: You want to start with your largest pieces first. An armoire is a perfect example of what to place first. If you have large dressers that can be stacked you can also start there. Pack the truck from left to right. After filling the front of the box (closest to the truck cab) start a wall of boxes in front of the furniture. Make sure to utilize all space on the truck if it is going to be a tight squeeze, this means floor to ceiling. After you have all of your boxes stacked, create a wall in front of your boxes with large furniture. Make sure you use 2 or 3 straps to secure this wall of furniture. Now you almost have everything in the truck. The very end of the truck is typically going to look the messiest, but that’s ok. The end is the best place for your grill, lawnmower, bicycles or anything else that you can’t mix with the furniture and boxes. The end of the truck is also a great place to save for that fragile china hutch. Once you get to the end of the truck, and your wall of boxes and furniture has been secured with the straps, you can reserve room for your fragile piece to be secured. When securing a fragile piece, make sure it has first been pad wrapped thoroughly and correctly first, then strap the piece to the wall with the furniture’s back against the wall.

2nd Strategy: Stack boxes first, in the front of the truck. Next, create a wall with furniture stacked from floor to ceiling in front of the boxes. The same principles from above can be applied to this strategy.

A few extra tips: Make sure to empty any oil or gas out of items. Never carry propane tanks in the box of the truck, transport those in the cab of the truck or in your personal car in a secured spot. Never leave glass shelves or pieces of any kind inside of furniture. As you load the truck, utilize straps on heavy pieces and to create walls as you go. Securing walls as you go, keeps the furniture from getting loose and crashing when there is extra room in the back of the truck.

Like we mentioned in the beginning. Loading a truck is an art form and we could write a 50 page manual for all the do’s and don’ts, but this is a great outline that should help you load like a pro. If this all feels overwhelming, we get it, now pick that phone up and call Move On for our moving and packing services!

Moving Long Distance? You Need A Long Distance Moving Service

There are one of two categories you fall under. Either you have experienced hiring a long distance moving service in the past and know a few things to look for. Or you are hiring for the first time and have no clue where to start, what questions to ask, or which company to go with. Hopefully, our time and knowledge gathered as a moving company in Nashville will help give you some basic understanding of the process.

First off, be prepared. Two of the biggest complaints and concerns we hear; “What is your process for damage claims?” and “When will I expect to receive delivery?” Companies who are affiliated with Van Lines and Van Lines themselves operate by combining multiple moves into one truck. This means you are not their only customer on that particular run (unless you have very large amount of stuff). They will have multiple stops sometimes before getting to your location. This results in a window of when you will receive delivery. The window could be a few days or weeks. Typically you are notified at a later date, once other moves have been completed, when you will receive all of your belongings. If you are moved by a Van Line, they have help loading the truck by company employees and then one driver hits the road. Once they reach their destinations, they have local help that more than likely they know little about, help unload your items. They pay their help cash and go on their way. When dealing with a long distance moving service, damages can be an absolute nightmare to get resolved. Quite often you will never get the results you hope for. Knowing a company’s policy on insurance and damages is very important before choosing a company. We will always recommend you doing some due diligence and researching online reviews of companies before making a decision. The internet tells all!
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Another question you need to ask, and possibly the most important is, “Is the price you quoted me a flat rate or can it fluctuate.” We have heard horror stories of a truck pulling up to someone’s house and the mover(s) demanding thousands more because of x, y, z excuse. And then holding the items hostage until they are paid. As the Nashville movers that we are, we don’t agree with this.

There are times when going with a Van Line can be cheaper. But almost every time you will be sacrificing quality. Finding a local company with a good reputation that is not affiliated with a Van Line will produce a more personal and quality experience. Move On is dedicated to quality and satisfaction. If something is damaged, we take care of it. We set a delivery window down to the hour of the desired delivery date. Our customers can have peace of mind with their personal items and will be able to plan exactly when they will be moving into their new residence. You can even speak with our drivers when they are on their way to check in if you wish. Hiring a quality company such as Move On will give you a completely different experience. An experience that will allow you to enjoy the service of having someone else move your belongings, rather than being terrified at the results.

A breadth of long distance moving services in Nashville exist. A good first step besides checking online reviews is simply talking with your realtor and getting a good referral of packing services and moving companies. As long as you cover your bases, you should have a great experience and your getting settled in will be that much easier.

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Our Nashville Movers Agree: Communication is Key

Communication is the most important part of our everyday interaction with people and will always be an integral part of our lives. Communication allows us to convey expectations or not, set boundaries or not, accurately depict who we are or not, allow two parties to work together on the same page or not, etc. etc. At Move On, we constantly instill the vital importance of great communication to our Nashville movers. Our crews, and crew leaders especially, must have great communication with our clients as well as with supervisors. Having an accurate initial understanding of the job before we show up is essential to our core function. Job details can change on a whim, the needs of our clients can change at a moments notice due to the volatility of the real estate market and closing dates etc. As these details change, our crews must be able to communicate and act as a broker to manage the job and allow everything to go off without a hitch. Now add in the occasional client mistake or mistake on our part, and you have to double communication efforts and often start back at square one.

