Maryland Movers Smart moving tips


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What is SmartMove you ask, well SmartMove is information that we gather between our Movers, Drivers, Office Personnel, Estimator, Our Customers, Angie's List, and our old friend Google, to help you make this transition easy and stress free...


Here, you are going to learn: Packing tips, How to save money!


(Yep! a moving company telling you the secrets on how to save money on your move.)


So just check the links below and take notes of all the helpful tips and tricks that we at Maryland Movers offers you.


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Planning your move



At Maryland Movers, we know that planning a move can be a daunting task, so we have prepared the following moving checklist to help you prepare! The list will help make your moving transition easier and less stressful.



Click here to download our moving checklist.


Moving Checklist


One Month before Moving Day:


  • Contact Maryland Movers for a free on-site estimate and book  your moving day. If you are planning a move in the summer, you may wish to call Maryland Movers two months in advance to ensure availability on your desired moving day.



  • Begin packing. Clearly label boxes with name, contents, and destination for the box (i.e. "DR" for Dining Room, "MBR" for Master Bedroom).



  • Notify the post office.


  • Notify doctors, dentists, and other health service providers.


  • Notify the human resources and/or payroll department at work.


  • Confirm elevator, loading dock, and parking reservations/parking permits for moving day at both current and destination addresses. (If required)




Two Weeks Before Moving Day:


  • Make arrangements for disassembly of specialty items (pianos, swing sets, etc.).


  • Make arrangements for child care and/or a pet sitter for moving day.


  • Arrange for time off from work to prepare for the move and to be present on moving day.


  • Notify your local department of motor vehicles for change of address on your driver's license.



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Moving comes with plenty of expenses, but what most people don’t consider is that they easily can reduce the cost of their moves by simply planning ahead and slimming down.


I’m not saying it’s easy. When we moved a few years ago to our current home in Fulton, MD.  I had to come to terms with all the gadgets and tools I had bought and stored over the years, many only used once, some not at all. When we packed up the toys the kids were too big for, it did tug at the heartstrings a bit, but we knew that the toys could find a better home than the back corner of a dusty attic.


As a moving business owner –  I’ve seen people move all sorts of things. I’ve seen them move boxes that haven’t been unpacked from the last move, wobbly swing sets, basketball goals, firewood and even vintage stereos and TV sets they had good intentions of repairing.


The bottom line is simple economics: The more stuff you move, the more it will cost you. That means, the easiest way to save money on your move is moving only those items that you need, that you really want, and that you really use or wear. Everything else needs to go away.



Here are some tips to help save money on a move:


1. Think ahead. If you know the floor plan and style of the house where you’re moving, take room measurements, and decide in advance what is going to fit and what won’t. You easily can donate those items to a local charity, sell them or even offer them to the buyers of your home. In addition to furniture, consider all those knick knacks, sets of dishes you never use and the clothes that have gone out of style or no longer fit.


2. Don’t furnish your new attic. It’s time to climb into the attic, go through the mini barn and dig into all those closets. Unless it’s really necessary, there’s no need to fully furnish your new attic.


3. Age does matter. Before you decide to move your washer and dryer and other heavy appliances, consider the cost of moving them. In many cases, it makes more economical sense to sell or donate old appliances instead of paying for the cost to move them.


4. What you can’t eat, donate. It’s simply not cost effective to move most food, plus frozen food cannot be shipped. So instead of bagging up all the canned goods in your pantry, consider donating them to a local food pantry. The same goes for pet food.


5. Move at the right time: The beginning and end of the month are the busiest days. Moving on one of these peak days means a more expensive, higher stress move. If your schedule is flexible, ask your relocation consultant to book your move on a non peak day.


If while packing you discover something you hadn’t thought about, used or even seen in years, then you probably won’t need it in the next house. Sell, donate or trash it.


I watch HGTV every now and then and I always like the shows about home organization where the crew will go into someone’s house and help (or prod or bribe) the residents get control over all the clutter. Several years ago, after hearing and seeing the need from our customers, we decided to do something similar.


If a customer is overwhelmed by the move, getting the house ready to be sold, and all the other things that go with it, we can send in a crew of two to three professional packers, who will help the homeowner divide belongings. The first are items that will be moved, which need to be packed. The second are items they don’t need, but could donate or sell, and the third pile is for all those things that no one really wants.


People really can save hundreds of dollars by getting organized. There are other benefits, too. Houses that are in tip-top shape and no clutter sell faster and for more money. Plus, unpacking is a lot less work



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Donating furniture and other items while preparing for your move.


You will probably find that you have many items you do not want to bring to your new home.


Reducing the volume of belongings that your moving company needs to load and deliver will result in a move that takes less time and less money to complete.


Consider donating your belongings to any of these worthy organizations. These organizations will be thrilled to have your household and furniture donations and, if arrangements are made in advance, many will even pick up items up at your home, saving you a trip to their drop off location(s).


