The Tools for an Easier Move

Moving can be a daunting task even if you’re staying within the area. To make this upcoming change in your life a little smoother, we’ve compiled a few of our best moving tips and strategies that can help. We’ve seen it all and know some tricks that can make your transition smoother and with less stress. For our current and future clients, we’ve also included a step-by-step process of what to expect when our movers show up. Completely take the guesswork and hassle out of your upcoming move, trust our professionals to take care of you.

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Moving Glossary

There are particular terms used in the moving industry that are not everyday words. It may be helpful to familiarize yourself with some of these as you are preparing for your move. Below, we share some of the most common terms and their definitions used in our daily operation. Click for printable PDF.

Bill of Lading – Your receipt and contract for your home relocation. A Bill of Lading is a document issued by a carrier which details a shipment of merchandise and gives title of that shipment to a specified party.

Carrier – The moving company transporting your items.

COD – Cash on Delivery. Payment can typically be made by cash, check, or credit card.

Claim – A written statement of loss or damage to your household goods while in the care of the Carrier.

Dishpack – A sturdy box ideal for packing everyday dishes, china, and glassware.

Driver – The operator of your moving truck and the supervisor of the packing, loading, unloading, and moving.

Estimate – The approximate cost of your relocation typically based on the amount of items being moved, weight, and/or distance between the Point A and Point B location. There are two basic types of estimates:

1) Binding Estimates – the total of what the home relocation will cost, excluding unanticipated destination services provided to you in advance. Moving companies are contractually required to stand by these estimates. However, if your items weigh less than anticipated, you will not get a reduction in cost.
2) Non-binding Estimates – the type of estimate that we provide and it is an approximation of what your home relocation will cost. The final amount you pay could be higher or lower depending on the amount of time required, labor, and packing services provided.

Federal moving regulations – U.S. government laws that regulate moving companies and transportation, enforced via the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Franchise – A form of business organization in which a firm which already has a successful product or service (the franchisor) enters into a continuing contractual relationship with other businesses (franchisees) operating under the franchisor’s trade name and usually with the franchisor’s guidance, in exchange for a fee.

Franchisee – a person or company to whom a franchise is granted.

Franchisor – One that grants a franchise.

Full-service packing – Includes all of the boxes and packing service in addition to labor.

Great Day Moving – A local moving franchise system founded in 2010 and launched in 2011 with a desire to introduce accountability and integrity into the local moving industry. Our vision is to excel in a worldwide market, one community at a time. Our mission is to be the most professional, courteous, and knowledgeable service providers in the moving industry.

Household goods – Your personal property and items within your home.

Insurance – Insurance is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss. Federal law mandates that all licensed and regulated moving companies insure your items at a minimum of 60 cents per pound. This insurance is offered at no charge to the customer. Contact your homeowners or renters insurance provider for full replacement cost coverage.

Interstate moving – Means transportation of goods in the United States which is between a place in a state and a place outside of that state or between two places in a state through another state or place outside of the U.S.

Intrastate moving – When you move within a state and do not cross another state’s border.

Moving company – The business that coordinates and conducts the transportation of household goods to your new location.

Moving crew – The employees of the moving company who load and unload household goods onto the moving truck.

Moving plans – The strategy developed to prepare you for your relocation.

Moving process – The entire course of your relocation that includes planning, packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking.

Moving tips – Advice that helps you prepare for a stress-free relocation.

Moving truck – The vehicle in which household goods are transported to your new location.

Onsite Estimate – A complete inventory of your belongings conducted by a moving company representative at your home to allow for a comprehensive estimate of relocation costs and services.

Overflow – Occurs when there is not enough space on the moving truck to fit all of your items.

Packing crew – The employees of the moving company who carefully prepare household goods for relocation using high-quality materials and proven methods.

Packing service – The preparation of household goods for relocation by a moving company’s professional packing crew.

Point A – The Point A location refers to the origin or first destination we will stop to load household items.

Point B – The Point B location refers to the destination or the final destination where we will transport your items to unload.

Relocation – A physical move to a different location.

Relocation estimate – The approximate cost of your relocation based on the size of your shipment, as well as the origin and destination locations, also known as an estimate.

Relocation services – The services provided to you by your moving company including packing, unpacking, and relocation of your household items.

Rider – A provision of an insurance policy that is purchased separately from the basic policy and that provides additional benefits at additional cost. Standard policies usually leave little room for modification or customization, beyond choosing deductibles and coverage amounts. Riders help policyholders create insurance products that meet their specific needs.

Tariff - A document identifying provisions and rates for the relocation services performed by the Carrier.