The burden of communication will always be heavily in the hands of our Nashville movers. Which means, we need to identify the important information with the client (end user) and make sure all of the details have been exposed, and then communicate through these details to have the correct strategy for completing the job. Once Move On has communicated the necessary details of our company, service and strategy to move forward, the burden now shifts to the client to communicate any and all points of concern and needs (which we will ask you if you have any).

Assumptions can be the bane of our existence. Assumptions should always be avoided to keep the air clear and communication crisp. We never want to show up to a job and a client expect us to bring packing materials, or expect us to move a massive Grand Piano from the neighbor’s house because the assumption is “we are movers and will move anything.” These are details that should always be discussed prior to the move. All of the moving companies that I am aware of, will never show up ready to just do anything, or pack anything. The company will show up ready to complete the job based on the details discussed while booking the move. Bringing out a few boxes to help with some miscellaneous packing will never be an issue as long as we are prepared for it. nashville-movers

The moving industry is a unique and difficult industry. A lot is expected, a lot of responsibility lies in our hands, and it’s impossible to be perfect. What makes things 1,000 times more difficult is having clients that have a wealth of expectation and zero communication. These jobs are the equivalent to walking blindfolded through a minefield. There is absolutely no way to do a great job or leave the client satisfied in these situations. Recently we had a client who was difficult to say the least. The client directed our crew to floor-load the truck and not stack anything. According to the client, they didn’t want to scratch anything as the “furniture was more important than family.” While the thought may be comforting to the client, the problem is we now can’t fully utilize the space in the truck. Now we have to fit a 1/4 of what would normally fit into the truck. Naturally, this causes the crew to have to make an additional trip to and from the starting address. Strangely enough, the client then begins to complain with how long the move is taking. I wish I could say this is the only time this has happened but not close. Throughout the years, many clients have caused this exact problem. Let’s all just pause here for a moment and think about something. When a service is needed and a professional company is hired to meet that need, the men and/or women who work for that company are trained professional with much more experience than the client. They have the resources, knowledge and training to do the job the correct way. Now, as the client, the job is being completely dictated and directed in the exact opposite way than what is correct. We all know people who think they know everything, but if I hire a plumber, I’m not going to tell the plumber once he arrives that I want him to design and sculpt bamboo fittings and then tell him he is taking too long. It’s absurd to the millionth degree. While we are ready and more than willing to accommodate the unique needs of our clients, when these needs aren’t communicated beforehand we are not responsible for any unmet expectations. Back to the story of the client with the floor-load instructions. After everything was said and done, the client was not satisfied, or even close to being satisfied with the service. It had nothing to do with the performance and everything to do with communication. Throughout the entire process, our crew kept a level head and communicated as best as possible to the client and to the supervisor. We were very proud of how the miscommunication and problems were handled, and can directly attribute this to how much we train and emphasize clear communication. The reason I have highlighted this particular instance, is to demonstrate just how avoidable it all is and to show the importance of proper, open communication.

Lastly, if you are married or have another party that is responsible for hiring the moving company in Nashville TN, make sure that you designate one person to be the main point of communication and have gotten all the details sorted out with them before the fact. Too often we will speak to the husband or wife, and then end up dealing with their significant other during the move. When this change of communication happens, we often see a large gap in details that were “important” or information that needed to be discussed between us and the client.

When you hire the Move On Nashville movers, we are then dedicated from start to finish to do a great job and leave you impressed. We will provide all of the information about us, how we operate, and what to expect. If there are additional needs, or necessary details to know, please for the love of everything good, communicate them. It will make our jobs easier and your life much more stress free. After all, we are here to build the best moving company in Nashville that we can, and help people. That’s our mission. We all have a role and responsibility in communication, so let’s all do our parts and hopefully have a little fun in the process!

Do You Need a Movers Packing Service? Find Out Now

Are you trying to pack your house, and you are feeling completely overwhelmed!? For the best moving company in town, this is just another day on the job. But for someone who is unfamiliar with the process, this can feel like the most painstaking event in your life. Don’t be discouraged, we have you covered!

Before we go over our movers packing service strategy for your belongings, let’s discuss the actual box. Not all cardboard is created equal. If you have chosen the AMC Gremlin instead of the Cadillac Fleetwood of cardboard, you might want to be extra cautious on how much weight is inside the box. No matter the quality of the cardboard however, make sure to adequately tape and secure the box.