A Wider Circle


Goodwill Industries


Salvation Army





Preparing to move can be confusing. To make your move more efficient, we recommend creating an inventory of your belongings and color-coding your boxes. When packing boxes, be sure to number each box, as it will make your life easier when you get to your new home, and you won't want to be searching through every box to find one item! By numbering the boxes, you can now make a detailed, or even a quick list of items in that box. For example, Box # 1 contains items from Master bedroom Linen closet - towels, sheets, pillowcases etc. Making lists are helpful, but be very careful with making too long of a list as it may only add more stress.


To begin organizing your items, it is always best to assign one color per room. Make a chart that shows the rooms and their respective color. The chart can be used in the old home while you pack as a guide if family and/or friends are helping you pack. It can also be used in the new home and should be placed on a wall near the entrance of the home so the movers can easily identify the colors according to the chart. At the new home, it is always best to place the color above the doors, just in case everyone cannot memorize every color(we all have memory lapses!). Organizing before you move will help to make the moving process easier as it will come in handy when you have to unpack in your new home.




Regardless of their age, moving with kids can be a challenge.


Moving with kids is a big transition for any family — leaving an old home for a new home, saying goodbye to friends, and disrupting your children's regular routine. The best way to minimize the stress of moving with kids is to look for possible stressors and make a plan for how to address them.


While you can’t totally eliminate the challenge of moving with kids, there are tips that can help ease the process. Here are our top tips for helping kids ease into the upcoming move.


1. Involve your kids in the moving process!

Between finding a new home, packing, and coordinating with your movers, it’s all too easy to overlook your kids in the moving process. Our top recommendation is to involve kids in the moving process whenever possible. Even the littlest task can make a difference in your child’s feelings towards their new home.


There are a few ways you can do this. The kids can help you run a yard sale, give their top three choices for repainting the walls of the living room, or even help you narrow down the homes you're considering. If you have little ones, there are tons of creative ways to re-purpose packing material and create moving-day entertainment (think: a moving-box fort).


Alternatively, let the kids pack a few of their own moving boxes. As an extra tip, try customizing moving box labels with your kids' names written on them, and let them decorate their boxes with stickers — they’ll love it!


2. Use time to your advantage

In some cases, you may have months to prepare for your move, but in other cases, you may have a matter of weeks. Our main advice? If you have the time, use it to your advantage. Prepare the kids for the move by giving them as much information about your new home as possible, such as pictures of what their new bedroom will look like, where they’ll go to school (even try and schedule a school tour with their new teacher), or photos of the local playground they’ll visit.


If you’re moving on a short schedule or long distance, use the time at your old home to make a plan with your child about all the steps of the moving process. They may have questions about what will happen and you can assure them of all of the exciting elements of moving into a new home.


3. Visit the neighborhood you’re moving to

Not all parents will have the luxury of visiting their new neighborhood with their kids before moving day. If you can, plan on taking a walking tour of your new neighborhood, the downtown area, or their new school.


Before you visit, pick up a copy of the local newspaper, and find out what kids-oriented activities are happening during your visit. A visit to the local sports field or recreation center may help open their eyes to the new neighborhood. Moving with your kids doesn’t have to be a surprise event.


4. Host a goodbye party

Between your child’s final day at their old school, moving to a new neighborhood, and making new friends, there’s a lot to fear about the move. Hosting a goodbye party will help give them some closure as they leave their friends and old home. Host a party at your old home as a celebration of the time your family spent there and invite the neighbors. Alternatively, hold the party in your new home as a grand welcome to your new space and invite your new neighbors.


5. Minimize change upon arrival

Particularly if you’re moving with young kids, minimizing change is essential. You may be moving to a new house or even a new state, but you can keep things familiar by setting up their bedroom furniture in the same arrangement or maintaining the same morning routines. Moreover, try to preserve any traditions you held in your old home, like Saturday family movie nights or Sunday morning brunch. This will help ease the transition, trust us.


You won’t be able to keep everything the same, but the little pieces you preserve in the transition can make a world of difference.


6. Pack a "Moving-Day" Bag

Your children probably won’t want to be separated for the next week from their favorite teddy bear or Nintendo, so make sure that they pack a “moving day” bag in advance of the move. Explain that it may take a week or two for all of the moving boxes to be unpacked, so they should keep everything that they want close by in their "moving-day" bag.


You can even pack them a special moving-day bag as a surprise with snacks for the trip and a game or toy for when they arrive.






There are several items that require special attention. Electronics and appliances are important items that Maryland Movers moves with extreme care. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your fragile items for moving:



  • Use a qualified service provider to remove and uninstall wall-mounted AV equipment. (Maryland Movers provides TV Installations Services)


  • Move electronics in original cartons with the original packing materials. (Maryland Movers can provide TV boxes at a very reasonable price)


  • Cushion your items inside the carton with bubble wrap, paper padding or foam peanuts.