Third-party services – Relocation services for your move performed by someone other than your moving company, such as disconnecting appliances from a water line, or preparing/crating a grandfather clock.

Trip charge – Includes charges by mileage, insurance surcharges, and fuel surcharges. Also known as a service fee.

Unpacking services – Removal of household goods from packing materials by a moving company’s professional packing crew

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – The federal agency that oversees interstate and intrastate transportation, including the shipment of household goods on moving trucks. Every legitimate moving company should have a registered DOT number.

Valuation – The degree of “worth” of the shipment. Most Carriers offer two levels of liability: basic and full. It is also known as transit or cargo protection.

Wardrobe – A type of box that acts as a ‘mobile closet’ to hang your nice clothes in versus being placed in regular boxes. The clothes are hung on a rod and protected as if they were in a closet.

Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move – A booklet that the Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration requires your moving company to provide to you if you are moving interstate. It explains what you should expect from your moving company and what you need to do to ensure a smooth move.


10 Basic Tips to Prepare for Moving Day

You have a lot going on as you prepare for your upcoming move. We’ve compiled a basic list of 10 moving tips to assist you with the process. Watch the Tips Video or Click for PDF



Moving Checklist & Timeline

Are you a preparation guru, a list-maker or a to-do fanatic? Well, we have you covered on your upcoming relocation with our detailed Moving Checklist & Timeline to guide you through the process. Click for PDF


Proper Lifting Techniques

Using proper lifting techniques is important when preparing for your next move. Protect your back and use the following tips while lifting boxes or furniture items. Click for printable PDF.

Safety is top priority on every home and business move conducted by Great Day Moving. One aspect of safety standards is the observance of proper lifting techniques while packing up your home or office, preparing for moving day, and for the do-it-yourself move.

Before lifting or moving any boxes or furniture items, you want to examine the environment in which you are moving. Look for sharp corners, slippery spots on the floors, or other potential tripping hazards. Be sure you know where you are going to set the item down and that the path you are taking is free of any obstructions.

Remember the following lifting techniques to make your move preparations easier and safer:

  1. Size up the load to carry.
  2. Squat to lift and lower, do not bend at the waist.
  3. Keep your lower back bowed in while bending over.
  4. Position yourself as close to the item or box as possible.
  5. Grasp opposite corners for better control.
  6. Bow your back in and rise up with your head first.
  7. If you must turn while lifting, be sure to turn with your feet, not your body.
  8. Never jerk or twist your body while lifting or carrying.
  9. Keep your feet apart, staggered if possible
  10. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.
  11. Move feet and legs in the direction of travel.
  12. Put the weight down by keeping your low back bowed in.

Sometimes you may need equipment, such as a dolly, to make it easier on your body. When using a dolly, remember to push, not pull – so that you have more control and greater leverage. It also helps, and is much safer, if you can fasten the load (boxes, etc) to the dolly in case of sudden stops or vibrations that may cause the load to shift.



Self-Packing Tips

Getting ready for moving day? Pack, pack, pack! Here are some do-it-yourself packing tips to prepare your precious belongings for the big day. Click for printable PDF.

  1. Go through your belongings and separate the items to donate from what you are going to keep. Box these items up and deliver to a charity of your choice before packing for your move. This will save you time and money later.
  2. Acquire the packing supplies you need:
    1. Newspaper, blankets/pillows, bubble wrap, packing paper, or foam peanuts for padding
    2. Box cutter or utility knife
    3. Permanent marker
    4. Packing tape
    5. Sturdy boxes of varying sizes
  3. Be sure to fold the bottom flaps of each box and tape the bottom seam as well as crossways to secure the contents. Once filled, tape the top of the box closed.
  4. Always place heavier items on the bottom, less heavy, then lightest on top.
  5. Clearly label each box on multiple sides of the box. You can write ‘bedroom/books’ or ‘kitchen/spices.’ Mark boxes with breakables as ‘FRAGILE.’

Specific Items:

  • Books: Pack books standing upright in small boxes. Be sure to place heavier boxes on the bottom. And place the books spine to spine so pages are not touching and fill in empty spaces with packing paper.
  • Breakables and Electronics: Always leave a 2- to 4-inch layer of crumpled paper along the bottom, sides, and top of the box. Wrap items in bubble wrap or packing paper.
  • Clothing: Wardrobe boxes can be used to move hanging clothing. All other clothing, blankets, and household linens can be packed in medium size boxes. It is recommended to empty chests and dressers since the additional weight can make the furniture more difficult to move and more likely to get damaged.
  • Dishes & China: Wrap each piece separately in packing paper. Place them in the box standing on edge.
  • Bowls: Wrap them individually, stack 2 to 4 together, and wrap them all again, and place them standing on edge in the box.
  • Cups and Glassware: Wrap cup handles in paper, and then wrap the entire cup. Place cups in the boxes with all handles pointing the same direction. Wrap regular glasses individually.
  • Pots and Pans: Stack them on top of each other with a few pieces of paper between them. Fill all empty spaces with newspaper.
  • Lamps and Lampshades: Remove shades and bulbs. Wrap lamp stands in layers of paper and place in boxes standing upright. Wrap lampshades lightly in paper, nest them one inside the other and pack in separate boxes.
  • Paintings, Mirrors and Glass: Use picture boxes and bubble wrap. Leave a 2 to 4-inch layer of crumpled paper at the bottom, sides and top of each box. Do not use bubble wrap for oil paintings. Use corrugated corners for extra protection.

Moving Preparation Tips

Ready to get moving? Check our list of useful tips for moving day to save time and money as well as alleviate unneeded stress. Click for printable PDF.

  1. Unless previously requested, packing materials (carpet protector, boxes, or tape) will not be available by the relocation crew on moving day
  2. If self-packing:
    1. separately stack heavy boxes from light/medium-weight boxes, this will insure less handling time and keep lightweight and fragile boxes off the bottom when loaded onto the truck
    2. Properly box all electronic equipment, especially TVs, computers, etc. It’s best if they are transported in your vehicle and we can load/unload them for you.
    3. Tape all boxes closed and mark with the room they will be going to. Be sure to mark boxes of sensitive items as “fragile.”
  3. Disconnect or unplug all electronics and appliances before movers arrive:
    1. Electrical Cords: Remove from component and put into personal bag/box OR tape to the component itself.
    2. Washer/Dryer: Disconnect all water and electrical connections
    3. Fridge/ Freezer: Disconnect all water and electrical connections
  4. Empty the contents of refrigerators, cabinets and desks. Remove small, fragile and valuable items from file cabinets and drawers.
  5. Do not stuff more items into drawers that will increase the weight of the piece
  6. Disassemble bed frames and put all hardware into plastic bags that can be stored in a nightstand drawer to insure against loss during transit
  7. If we are only moving certain items for you, please make sure paths are cleared for the movers’ safety and to save time
  8. Remove all light bulbs and shades out of lamps
  9. Keep all important paperwork handy (method of payment, coupons, lease/home paperwork) so they do not get packed up or misplaced during the move
  10. Items we cannot transport on our trucks and for which other arrangements must be made:
    1. Gasoline Cans
    2. Firearms/Ammunition
    3. Open Liquor bottles
    4. Aerosol Cans
    5. Hazardous or Corrosive Materials
    6. Yard equipment with fuel
    7. Live, potted plants
    8. Animals or pets
    9. Un-cleaned pet habitats (kennels, cages, etc)

What to Expect

From the first phone call to unpacking the last box, we outline what you can expect from our moving professionals and the steps we take to ensure a successful move. Click for printable PDF.

Step 1:
Contact our office by email, phone call, or submit a website estimate request,
depending on what you’re most comfortable with. Give your information to our customer service attendant who can answer any of your questions, ask questions pertaining to your specific job, and then give you a free quote for your upcoming move. We have recently upgraded our website and software to give you an instant email estimate once you submit your information online. This is the easiest and fastest way to begin the process.

Step 2:
Our representative will work with you to schedule the day and time of your move
either over the phone or via email, whatever is most convenient for you. Keeping your schedule and our availability in mind, we will determine the best moving date and record all important information regarding your move. Upon scheduling, you will receive a timely confirmation email with our contract terms and helpful preparation tips to get you ready for the upcoming event.

Step 3:
When we arrive on the moving day, our crew will come to the designated location
with all tools, supplies, and equipment required for your move. We will do a walk-through of the areas to be moved, assess the contents, verify the move estimate, and the contract will then be signed. Our moving crew will work diligently to load all belongings onto the truck. The team will then travel to your move destination, conduct a move-in walk-through, and then begin unloading your belongings. The team will verify that your furniture and boxes are placed in the proper rooms and any items they disassembled will be put together.

Step 4:
We collect full payment upon completion.*
After your move has been successfully completed and all concerns met, we will review and issue your total invoice for the job. We require a signature on the final bill and accept payment via credit card or cash. The crew supervisor will require your [electronic] signature to process payment via credit card.

Step 5:
In the unlikely event that damages or issues arise as a result of the move,
we will handle the case professionally and in a timely manner. For any damaged item, our contract terms state our liability coverage of $0.60 per pound per item.


*A contract/agreement with an ongoing client is the only basis for not collecting payment in full at the completion of each job.

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