First, choose one room to start in. We typically tackle the more difficult rooms first, like the kitchen or dining room. Delicate items require more care, getting this done first will ensure the end of your packing is downhill. The last thing you want is to pack for hours and then be left with an enormous undertaking with china and crystal.

Next, you want to think about the items you are packing. Obviously if it is a delicate item, you want to wrap these individually with paper. Our motto is: paper is cheaper than replacing an item, so if in question always use more paper. Wad up several sheets of paper (movers packing service tip: newsprint packing paper is best) and line the bottom of the box to add a nice cushion for the items to rest on. As you are wrapping items and loading them in the box, place heavier items in the box first. For example, you never want to put champagne flutes or wine glasses on the bottom of the box unless the box is solely being packed with this type of item. When individually wrapping plates, pictures, or anything that may be thin and fragile, make sure these are packed in the box vertically(side by side/standing upright).movers-packing-services

Here’s a good tip: don’t worry about unloading all of your dressers and chests. If you have a drawer full of non-breakables and have one or two breakable items, it is ok to wrap the items and leave them in the drawer. As long as they are secured and will not crash around when the furniture is being moved. You will want to also evaluate the legs on the furniture. If the piece has long, fragile legs, you may want to unload the items inside to reduce the weight and stress on the legs. In certain instances, an item can have all the care in the world taken to protect it. It can be pad wrapped, carried properly, secured on the truck in an appropriate location, and still incur damage from being transported. Lastly, if the piece is massive, it may be a better idea to lighten the load so it can be maneuvered easier.

Lamps can be a pain, let’s fix that. Prepare your box, place your paper in the bottom, and place the lamps inside the box. Use more paper, pillows, towels, bed sheets, or anything else that can pad and keep the lamps secured in the box. Leave the top of the box open and side flaps in the upright position. Prepare another box with one end secured shut, and the other side open with side flaps in upright position. Place the second box overlapping and all the way over the lamp box. Wrap tape around the two boxes as tightly as possible.

Standing floor lamps can be tricky to move. Often times, when they are transported without being packed, they can be damaged. Place these inside a wardrobe box, along side items like pillows, bed sheets, comforters, etc. It is perfectly fine if the lamp is too tall to close the box. If this is the case, tape around the box to keep the side flaps in an upright position.

Now that we have the bulk of your house packed up, we need to focus on all of that beautiful artwork. Any piece that is valuable or you want to take extra care with, we always recommend getting mirror boxes. Carefully pad the piece with large paper pads before proceeding to load the item inside the box. If you do not want the hassle of padding and boxing every individual piece of art, in the very least you want to wrap the items with large, heavy duty paper pads.

Labeling is extremely beneficial. Most importantly you want to know where the item came from and an item description. Secondly, labels such as: “Fragile”, “This End Up”, “Do Not Heavy Stack”, can all be lifesavers for an item.

After making it through this extraordinary knowledge filled strategic movers packing service guide, I would consider you a packing expert. If this still feels like too much for you to worry about, you can always let the experts handle your packing and moving needs. If you need movers in Nashville, give us a call today!

Moving Made Easy

Booking a move and using professional movers should make moving easy. Or…Easier. When you use Move On for your residential or commercial relocation, we make the process as simple as possible from beginning to end. Our goal is to make your move not just easier on you, but enjoyable as well.

Determining how large your move will be is one of the first things we do. If you only need one truck, then we will not interrupt your week with an in-home estimate. Any moves requiring 2 or more trucks we will likely need to interrupt your week with a knowledgeable, strapping man, to give you a free in-home estimate.

Once we receive your deposit and schedule your move, we will send you an email confirmation with all of your move details, as well as information about us that includes . Including, our Certificate of Insurance, as well as our Professional Reference Page that some say we had to “Move A Mountain” to achieve. Literal mountain, of course.

On the day of your move, our movers will arrive within the scheduled time window. They’ll introduce themselves to you, and conduct a walk-through to make sure that everyone is on the same page. After the walk-through is complete, the crew will place a door jamb protector, door protector, floor runner and rail protection if needed. Once we begin work, we will start pad wrapping everything in the house that needs protection – the sofa you spent two weeks finding, and then met your sofa love at that one amazing moment – the armoire (make sure you don’t pronounce the second “r” it’s very important to respect our French comrades) you tirelessly searched for. Those are the items that we will, as one client referred to it, “become one with the piece.” After we carefully and strategically load our truck with all of your items, we depart for the unload.

Unloading is almost always much faster than loading up, unless you live on top of a volcano that our truck cannot pull up. Even in situations like this, the unload is still typically much faster. After all of your items have been carefully unloaded and placed where you want them, we will conduct one last walk-through to make sure everything is satisfactory. Once you are happy with the move, you will sign off on the job and make payment to our Crew Lead, who will process your payment on the spot. We accept Check, Cash or Card. Card payments of more than $2,000 will have a 3% fee attached to it. We do not take unwanted items to the dump. If you need to get rid of items, often times our crew will gladly take the item(s) off of your hands.