  • Consult your owner’s manual for special instructions on Plasma and flat-panel TVs.


  • Back up all software.


  • Draw a simple diagram (or tape color codes on wires) to make reconnecting much easier.


  • Disconnect all wiring and cables.


  • Pack wires and cables with their corresponding electronic units.


  • Keep components together clearly labeled in boxes.


  • Pack small accessories, such as remote controls, with each component. Or place them in a designated box.


  • Submit a list of your electronic components and computer equipment (with serial numbers) to your homeowners insurance company.





Moving plants? Follow these simple tips and your plants will travel up to three days before requiring any attention.


  • Three weeks before moving day: Re-pot plants from clay pots into unbreakable plastic pots of the same size; changing pot sizes may harm plants.


  • Two weeks before moving day: Prune larger plants to make them compact for easy handling and transport. Pruning also yields healthy, bushy, attractive plants. To prune, simply pinch back newer growth with your thumb and forefinger. Do not prune ferns and succulents (e.g., cactus, jade plants, aloe).


  • One week before moving day: Check plants for insects and parasites. If you apply insecticides, exercise caution and follow label directions.


  • Two days before moving day: Water your plants normally, taking care to not over-water. Too much water can cause plants to freeze in cold weather or promote fungus growth in warm weather.


  • Moving day: Pack your plants in the morning (or the night before).


  • Wrap large plants with an old bed sheet or tissue paper to prevent branches from breaking.


  • Place each pot in a box so it fits snugly at the bottom.


  • If necessary, pack paper in the box around the base of the pot to hold the pot in place.


  • Punch air holes in the sides of the box and loosely fasten the lid so plants can breathe.


  • Set the boxes upright and clearly mark the lids. This will help avoid loading them by mistake into the moving van.


  • Tips for keeping plants healthy while traveling: Load plants as close to your departure time as possible.


  • Avoid putting them in the trunk of your car; heat, cold, and lack of fresh air can be harmful.


  • In warm weather, stop periodically in shaded areas and crack a window. Avoid exposing plants to direct sunlight at any time.


  • Keep a comfortable temperature in your car. Cold weather, especially, can be hazardous to your plants. If needed, help protect plants by wrapping them with newspaper or paper bags.


  • Water your plants only if they seem unusually dry. Otherwise, wait until you have arrived at your new home.


  • If you travel for more than three days, bring plants indoors when you lodge and open cartons to expose them to light.


  • Bringing your plants safely into your new home: Unpack your plants as soon as possible.


  • Remove them through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking leaves and branches.


  • Refrain from moving plants around until they become acclimated










• Ammonia

• Bleach

• Charcoal briquettes

• Cleaning fluids

• Compound-3 weed killers

• Denatured alcohol

• Enamel

• Gasoline

• Insecticides

• Kerosene

• Lacquer

• Lamp oil

• Lighter fluids

• Liquors

• Matches

• Motor Oil

• Oil stains for wood

• Paint

• Paint or varnish remover

• Petroleum products

• Pesticides

• Polishes, liquid

• Poisons

• Propane tanks

• Propane or other gas

• Shellac

• Stains

• Turpentine

• Varnish

• Wood Filler

• Weed Killer



Combustible liquids:



• Alcoholic beverages

• Alcohols

• Antifreeze compounds

• Camphor oil

• Fluid cleaners

• Corrosive liquids

• Acids

• Battery with acids

• Disinfectants

• Dyes

• Flame retardant compounds

• Iron/steel rust preventatives

• Paint and paint-related materials








• Ammunition

• Black powder

• Blasting caps

• Dynamite (plastics or any similar explosives)

• Explosives auto alarms

• Fireworks

• Fuse lighters

• Igniters or primers

• Firearms

• Matches

• Propellants

• Propane tanks

• Signal flares

• Smokeless powder

• Souvenir explosives/instruments of war

• Spear guns having charged heads

• Sterno

• Toy propellant or smoke devices



Compressed gases:



• Engine starting fluids

• Fire extinguisher

• Gases used in welding

• Scuba diving tanks

• Aerosols

• Chlorinated hydrocarbons in decorative lamps

• Any other material termed combustible, corrosive, and/or flammable






• Frozen food

• Open or partially-used foods

• Plants

• Produce

• Refrigerated foods

• Food in glass jars






• Contraband

• Pets

Disposal of any opened containers of any liquid is strongly recommended.

Internal combustion engines or small outdoor equipment must be drained of all fluids (gasoline, diesel and/or motor oil) prior to loading.


If you ship used outdoor household articles from a federally regulated gypsy moth area into the state of California, you must certify that the used outdoor articles have been inspected in accordance with the California Food and Agriculture Code and does not contain gypsy moth egg masses. Any questionable items should not be shipped A completed USDA Gypsy Moth Self-Inspection



Please give us a call to get more moving tips or to get a moving quote

301 369 9100