Select Your Mover
Choose a reputable mover. Check with the Better Business Bureau and with people who have moved before. You may also want to check with the Public Utilities Commission (P.U.C.), as they are the governing agency for this industry. When they call you, have them explain rates, insurance, and the services each company offers. Study the estimates and services carefully. Let your mover know as far in advance as possible when you plan to move. Give him a choice of dates, then establish a schedule for moving day and stick to it.
Determine Your Schedule
If you choose to have your things packed by the mover, the packers may arrive 24 hours to a week before moving day, depending on how much you have to move. If you have a small load, they may come the same day. Make sure that you know in advance when they are coming, and have everything organized; then let them do the rest.
If you will be packing yourself, don’t put it off. Start early, because it is usually a much bigger job than it appears to be at first. We suggest that you inventory all of your belongings to see what you can eliminate. Purchase containers from the moving company or obtain your own cartons. If you purchase containers, be sure that they are sturdy and of a size suitable to the items that you are packing.
Prepare to Pack
Whether you do the packing yourself or the mover does it, there are many important things that you must attend to personally before moving day.
Rugs: It is sensible to have your rugs cleaned before moving them. This is particularly important if you plan to store your things for some time. Rug cleaning takes time, so send them out the minute you know you are going to move. Explain that you are moving and ask to have your rugs packed for shipping and returned to you at least one week prior to the moving date.
Lamps: Remove lampshades, wrap separately with tissue paper, and pack in individual cartons. Lamp bases are wrapped and should be packed in a carton on a generous bed of shredded or crumpled paper. Use enough filler to prevent slipping or bouncing.
Books: Use a fairly narrow carton, and place books in two rows back to back. Too many books in a carton will make it difficult to lift, and will weaken the bottom of the carton. Books with valuable bindings should be wrapped separately.
Kitchen Items: Pots and pans, utensils, and groceries must be packed in extra strong barrels or boxes, specially reinforced for heavy-duty items. Kitchen implements should be wrapped in thick wadding with the heaviest items lodged securely at the bottom. Brooms, mops, and other long, thin items can be tied together.
Bedding / Linens/ Curtains: Place these items in bureau drawers, or if there are several and they are heavy, pack in cartons or trunks.
Valuable / Delicate Items: China, glassware, paintings, mirrors, art, and antiques should be crated by the mover. This is particularly important if you do not take full coverage insurance.
House Plants: Easily replaceable plants, such as ivy or philodendron, are best left behind if you are moving a long distance. You will most likely want to take the more rare varieties. For tall, leafy plants, wrap pot in corrugated paper (or use shirt cardboard from the laundry) the circumference of the pot and height of the plant. Staple lightly. Be sure that all of the branches and leaves are secure and pointing upward. Cover carton with polyethylene or make liner big enough so that the ends can be tightly fastened over plants. This will keep moisture in.
Fragile plants (such as African violets) should be enclosed in polyethylene bags, placed in the center of a separate box the same height as the plant, and surrounded with plenty of newspaper.
Pets: In short moves, it is most humane to take the animals with you in the car. If you are too busy (or the car is too crowded), put your pets in a kennel or leave them with a friend for a night or two, and pick them up after you have moved.
Hazardous Materials: Properly dispose of any flammable or volatile items such as turpentine, cleaning fluid, paints, or aerosol cans. Most movers will refuse to carry these items. Check with your local jurisdiction for a proper disposal site and procedure.
Enjoy Your New Home
Last but not least, celebrate! You have years of comfort, quality and good times to enjoy in your new Standard Pacific home. Rest assured that we will still be here to check up on you and make sure everything is running smoothly; we want to make you feel right at home. If you have any questions regarding your home or warranty, our Customer Care team is here to help.