We pride ourselves in being the best and doing the best work, but even Jordan was 50% in the clutch. In the rare times that during the move damage is identified, or post-move you discover damage, we will not be the movers who run and hide in a hole and throw responsibility and integrity out of the window. In handling damages, we will either have quality repairs made or come to a fair agreement that both parties can be happy with. Our customers have found that this is one of the many stark differences in how we operate versus the other guys, and why our online reviews are the best across the board.

As it stands, we believe our processes and movers will hands down give you the best experience. The best part about that, we are never satisfied. We will never stop improving on ourselves and what we offer. We will never be complacent. Our goal is to not just be the best movers in town, but to be one of the best companies and top work places. This is the dedication you will get when you choose us to handle your moving needs. Whether you need our services, or just need to ask some questions and get advice, give us a call today!

Tips for Packing Your Home Effectively

Are you feeling completely overwhelmed while trying to pack your house?! For the best moving company in Nashville, this is just another day on the job. But for someone who is unfamiliar with the process, this can feel like the most painstaking event in your life. Don’t be discouraged, we have you covered!

Before we go over our strategy for packing your items, let’s discuss the actual box. Not all cardboard is created equal. If you have chosen the AMC Gremlin instead of the Cadillac Fleetwood of cardboard, you might want to be extra cautious of how much weight is inside the box. No matter the quality of the cardboard however, make sure to adequately tape and secure the box.

First, choose one room to start in. We typically tackle the more difficult rooms first, like the kitchen or dining room. Delicate items require more care, and getting this done first will ensure the final stages of packing is smooth sailing. The last thing you want is to pack for hours and then be left with an enormous undertaking with china and crystal.

Next, you want to think about the items you are packing. Obviously if it is a delicate item, you want to wrap these individually with paper. Our motto is: paper is cheaper than replacing an item, so if in question always use more paper. Wad up several sheets of paper (newsprint packing paper is best) and line the bottom of the box to add a nice cushion for the items to rest on. As you are wrapping items and loading them in the box, place heavier items in the box first. For example, you never want to put champagne flutes or wine glasses on the bottom of the box unless the box is solely being packed with this type of item. When individually wrapping plates, pictures, or anything that may be thin and fragile, make sure these are packed in the box vertically (side by side/standing upright).

Don’t worry about unloading all of your dressers and chests. If you have a drawer full of non-breakables and have one or two breakable items, it is ok to wrap the items and leave them in the drawer. As long as they are secured and won’t crash around when the furniture is being moved, you can rest assured that the item is secure. You will also want to evaluate the legs on the furniture. If the piece has long, fragile legs, you may want to unload the items inside to reduce the weight and stress on the legs. In certain instances, such items can still incur damage despite world-class pad wrapping, proper carrying tactics, and secure storage on the truck, so this is an important thought to consider. Lastly, if the piece is massive, it may be a better idea to lighten the load so it can be maneuvered more easily.

Lamps can be difficult to move, but alas, we have a solution for that. Prepare your box, place your paper in the bottom, and place the lamps inside the box. Use more paper, pillows, towels, bed sheets, or anything else that can pad and keep the lamps secured in the box. Leave the top of the box open and side flaps in the upright position. Prepare another box with one end secured shut, and the other side open with side flaps in upright position. Place the second box overlapping and all the way over the lamp box. Wrap tape around the two boxes as tightly as possible.

Standing floor lamps are another tricky item to transport in a move. Often times, when transported without being packed, they can be damaged. Move On recommends placing these inside a wardrobe box, along side items like pillows, bed sheets, and comforters for added cushioning. It is perfectly fine if the lamp is too tall to close the box. If this is the case, tape around the box to keep the side flaps in an upright position.

Now that we have the bulk of your house packed up, we need to focus on all of your beautiful artwork. For valuable piece that require extra care, we always recommend using mirror boxes. Carefully pad the piece with large paper pads before proceeding to load the item inside the box. If you do not want the hassle of padding and boxing every individual piece of art, at the very least you’ll want to wrap the items with large, heavy duty paper pads.

Labeling is extremely beneficial. When labeling, we recommend listing the room the item was moved from as well as a small description of the box’s contents. It’s also worth mentioning that labels such as: “Fragile”, “This End Up”, “Do Not Heavy Stack”, can all be lifesavers during a move.

After making it through this extraordinary knowledge-filled strategic packing guide, you’re well on your way to becoming a packing expert! If you’re still having doubts about your abilities/desire to handle your move on your own, Move On is ready to help! Our team of Nashville movers aim to positively affect as many lives as possible, while giving back and having fun in the process. Our pricing is easy and free of hidden fees – click here to get a quote for your move online!

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